Canon introduces their first dedicated telephoto zoom lens

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Canon has launched their first dedicated telephoto zoom lens, a new addition to their EF-M lens range.

The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM has been designed for Canon’s EOS M Compact System Camera models, and includes the company’s advanced Stepping Motor Technology (STM) and a 3.5-stop optical image stabiliser, while providing a 55-200mm focal range.

“The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM joins three existing lenses in the EF-M range, which together offer a diverse variety of focal lengths from 11-200mm. The perfect addition to any EOS M kit bag, the new lens opens additional creative possibilities for EOS M shooters through its suitability to capture a wide selection of scenes – from eye-catching portraits at 55mm, to wildlife at 200mm,” Canon said in a press statement.

Canon explained that the STM technology comes in hand when shooting videos, as it will make sure that there are smooth focus transitions between subjects.

“The STM mechanism also provides near-silent focusing, giving videographers the ability to shoot movie soundtracks which capture the natural ambience of the scene in front of them. Additionally, thanks to a highly-effective 3.5-stop optical image stabiliser, which reduces visible camera shake, users can also shoot sharp stills while using the zoom, and steady movies while capturing action,” they explained.

To improve the image quality, Canon used an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element, and its non-rotating front element ensures that when using filters, the effect will be consistent. There is also a full-time manual focus ring to adjust focus during shoots.

According to Canon, the lens’ key features are:

  • Get closer to the action with your EOS-M camera
  • Image stabiliser keeps images sharp
  • Compact enough to go anywhere
  • Smooth, near-silent STM focusing
  • Make quick adjustments with a manual focus ring
  • Shoot great quality images – full of sharp details and rich colour

[Source – Canon]

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.