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Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 Image Stabilization STM Zoom Lens
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- Compact and stylish standard zoom lens with image stabilization for EOS M series digital cameras
- A stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos
- High-speed, high-precision autofocusing is achieved by utilizing the full-time manual focus mode (AF+MF) to make fine adjustments after focusing
- Optical Image Stabilizer technology helps reduce camera shake, and achieves a level of sharpness equivalent to a shutter speed 3.5 settings faster for great performance even when using handheld photography
- Efficiently designed with three aspheric lenses (one GMo and two PMo) and uses short back focus to help produce high image quality results
- Lens retraction mechanism helps shorten the length of the lens and a compact, lightweight design allows easy portability
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|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 2.4 x 1.8 inches|
|Item Weight||0.29 pounds|
|Maximum Aperture Range||15 - 45|
|Maximum Focal Length||45 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||15 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||84.3 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.5 pounds|
A standard zoom covering wide-angle to short telephoto perspectives, the graphite EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens from Canon offers a 24-72mm equivalent focal length range when used with APS-C-format EOS M-series mirrorless cameras. The optical design incorporates three aspherical elements, one of which is glass-molded and the other two are precision molded, in order to control chromatic aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range. The lens placement has also been optimized, and coatings have been applied, to reduce flare and ghosting for increased contrast and clarity when photographing in difficult lighting conditions.
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EF-M 15–45mm f/3.5–6.3 IS STM
The EF-M 15–45mm f/3.5–6.3 IS STM is a compact, stylish zoom lens for EOS M series digital cameras. A special retraction mechanism shortens the length of the lens to just 1.76 inches (44.5mm) when the camera is off, to help make carrying and storing the lens and camera even easier. The quiet stepping motor (STM) design helps ensure low-noise focusing that's ideal for recording movies. The 35mm-equivalent 24–72mm range combines a wide angle for landscapes and big group photos, with a telephoto zoom for close-ups and detailed headshots. Carefully designed lens placement and special Canon coatings help keep ghosting and other lens flare from your images. The integral image stabilization (up to 3.5 stops faster) can help capture sharp images, even in low light and while taking panoramas.
Like other EF-M lenses, the EF-M 15–45mm f/3.5–6.3 IS STM features an AF+MF focusing mode that combines quick and accurate autofocus with the artistic possibilities of manual focus. This EF-M lens is available in graphite or silver.
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 15–45mm f/3.5–6.3
- Lens Construction: 10 elements in 9 groups
- Diagonal Angle of View: 84°30'–33°40'
- Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
- Closest Focusing Distance: 0.82 ft./0.25m
- Filter Size: 1.9 in./49mm diameter
- Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 2.40 x 1.76 in., approx. 4.6 oz. / 60.9 x 44.5mm, approx. 130g
Top customer reviews
My leather camera case won't fit the lens w/o retracting.
The quality and durability are great, as expected from Canon.
A bit slow at the long end but a compromise to keep the size and weight down.
In hand, the EF-M 15-45 3.5-6.3 IS STM feels light duty but is reasonably well made. Unlike early EF-M designs with anodized aluminum barrel, knurled metal focus and zoom rings and metal lens mount, this zoom is plastic. At 130g it’s a featherweight and easy to slip in a coat pocket or purse.
After mounting, the camera asked me to unlock the lens before use: hold a small switch while rotating the zoom ring to the 15mm position. The lock is a bit of a humbug and cost me a few shots until I learned to always keep the lens unlocked. Not as compact or cute with the front barrel extended but shaves off about 10 seconds of fumbling in the dark…
FOCUS is internal—no front element extension or turning—and reasonably fast, but silent to onboard mics. And it can focus surprisingly close: tight photos of flowers and small products are a snap. The STM drive rendered pulls and Movie Servo silky smooth on my M3. I found STM focus equally effective for both video and stills.
The electronic or "by wire" manual focus is smooth and well damped. However, I found focus pulls easier with my finger on the LCD screen than with the MF ring. While manual focus works without flipping a switch, the gotcha is it only works when the camera is powered up with the shutter button half-pressed.
ZOOM: The zoom ring is large, grippy and very smooth in rotation. During zoom operation, a small nested barrel extends from the main barrel. The 15-45 range is only 3X, but covers the most useful range for snapshots and general use.
IMAGE STABILIZER (IS) gives me about three stops of additional hand holdable range at 45mm when I use an EVF with camera braced against my face. IS is quiet and isn't audible on video when using built-in mics.
OPTICAL PERFORMANCE wide open is very sharp center frame but a bit soft in corners. Stop down and extremities improve. Sharpness is consistent across most of the zoom range from 1 meter to infinity. There's moderate barrel distortion at the wide end and slight pincushion distortion toward 45mm. Chromatic aberration is well controlled but color fringing is visible along high contrast edges. e.g., tree branches against a bright sky. However, most of the time I don't notice fringing. Center sharpness is comparable to my EF-M 18-55 3.5-5.6 IS STM, but the 18-55 has less distortion and is a notch sharper in corners.
Photos of sunsets, spotlights and other bright light sources were sharp with little flare (no filter installed) and no ghosting. Hood use is highly recommended to help protect from stray light and raindrops. Unfortunately, the Canon EW-53 Lens Hood is not included and is pricy at $29.
LAST BLURB: The EF-M 15-45 3.5-6.3 IS STM isn’t as tough or nice feeling as the initial EF-M offerings, but is a great balance of small size and optical performance. It keeps my wee EOS M3 pocketable (coat pocket). If you’re a EOS M series photographer, it’s a nice featherweight zoom for snapshots and travel. If you can live without the pretty Canon box, look around a certain auction site for white box deals from split kits. They go for about 50% less than MAP.