Canon has announced the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM, the first macro lens for the EOS M camera system. Another clever first is the integration of two Macro Lite flash units into the front of the lens itself to help freeze close-up subjects.
The miniature Macro Lite electronic flash units curve around the front element of the lens and give the effect of a ring flash, helping to remove shadow and darkness from subjects. Users can also adjust brightness and choose whether both units are illuminated together, or individually.
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The new lens is also the first autofocus lens for interchangeable lens cameras that is capable of focusing from infinity to life-size (1x) in normal shooting and up to 1.2x magnification in Super Macro mode.
Other features include the same Hybrid IS system found on the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens to reduce camera shake, a lead screw-type STM stepping motor for smooth and quiet focusing, and an angle of view similar to a 45mm standard lens (35mm equivalent).
And in another world first, Canon says the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is also the lightest macro lens for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, weighing in at just 130 g (4.58 oz).
The new lens will be available in June for US$299.99, and Canon is currently taking preorders.