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Beginner's Super-Zoom

Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

 

Sujith Gopinath

All-purpose zoom lenses are value-for-money options for amateur photographers who can live without the exacting standards required by professionals without burning a hole in their pockets. This is all-the-more important for the travelling amateur who prefers a light and compact kit. Canon EOS M cameras with the new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM provides just that — a compact and lightweight kit that can capture almost everything from landscapes to portraits and beyond.

Design and Build Quality

The 18-150mm lens is made mostly of engineering plastic. It is quite light and compact, considering the zoom range. It balances well with the compact EF-M bodies. This lens does not feature a lens retraction feature and hence you do not need to extend the barrel before using it. The lens weighs approximately 300g. It has a maximum diameter of 60.9mm and maximum length of 86.5mm. The lens has a plastic mount.

Key Features

The EF-M 18-150mm is one of the most compact all-purpose zoom lenses for APS-C cameras, providing 8.3x zoom. The lens can focus as close as 0.25m at the wide-angle end, while at 150mm, the lens can focus the closest at 0.45mm, providing a better magnification than most other lenses in this category. The 18-150mm is constructed with 17 elements in 13 groups including one UD and two a spherical elements. The a spherical elements are optimally placed to provide sharp and crisp images acros


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