Announcing Two New Canon EF Lenses and EOS M Kit


Canon has just announced two additions to their expansive EF lens lineup: the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS and the EF 35mm f/2 IS. These lenses fit into the lineup where previous lenses exist, but improve upon these lenses with the addition of image stabilization and more refined optical technology to produce overall sharper, clearer imagery. Also being released is a second EOS M kit featuring the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. This kit offers an alternative for those looking for a zoom lens to use with the EOS M other than the EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM lens kit that was previously announced.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS

The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS is a standard length zoom lens covering wide to portrait focal lengths and offering a moderately large maximum aperture to help control depth of field and improve shooting in lower light situations. While the f/4.0 maximum aperture is not the fastest among 24-70mm zoom lenses offered by Canon, it does offer a lighter weight alternative than the f/2.8 version. This reduction in weight is ideal for photographers working in outdoor conditions who are photographing moving subjects or carrying other gear and looking to save on overall weight and space. The f/4.0 maximum aperture is also constant throughout the entire zoom range, which is ideal for HDSLR shooting, due to the fact that you can maintain the widest aperture while zooming during video recording. Also contributing to improved video performance is the inner focusing mechanism, that maintains a consistent lens length when focusing or zooming, and an Ultrasonic Motor (USM) that provides fast and quiet autofocusing.

Contributing to the low-light performance, fast-paced situations and close subject shooting, built-in image stabilization provides up to four stops equivalent of camera shake reduction, and the Hybrid IS stabilization benefits macro shooting by countering both angular and shift types of camera shake. In regard to macro shooting, this lens has a maximum magnification of 0.7x for near life-size reproduction of subject matter, and macro capabilities are easily accessible through a one-touch system when zoomed to the long end of the focal-length range. When working outside of the macro mode, close focusing is still possible with a minimum focus distance of 15” throughout the entire zoom range.

This lens is also the newest member of Canon’s L-series of lenses, which are known for their optical and overall build quality. Two aspheric and two ultra-low dispersion elements produce high image quality with improved sharpness and clarity throughout the zoom range, while also helping to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion. The front and rear elements feature a fluorine coating that reduces soiling and fingerprints on the surface of the lens and also aids in cleaning your lens when you're abroad in the elements. The lens housing itself is resistant to dust and water, making this lens an ideal companion for use in inclement weather.

Mount Type Canon EF
Focal Length Range 24-70mm
Maximum Aperture f/4
Format Coverage Full-frame and APS-C
Angle of View (Full-Frame / APS-C) 84°-34° / 59°-22°
Maximum Magnification 0.7x
Lens Construction 15 elements in 12 groups
Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system
Diaphragm Blades 9
Minimum Focus Distance 15" / 38.1 cm
Filter Ring Diameter 77mm
Dimensions 3.3 x 3.7" / 8.4 x 9.4 cm
Weight 1.32lb / 599.9g

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS

The second lens being introduced by Canon, the EF 35mm f/2 IS, is a wide angle prime lens featuring a fast maximum aperture and built-in image stabilization. The optical image stabilization provides compensation for about four stops, making this lens truly ideal for working in low light. The image stabilization system also works to determine normal shooting and panning techniques, and utilize the best stabilization mode, depending on the manner in which you are shooting. This lens also features one glass-molded aspherical lens to provide high image sharpness and even peripheral illumination, which is further enhanced by optimized lens coatings to minimize flare and ghosting.

The EF 35mm f/2 IS truly excels in HD video applications, due to a rear focusing system and ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast, quiet, and accurate focusing. Also contributing to video usage are full-time manual focus (FTM) capabilities when working in autofocus mode: by turning the focusing ring, the lens will automatically switch over to manual mode to allow for personalized, fine-tuning of focus. Another mechanical consideration that benefits video recording is a micro-stepping drive for switching aperture settings. Like the focus system, this mechanism provides near-silent performance that is necessary for changing settings while recording.

Mount Type Canon EF
Focal Length Range 35mm
Maximum Aperture f/2
Format Coverage Full-frame and APS-C
Angle of View (Full-Frame / APS-C) 63° / 42°
Maximum Magnification Not specified by manufacturer
Lens Construction 10 elements in 8 groups
Focus Adjustment Rear focusing system
Diaphragm Blades 8
Minimum Focus Distance 9.4" / 24 cm
Filter Ring Diameter 67mm
Dimensions 3.1 x 2.5" / 7.9 x 6.4 cm
Weight 11.82oz / 335.1g

Canon EOS M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

The EOS M is Canon’s first mirrorless camera, and features an 18-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor. The combination of these technologies provides high image quality, expanded sensitivity to ISO 25600, and full HD movie recording. This newly formed kit includes the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, a standard length zoom lens that is equivalent to 28.8-88mm in 35mm format. The lens features three aspheric elements to help reduce flare and ghosting, while providing overall sharp and clear imagery.  The optical image stabilizer provides a four-stop equivalent reduction in camera shake that benefits low-light photography as well as when working at the long end of the zoom range. This lens also incorporates the new STM stepping motor, which works in concert with the Movie Servo AF system of the EOS M to provide extremely quiet, smooth focusing when recording HD video.

Canon EOS M
Camera Type Digital single-lens non-reflex
Lens Mount Canon EF-M
Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9mm (APS-C)
Sensor Type CMOS
Total Pixels 18.5MP
Effective Pixels 18MP
Pixel Unit 4.3 µm square
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low Pass Filter Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Recording Format Complies with Design rule for Camera File system 2.0 and Exif 2.30
File Size Large/Fine: Approx. 17.9MP (5184 x 3456)
Medium/Fine: Approx. 8.0MP (3456 x 2304)
Small 1/Normal: Approx. 4.5MP (2592 x 1728)
Small 2/Fine: Approx. 2.5MP (1920 x 1280)
Small 3/Fine: Approx. 0.35MP (720 x 480)
RAW: Approx. 17.9MP (5184 x 3456)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
White Balance Auto (Approx. 3000-7000K), Daylight (Approx. 5200K), Shade (Approx. 7000K), Cloudy, Twilight and Sunset (Approx. 6000K), Tungsten Light (Approx. 3200K), White Fluorescent Light (Approx. 4000K), Flash, Custom (Custom White Balance: Approx. 2000-10,000K)
Autofocus Type TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points 31
AF Working Range EV 1 to 18 (at 73°F / 23°C, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes One-Shot AF, Servo AF, MF, AF + MF
AF Assist Beam Range Approx. 8.2' / 2.5m
Exposure Metering Modes Evaluative metering, partial metering (center: approx. 11%), spot metering (center: approx. 2.8%), center-weighted average metering
Exposure Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 73°F / 23°C, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Program AE, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure
Exposure Modes Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene,
HDR Backlight Control
Sensitivity ISO 100-6400, expandable to ISO 25600
(ISO 12800 for video)
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Shutter Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speed Range 1/4000 to 30 sec., bulb
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 sec.
Self Timer 2 or 10 sec. delay
External Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash (evaluative flash metering and average flash metering), FE Lock
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, 10-sec. self-timer/Remote control, 2-sec. self-timer, Continuous shooting after 10-sec. self-timer (2 to 10 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed Up to 4.3 fps
Maximum Burst (with UHS-I 8GB memory card) JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 17 shots
RAW: Approx. 6 shots
RAW + JPEG: Approx. 3 shots
Video File Format MOV (Image data: H.264; audio: Linear
PCM (Stereo))
Video File Size Full HD: 1920 x 1080 (330MB/min.)
HD: 1280 x 720 (330MB/min.)
SD: 640 x 480 (82.5MB/min.)
Video Frame Rates 1080: 30p, 25p, 24p
720: 60p, 50p
480: 30p, 25p
Video Continuous Shooting Time
(with 8GB memory card)
1080: Approx. 22 min.
720: Approx. 22 min.
480: Approx. 1 hr. 32 min.
Video Exposure Control Movie autoexposure mode: Shutter speed 1/4000 to 1/30 sec., aperture, and
ISO speed automatically set
Movie manual exposure mode: Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO manually set 
Video Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps
LCD Monitor Type LCD TFT with Touch Panel LCD (capacitive type)
Monitor Size 3.0" / 7.6cm
Monitor Resolution Approx. 1,040k-dot
Monitor Coverage Viewing Angle: 170° (vertically and horizontally)
Interface USB 2.0, mini-HDMI (type C)
Video Out NTSC/PAL selectable
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Power Source LP-E12 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery Life (at 73°F / 23°C) Still: Approx 230 shots; Video: 1 hr. 30 min.
Start-Up Time Approx. 1.6 sec. with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Operating Temperature 32-104°F / 0-40°C
Operating Humidity 85% or less
Dimensions 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.3" / 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3mm
Weight (body only) 9.2 oz / 262 g
EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Mount Type Canon EF-M
Focal Length Range 18-55mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-5.6
Format Coverage APS-C
Angle of View (Full-Frame / APS-C) 74°-28° (APS-C only)
Maximum Magnification Not specified by manufacturer
Lens Construction 13 elements in 11 groups
Diaphragm Blades 7
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" / 25 cm
Filter Ring Diameter 52mm
Dimensions 2.4 x 2.4" / 60.9 x 61mm
Weight 7.4 oz / 210 g

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I just want to know about Canon EOS M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 18-55mm Zoom, Can you please let me know about its Zoom capacity (?X).

Many Thanks...

The 18-55mm lens would have a zoom factor of roughly 3X.  To find this for a zoom lens, you would take the largest focal length and divide it by the smallest focal length.

hi! B&H

I wish to inquire regarding Canon EOS M 11-22 mm lens. do you have it on stock & what is your price?

What other lens is effective with my EOS M camera?

Thank You

Ernie in Bangkok

Unfortunately, B&H does not carry the EF-M 11-22mm lens.  This lens is not being distributed in the US by Canon.  You can find the lenses we carry for the EOS M on the following link.

I think everyone is missing the biggest mistake so far. Why would anyone need a 24-70 f/4 IS if Canon already has a 24-105 f/4 IS? The customer really needs the original 24-70 f/2.8 with the IS, not the f/4. Not sure who would want to purposely have a 24-70 when you could have even more reach with the 105. Just my 2 cents Canon.

The 35 f/2 may appeal to some people, but serious professionals will just buy the 35 f/1.4L if they need the 35mm field of view. IS is not a make or break for professional use.

QUESTION: How quiet is the camera when taking a picture?
Thinking about using on a live move set!

Why in the heck do we need a 35mm f/2 lens with IS? What kind of photographer that would even think of buying that lens (like myself) would need IS in it, let alone triple the price of the old lens? What a waste, I swear all Canon wants to do is milk the consumer for all their worth

Ho hum. Another camera without a viewfinder.