Canon EF-M 32mm F/1.4 STM Review

March 5, 2019 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens is the ideal lens for Canon EOS M users who are looking for a new prime lens to fit into their kit bag. It’s a simple, yet reliable, “nifty fifty” type lens by the time you take into account the crop factor of using it with an APS-C sized sensor.

It’s easy to forget about the M series, now that all the attention has naturally gravitated towards the full-frame R series. However, with lenses like this, Canon shows that it is still thinking about the various different consumers it is trying to cater for.

The Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM is only the third prime lens to be made for the M series, and thanks to its focal length and wide aperture, it has a range of practical applications. You might consider it a portrait lens – albeit best suited to environmental type portraits – as well as for low light, pet portraits, still life, food and more.

Previously, to get a lens with a focal length like this on your M camera, you’d have to go for one of the EF lenses designed for DSLRs used in conjunction with an M mount adapter. That results in a much more bulky option, so it’s nice to have something which has been specifically designed for the M series and won’t take up too much room in your camera bag. Indeed, the 32mm EF-M lens is so small and light that you’ll barely even notice its presence at all and may even be able to slip it unnoticed in a jacket pocket.

It’ll be interesting to see how much more investment there is in the EOS M range – hopefully Canon will continue to bring more lenses and accessories to the system.

At just under £500, the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens is not the cheapest prime lens you’ll ever see available, so it’s not something that you might consider an impulse purchase. However, if you’re committed to the M series, it’s well worthy of consideration thanks to its versatility.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4