Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM review

The Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM is the perfect pancake prime for EOS M system cameras

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Remarkably compact and lightweight, this pancake prime has a classic 35mm ‘effective’ focal length on Canon’s APS-C format EOS M system cameras. That makes it ideal for street photography and all-day shooting, with the advantage that you can shoot candidly, without drawing attention to yourself. Image quality and all-round performance are very satisfying, making it a great buy at the price.


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    Less than one inch long

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    Just 105g in weight

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    Solid performance


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    No hood supplied

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    Lacks image stabilization

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    Not weather-sealed

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With a moderately wide viewing angle and fairly fast aperture, the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM ticks the right boxes for street photography and everyday shooting with an EOS M system camera. As a ‘pancake’ lens, it’s just under an inch long and weighs just 105g, despite having a durable metal rather than plastic mounting plate.


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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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