On this review photographer Christopher Frost looks at the the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM – the first super zoom specifically designed by Canon for the EOS-M mount.
The image stabilization seems to work fine and the build quality is decent but not much more. The mount is made out of plastic and so is the lens itself so the feel of the lens is not that of a super high quality lens. The zoom ring doesn’t turn very smooth – especially for video work.
The focus is responsive and silent which is quite useful and the focus in general is quite accurate. As for the image quality (Frost tested it on the older EOS M-3) at 18mm wide open the center is good but the corners are soft. If you close down to about f/5.6 the corners and center improve and at f/8 the corners are pretty decent. At around 70mm the center is pretty sharp but corners need some improvement and the contrast isn’t great – you will need to stop down to f/8 again – this is also true for 150mm. So in general if you are O.K. closing down the lens (if you are on a tripod and can do longer exposures or you have a lot of light – you can get decent results.
The close up is O.K. if you close down the aperture and you do need to be careful from bright light. At the end of the day this is an O.K. super zoom lens – you do need to remember that these lenses are always a compromise and this lens is not an exception in this respect.
As for pricing this lens cost around $500.