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

The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM literally shines a light on close-up photography

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This is Canon’s one and only dedicated EF-M macro lens for EOS M cameras, and it has a surprisingly short focal length, equivalent to shooting with a 45mm lens on a full-frame camera. Typical of EF-M lenses, it’s wonderfully compact and lightweight, tipping the scales at just 130g and featuring a retractable design to reduce stowage size. Even so, it gives a mighty 1.2x macro magnification factor and has a built-in LED light to illuminate the subject.


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    1.2x ‘Super Macro’ mode

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    Built-in LED light

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    Hybrid image stabilization


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    Very short macro working distance

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    No lens hood supplied

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    Lacks weather-seals

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The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM fills a macro-sized hole in the range of native mount lenses for Canon’s APS-C format EOS M system cameras. With an effective focal length of 45mm in full-frame terms, it also works well as a ‘standard prime’ for general shooting, while also delivering full 1.0x macro magnification for extreme close-ups, boosted to 1.2x in Super Macro mode.


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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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