The Canon m50 is on of the most popular mirrorless camera bodies on the market right now and its small size, low price tag, and excellent image quality have made it a huge hit amongst photographers, videographers, and vloggers with a user base that is steadily growing with each passing month. Due to this, we see an endless number of questions based around different camera accessories for the m50 being asked with each passing month to try and get the best image quality possible out of the camera.
For today’s article, we have decided to focus on one of the questions we have seen asked more and more over the last few weeks and that is based around the best 300mm lens for Canon m50 cameras. The 300mm focal range is perfect for the telephoto zoom niches such as wildlife photography, bird photography, sports photography, and pretty much any other niche where your subject will be in the distance.
That said though, the Canon m50 uses an EF-M lens mount and at the time of writing, there is no decent telephoto zoom lens available that will natively mount to your m50. In our opinion, the best option is to go with the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 that is an EF lens and use a decent EF to EF-M adapter to allow you to mount it to your Canon m50 to offer you that telephoto zoom capability.
The Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is a great little camera lens that has a massive customer base due to it being very versatile while also performing very well for its price tag. If you are working in a niche where you will need the 300mm focal range then this is going to be your best option as we doubt that a native EF-M lens is going to be released that covers 300mm anytime soon. Additionally, the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 has managed to rightfully earn itself a great reputation over the years that just keeps on getting better and better too.
We will not be taking a more in-depth look at the lens and what it has to offer you and your m50 if you do choose to add it to your collection of camera accessories. In our opinion, it is one of the most budget-friendly telephoto zoom lenses on the market right now and can definitely help to improve the image quality that you are able to capture with your m50 while out and about on your adventures. The versatility offered by the lens also ensures that you are easily able to use it in a large number of different niches and situations too helping you get the most value out of it too.
Performance And Functionality
One of the main reasons that the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 just keeps on going from strength to strength amongst the community is due to it blowing the compeating lenses out of the water in its price range. It offers crisp, clear, sharp image quality all the way through its zoom range without you having to break the bank while also offering a massive amount of versatility.
If you are specifically looking for a 300mm lens for your Canon m50 camera then the lens is ideal but the 70mm to 300mm full focal range of the lens offers you an absolute ton of versatility too. Although some people may prefer a 300mm prime lens, in our opinion, for your m50, the 70mm to 300mm range will likely be much better as the Canon m50 is more of a general-purpose camera body so the more versatility your camera accessories provide the better.
The f/4-5.6 aperture on the lens is solid for the vast majority of telephoto work that you may be doing with your m50 but it is not ideal for any serious low light work such as astrophotography but in all fairness, if you are into your astrophotography or anything like that then you are going to be wanting a super wide-angle lens rather than a telephoto zoom lens anyway.
Although not its primary purpose, the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 offers some solid bokeh manipulation too for a large amount of its focal range allowing you to quickly and easily blur the backgrounds in your photographs as required. This can help you quickly and easily isolate your subject from the background of the image and draw your viewer’s eye to specific subjects as required depending on the niche that you are working in too.
As you would probably guess due to its massive zoom ranges, the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 has a minimum focusing distance of just shy of four foot but this is normal for a lens with such a high zoom range. This should not actually be an issue for the vast majority of our readers anyway due to the distances we expect people to be working at if you are looking for a 300mm lens anyway.
Another solid feature on the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is that the lens offers some solid autofocus technology too that can score it some solid points over compeating lenses on the market in some long-distance niches. For example, the autofocus system performs very well for bird photography and allows you to worry about keeping the bird in frame rather than in focus if the bird is in flight. This really can be the difference between getting the photograph or video footage or missing it too and if it is a rare bird, this may be a rare opportunity.
If you are planning to capture video footage of the wildlife through your Canon m50 then the autofocus system on the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is ideal too as it is as close to silent as you are going to get for this price point. This ensures that your microphone will not be able to pick up the adjustment clicks of the autofocus system helping to keep your audio track clean and clear for your video footage too.
When you factor all of this in then it is easy to see why the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is such a popular telephoto lens option amongst the Canon camera body owning community. It offers some of the best image quality possible for the telephoto zoom ranges all the way up to 300mm without you having to break the bank for your new lens. Due to this, a large number of the photographers and videographers who use the lens with their camera have decided to publish their own third-party reviews of the lens.
Skimming over those reviews can be well worth the time as they offer some excellent insight into the performance of the lens and the opinions of independent photographers and videographers going over how the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 performs in a large number of niches. As we mentioned, the Canon m50 is more of a general-purpose camera body so understanding the versatility and performance of the lens in a number of different situations can help serve you well in the future.
User Interface And Control System
Although the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is getting closer to the intermediate level price point and performance levels, the user interface on the lens is as straight forward and user friendly as possible. We are pleased to report that Canon have definitely done a great job of putting the interface on the lens together in a way that ensures that you should easily be able to get the most out of the lens even if you are new to using a high zoom, telephoto lens.
Although the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is not a mount and capture lens, the manual zoom and manual focus rings on the lens are very easy to use and rotate as required without having any serious issues. This ensures that you are able to quickly and easily adjust both the zoom or focus levels of your lens without having any problems. Both rings have a slight level of resistance intentionally added to them as this allows you to accurately rotate them as needed to get the most out of the lens quickly.
Build Quality And Design
Being a Canon lens with a decent price tag, the build quality of the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is excellent as you would expect in all fairness to it. The actual design of the lens is based around the same standard telephoto lens design with little to no tweaks or innovations but in all fairness, in this day and age, with the technology that we have available, there is not much left to do to improve the design of these longer lenses anyway.
The basis of the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens construction is based around seventeen elements in twelve groups with nine circular aperture blades to ensure that you are getting the best possible image quality from the lens at all times. Due to being an older telephoto lens, the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is a little bulky and heavy but realistically, when it comes to the Canon m50, there is not really anything else that is more travel friendly.
If you are working in a niche where you will be traveling via plane on a regular basis then we would highly recommend that you try to get media rates with your luggage anyway. This can drastically reduce the cost of your luggage when traveling and many airlines will give you media rates if you simply show some official-looking paperwork about you being a photographer or videographer.
The Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 comes with a 67mm lens filter thread allowing you to easily source a large number of popular lens filters if required for the niches that you are working in. The 67mm thread size is very popular so if you do want a UV, ND, or Cpl lens filter then they will be easy to pick up without having to break the bank too. All in all though, Canon has done a great job of putting out a solid lens with a great build quality.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best 300mm lens for Canon m50 cameras to an end. Like we mentioned, at the time of writing, there is no EF-M lens on the market that offers the 300mm zoom range and we doubt that this is going to change anytime soon. The best option is to go with the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 that has the standard EF lens mount and then add a EF to EF-M adapter to your camera accessories too.
We have no doubt that the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 will be the best option for your m50 for the foreseeable future as it offers some excellent image quality for its price point in the market. As we mentioned earlier, a large number of people who already use the lens have also published their own independent reviews that you can read if you have the time free.
In our opinion, skimming over a few of those reviews of the lenses is well worth your time and effort. They have all been published by third-party, totally external photographers and videographers and offer some solid insight into just how well the lens performs. If you are still on the fence about the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 then reading some of those reviews can definitely help to make your mind up and show why it should be your primary lens consideration.