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Canon offers a unique macro lens for its EOS M system

Create: 05/13/2016 - 19:58
Canon EF-M 28mm macro


  • Has two mini Macro Lites on either side of the front element
  • Very lightweight at 4.6 ounces (130 grams)
  • True 1:1 magnification in normal macro

Canon is showing further commitment to the mirrorless concept with the release of a macro lens for its EOS M system.

The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens has a very unique feature: two built-in mini-electronic lights (Macro Lites) that sit on either side of the front element.

The 28mm lens, which gives a full-frame equivalent 45mm field of view, is made up of 11 elements in 10 groups, including two aspherical elements.

It can focus as close as 0.32 feet (0.097 meters) in normal macro mode and slightly closer (0.031 feet/0.093 meters) in “Super Macro” mode. In normal macro mode, it gives true 1:1 reproduction, while Super Macro gives 1:1.2 reproduction.

The lens uses a stepping motor for autofocus, and Canon says it allows for “near silent” focusing, which is desired when shooting video.

The photographer can turn on either one or both lights, and there are “bright” and “dim” settings to provide further control.

However, in order to use a filter (43mm thread), you must purchase and attach the lens hood (ES-22, US$29).

Weighing just 4.6 ounces (130 grams), Canon says this is the world’s lightest-weight macro lens.

The lens is expected to be available in June for US$299.99.

In Canon's promotional video below, you can see how the Macro Lites work.

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