A macro lens that won’t destroy the bank account? That’s something new. Canon wants to bring the hobbyist into the world of macro photography. Sure, a prime lens can get you solid close-ups. And every DSLR owner should immediately buy a prime to sit alongside the kit lens that came with your bundle.

But macro? It’s a different world, requiring different lighting conditions and stability. Lots of stability…

Canon is taking preorders for its EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens shipping June 30. Designed for the EOS M series, the company is billing it as the world’s lightest autofocus lens and the first macro lens with a built-in light.

In normal shooting mode, the lens can focus to infinity, but switch it over to the super macro mode and the lens offers up a 1.2x magnification. The Hybrid IS image stabilization keeps things stable for those of us that inception ourselves into a camera shake. It never fails. I start thinking about keeping the camera still and here comes the camera shake.

Image stabilization in the lens won’t eliminate everything. You’ll need a tripod and a remote. But, if you don’t want to look like a pack mule, it can handle enjoying the outdoors.

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Specs

You can’t buy a macro lens without the details. Here are the specs:

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture
28mm f/3.5

Lens Construction
11 elements in 10 groups

Diagonal Angle of View

Focus Adjustment
AF with full-time manual

Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Mode: 0.318 ft./0.097m
Super Macro Mode: 0.305 ft./0.093m

Filter Size
Compatible only when hood attached
Φ43mm (attaches to hood)

Max. Diameter x Length, Weight
2.4 x 1.8 in. (lens retracted), approx. 4.6 oz.
60.9 x 45.5mm (lens retracted), approx. 130g

Hobbyist or Professional?

A bit of both. Sure, professionals are geared up with the best glass out. But, nothing wrong with a backup. If you have an EOS M as your backup camera, why not dip into this?

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No one wants to haul gear around every day. It doesn’t matter how well the backpack distributes the weight, we all get tired of dragging everything along.

For hobbyists, it extends the capability of the EOS M. Go nuts on Instagram with the new lens.

What remains to be seen is how well the lens performs. Having the integrated light is nice, and you can control which side is illuminated. Canon’s image stabilization has always been spot on, but macro is a different beast. Luckily, the thing is light. 130 grams? How many of us will forget it’s even there?

Nice price point and it opens up a new world for owners of an EOS M series. Pre-orders are the usual suspects. You can order direct from Canon or head over to Amazon or B&H.

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