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Surprisingly good lens for the price
on August 19, 2013
After the firmware update improving the autofocus speed of the EOS M and the price drop, I decided to pick one up to replace my point-and-shoot camera that I did not use very often because I was never completely satisfied with the image quality. I originally bought the camera with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens. While I was very impressed with the 22mm lens, I decided to add the 18-55mm lens to my kit for those times when focal length flexibility was more important than aperture. I found the 22mm f/2 to be impressively sharp and contrasty for such a small and cheap lens. The 18-55mm is not as quite as sharp as the 22mm, but is very good for a small zoom lens. It appears to be even better than the EF-S 18-55mm included as a kit lens with Canon's Rebel DSLRs, which itself is an impressive lens considering the price point. The EF-M 18-55mm also seems to focus faster than the 22mm f/2 - the increased DoF is probably helping here. The build quality is impressive, with a metal shell and metal mount. The extending portion and filter threads are made of heavy-duty plastic and feels very solid without any play, even when extended.
Do not expect this lens to have the image quality of one of Canon's L lenses, but for the price it is a fantastic match for the EOS M. If you already bought the camera with the 22mm lens, consider adding this to your kit and completely replacing that point-and-shoot.