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Travel Mate

Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Rs. 24,995

Sujith Gopinath

If you are a frequent air traveller, you will understand the hassles of carrying a heavy and bulky kit on board. Mirrorless compacts offer a perfect solution to this problem, if you can compromise a little on resolution and low-light performance. For an amateur photographer, the first piece of lens will be the standard kit lens, mostly an 18-55mm in case of APS-C cameras. A cost-effective telephoto option would be a 55-200mm. Canon recently introduced the EF-M 55200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, a perfect companion for your travel kit.

Design and Build Quality

The EF-M 55-200mm lens is compact and lightweight, similar to other lenses in the series. The lens has a plastic mount. Although a metal mount is not necessary for such a light lens, it is still desirable to minimise wear likely to happen with repeated mounting and dismounting. The lens has markings at 55, 70, 100, 135 and 200mm focal lengths. It has a broad zoom ring and a narrow focus ring. The 55-250mm protrudes during zooming, but not while focussing.

Key Features

The new EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens completes the EOS M lens line-up as the longest telephoto zoom, and is able to take photos of faraway subjects while still maintaining the identity of the EF-M range by being compact and portable.

The EF-M 55–200mm provides an equivalent focal length of 88 to 320mm. The lens provides optical image stabilisation believed to provide a 3


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