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Last year I wrote about the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 kit lens, which pairs with my Canon EOS M50 camera. But I thought it was about time that I sat down and wrote a post on my go-to travel photography lens – the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens.
I purchased this lens at the same time as the camera body and kit lens, back in June 2019. I’ve had plenty of time to play around with them both since then and have learned a lot more about photography along the way!
Keep reading to see my full review of the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens.
Related: Canon EOS M50 Review
What you need to know about the Canon 22mm lens
“A 22mm wide-angle pancake lens with EF-M mount – ideal for stunning landscapes and everyday reportage with the EOS M. An f/2.0 maximum aperture delivers great low light shots in stills and movies.”
This is how Canon describe their lens – and whilst it’s totally spot on, I think the 22mm is actually so much more than this.
I’ve been using this lens at home in the UK and for all of my travel photography (which in 2020 included Scotland, Devon, York and Slovenia) and always feel that the photos turn out great. In addition to landscapes, I use this lens a lot for portrait and product photography.
See the full Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 lens specification.
Photos taken with the Canon 22mm lens
To give you an idea of what this lens can shoot, I’ve shared a range of my photos below. For transparency these have all been edited in Lightroom, but I have shared unedited shots at the end also.
Food photography shot on the 22mm:
Landscape photography shot on the 22mm:
Portrait photography shot on the 22mm:
Unedited photography shot on the 22mm:
Thoughts on the Canon 22mm lens
What I love:
I absolutely love how small it is. The reason I bought it is because I’d heard it was ideal for travel – and it really is! When I swap the 15-45mm for the 22mm it’s noticeably smaller. As someone who always has their camera around their neck, switching to a slightly lighter lens is always nice (25g lighter to be exact).
The low f/stop is a dream. Being able to take my photos down to f/2 is perfect for someone who likes to take photos with that beautifully blurred background!
What I don’t love:
As this lens has no zoom, it’s not so ideal for shooting certain landscapes or perhaps wildlife. I was kicking myself when I went on safari in Sri Lanka and took only the 22mm, leaving the 15-45mm back in the room! I still got some lovely photos but not the close ups I’d hoped for.
This camera as a whole isn’t known for amazing low-light photography, and whilst the 22mm helps with the light a little, it doesn’t fix the problem. That said, if you want to shoot lots of low light (which I don’t) then you’re probably better off with a more capable camera.
To summarise, I am totally in love with my Canon EF-M 22mm lens and it will be tagging along on all future trips!
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What camera do you use? Do you have any other lens recommendations for this camera?