At ~$300, for the kit and 22mm lens, the EOS-M is one of the ‘best bang for your buck’ options out there right now. The problem though, is the lack of Canon support for the system in the form of fast lenses. This means you must look to the third party manufacturers, use big heavy EF glass via adapter, or rely on manual focus lenses via an adapter.
Today, I am going to be sharing my initial thoughts on the new Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85, and what makes this lens semi-unique is it actually comes in the EF-M mount, so no adapter is needed to use it on your EOS-M or EOS-M2. It also comes in just about every other mirrorless mount as well, but given that I have a couple EOS-M cameras, I opted to get in in the EF-M mount.
Initial Thoughts on the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85
First off, this lens is an absolute beast, especially on a small/light camera like the EOS M. It is made very well, 100% metal and glass, and we are not talking about panes of glass – this thing feels like a solid chunk of glass. The focus and aperture rings both work as expected, though since I mostly use my EOS-M for video, I wish that the aperture ring was step-less (can’t really complain about that though on a lens designed for stills).
The lens is a 64mm equivalent on the M, a nice portrait length for a camera without any clear portrait lenses in its native mount. Obviously, the max aperture of .85 is what gets the headlines for this lens, and if I am honest, it’s almost easy to think this lens is a little soft wide open, when in reality, it’s just harder to nail focus when the focus plane is so narrow.
I have not had a ton of time with the lens so far, basically only brought it out for some unscientific testing. But so far, I have been impressed. Is it worth the $2,000 pricetag? Well, I will reserve judgement on that until my final review.
The Quick Hits
- Lens is HEAVY, especially on a small body like the M.
- Build quality is superb
- Optical quality is great so far
- Nailing focus wide open is a challenge on the stock M, focus peaking with MagicLantern helps ALOT.
Overall, my initial impressions of this lens are good. I can tell you that I won’t be spending $2,000 on one, because it doesn’t make sense for my needs. But for someone else out there, this could well be a great purchase. I will be able to elaborate on that a little more in my final review of the lens, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here is a quick sample shot taken with this lens with just candle light.
Canon EOS-M , 1/60th, ISO 400, with IBELUX 40mm @ f/.85
The above shot (yes I know its simple and boring), would not be doable on the EOS-M without this lens. Not useable anyways. I’ll have some better examples of this in the full review, but as I said, this was just a quick test shot of my friend’s makeup desk lit with just a candle.
What are your thoughts on this lens? Do you think its .85 maximum aperture makes it worth the $2,000? Leave a comment below!