The Canon m50 is one of the most popular mirrorless camera bodies on the market right now with its user growth increasing at an exponential rate that it now has almost as many users as many of the Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras that dominate the market. The Canon m50 offers some excellent image quality for a low price tag making it a very popular option amongst photographers, videographers, vloggers, streamers, and social media influences and there is no sign of the user base growth slowing down.
No matter what you are using your Canon m50 for, a solid pancake lens can make a great addition to your collection of camera accessories and we have lost count of the number of people who we see reaching out asking for the best pancake lens for Canon m50 cameras each month. Due to this, we have decided to make this the main subject of today’s article as we want to try and help as many of our readers as possible in this situation and we know that we have a fair few readers who use the Canon m50 as their camera body of choice.
So, without any further ado, in our opinion, the best pancake lens for the Canon m50 is the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 and we can’t think of any other lens that even comes close to it at the time of writing. It is a great little lens that is very budget-friendly considering how small and light it is as well as how clear and sharp its image quality is. On top of this, its a native EF-M lens meaning that it will mount directly to your Canon m50 without having to use a converter or adapter as you would with some of the other lenses on the market.
Since its release onto the market, the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 has managed to earn itself a great reputation that just keeps on getting stronger and stronger with each passing month. Being a prime lens with a 22mm focal length, it’s a solid wide-angle lens although not an ultra-wide-angle lens that some people do prefer. That said though, the vast majority of our readers who use the Canon m50 should easily be able to get everything that they need out of the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 as it is a solid little versatile lens and we will not be taking a more in-depth look at the lens and what it has to offer you and your m50.
Performance And Functionality
In our opinion, one of the best things that the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 has going for it is that it offers some excellent image quality, especially for its price point in the market and ensures that you are getting some excellent bang for your buck. The lens offers you a clear, crisp, sharp image quality that can be used in a large number of common situations due to the great functionality of the lens.
As we touched on earlier though, the lens is a regular wide-angle lens, not an ultra-wide-angle lens but we don’t think that this will be much of an issue for the majority of our readers who use the Canon m50. The 22mm focal length on the lens is ideal for a large number of photography and videography niches such as landscapes, street, run and gun, and other common tasks with the Canon m50 such as vlogging too. With the m50 having an absolutely massive user base of travel vloggers we feel that the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 makes the perfect pancake lens as it will cover pretty much everything a vlogger will ever need.
The f/2 aperture on the lens is solid for low light image quality too and offers the lens an advantage over some of the other compeating pancake lenses for the m50 while also being a fair bit cheaper than many of the compeating lenses too. We have actually seen a number of people using the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 for astrophotography and capture some excellent images too due to the aperture on the lens. That said though, an ultra-wide-angle lens is almost always going to be better for something like astrophotography to allow you to get more of the sky in your image as possible.
When it comes to the bokeh manipulation, the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 can definitely hold its own against the majority of other EF-M lenses on the market right now, especially at this price point in the market. The lens allows you to quickly and easily manipulate the levels of bokeh in your image to blur the background and naturally draw the eye of your viewer to your subject with ease. The blur is nice and soft making everything come together nicely and is a solid feature on the lens for any niche where you may be using bokeh manipulation on your images on a regular basis.
The Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 also offers you a minimum focusing distance of just under six inches too ensuring that you are able to photograph or record subjects close up to you while still getting the epic backgrounds in the frame with ease. If you are working on the vlogging or social media influenced side of things then this is great for vlogging into your camera or capturing selfies while out and about too.
One thing that we absolutely love on the lens is the built-in stepping motor for the lenses autofocus system and just how quiet it is while performing flawlessly. Due to the restricted size on the pancake lenses on the market, some brands tend to try and skim on their auto-focus technology that can often click when making their corrections. This can be a pain if you are a vlogger or videographer as your on-camera microphone may end up detecting these clicks. Thankfully though, the auto-focus motor on the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 is as close to silent as you are going to get for this price point and this will not be an issue for your Canon m50.
When you realize that you are getting all of this in the same lens for a very fair price tag it is easy to see how the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 managed to grow itself such a large core user base from both the photography and videography communities and still sees rapid customer growth. Many of the people who use the lens have also decided to publish their own, dedicated reviews of the lens that you can check out too.
We would highly recommend that our readers at least skim over those reviews as they offer some solid insight into its performance and the level of image quality that it is able to provide you in pretty much every niche the Canon m50 is used in. Additionally, there are also a number of reviews commenting on its small size and weight making it ideal for traveling niches where you have to keep your gear as small and light as possible too.
User Interface And Control System
Canon have been sure to design the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 to be as straight forward as possible and have ensured that everything on the lens is as user friendly as it can be. They are fully aware that due to the price point of the lens, a large number of the people using it for their photography and videography may be new to their hobby any may never have used a detachable lens before as many people upgrade to the Canon m50 from something like the Canon g7x.
We are confident that if you are one of these people and you have just upgraded from a point and shoot camera, action camera, or smartphone to the Canon m50 then you will easily be able to use the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 and get some great image quality out of it without running into issues. Due to being a fixed facial length prime lens, there’s no manual zoom control any way and the manual focus ring is extremely easy to use. The manual focus ring itself turns smoothly while also having a nice level of resistance to allow you to accurately make tweaks to your focus as needed.
That said though, the auto-focus system on the lens is excellent in all fairness to Canon so depending on the niche that you are working in, you may never actually have to need or want to use the manual focus on the lens anyway. All in all, Canon has done a solid job of ensuring that the user interface on the lens is as easy to use as possible and that it offers both new and experienced lens users everything that they will want in a pancake lens.
Build Quality And Design
Being one of the more modern lenses from the Canon range, it has the great build quality that you would rightly expect from the Canon brand in this day and age even though the lens is in the entry-level price bracket. This helps to score the lens more points over some of the other suitable pancake lenses for your Canon m50 as they can be a little flimsy but the majority of people pick up a pancake lens as they will be traveling around a while bunch so they need to be tough.
Thankfully, the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 is a very robust lens meaning that it can easily take any bumps or knocks while in your camera accessory bag when transiting to your intended location without breaking any time soon. Canon has also done a solid job of ensuring that although the lens is tough and robust that it is also lightweight too allowing you to easily add it to your baggage for air travel without issue. As it is a pancake lens, the size of the lens is also very small and compact making it very easy to store and pack away without having to use up much space too.
The actual construction of the lens is based around seven elements in six groups with seven blades on the circular aperture offering some great image quality with soft backgrounds. This is pretty standard though and pretty much exactly what we would expect out of this type of lens at this price point in the market anyway. The Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 also comes with a 43mm filter thread size and although it is a less popular thread size, 43mm lens filters are still easy to source if you want to add one to your lens accessories.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best pancake lens for Canon m50 cameras to an end and we really do feel that the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 is going to make the best addition to your m50 camera accessories at the time of writing. There is no real competition on the market right now, especially with a native EF-M lens mount and we doubt that this will be changing anytime soon. Relative to its price tag the lens offers you some excellent image quality too while also offering an absolute ton of diversity.
Although we did mention this earlier in the article, we just want to quickly point out that there are a bunch of independent reviews online for the lens that you can read if you wish too. They have all been posted by external, third-party photographers, videographers, vloggers, and social media influences offering their thoughts and experiences on the lens and are well worth reading in our opinion.