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mhespenheide
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · EOS M "telephoto"


Like some others, I picked up an EOS M on closeout pricing. For me, it serves as an accompanying backup camera for hiking and backpacking when I don't want to bring the weight of a full-frame camera. If you keep in mind that its behavior is much more similar to an overgrown P&S rather than a shrunk DSLR, it holds its own nicely.

The only tele lens that I have is the 70-200 f/4L. It's very nice. It's a little too big/heavy for my purposes of hiking and backpacking, although if it's the best alternative, I'll suck it up and go for it.

Can anyone suggest an alternative?

If you have specific experience with using the lens you're recommending on the M, that would be great.

Specifically, I'm curious about the older EF 35-105, EF 50-200 f/3.5-4.5 (L or not), or the EF-S 55-250. I'm doing landscape work, so resolution across the frame at f/5.6 to f/11 is my main concern rather than performance wide open.

Thanks for any comments.



Aug 01, 2013 at 06:58 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · EOS M "telephoto"


I just picked up a 28-105 f3.5-4.5 for the purpose your looking at. I haven't been able to fully test it yet.
But, I think it will work. It's light, low priced and fairly compact.
Howard



Aug 01, 2013 at 07:25 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · EOS M "telephoto"


I got the M too, and I am thinking about getting the 100L Macro to use on it. It's relatively lightweight lens that could serve nicely for telephoto shots (as well as macro stuff. duh). There's also the non-L version as well as the 100 f/2 non-macro (which is about the size of the 85 1.8).

I'm like you; I use the EOS M as a my hiking camera, and I carry the 22 f/2 and the 17-40mm lens, but I don't have a lightweight tele lens. My 70-200 MkII is stupid heavy (thinking about selling it actually), and the 400L is just crazy long paired with the M and is overall ridiculous with this little guy.



Aug 01, 2013 at 07:43 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · EOS M "telephoto"


@Howard,
A long time ago the 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 was my main lens paired with a film rebel. That particular lens didn't play well with a first-gen digital rebel. I hope you have better luck with it.

@Will,
The kit 18-55 specific to the M is very good (one stop down) for its size/weight. You might want to look for one. Since I'm sometimes perched on the sides of mountains or in canyons where I can't "zoom with my feet", I tend to stay away from primes while hiking.



Aug 01, 2013 at 08:22 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · EOS M "telephoto"


It's an excellent lens, I've always considered very lightweight (26 oz) compared to my other EF lenses, but the 18-55 is only 7.4 oz so that might affect your view of weight


Aug 01, 2013 at 09:16 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · EOS M "telephoto"


The 55-250mm IS probably you're best bet.

Reasonably sharp, relatively compact, lightweight, and easy on the pocketbook.



Aug 01, 2013 at 09:49 PM
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Agreed. 55-250 is best bet for lightweight hiking telephoto. It's plenty sharp, especially stopped down a stop and weighs very little. It's real shortcoming is AF speed focus (in my view), but the M sucks in that department anyway.

I throw the M with the 22, tokina 10-17, and a 55-50 into a bag with a small tripod I can strap to trees/rails etc and it makes a great travel kit.



Aug 01, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · EOS M "telephoto"


Does the Tokina lens work with a canon adapter on the m?


Aug 02, 2013 at 12:32 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · EOS M "telephoto"


70-2004 is awesome, I also consider it very lightweight and don't think any marginally less weight could make up for the loss in astounding image quality you can get from that zoom.


Aug 02, 2013 at 05:04 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · EOS M "telephoto"


A small and excellent lens is the Voigtländer 90 Apo-Lanthar lens. It have Canon mount but no AF. MF will be faster than waiting for the M to AF It's IQ is excellent. Sharper than any lens mentioned in this thread. Here it is on my 100D so you can see it's small size. Build is as good as Zeiss lenses. And the focus throw also like Zeiss.







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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · EOS M "telephoto"


Tom Rouse wrote:
Does the Tokina lens work with a canon adapter on the m?


Any EF or EF-S mount lens will work with the adapter (some focus faster than others). The Tokina fisheye works quite well.



Aug 02, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · EOS M "telephoto"


I would go with the 100 macro. IS, autofocus, macro, sharpness all good. It will focus faster and more accurate then that Voigtländer


Aug 02, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · EOS M "telephoto"


stevez32 wrote:
70-2004 is awesome, I also consider it very lightweight and don't think any marginally less weight could make up for the loss in astounding image quality you can get from that zoom.


It's a great lens, but its advantages over the 55-250 aren't that significant stopped down. The 55-250 is sharp, but vignettes wide open. Nor is it's AF advantage significant for landscapes on an M. While the L is relatively small and light, it is much larger and heaver than the nifty 250. (I have both). Here is a size comparison:























Aug 02, 2013 at 10:11 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · EOS M "telephoto"


fotografur wrote:
I would go with the 100 macro. IS, autofocus, macro, sharpness all good. It will focus faster and more accurate then that Voigtländer


But what's the point in buying a small body if using large lenses The 100 macro is more than twice as large and twice as heavy.
For me the Voigtländer would be an easy choice



Aug 03, 2013 at 03:51 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · EOS M "telephoto"


What about the EF85mm f1.8?

I also bought the EOS-M as a "back-up" and I already have the EF85mm F1.8 as well as the EF50mm F1.4. So while not small, they do seem to handle OK.

Edited on Aug 05, 2013 at 03:31 AM · View previous versions



Aug 05, 2013 at 03:25 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · EOS M "telephoto"


What about the 70-300mm f4/5.6 IS?

I'm buying a 6D tomorrow and as part of a bundle I can get this lens for $349.

Does anyone have experience with this lens?



Aug 05, 2013 at 03:29 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · EOS M "telephoto"


Sven Jeppesen wrote:
But what's the point in buying a small body if using large lenses






Aug 05, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · EOS M "telephoto"


I really hope Canon comes out with a telephoto option for the m reasonably soon. Of course they probably won't release it in the US.


Aug 05, 2013 at 03:59 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · EOS M "telephoto"


I haven't used either one of these on the M, but if 135 is long enough for you, the old plastic-fantastic 28-135 is really pretty good stopped down. Longer, the 70-300 IS (non-L) is lighter/smaller/cheaper than the 70-200 f4. I've owned more than one copy of each of those lenses, and I found that at f8 the cheap 70-300IS was as good as the 70-200L in the overlapping range. Not so much wide open, and slower focussing, and not built as well, but.......


Aug 07, 2013 at 06:34 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · EOS M "telephoto"


The EF 100/2 is pretty compact and has good IQ.
For manual focus uses, the Contax Zeiss 85/2.8 Sonnar performs beautifully and is very compact.



Aug 11, 2013 at 03:35 AM
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