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

January 6, 2017 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is a good choice for those who want to keep their kit bag light, and want something which offers versatility with a variety of different focal lengths. It would make sense as a first lens with any of the EOS M cameras, but is a great companion to the EOS M5. 

As this is for a small system, it’s good to see a light and compact lens which offers a versatile focal length range. Some superzoom lenses for compact system cameras end up being very weighty and cause the camera to be unbalanced, or indeed, reduce the point of it being a smaller and lightweight system in the first place. 

Of course you have to consider a trade off for having something versatile as this. Namely, the fact that you don’t have a particularly wide aperture to play with. At f/3.5 at the widest point, this probably isn’t going to be something you consider for portrait work - however at some focal lengths it’s possible to get a shallow depth of field effect with some attractive out of focus areas. 

The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is a great all-rounder lens, which produces sharp images, with very minimal drawbacks. There is some distortion at the wide angle end of the lens, but it’s only particularly noticeable if you get too close to the subject. Vignetting is handled very well, and even when shooting a subject such as a white wall, the 18-150mm puts in a good performance. 

At this point in time, the biggest drawback of the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is its price. On its own, it’s quite pricey at over £400. You may consider that quite a lot for a superzoom lens, but if you’re only going to invest one lens to be your all-rounder, it could be argued that it’s pretty decent value for money. It’s also worth thinking about if you like to shoot wildlife or travel subjects, but don’t want the expense (or the inflexibility) of a very long focal length lens. If you're buying a Canon EOS M5, buying the 18-150mm as part of a kit offers better value, adding around £350 to the body only price of the camera.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 3.5