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Canon EF-M 15-45mm

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (Comes in this dark gray or in silver, 49mm filters, 4.545 oz/128.75g, about $299). bigger. I got mine at Adorama. I'd also get it at Amazon, at B&H or at Crutchfield.

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Canon EF-M 15-45mm

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. bigger.

 

Canon EF-M 15-45mm

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. bigger.

 

Canon EF-M 15-45mm

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. bigger.

 

Canon EF-M 15-45mm

Canon EF-M 15-45mm. bigger

 

Sample Images

Cozy Christmas Fireplace

Cozy Christmas Fireplace, 26 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 19mm at f/4 hand-held at 1/50 at Auto ISO 1,600, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Fire at the Teppan Grill

Fire at the Teppan Grill. (Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 45mm at f/6.3 at 1/60 at Auto ISO 500, Perfectly Clear.) bigger.

 

 

Mario's, Indio CA

Mario's, 26 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 28mm at f/4.5 hand-held at 1/40 at Auto ISO 4,000, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Candy House, Desert Marriott

Candy House, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 21mm at f/4 hand-held at 1/40 at Auto ISO 2,000, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or full-resolution © file to explore on your computer.

 

Desert Marriott

Desert Marriott, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 15mm at f/3.5 hand-held at 1/40 at Auto ISO 2,500, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or full-resolution © file to explore on your computer.

 

Fisherman's Landing

Fisherman's Landing, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 39mm at f/5.6 at 1/60 at Auto ISO 400, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Desert Walkway

Walkway, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 15mm at f/3.5 at 1/50 at Auto ISO 1,600, Perfectly Clear.) bigger.

 

Fountain at Dusk

Desert Fountain at Dusk, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 45mm at f/6.3 at 3 seconds at ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Penguins and Igloos

Penguins and Igloos, 24 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 23mm at f/8 at 1/200 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Fan Palm

Fan Palm, 28 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 45mm at f/6.3 at 1/320 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

My Thai

My THai, December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 35mm at f/7.1 at 1/400 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Two Palms

Two Palms, 29 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 18mm at f/7.1 at 1/250 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Ryan at Carnitas Snack Shack

Ryan at Carnitas Snack Shack. (Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 26mm at f/4.5 at 1/60 at Auto ISO 1,600, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or full-resolution.

 

Ryan at Carnitas Snack Shack

Ryan at Carnitas Snack Shack. (Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 24mm at f/4 at 1/40 at Auto ISO 2,000, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or full-resolution.

 

 

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Specifications

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Name

Canon calls this the

    EF: Electronic Focus, as all Canon's lenses have been since 1987.

    L: Expensive as L.

    IS: Image Stabilization.

    III: Canon's third

    USM: Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor.

 

Optics

xx elements in xx groups.

xx aspherical elements.

xx extra low dispersion elements.

xx multicoating, also xx coating claimed.

 

Diaphragm

xx rounded blades.

Stops down to f/xx in 1/3-stop clicks.

 

Focal Length

xxmm.

When used xx, it sees the same angle of view as a xx mm lens sees when used on a 35mm camera.

When used on in their 1:1 square crop mode, it sees the same angle of view as a xx mm lens sees when used on a 35mm or FX full-frame camera.

See also Crop Factor.

 

Angle of View

xxº ~ xxº diagonal.

xxº ~ xxº horizontal.

xxº ~ xxº vertical.

 

Autofocus

Internal focus.

No external movement as focussed, so no air or dust is sucked in.

 

Close Focus

xx feet (xx meters).

 

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:xx (0.xx ×).

 

Filters

Metal xx mm filter thread.

 

Hood

 

Case

 

Size

xx" maximum diameter × xx" extension from flange.

xx mm maximum diameter × xx mm extension from flange.

 

Weight

xx oz. (xx g) actual measured weight, lens only.

xx specifies xx oz. (xx g) for the lens and xx oz. (xx g) as shipped.

 

Environment

Rated to work down to xxº C (xxº F).

 

Announced

xx.

 

Promised for

xx.

 

Included

xx

 

Packaging

 

xx Model Number

xx.

 

Price, USA

$ xx, December 2016.

 

Optional Accessories

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Getting a Legal USA Version

(for USA only)

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In the USA, be sure your box says

If not, you got ripped off with a gray market version from another country. This is why I never buy anyplace other than from my personally approved sources. You just can't take the chance of buying elsewhere, especially at any retail store, because non-USA versions have no warranty in the USA, and you won't even be able to get firmware or service for it — even if you're willing to pay out-of-pocket for it when you need it!

If a gray market version saves you $1,000 it may be worth it, but for $200 or less I wouldn't risk having no warranty or support.

Always be sure to check your box while you can still return it, or just don't buy from unapproved sources or at retail so you'll be able to have your lens serviced and get free updated firmware as needed.

Even easier, a legal USA version has a warranty card from Canon. The serial number on the card must match the serial number of your lens, or you have no warranty. The serial number on the box should also match the serial number on your lens.

US versions include two printed manuals, one in English (shown on left) and uno en español (a la derecha).

Get yours from the same places I do and you won't have a problem, but if you take the risk of getting yours elsewhere, be sure to check everything while you still can return it.

 

Performance

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Overall   Autofocus   Breathing   Bokeh   Coma   Distortion   Ergonomics   Exposure   Eyeblow

Falloff   Filters  Finder   Flare & Ghosts   High ISOs   Auto ISO   Auto White Balance

Flash   Image Quality  Lateral Color Fringes     Macro   Mechanics   Noise & Vibration

Quiet Mode   Sharpness   Stabilizer   Spherochromatism  Sunstars  Teleconverters 

Tripod Collar  Vibration Reduction   Zooming    Movies   

Top LCD   Rear LCD   Playback   Data   Power & Battery

 

Overall

Performance          top

The

 

Autofocus

Performance          top

Autofocus is f

 

Manual Focus

performance          top

Just grab the rear focus ring at any time for instant manual-focus override.

 

 

Focus Breathing

Performance          top

Focus breathing is the image changing size as focused in and out. It's important to cinematographers because it looks funny if the image changes size as focus gets pulled back and forth between actors. If the lens does this, the image "breathes" by growing and contracting slightly as the dialog goes back and forth.

 

Bokeh

Performance          top

Bokeh, the feel or quality of out-of-focus areas as opposed to how far out of focus they are, is

Davis 6250 weather station, December 2016. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolutions images properly).

 

Coma

Performance          top

Coma, or sagittal coma flare, is often seen with fast normal to wide lenses as weird batwing shapes on bright points of light in the corners.

I see no coma in this lens, which is excellent.

 

Distortion

Performance          top

 

easy to correct fully with Photoshop's lens distortion filter.

Using these factors on images made without in-camera correction still leaves higher-order waviness on images made at XXX and shorter.

These aren't facts or specifications, they are the results of my research that requires hours of photography and calculations on the resulting data.

at 10' (3m)

Correction factor with uncorrected images

15mm
+4.50*
18mm
+1.50*
24mm
-1.00
28mm
-1.00
35mm
0.00
45mm
+2.20

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* Some waviness remains after this correction.

 

Ergonomics

Performance          top

 

Exposure

Performance          top

 

Eyeblow

performance          top

The MMmm has no eyeblow; no air pumps in or out of the back of the lens as zoomed.

 

Falloff

Performance          top

Falloff on FX and 35mm is ------

It won't be an issue at all on DX (see crop factor).

I've greatly exaggerated the falloff by shooting a gray field and placing these on a gray background:

 

falloff on FX and 35mm at infinity, no correction:

f/2
f/2.8
Laowa 105mm falloff
Laowa 105mm falloff
Laowa 105mm falloff
Laowa 105mm falloff
f/4
f/5.6

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Nikon MMmm f/FF AF-S falloff on FX and 35mm at infinity, no correction.

 

f/5.6
f/8
24mm Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff
35mm Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff
50mm Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff
80mm Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff
105mm Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff
135mm Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff
200mm Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff
300mm Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff Nikon MMmm f/FF falloff

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Filters, use with

performance          top

There's no need for thin filters.

Go ahead and use your standard rotating polarizer and grad filters.

Don't use polarizers on ultrawide lenses; the sky's natural polarization will appear as dark bands.

 

Finder

Performance          top

 

Flare & Ghosts

Performance          top

 

High ISOs

Performance          top

High ISO Image Sample Files

Complete Images

Click any for the camera-original © files as above to explore on your computer; mobile devices rarely show the full resolution files properly:

 

Crops

These are 600 x 450 pixel crops. They will vary in size to fit your browser window; if they are about 6" (15cm) wide on your screen, the complete image would print at xx x xx" (xx x xx meters) at this same magnification.

Click any for the same camera-original © files as above to explore on your computer; mobile devices rarely show the full resolution files properly:

 

Auto ISO

Performance          top

Auto ISO is

 

Auto White Balance

Performance          top

Auto White Balance is

 

Flash

Performance          top

 

Image Quality

Performance          top

 

Lateral Color Fringes

Performance          top

There are no color fringes as shot on Brand cameras, which by default correct for any that may be there.

 

Macro

Performance          top

Kienzle Flieger Automat 800/2843, December 2016. Nikon D3300, 18-55mm AF VR-P at 55mm, f/9 at 1/320 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolution images properly).

600 x 400 pixel crop from above image. Nikon D3300, 18-55mm AF VR-P at 55mm, f/9 at 1/320 at Auto ISO 100. Camera-original © file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolution images properly).

 

1,200 x 900 pixel crop from above. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolution images properly).

If this crop is about 6" (15cm) wide on your screen, then the complete image printed at this same extreme magnification would be about 40 x 60" (1 x 1.5 meters). In this case, you're seeing the texture of the silver paint on the watch face.

 

Crop from above 36 MP image at 100%. If this is 6" wide on your screen, the complete image printed at this same magnification would be 75 x 50." (6 x 4 feet, or 2 x 1.25 meters!)

 

Mechanical Quality

Performance          top

Front Bumper

Rubber.

 

Filter Threads

Metal.

 

Hood Bayonet Mount

Plastic.

 

Gold ED Band

14 karat gold filled.

 

Front Barrel

Plastic.

 

Zoom Ring

Rubber-covered plastic.

 

Mid Barrel

Section with focus lock buttons: plastic.

 

Focus Ring

Rubber-covered metal.

 

Rear Barrel

Section with focus distance window: plastic.

 

Tripod Collar

Metal.

The collar doesn't come off the lens, but the foot does come off from the collar.

If you lose the foot, the collar's stub has a standard ¼″ × 20 tripod thread.

 

Identity

14 karat gold-filled debossed metal plate around focus distance window.

 

Internals

Plastic Seem like all metal!

 

Moisture Seal at Mount

Yes No.

 

Mount

Dull chromed metal.

 

Markings

Paint.

Plastic zoom ring focal length markings molded as engraved and filled with paint.

 

Serial Number

Engraved and filled with paint on a little piece glued into a recess on the bottom of the tripod collar.

 

Date Code

None found.

 

Noises When Shaken

Mild to moderate clunking.

 

Made in

Japan.

 

Noise and Vibration

Performance          top

 

Quiet Mode

Performance          top

The Quiet Mode

 

Sharpness

Performance          top

The only limitations are your skill as a photographer and the lenses you use.

As shown at High ISOs like all cameras, it's sharpest at the lowest ISOs.

 

Image Stabilizer Vibration Reduction

Performance          top

 

Sunstars

Performance          top

 

Spherochromatism

Performance          top

Spherochromatism, also called "color bokeh" by laymen, can cause colored fringes on slightly out-of-focus highlights, usually seen as green fringes on backgrounds and magenta fringes on foregrounds.

It is an advanced form of chromatic aberration in a different dimension than lateral color. Spherochromatism is most commonly seen in fast lenses of moderate focal length when shooting contrasty items at full aperture. It goes away as stopped down.

 

Teleconverters

performance          top

 

 

Tripod Collar

performance          top

The tripod collar is

 

Vibration Reduction

performance          top

Vibration Reduction (VR, a.k.a. Image Stabilization) is flawless.

It locks-down the hand-held image and lets me shoot at very slow speeds, eliminating any need for a tripod except for astronomical use.

Even in daylight it's very helpful as I can hand-hold water-blur shots or stop all the way down for depth of field.

 

Zooming

Performance          top

 

Movies

Performance          top

 

Top LCD

Performance          top

I consider top LCDs a throwback to 35mm film days, and prefer cameras without these vestiges of days gone

 

Rear LCD Monitor

Performance          top

 

Playback   

Performance          top

 

Data

Performance          top

Card Formatting

It takes about to format a GB card.

Cards are formatted as "

 

JPGs

JPG files are

They are tagged as xx DPI.

 

Folder Creation

 

Power & Battery

Performance          top

 

 

Compared

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Usage

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Recommendations

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43mm

The very best protective filter is the Hoya multicoated HD3 43mm UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints, and is also multicoated.

For less money, the B+W 43mm 010 is an excellent filter, as are the multicoated version and the basic multicoated Hoya filters, but the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best.

Filters last a lifetime, so you may as well get the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt.

 

55mm

The very best protective filter is the Hoya multicoated HD3 55mm UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints, and is also multicoated.

For less money, the B+W 55mm 010 is an excellent filter, as are the multicoated version and the basic multicoated Hoya filters, but the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best.

Filters last a lifetime, so you may as well get the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt.

 

58mm

The very best protective filter is the Hoya multicoated HD3 58mm UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints, and is also multicoated.

For less money, the B+W 58mm 010 is an excellent filter, as are the multicoated version and the basic multicoated Hoya filters, but the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best.

Filters last a lifetime, so you may as well get the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt.

 

72mm

The very best protective filter is the 72mm Hoya multicoated HD3 UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints, and is also multicoated.

For less money, the B+W 72mm 010 is an excellent filter, as are the multicoated version and the basic multicoated Hoya filters, but the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best.

Filters last a lifetime, so you may as well get the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt.

 

77mm

The very best protective filter is the 77mm Hoya multicoated HD3 UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints, and is also multicoated.

For less money, the B+W 77mm 010 is an excellent filter, as are the multicoated version and the basic multicoated Hoya filters, but the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best.

Filters last a lifetime, so you may as well get the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt.

 

82mm

The very best protective filter is the 82mm Hoya multicoated HD3 UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints, and is also multicoated.

For less money, the B+W 82mm 010 is an excellent filter, as is the multicoated version and the basic multicoated Hoya filter, but the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best.

Filters last a lifetime, so you may as well get the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt.

 

Lens Suggestions

recommendations     top

 

Where to Get Yours

I got mine at Adorama. I'd just as well have gotten it at Amazon, at Crutchfield or at B&H.

This ad-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Canon does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used lens. I use the stores I do because they ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to touch your new lens before you do. Buy only from the approved sources I use myself for the best prices, service, return policies and selection.

Thanks for helping me help you!

Ken, Mrs. Rockwell, Ryan and Katie.

 

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