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Canon EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM lens

 

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Canon EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM Lens

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM

Sample Images

A few photos taken with the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM pancake lens.

Clicking on the thumbnail images will open a larger image in a pop-up window

Longtail, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: EOS M
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 22mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Thailand
File Size: 120 KB
Longtail, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: EOS M
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/9.0
Shutter speed: 1/320
Focal length: 22mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Thailand
File Size: 139 KB
Cat bokeh - Click for larger image
Camera: EOS M
ISO: 320
Aperture: f/2.0
Shutter speed: 1/30
Focal length: 22mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: -
File Size: 83.6 KB
Separating planes - Click for larger image
Camera: EOS M
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/2.0
Shutter speed: 1/500
Focal length: 22mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: -
File Size: 71.1 KB
Chinese temple, Hat Yai - Click for larger image
Camera: EOS M
ISO: 12800
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/80
Focal length: 22mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 127 KB
Chinese temple, Hat Yai - Click for larger image
Camera: EOS M
ISO: 2000
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/40
Focal length: 22mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 233 KB
 

Chiang Rai rice fields and mountains

 

 

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User Impressions

The inclusion of an EF-M adapter to enable the use of EF and Canon EF-S Lenses makes the EOS M system very flexible. However, using big lenses doesn't do much for convenience and portability.

This little pancake lens is perfect for when I want the minimum configuration to make the camera as light and portable as possible. Roughly the equivalent of a 35mm focal length lens on a full frame camera, it's a useful focal length if you just wish to carry one prime lens.

This is what you get if you buy a Fuji X100, except that with the Fuji the lens is fixed and the only option you have to change the focal length is to clip on a wide conversion lens.

Personally, I don't want to be restricted to just having this focal length. I appreciate the fact that when I want to take a small camera with me I can just use the 22mm, however, I want to be able to use other lenses.

This lens is perfect for lightweight travel. Not only is it very small and light, but it's also fast meaning that you can probably get away with leaving your flash at home as well as all your big lenses.

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Focusing

The lens uses new stepper motor (STM) technology for its autofocus mechanism. This is all part of Canon's drive to implement silent continuous autofocus tracking in movie mode. To do this requires an appropriate body with a hybrid CMOS sensor and contrast detection AF technology, and a lens with an STM designation.

Autofocus is maybe not as fast as some other lenses, but in most situations it works well without any problems. For videographers the continuous autofocus in movie mode is a very welcome feature.

It also appears to work perfectly well when the camera is in AI Servo mode tracking an object coming towards the camera. I tested this on passing motorbikes and the results were quite satisfactory.

There is no direct physical connection between the manual focusing ring and the internal focusing mechanism as there is on other lenses. If you turn the ring with the camera off nothing happens. Turning the ring sends a signal to the stepper motor which then focuses the lens electronically.

With the EF-M 22mm f/2.0, the inner barrel moves in and out slightly while focusing. It only moves a small amount and there is no rotation.

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Manual Focusing

Unlike my Canon EF and EF-S lenses, manual focusing isn't as easy with the EOS M system as simply turning the lens focus ring, or manually switching the lens into MF mode first and then turning the lens focus ring.

There is no AF/MF switch on the EF-M lenses and, because of the stepper motor technology and a lack of any physical connection between the focus ring and the focusing mechanism, nothing happens most of the time when you turn the focus ring.

To enable manual fousing, first you must go into the menu system and find 'Focus mode' (the camera icon with two dots). This mode has three options:

  1. AF (Auto Focus). When in this mode the focus ring is completely inoperational.
  2. MF (Manual Focus). In this mode the Auto Focus is completely inoperational and turning the focus ring controls the focusing mechanism whenever the camera is switched on.
  3. AF+MF. This allows the Autofocus to operate and also allows the user to focus manually after the autofocus has activated. However, you can only focus manually while pressing the shutter release halfway down after the Autofocus has activated.
While holding the shutter release halfway down and turning the focus ring ring, you will see 'MF' blinking on the rear LCD. If the camera is in AF+MF mode and simply switched on, turning the focus ring does nothing. You must hold the shutter release halfway down before manual focusing will operate in AF+MF mode.

When the camera is put into MF mode a small magnifying glass icon appears on the rear LCD in the bottom right-hand corner. Tapping on the icon cycles through 1x, 5x and 10x magnification with an accordingly larger image shown on the display. This is very similar to the Liveview feature on Canon SLRs.

In cases where the Autofocus mechanism won't do what you want it to do, such as with close macro work, this is very useful. Saying this, I have never used MF on my EOS M, which stays permanently in AF mode. The only time I use manual focusing is for macro work and the EOS M body isn't my first choice for macro.

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Bokeh

I've included some photos in the sample images above taken with the aperture wide open. The bokeh isn't going to be the same as an EF 85mm f/1.2L lens, but it's fairly smooth and pleasing to the eye.

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No Image Stabilisation

Just like the EF 40mm STM pancake, the design brief for this lens must have been to keep it as small as possible in order to achieve the desired 'pancake' form. Including IS wouldn't have made this possible.

The lens has a fast f/2.0 maximum aperture and the EOS M high ISO performance looks pretty good with little noise. Even in fairly dark conditions the lens is still very usable without IS.

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Extenders and extension tubes

Currently, there are no extenders or extension tubes available for Canon EF-M Lenses. I don't know if Canon has any plans to make these items available in the future.

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Accessories

This lens comes with the new style Canon lens caps that can be released by pinching the centre of the cap. A lens hood and soft pouch are available but not included.

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Street Photography

Apples at Gim Yong market, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image This small lens mounted on the EOS M can be concealed easily and attracts no attention at all. In that respect it is very good for street photography.

I find the focal length of this lens on a 1.6x crop camera far better for general photography than the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake, which is too long with the extra 1.6x magnification.

On my first street photography outing with the EF-M 22mm I was encouraged by how little attention I attracted and the focal length was fine for about 70% of photos I took. However, I don't find it convenient zooming with my feet.

First I try to imagine the composition and then I often squat down for the shot. If the composition isn't quite what I imagined I want to be able to change it by turning a zoom ring, not by having to relocate myself.

Also, for the type of street photography I like the lens wasn't wide enough. I really like using the EF-S 10-22mm for street photography, but it is a bulky lens for the EOS M. I will buy the EF-M 11-22mm when it is available in my region. It seems as if it will be perfect for street photography.

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Conclusion

As I write, the ultrawide EF-M 11-22mm lens still isn't available and currently there are just two Canon EF-M Lenses - the 22mm and 18-55mm. I would suggest getting both and also the adapter if you have EF or Canon EF-S Lenses.

If you are only buying one lens I would suggest the 18-55mm, but I know that some people would suggest the 22mm. It depends on the kind of shooting that you do and your personal preferences. The 18-55mm can also shoot at 22mm, but it's a larger, slower lens. I enjoy having both and the 22mm is great when I want to take out the lightest, smallest configuration possible. However, if I had to choose just one lens it would be the 18-55mm because of its greater versatility and image stabilisation.

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Post-Processing

Original images were shot in JPG format using the EOS M's built in lens aberration correction. Noise was reduced using Imagenomic Noiseware Professional. Small amounts of image enhancement were applied using Adobe Photoshop CS2 (curves, levels, saturation) before sharpening using the Smart Sharpen filter (Amount: 30% - 120%, Radius: 0.2px - 0.3px, Remove: Lens Blur).

The large JPG images that open if you click on a thumbnail were saved with a 'High' quality setting of '8' on a scale of 0-12.

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Lens Details

Weight: 105g
Filter Diameter: 43mm
Closest Focusing Distance: 0.15m
Date Purchased: June 2013
Supplier: Chia Color Lab, Hat Yai, Thailand
Price: Part of a kit
Lens Cap: E-43
Lens Hood: EW-43 (not included)
Soft Case: LP811 (not included)

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Visit Thailand

Thailand is an incredibly photogenic country, both for its landscapes and its people. Regardless of whether you enjoy large Asian cities, beaches and islands, or rice fields and mountains, Thailand has something for you and it is a dream destination for photographers.

One of the great things about visiting Thailand is that hotels are plentiful and a lot cheaper than in most other countries. I always use Agoda to book hotels in Thailand. The company was established in Thailand and has great local knowledge, as well as a huge inventory of hotels.

If you click on one of the destinations opposite you will get a list of hotel deals from Agoda. It's generally a good idea to book on-line because you will get a good room rate and you won't suffer the disappointment of arriving at a hotel to find that it is full.

I book hotels regularly in Thailand and I have always found Agoda to be the best on-line travel agent. At times I have spent a lot of time researching hotel prices and although other deals sometimes look better at first I always end up returning to Agoda.

If you don't wish to pay for your hotel at the time of booking, Booking.com normally allows you to pay when you check in at the hotel. Some people prefer this method, but I have always found Booking.com to be more expensive than Agoda.

If you want to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined. However, you will normally find that Agoda is the cheapest and therefore you can save yourself time and money by just booking through Agoda in the first place.

 

 

Images of Thailand

Images of Thailand

 

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