With the Canon G7X being one of the most popular vlogging cameras of all time, the Canon m50 was almost guaranteed to be a big hit with a large number of vloggers upgrading from the G7X to the m50 when it was released due to it offering the ability to allow you to change your lenses. In addition to this, the excellent photograph image quality and great videography performance have ensured that the Canon m50 has quickly won a large share of the market that keeps on growing with each passing month.
Due to this, we are constantly seeing people reaching out and asking for advice on a large number of different accessories for the m50 but one question that we have seen asked over and over again is based around the best macro lens for Canon m50 cameras on the market right now. We feel that this is due to the m50 not using the standard Canon lens mount but the M series mount.
Thankfully though, the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 is an excellent little macro lens that will natively mount directly to your Canon m50 without you have to purchase any additional lens converters or mounts. We have seen a large number of photographers instantly disregard the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 as a macro lens since its release but it has managed to earn itself a great reputation amongst the macro community that just keeps getting better due to its excellent performance.
Due to this, we would highly recommend that any of our readers who own the Canon m50 and are in the market for a solid little macro photography lens seriously consider the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5. It can offer you some excellent image quality right out the box, is very easy to use, and comes with a very fair price tag when you consider what you are actually getting for your money when you purchase it.
Performance And Functionality
The lens allows you to capture dew on a flower, the color of an eye, or the detail in a colorful feather with outstanding image quality all from your Canon m50. This is partly due to the built-in macro lite technology that automatically supplies your subject with the light needed to help get the best image quality possible with an excellent sense of depth and dimension.
The macro lite technology also helps you to get that hard to capture detail and ensure that your macro photographs are bright, vibrant and bold and all of this transfers over very well to social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest. If you are trying to build up a social following then showing off your macro work in all of its glory on your social media profiles is going to be essential and the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 helps you do this.
The lens also comes with Canons latest autofocus technology as standard too that is fully capable of focusing at infinity in regular shooting as well as macro shooting. On top of this, you are also able to enhance up to 1.2 x regular magnification via the lens to add that extra layer of detail if you are trying to capture something as small and detailed as an insect with ease.
The autofocus is powered by a next-generation STM stepping motor that is as close to silent as possible for the technology available right now. This allows you to get up close and personal to insects and other small animals without the noise of your autofocus motor scaring them off when it kicks in. Additionally, Canons STM motors are extremely smooth ensuring that you get a nice gradual autofocus on your subject making your life as easy as possible when using the lens with your Canon m50.
As you would expect from a modern macro photography lens, the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 also comes with some excellent hybrid image stabilization built-in. This helps to drastically reduce the effects of camera shake on your macro photographs to help you actually enjoy capturing handheld photographs with your m50 rather than having to worry about every small movement you make.
When you factor all of this in, as well as the fact that the lens will natively mount directly to your Canon m50 without needing a convertor, it is not surprising that the lens has proven to be such a big hit with the community. Independent photographers who have chosen to use the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 as their go-to macro lens of choice have also posted a number of excellent reviews online for the lens that you can read for some additional, third-party insight into the level of performance that it offers.
User Interface And Control System
The macro lite button seen to the bottom left of the image above is also very easy to press to activate the tech at a moment’s notice if needed. This ensures that you are able to keep your eye against the viewfinder of your Canon m50 to ensure your subject is in focus while activating the macro lite technology to improve your overall image quality.
We have already touched on the autofocus technology on the lens earlier in the article as well as how effective and silent its STM stepping motors is too. As we mentioned earlier in the article, the autofocus motor is close to silent when adjusting your focus levels too so if you are using the lens while vlogging or capturing video footage the auto adjustments of the motor will not contaminate your audio track when using the onboard mic on your m50.
As the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 is such a simple little lens, there really is not much else to say about its interface. Everything is very straight forward and anything that can be used to interface with the lens to manipulate your image quality is easy and smooth. We are pleased to be able to say that Canon have managed to nail it again and produce one of the easiest lens control systems that we have seen.
Build Quality And Design
At the time of its release, the lens was actually the listest lens with autofocus in the world offering a great advantage for any of our Canon m50 owning readers who are into travel vlogging. The compact design and light weight make it extremely easy to store the lens in your kit bag with ease and without having to risk going over your luggage allowance.
The anti-scratch glass on the lens also ensures that it can easily take and bumps or knocks during use as many a macro photographer has accidentally gotten a little too close during use and bumped their lens. Depending on what you are doing with your m50, you can counter this risk by mounting a a decent UV filter to the lens to help add that extra layer of protection.
Speaking of using filters with your lens, the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 comes with a 43mm lens filter thread as standard. As the 43mm lens filter thread size is very popular, there are a ton of compatible UV, CPL, ND, and other lens filters available that will mount directly to the lens with ease. If you are considering adding some lens filters to your camera accessories for your m50 then we would highly recommend the Gobe filter range.
The final point that we want to raise about the build quality of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 is that its bayonet connector is solid. It can take a ton of punishment without breaking or taking damage allowing you to quickly and easily mount and unmount the lens from your Canon m50 as required. If you are planning on using your Canon m50 in different niches this allows you to quickly switch to the relevant lens for your task at hand without having any problems.
All in all, Canon has stuck to their reputation of having the best build quality going for their lenses making Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 and extremely robust bit of kit. With so many m50 owners traveling around on a regular basis, this offers you peace of mind that your lens will be fine while in transit to various locations without breaking from any bumps or knocks.
That brings our article on what we feel is the best macro lens for Canon m50 cameras to a close. As you can probably guess by this stage, we are massive fans of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 and would highly recommend it to any of our readers who own the Canon m50 and are looking to add a macro lens to their camera accessories. We are confident that it will help you capture your macro photographs in excellent quality that holds up well to the scrutiny of pixel peepers.
If you are yet to make your mind up about the lens then we would highly recommend that you spend a little time skimming some of these independent reviews as they offer some excellent insight into how good the lens actually is from third-party macro photographers who use it as their lens of choice.