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

Overview

Canon's first macro lens with an inbuilt light source, and a respectable 1.2x maximum magnification. Due to ship in June 2016

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Lens specifications

Max Format size APS-C / DX
Image stabilisation Yes (3.5 stops)
Lens mount Canon EF-M
Aperture
Max aperture f/3.5
Aperture ring No
Optics
Elements 11
Groups 10
Special elements / coatings One UD and two aspherical elements
Focus
Minimum focus Normal Mode: 0.318 ft./0.097m
Super Macro Mode: 0.305 ft./0.093m
Maximum magnification 1.2x
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Extending front
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 130 g (0.29 lb)
Diameter 61 mm (2.4)
Length 46 mm (1.79)
Sealing No
Colour Graphite
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code ES-22

ES-22 lens hood

Filter Compatible only when hood attached
43mm (attaches to hood)
Lens case/pouch LP811

MTF

ef-m28mm mtf chart

A quick guide to MTF charts (which only measure contrast and resolution. Canon's guide to their MTF charts)

Black lines reflect lens performance at widest aperture.
Blue lines show the performance at f/8

Thick lines indicate lens contrast
Thin lines indicate lens resolution

Dashed lines: Lens performance with meridional lines.
Solid lines: Lens performance with sagittal lines

Closer sagittal and meridional chart lines indicate more 'natural' out of focus areas.

Remember that MTF charts are good for comparing similar lenses, so comparing ones from the 14mm f2.8L and 300mm 2.8L won't tell you much at all, whilst comparing the EF14 2.8L with the EF14 2.8L II will show meaningful differences. Note that other manufacturers may have different ways of displaying such information that may or may not match up with the Canon figures.

ef-m 28mm macro - normal use

ef-m 28mm macro - macro use

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens reviews and articles

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Sample images

See Canon info pages

Product launch May 2016 (lauched with new flash unit)

ACCESSORIZE THIS SPRING WITH THE CANON SPEEDLITE 600EX II-RT FLASH AND CANON EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM LENS WITH BUILT-IN MACRO LITES AND IMAGE STABILIZER
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2016 –Spring is all about having the right look and Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is giving photographers of all levels two new options that can improve their creativity and versatility; the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash and the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens.

Photographers looking to take rapid-fire flash images will appreciate the improved recycling time in the new Canon Speedlite-600EX II-RT flash. Those looking to explore the world of macro photography will appreciate the stylish compact look of the new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first EF-M Macro Lens for the Canon EOS M Camera System, which features Image Stabilization and a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lites to enhance image quality during close-up photography.

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash Offers Improved Recycling Time and More

The Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash is compatible with most EOS cameras. It replaces Canon’s top-of-the-line Speedlite 600EX-RT, and improves recycling time by approximately 1.1 to 1.5 times* during continuous flash shooting when using AA batteries and up to 2 times* when adding the new optional Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N.

Additional Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash features include:

Zoom flash head covers wide focal length range of 20–200mm; maximum guide number is 197 ft./60m at ISO 100, making Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash the most powerful flash unit in the EOS system.
Wireless flash shooting support is available for both radio and optical transmission with compatible Canon Speedlites, offering users greater functional range when using flash.
Multiple flash system support allows control of up to five groups of compatible Canon Speedlites.
Dust- and water-resistant body for reliable operation in harsh environments.
Flash-readiness indicator on the display panel, simplified button and dial operation and variable manual flash output.
New, specially designed accessories supplied include a built-in bounce adapter, plus SCF-E3 hard-type color filter sets, and a soft case. The new Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N is available as an optional accessory for faster recycling time and more flashes per charge.
Illuminated dot matrix LCD panel for enhanced display information, including flash mode and usable distance ranges plus C.Fn (Custom Function) and P.Fn (Personal Function) settings.

First Macro Lens in the Canon EF-M lens series

Photographers looking for a compact, lightweight macro lens should look no further than the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first Canon Macro Lens specifically designed for the EOS M Camera System.

The new lens features a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lite electronic flash units that illuminate close-up subjects as needed, helping to freeze movement, enhance color accuracy and provide a better sense of depth and dimension. Two curved flash units surround the front element of the lens, with the ability to illuminate both simultaneously, or one at a time. Users are also able to adjust the brightness of the Macro Lites between “bright” and “dim” settings.

The standard focusing range of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens extends from infinity to life-size (1 time). Additionally, a Super Macro Mode allows shooting at even higher magnifications up to 1.2 times. This feature allows you to capture smaller details that really make your subjects stand out against the background.

Additional features of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens include:

  • Hybrid IS, the same feature as found on Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens, helps reduce camera shake for enjoyable handheld photography.
  • Stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet focusing operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos.
  • One UD lens and two aspherical lenses** help deliver outstanding image quality at all distance settings by reducing chromatic and spherical aberrations.
  • Angle of view similar to a 45mm standard lens (35mm equivalent) provides flexible image capture of various subjects and scenes at macro distances and beyond.
  • Tapered lens top shape makes it easy to capture high-quality images at close range without casting shadows.

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT electronic flash unit is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2016 for an estimated retail price of $579.991.

Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June for an estimated retail price of $299.991.

1 Availability, pricing and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

* Based on Canon’s standards. As compared to the Speedlite 600EX-RT.

** Among autofocus lenses for interchangeable lens cameras. As of May 11, 2016, based on Canon's research.

28mm front view with lights

side view of ef-m 28mm

lens extension for 28mm macro

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