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New Canon EF-M 18-55mm Coming Down the Pipes?

By Anthony Thurston on May 5th 2015

Canon’s EOS-M System may be a joke here in the US, but in other regions the system is not doing so badly. The latest camera model, the EOS-M3, based on other industry reviews is actually a pretty good mirrorless option – if you plan on adapting lenses. If you think Sony’s FE mount has little options in the way of lenses, you have not seen Canon’s EF-M lens lineup.


According to a new report over on Canon Watch, Canon will be updating the EF-M 18-55mm later this year. Unfortunately, this is just a kit lens retread, so no new focal lengths or abilities for EOS-M shooters looking to use EF-M lenses.

The new 18-55mm is said to be smaller, and feature a new refractive design – while maintaining the same focal length, aperture range and IS/STM features. In all, a nice update for new EOS-M shooters, but nothing current owners should really care about.

Canon continues to say they will support the EF-M system with more lenses. While a new 18-55mm would technically make that statement true, lets hope Canon actually has some interesting primes in the works for the small mirrorless mount.

What would you like to see from Canon in regards to EF-M lenses? Should they bring the EOS-M3 to the US market? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Canon Watch]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Derek Schwartz

    Speaking of glass, my favorite lens with this wavers between a Canon FD 50/1.4 and Nikon Nikkor AI 24/2.0. I own the EF-M native 22/2.0 too, and it’s a great little lens. When I need something pocketable, that goes on the camera. Would I like to see more native EF-M glass, especially compact pancakes? Pass the syrup! But for now, it’s also great to get old glass on this and shoot with it.

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  2. Derek Schwartz

    After deliberation when my original M got dropped hard, I picked up a Japan-spec EOS M3 (with add-on EVF), and I love it. Now, my basis of comparison is the original M with new firmware and ML, but the M3 is sooooo much better. It’s a great camera, and truly, I think they’d sell a bunch of them here. The new sensor is great, and RAW files have lots of detail. Plus, with native focus peaking (in blue, yellow or red, giving nice options based on shooting conditions and subject), it’s much nicer to use old MF glass with the M3.

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  3. Dave Haynie

    This is clearly a hobby for Canon, and one they only kind of dabble in. Can’t really think of another explanation for both the existence and treatment of the EOS M line. I mean, what genius looked at the system and decided its main problem was the need for a revised kit lens?

    Now, sure, all of the traditional SLR companies have hobby mirrorless lines: Pentax has the Q system, Nikon the 1 system (didn’t really count Sony in there, since the Minolta system was a transplant, not really their tradition.. being a camcorder company, I think Sony was always a little more into the idea of mirrorless, and these days, the original system, now A-mount, seems to be more of their hobby). Pentax makes 5 real lenses for the Q, 8 if you count the “toy” lenses; Nikon has at least 13 1-system lenses. Canon seems to have four Canon-M lenses.

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  4. adam sanford

    The EF-M platform is more of a myth than the Loch Ness Monster.

    Why are we talking about EF-M glass WHEN THERE IS A NEW EF 50 PRIME!!! [Macaulay Culkin Home Alone face]

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  5. Ed Rhodes

    cool, i guess

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  6. Anders Madsen

    Oookay…so Canon takes a good, hard look at their lens selection for the EF-M mount and thinks “Hmmm – looks like we have everything covered here, let’s start updating the existing lenses!”

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  7. Jake Stifler


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