The first Lens on camera I am going to discuss is the Canon Efm 15-45mm stm.
I have chosen this one first, not only because it it the smallest and lightest, but it is also the most versatile and used lens that I find myself using with this mirrorless camera system.
The Canon Efm 15-45mm stm came out after canons Efm 18-55mm stm(to be reviewed shortly). This small and seemingly wider angle view lens took it’s place as the standard kit lens from the 18-55mm primarily because of its lighter and at the time cheaper production and price. I got mine (at the time of writing this post) for the small price of around £31, as the owner had got it as a boxed kit lens and didn’t want it.
It is entirely made of plastic, except of course for the lens elements. Personally I have used plastic lens mounts for years and have never had any issues, either with the mount or its strength on remaining fixed to the camera. The same goes for this stonking little lens.
With a 24-72mm full frame equivalent (15x 1.6 and 45 x1.6) this becomes a very useful lens in every sense.
I find myself using it mostly when i just want to take one lens out with me on one camera. Small and light with a perfectly acceptable aperture of 3.5-6.3, but still better than some. As I commented on my opening page Cameras with their Lenses, it is also the lightest of all the Canon lenses. A great boon for the casual photographer and traveller alike. With its 49mm filter thread size, this also makes for inexpensive filter purchases.
From my personal use, I have found it great for producing good colour rendition, with reasonable sharpness to the edges. Snap quick to focus and totally reliable shot after shot. It makes the Canon Eos M a super compact APSC camera , so small it pops into my handbag all the time, so I know I can get opportune quality images at any given moment. On the Eos M5 , it also keeps its small an useful, lightweight form factor, and yes still small enough on it’s own to carry in a handbag.
Do I recommend this lens? hell yes! would I be without it? no way, Do I use it often? Yes of course, The fact that its on either one of my to M series cameras at any one time speaks volumes about its usefulness on the mirrorless system. Now I know there are shed fulls of reviews out there, all have their points, but what I think using your lenses and cameras is about is not the spec sheet, but actually how much you really use them. This little gem of a lens is one of those “go to” lenses, no doubt for me.
You can read about my review of the 15-45mm stm lens on this link
The images below are examples of what this lens can produce, I have given the MM length shot with to help.