Canon’s mirrorless camera system came on the market in mid-2012 (Canon EOS M camera) with the idea of creating cameras with similar performance to mid-range SLRs, but with a smaller size and weight.
M-system lenses and cameras use the EF-M mount. In general, they are smaller and lighter lenses than the corresponding models in the reflex range.
The system was designed to facilitate compatibility with Canon SLR lenses (EF / EF-S mount) using an adapter provided by Canon (or third parties).
The M-system cameras offer image quality, video, and overall performance similar to Canon’s mid-range and entry-level SLR cameras. Models like the M5 or M50, which include an electronic viewfinder, are basically ‘reflex’ a little smaller. Other models of the system such as the M6 or M100 do not include a viewfinder and are designed to be as small as possible.
Fixed lenses to jump from kit lens
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Fixed lenses have a much simpler optical structure (lens assembly) than variable focal lenses (zoom lenses).
For the same gamut, prime lenses typically offer higher optical quality than zoom lenses. This translates into greater sharpness and better management of the different optical aberrations. They also tend to have a larger maximum opening.
Canon EF-M 22mm f / 2
It is one of the most valued lenses in the M system. It is a pancake type, very small, super light, very sharp and with a maximum aperture of f / 2.
The equivalent focal length in terms of angle of view would be about 35mm, perfect for street photography for example, although in general it is a very versatile focal length.
It is also widely used in video, to record yourself on YouTube channels and the like. The aperture gives us an extra margin when shooting indoors with less light and depending on the frame we can get a good background blur.
Canon EF-M 32mm f / 1.4 STM
One of the best Canon M50 lenses in Canon’s M-system. The equivalent focal length in terms of angle of view would be about 51mm, very versatile. It does not become a portrait lens for close-ups (due to geometric distortion if we get too close to the subject) but it is a good option for portraits with slightly wider shots.
The aperture gives a lot of freedom to work in delicate light conditions. For example for interiors or for street photography, night photography, etc.
The 32mm f / 1.4 is very sharp throughout the aperture range, with the sweet spot between f / 2.8 and f / 4.
It is a good lens for example for video, to record ourselves and obtain a very nice background blur.
Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 (with EF / M adapter)
It’s a lens worth having, even if you have to buy the adapter to use it on an M-system camera. Summary: it’s good, pretty, and cheap
In terms of angle of view, placed on a camera with an APS-C sensor, it would be equivalent to an 80mm. It is a very good option for portrait or close-up video, but you have to bear in mind that you will need some separation from the subject depending on the framing you need. With its large opening it will allow you to get some beautiful unfocused backgrounds.
The aperture will also come in handy in less light situations, indoors, in museums, for night photography.
It’s a very, very sharp lens. If you are going to use it for video, the STM version is recommended as it offers a very smooth and silent focus.