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Summary

Highly Recommended awardThe Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM is a standard prime lens for the EOS M mirrorless system, delivering 51mm equivalent coverage coupled with a fast focal ratio that’s ideal for shallow depth-of-field effects. This eighth native EF-M lens is only the third prime in the system so far and has the brightest aperture of them all - suffice it to say it’s a lens the EOS M faithful have been waiting a long time for, and thankfully it doesn’t disappoint. There may be no image stabilisation or weather-sealing, but this compact prime is a great general-purpose lens that’s sharp even at larger apertures, and also ideal for portraits, low light or still-life. It’s also a stop faster than the EF 35mm f2 IS USM, and while it lacks IS, it's smaller, lighter and cheaper especially when an adapter is factored-in. It is in short, a no-brainer for EOS M owners who desire creative control with a native lens. The only major downside is it should have been available seven years earlier at the launch of the EOS M system, but at least it’s here now.

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Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM review

In depth

The Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM is a standard prime lens for the EOS M mirrorless system. Announced in September 2018 but not widely until early 2019, it delivers 51mm equivalent coverage when mounted on one of Canon’s EOS M bodies. This so-called standard field-of-view is ideal for general-purpose use, and thanks to the fast f1.4 focal ratio and reasonably close focusing distance, it can also deliver shallow depth-of-field effects making it a great choice for portraits or still-life.

The 32mm f1.4 STM becomes the eighth native EF-M lens, and only the third prime / fixed focal length model in the system to date; it’s also the fastest. While it’s possible to adapt one of Canon’s many EF lenses to EOS M bodies, such as the EF 35mm f2 IS USM, the native EF-M version is a stop faster, not to mention a little smaller, lighter and cheaper, especially when you factor-in the EF adapter (albeit missing out on IS).

Weighing 235g, measuring 57mm in length and sharing the standard EF-M barrel diameter of 60.9mm, it’s a compact lens with a 43mm filter thread, metal mount and an STM focusing motor that’s smooth and quiet for video work. The optical construction consists of 14 elements in eight groups, employs seven aperture blades and has a closest focusing distance of 23cm. While it’s not weather-proofed, there’s no optical stabilisation and it’s not exactly a budget lens, it remains a model the EOS M faithful have been waiting a long time for. In my video below, I’ll demonstrate all the features and compare the quality with the EF-M 15-45mm kit zoom. If you fancy perusing my sample images or quality results in more detail, check out the respective tabs in this review and when you’re ready, head over to the final verdict!

 

 

 

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