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Canon EF-M 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

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Canon EF-M 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 IS STM lens

Canon EF-M 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 IS STM lens


Canon EF-M 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 IS STM MTF Chart

Canon EF-M 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 IS STM MTF Chart

Optical design

Canon EF-M 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 IS STM optical design

Format: APS-C (crop)

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF-M

First year of production: 2012

Optical design: 13 elements in 11 groups (3 aspherical)

Features: Optical stabilisation
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Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
18mm - 55mmf/3.5 - f/5.6f/2270.2552210/7,461/2,4

Additional information:
  • Equivalent focal length range: 29-88mm
  • Angles of view: 74º 20' - 27º 50'
  • Horizontal angle: 64º 30' - 23º 20'
  • Vertical angle: 45º 30'- 15º 40'
  • Min aperture: 22-36
  • Max magnification: 1:4 (0,25)
  • Optical stabilizer with 4 steps
  • Max diameter: 60,9mm
  • Distance information
  • Compatible lens hood: EW-54
  • Price $300

Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM - universal zoom lens with optical stabilisation for a mirrorless camera Canon EOS M.

This lens have a STM AF drive for a smooth and quiet focus when shooting movies.

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Posted by: dv   Date of publication: 24.07.2012

Photos taken with this lens Canon EF-M 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 IS STM:

f/8 @ 1/125s
Autor: tightcamera
3.5 0 1045

Mechanical quality3.502
Optical quality3.002
Pricing / Value4.002
Overall lens rating

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Owner reviews: Canon EF-M 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 IS STM

tightcamera 08.12.2017 18:59:15
Period of use: 3 months


This lens is a fairly basic "kit" lens designed for the EOS M line of mirrorless cameras. It is not EF or EF-S mount and will not fit on any Canon DSLR. It is equivalent to the EF-S mount 18-55mm IS STM in many respects, but if you put the two side by side, the EF-M incarnation feels a lot more substantial (despite being physically smaller). Image quality is also superior in the EF-M version. Along with something like an EOS M or EOS M3, this lens is a great low-cost option for a high-quality travel photography setup.

Build quality seems quite nice, and the lens feels good in hand. It feels sturdy, seems to have exterior sheathing of metal or metal composite, and the zoom and focus rings are very smooth turning. The STM focusing technology in this lens allows for continuous AF operation (focus tracking, etc),


Image quality is good, but not great. I noticed green (predominant) and purple (less pronounced) fringing in many, if not most, photos. This is easily removed in post-processing with a RAW workflow, but it would be nicer if that weren't necessary. Sharpness is very good in the center, and like most lenses, falls off at the edges.

Vignetting is noticeable at all focal lengths at wider apertures (< f/5.6) but is nearly non-existent at f/8 and beyond. Or you can use the lens correction presets in Photoshop or Lightroom to correct in one easy step.


This is part of a longer review I wrote here:

boredverg 03.04.2017 11:35:14
Period of use: 3 years


Sharp lens

Smooth and silent focus ideal for video

Good is


Small aperture


 sharp and good quality lens as a kit