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Why the Canon M series is still a good camera system?

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

For quite some time the Canon M50 has been sought after and much talked about camera for Youtubers and entry level enthusiast photographers. Canon as a brand is known for being one of the top camera brands for the past few decades. However, times have changes and DSLRs are no longer King. Mirrorless cameras are now the preferred camera style and the M series was Canon's first attempt before refining things with the Full Frame R series.

Why the Canon M series is still a good camera

I've personally owned many M series camera and used it for many travels and some professional work. Its pretty well know that Canon has moved on from the M series but I believe it still has value especially if you can get some good used copies from reputable resellers like MPB or Ebay with careful consideration. If you're a beginner looking to dip your toe in a camera other than your smartphone the Canon M series /EF-M mount might be a good option.

Being a system made in within the past few years you have the benefit of technology giving us "no bad cameras". Its now about features and preferences. There are several reasons why the Canon M series continues to be regarded as a good camera system:

Compact and lightweight:

Canon M series cameras are known for their compact and lightweight design. They are highly portable and easy to carry around, making them ideal for travel and street photography.

Interchangeable lenses:

The Canon M series uses the EF-M lens mount, which allows users to interchange lenses. Canon has been steadily expanding its lineup of EF-M lenses, providing photographers with a versatile range of options to suit various shooting situations.

Advanced features:

Over the years, Canon has been introducing advanced features and technologies to their M series cameras. This includes improvements in autofocus performance, image stabilization, and image processing capabilities, enabling users to capture high-quality images and videos. Canon is know for the Dual Pixel Autofocus which is one of the best autofocus systems ever made. You lock on your subject with confidence, all things considered.

Touchscreen interface:

Many Canon M series cameras come with a touchscreen interface, making them more user-friendly and intuitive to operate, especially for newcomers to photography. Canon does touch screens right and is usable in the menu system also.

Good image quality:

The M series cameras typically utilize APS-C sized sensors, which deliver good image quality with low noise performance, especially in well-lit conditions. APS-C is the sweet spot between compact camera size and high quality image output.

Affordable entry point:

The Canon M series can be an attractive entry point for photographers looking to step into the mirrorless camera world without breaking the bank. Compared to Canon's full-frame mirrorless systems, M series cameras are generally more affordable.

Compatibility with EF and EF-S lenses:

With the use of a lens adapter, Canon M series cameras can also be used with Canon's extensive range of EF and EF-S lenses, which offers even more options for photographers who already own Canon DSLR lenses. Check out a Viltrox speedbooster to get an extra stop of light for Full Frame EF lenses and use the lens close to the actual focal length rather than the crop.

What you should know about the Canon M50 in 2023.

Some of the best lenses for the M series are going to be Sigma contemporary prime lenses. Sigma produces a variety of lenses with the Canon EF-M mount. These lenses are designed specifically for Canon's APS-C mirrorless system. Some popular

Sigma lenses compatible with the Canon M series include:

  1. Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary: A fast and wide-angle prime lens, great for landscapes, architecture, and low-light situations.

  2. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary: Another fast prime lens, ideal for portraits and everyday photography.

  3. Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary: A portrait lens with a large aperture for beautiful subject isolation and bokeh.

Here is a list of official Canon EF-M lenses:

Prime Lenses:

  1. Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM: A compact "pancake" prime lens, great for street photography and everyday use.

  2. Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM: A versatile prime lens with a wide aperture, suitable for portraits and general photography.

Zoom Lenses:

  1. Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM: An ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, useful for landscapes and architectural photography.

  2. Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM: A standard zoom lens with a compact design, suitable for various situations.

  3. Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM: An all-in-one superzoom lens that covers a wide focal range, making it ideal for travel and general photography.

  4. Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM: A telephoto zoom lens with image stabilization, suitable for capturing distant subjects.

Macro Lenses:

  1. Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM: A macro lens with built-in Macro Lite for illuminating close-up subjects.

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