The Best Vlogging Lens For Canon M50 Cameras!
The Canon G7X has been one of the main, go-to entry-level vlogging cameras since its release but due to being a point and shoot camera, it had one major weakness, you couldn’t change the lens on the camera to meet your needs. Thankfully, Canon identified the gap in the market between the G7X and their DSLR cameras and decided to develop the Canon m50 to fill the void. With the m50 offering the same great quality that the G7X does with a number of other benefits including the ability to switch your lenses out as required, it is no surprise that the m50 has managed to become one of the most popular vlogging cameras on the market.
Due to the m50 having such a large customer base, we are always seeing a number of people reaching out and asking for advice for various accessories for various tasks for the camera. With more and more people using the Canon m50 for vlogging, we have noticed a steady increase in the number of people reaching out and asking for advice on what we feel the best vlogging lens for Canon m50 cameras on the market is.
As we love the vlogging capabilities of the m50, we have decided to make vlogging lenses the focus of today’s article and we have settled on three solid options for a feature. All three of the lenses have the Canon EF-M mount so will attach directly to your Canon m50 without needed a converter or adapter. Additionally, all three of the featured lenses have a number of vloggers using them as well as their own specific niche where they can be dominant.
That said though, out of the three featured lenses we do feel that the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 is probably the best vlogging lens for Canon m50 cameras overall and will be the best option for most of our readers. That said though, we have our comparison table below going over our three featured lenses with a short overview of each option below. After that, we will be taking a more detail look at the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 as we feel it will be the best vlogging option for the majority of our readers.
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As you can see from our comparison table above, the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 is our primary recommendation for your Canon m50 is you are looking to add a vlogging lens to your camera accessories. Its wide-angle focal length is perfect for the vast majority of vlogging tasks and it can deliver some outstandingly sharp image quality.
Both the autofocus and build in image stabilization help to push it to the front of the pack as both as great for excellent features to have in a vlogging camera. The autofocus ensures that your Canon m50 is getting the best possible footage of your face while vlogging and the image stabilization does its best to keep your footage as smooth as possible when in use.
As you would expect from a premium level camera lens, the Canon EF-M 11-22mm is the most expensive of our featured lenses but in our opinion, it is definitely the best option available. Since its release onto the market, the lens has managed to earn itself an outstanding reputation that just keeps on getting better and better too.
Next up we have the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 that is a popular option as it is one of the kit lenses available in most of the Canon m50 bundles meaning many people already have access to it. Unfortunately, if you purchase the camera only package for your m50 then you will have to pay full price for the Canon EF-M 15-45mm and for what you actually get, it is a pretty pricey lens.
Although it does offer some excellent autofocus and image stabilization as standard, the 15mm minimum focal length is not the best for traditional vlogging while talking into your camera. On the flip side of this though, the 45mm maximum focal length can help you get some decent b-roll to help supplement your vlog footage but other lenses can be used for this too.
That said though, the Canon EF-M 15-45mm is a pretty popular lens that has managed to earn itself a solid reputation amongst the community and depending on your vlogging style, you could argue that this could be the lens for you although we do still feel that the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 covered above is a better overall option.
The final option is our more budget-friendly, cheap vlogging lens for the Canon m50, the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 and although it has a decent focal length and image quality for vlogging with your camera for its price tag, the lack of image stabilization really can hurt your overall image quality if you are planning to vlog while moving.
On the flip side of this though, if you are beauty vlogger or in some other vlogging niche where you will be sat still in front of your camera while it mounted on a tripod then this is not an issue. This along with its cheaper price tag is one of the main reasons that the Canon EF-M 22mm has become so popular within the community and managed to earn itself such a good reputation.
That said though if you are in a vlogging niche where you will be moving around while holding your m50 on a regular basis then the lack of image stabilization really holds it back. It will probably be cheaper to just purchase the Canon EF-M 11-22mm rather than purchase a suitable gimbal stabilizer to offset the movement while vlogging.
For the rest of the article, we are going to be focusing on the Canon EF-M 11-22mm and taking a more in-depth look at the lens as it is our primary lens recommendation for vlogging with the Canon m50. Although we will be mentioning the other two lenses now and then, we will not be spending much more time on them.
Performance And Functionality
In our opinion, being able to select an angle as 11mm on your lens for vlogging offers some great advantages and allows you to get right up and close to your Canon m50 while vlogging while still having plenty of your background in the frame. Depending on your vlogging location you can zoom our towards to the 22mm range or use it to capture landscape and b-roll if you are in a niche that requires it. The f/4 to f/5.6 amateur on the lens should be ideal for most vlogging situations and ensure that you have all the lighting you need to ensure that your video footage is bright and clear too.
With a minimum focusing distance of only half a foot or 0.15 meters, the Canon EF-M 11-22mm is ideal for holding up to talk into while vlogging too. The minimum focus distance is plenty for this type of vlogging and the autofocus technology on the lens will then kick in and ensure that your face is always in focus while the image stabilization helps keep your video footage smooth while moving too.
Unlike a small number of other EF-M lenses, the Canon EF-M 11-22mm is free from the chromatic aberration issues that can have a negative effect on your image quality too. As you probably know, the vlogging space is very competitive and having the best possible image quality going for your vlogs can help your content stand out from the content of your competition too.
User Interface And Control System
The manual focus ring on the lens is very responsive and smooth to turn if you want to take manual control over the focusing on the lens. Additionally, the manual focus ring has just enough resistance on it to allow you to accurately rotate it as required without accidentally over-rotating and wasting time. Although this is a common feature on the modern Canon lenses, we just wanted to make our readers aware of it.
As we have touched on earlier in the article, the Canon autofocus system on the Canon EF-M 11-22mm is second to none at the time of writing and does an excellent job of keeping you in focus if you are vlogging. Now, if you are in a static location sitting in one place with your m50 mounted to a tripod then this may not be too useful but if you walk or move around while vlogging then it really is a godsend.
As the Canon m50 is more of an entry-level/first update towards an intermediate level vlogging camera many of the vloggers who use it may never have used a mountable lens or an autofocus system before. Thankfully, Canon has made the system on the Canon EF-M 11-22mm as easy to use as possible and it is literally just one button and you are good to go.
All in all, Canon really have managed to do an excellent job with the ease of use of the lens and ensuring that it is as easy to use as possible so even an entry-level vlogger can take it out of the box, mount it to their m50, and be good to go and capture some excellent image quality.
Build Quality And Design
If you are a travel vlogger or involved in any other vlogging niche where you will be traveling on a regular basis then the robust build quality of the Canon EF-M 11-22mm offers you some peace of mind that your lens won’t be broken from any bumps or knocks it has sustained while in transit. Additionally, as it comes in at only 220 grams or so and is around 60.9 x 58.2mm in size, the lens is also very easy to pack in your luggage without taking up much space or size too.
The element construction for the lens is excellent with twelve elements being divided up into nine different groups that all work perfectly together when capturing photographs or video footage. The lens aperture is made up of seven individual blades that are easy to control and have been designed to help deliver some beautiful backgrounds while recording with the lens too.
The final point that we want to make about the Canon EF-M 11-22mm is that it comes with a 55mm lens thread as standard and we would highly recommend that you pick up a decent UV lens filter to add that additional layer of protection for the lenses forward element while in use or in transit. Additionally, as the 55mm lens thread is a popular option there are plenty of filters available that you can mount to your lens during use to further customize your image quality depending on what you need.
That brings our article covering what we feel is the best vlogging lens for Canon m50 cameras to a close. We hope that we have done a decent job of explaining why we feel that the Canon EF-M 11-22mm should be your primary consideration and how it can make an excellent addition to your vlogging camera accessories. If you are yet to make your mind up then you are able to read some third-party reviews of the lens left by independent vloggers, videographers, and photographers that offer some great insight into the performance of the lens.