Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM review

The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM gives superzoom superpowers to an EOS M system camera

Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

One of the main attractions of Canon’s EOS M system cameras is that they’re so small and lightweight. That makes the retractable and featherweight Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM a perfect fit. However, if you don’t mind upsizing, the non-retractable 18-150mm lens is about twice as long and twice as heavy but gives you much greater zoom range and the extra versatility that goes with it, without any loss of image quality.


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    Big 28.8-240mm ‘effective’ zoom range

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    4-stop optical image stabilization

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    Small and lightweight for a superzoom


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    Lacks the 15-45mm’s maximum viewing angle

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    Hood sold separately

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    Plastic mounting plate

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The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is an interesting option for EOS M system cameras. For a really compact and lightweight outfit, there’s a lot to be said for sticking with the tiny, retractable EF-M 15-45mm and adding the similarly small ultra-wide EF-M 11-22mm and telephoto EF-M 55-200mm if you need to bolster your range. However, if you’re in the market for a single lens to cover most of the bases, the EF-M 18-150mm is the only candidate. It’s not as wide-angle as the 15-45mm but gives far greater telephoto reach, with an effective zoom range of 28.8-240mm in full-frame terms.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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