Best lenses for Canon M200

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Best lenses for Canon M200

The Canon M200 is a small and simple yet powerful compact mirrorless camera. It has solid performance and an intriguing set of features. It’s very affordable too, which is always nice.

Despite all it has going for it, the Canon M200 has mostly flown under the radar. I have no doubt that’s in part due to it being a sort of point-and-shoot camera in an era of smartphones with cameras that have constantly improving image quality.

At least for the time being though, dedicated cameras still produce far better image quality than any smartphone camera, especially when in difficult lighting situations and when it comes to editing their image files. The Canon M200 is no exception in that regard.

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For those who still appreciate compact cameras, here are the best lenses for Canon M200.

1) Best Lens for Canon M200 Overall: Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f 3.5-6.3 Image Stabilization STM Zoom Lens
Canon EF-M 15-45mm f 3.5-6.3 Image Stabilization STM Zoom Lens

The Canon M200’s 24-megapixel sensor is a nice sensor, but you don’t necessarily buy this camera for mind-blowing image quality. You buy it for its compact form factor and it has image quality that gets the job done.

So that’s why I would go with the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM as the best all-around lens for Canon M200. It may not have the best image quality of all time, but it gets the job done very well and provides a really useful focal range (24-72mm on the M200’s APS-C sensor). This focal range covers a lot of your bases for casual photography meaning you can leave other lenses at home and just take this one along with you.

Paired with the Canon M200’s compact body, it’s the kind of small and light setup that makes you want to take with you whenever you leave the house for catching those fleeting moments that you can only capture when you have a camera at the ready. This type of camera + lens combination excels at documenting your everyday life and taking snaps of your family.

Due to its versatile focal range and compact size, the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is also my pick for the best travel lens for Canon M200. Traveling light is a big priority for me, and it’s nice to have a lens like this where you can take just one lens with you and still be able to shoot the vast majority of what you’d like to photograph.

It’s a bit unfortunate that the aperture is variable and only opens up to f/3.5-6.3, which limits its low light performance and means you can’t get really shallow depth of field. But there are tradeoffs with every lens design and this aperture range is why the lens is so small and light. Overall, it’s still the best lens for Canon EOS M200 shooters.

Pros:

  • Very compact
  • Lightweight
  • Very versatile focal range
  • Great everyday/travel lens
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Variable aperture
  • Not great in low light
  • Limited depth of field capability

2) Best Prime Lens for Canon M200: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens

Canon EF-M 22mm f2 STM Compact System Lens
Canon EF-M 22mm f2 STM Compact System Lens

If you’re looking to keep your kit small while not sacrificing image quality, the best prime lens for Canon M200 shooters in the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens. With a pancake-style form factor, you can pretty easily take it anywhere with you and be as discreet as possible. Its compact size allows you to slip it into a jacket pocket when not in use.

Its small size and low weight make it a great street photography option. Not to mention this combo looks like a casual setup even though it has professional image quality. This is always nice because the more professional your camera looks on the street, the more they seem to draw unwanted attention.

22mm on the M200’s APS-C sensor means it comes out to a 35.2mm full-frame-equivalent. That’s a little unconventional, as it’s not quite a standard 35mm focal length. However, it’s close enough that you won’t notice any difference between the two.

If you haven’t tried out this focal length before, it’s definitely worth seeing if it resonates with you. It’s my favorite focal length, particularly for street photography. It also works great for things like everyday photography, documentary photography, family photography, wedding photography, and more.

The Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens has very good image quality and is sharper than Canon’s kit zoom and many of their other zooms, especially in the corners. The f/2 maximum aperture is nice for shooting in low light and gives you decent control over your depth of field and bokeh.

Pros:

  • Good image quality, very sharp across the frame
  • Compact, pancake-style form-factor
  • Lightweight
  • Balances perfectly on the Canon M200
  • Can be used for a wide range of photography
  • Very affordable

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have image stabilization
  • Can struggle to focus in low light

3) Best Wide Lens for Canon M200: Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Canon EF-M

Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f 2.8 Zero-D (Canon EOS-M Mount)
Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f 2.8 Zero-D (Canon EOS-M Mount)

If you want to go ultra-wide for your Canon M200, the Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Canon EF-M is your best option. Actually, it’s one of your only options, as Canon’s widest lens only goes to 11mm.

In full-frame terms, 9mm comes out to 14.4mm, which is seriously wide, yet it’s not a fisheye lens. It can be difficult to compose photos with a lens this wide, but when the stars align you can make some very impressive images with it.

This lens is great if you do things like landscape photography, astrophotography, and real estate photography.

Just be aware that this lens does not have autofocus, so you have to do that all manually.

Pros:

  • Not a fisheye yet very wide
  • Solid image quality
  • Small form factor
  • Has vignetting
  • Takes filters without the need of an adaptor

Cons:

  • No autofocus
  • Soft in the corners
  • Can be difficult to put it on and take it off the camera

4) Best Landscape Lens for Canon M200: Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f 4-5.6 STM Lens
Canon EF-M 11-22mm f 4-5.6 STM Lens

With the M200’s 1.6x crop factor, the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens comes out to around 18-35mm equivalent. That’s a very useful wide focal range, although I do think it would be nice if it was a little wider.

Regardless, you can create beautiful wide-angle landscape photos with this lens. It’s pretty small and light too, which is always welcome when you’re out hiking to find those ideal landscape spots.

Canon did a great job with the 11-22mm – it’s very sharp, and has great colors and contrast all while being very affordable.

Pros:

  • Great image quality
  • Nice wide-angle focal range, great for landscapes
  • Beautiful colors/contrast
  • Small size doesn’t take up much space in your camera bag

Cons:

  • Variable f/4-5.6 aperture limits its low light capabilities
  • It could be wider

5) Best Zoom Lens for Canon M200: Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

Canon EF-M 18-150 mm f 3.5-6.3 is STM Lens
Canon EF-M 18-150 mm f 3.5-6.3 is STM Lens

Looking for a superzoom that has all your focal lengths covered? The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens has a whopping 28.8-240mm focal range. Since it goes from wide to telephoto, you could literally just have this single lens and be able to do the vast majority of the photography you want to do.

Its only real limitations are its variable aperture and its size (it would be nice if it was a bit smaller). But it’s really nice to be able to just slap this lens on and not have to change lenses.

Its image stabilization also makes it a legitimate choice for video work.

Pros:

  • Superzoom focal range
  • Image stabilization is great to have, especially for shooting at the long end and for video
  • Sharp image quality
  • Relatively small and lightweight, particularly considering for the focal range it covers

Cons:

  • Plastic lens mount
  • Lens hood not included

6) Best Macro Lens for Canon M200: Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM

Canon EF-M 28mm f 3.5 Macro IS STM Lens
Canon EF-M 28mm f 3.5 Macro IS STM Lens

At a 44.8mm full-frame equivalent, the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is a bit of an unconventional lens. However, since this lens is made for doing up-close macro work, you don’t really notice how it’s in a different category of focal length compared to your more standard 35mm or 50mm lenses.

Like many of Canon’s EF-M lenses, the 28mm f/3.5 Macro has a gunmetal-looking finish that won’t make you a better photographer obviously, but looks really nice. It’s also nice that the lens is very portable thanks to it being compact and light.

You’ll be pleased to know that, like many macro lenses, it has excellent image quality. It also has great color rendition with a hint of extra contrast.

Lastly, it has a unique feature that is a first of its kind in macro lenses: it has its own ring light built in. At first glance, this seems like it could be just a gimmick. But it actually serves a purpose and provides some nice fill light, which is useful for photographing subjects up-close because the camera can block light and cast a shadow on the subject.

Pros:

  • Great image quality
  • It’s compact and lightweight, so you can bring it anywhere
  • Good if you like a close working distance
  • Better than typical 1:1 macro magnification
  • Has a built-in ring light
  • Very affordable

Cons:

  • You can accidentally set it to its super macro mode quite easily
  • Shorter focal length means less bokeh when you want it

7) Best Telephoto Lens for Canon M200: Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

Canon EF-M 55-200mm f 4.5-6.3 Image Stabilization STM Lens
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f 4.5-6.3 Image Stabilization STM Lens

At the time of this writing, the Canon M200 doesn’t have a ton of telephoto lens options. However, luckily, Canon’s one telephoto zoom for the system is very good.

That telephoto zoom lens is the Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens. This is a 88-320mm equivalent zoom range.

This lens’ optical design includes an aspherical element and one Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) element, which does a good job of cutting down on chromatic aberration and distortion.

The 55-200mm has image stabilization, which is basically an essential feature for shooting at the long end and it allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds.

This lens’ STM stepping motor gives it fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus.

In addition to it being a great telephoto lens in general, it’s also the best wildlife lens for Canon M200 and the best sports lens for Canon M200 shooters.

Pros:

  • Nice long telephoto focal range for photography subjects at a distance
  • Great, sharp image quality
  • It’s more compact and lightweight than full-frame equivalent lenses
  • Fast and quiet autofocus
  • Image stabilization allows you to handhold it at the long end and shoot at slower shutter speeds

Cons:

  • Relatively small variable aperture
  • Not as much control over depth of field and bokeh as I would like

8) Best Portrait Lens for Canon M200: Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Canon EF-M

Sigma 56mm f 1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Canon EF-M
Sigma 56mm f 1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Canon EF-M

When it comes to the best portrait lenses for Canon M200, the top pick is not a Canon lens, actually.

I hope Canon produces more lenses to round it out and include more portrait lens options, but luckily the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 is an excellent lens at a traditional portrait focal length.

The Sigma 56mm has a maximum aperture of f/1.4, which gives you great control over your depth of field and it produces beautiful bokeh. If you’re working with distracting backgrounds, you can pretty easily blur it out with this lens.

It has lens elements for better color accuracy, less distortion, and better sharpness.

To top it all off, you don’t have to worry about taking this lens out in inclement weather because it has weather sealing.

Pros:

  • Perfect focal length for portraits
  • Great color accuracy and nice contrast
  • Small and lightweight
  • Large f/1.4 aperture gives you a lot of control over your depth of field and produces great bokeh
  • Weather sealed
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Somewhat large on the Canon M200, especially with the lens hood
  • The autofocus can be inaccurate and hunt to lock-on

Lenses Compatible with Canon M200

Here are the available lenses for the Canon M200 made by Canon:

Alternative Lenses for Canon M200

There are quite a few third-party lens options for the Canon M200. Since this is a relatively new system, Canon hasn’t had time to totally fill out its lineup of lenses. So some of these third-party lenses are actually the best lenses for Canon EOS M200 photographers.

Here are some of them:

Lens Adapter for Canon M200

The lens adapter for the Canon M200 is called the Mount Adaptor EF–EOS M.

This adaptor allows you to mount Canon EF and EF-S lenses to the Canon M200 and other EOS M-mount camera bodies.

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Brandon Ballweg is a photographer based in Kansas City. He has shot landscape photography, wedding photography, portrait photography, and more, but his real passion is street photography. He created composeclick.com to connect with and help other photographers.

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