Canon M50 is one of the most affordable mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor on the market, and we even named it the best mirrorless camera for beginners in 2019. The M50 features a 24MP sensor, good autofocus, 4K video recording, and a fully-articulating touchscreen. It also has simple menus and controls, which is an important thing for beginners.
Didn’t buy the Canon M50 yet? You can get it on Amazon. However, if you already own this camera, chances are you got it with a Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 kit lens. It is a solid lens to get started with as it covers a useful range, but chances are you want an additional lens or two, depending on the type of photography you’re into. This is where our guide comes in. Let’s take a look at some of the best lenses for Canon M50.
Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM – Best All-Purpose Lens for Canon M50
If you don’t like switching lenses and want one lens that can do it all, Canon EF-M 18-150mm may be the one for you. It has decent autofocus and is pretty sharp for a zoom lens, even at the wide end. It is also optically stabilized, which is going to be very helpful for those handheld shots. This lens covers a very big focal range, 28.8-240mm (35mm equivalent) to be exact, making it very versatile and perhaps the best travel and all-purpose lens for Canon M50.
Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM – Best Wide-Angle Zoom Lens for Canon M50
For photographers who want to shoot landscapes with their M50, this is currently the best wide-angle zoom lens that Canon makes. It full-frame terms this is essentially an 18-35mm lens, which means you can get really wide and capture some unique perspectives. Paired with the M50, the autofocus on this lens is quite fast. Of course, since it is relatively slow, being f/4 at its widest focal length, this lens is not the greatest for astrophotography and lowlight shooting. However, it is an excellent choice for landscapes and travel photography.
Rokinon EF-M 12mm f/2 – Best Wide-Angle Prime Lens for Canon M50
Unlike the Canon 11-22mm, which is a pretty slow lens (its minimum aperture is only f/4), the 12mm f/2 lens from Rokinon is two stops faster. This makes it a great choice for lowlight shooting and astrophotography if you don’t mind the fact that it’s a manual focus lens. This isn’t ideal for beginners, but manual focusing is something every photographer should learn. If you need a fast and sharp wide-angle lens for your M50 – look no further than this lens.
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 – Best General Lens for Canon M50
This 35mm-equivalent lens is extremely tiny and lightweight (weighs only 3.7 ounces or 105 grams), but it is quite sharp and fast, making it one of our favorite choices for the M50. It is wide enough that you can take some landscape shots, but also fast enough that you can even take some portraits with it. It is also a very good choice for group shots, street, and travel photography. Its fast f/2 aperture allows not only for low light shooting but some subject separation as well, if you’re close enough to the subject. The bokeh it produces is very pleasing.
Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM – Best Portrait Lens for Canon M50
The 32mm f/1.4 is the fastest lens Canon makes for its EF-M cameras as of 2019. It is essentially a 51mm full-frame equivalent lens. Combined with f/1.4 this makes it the best choice for portrait photography on Canon M50. The lens is very sharp, while out-of-focus parts are creamy and bokeh is beautiful and dreamy. This lens may be a bit more expensive than an average EF-M lens, but the quality and sharpness it offers are definitely worth it.
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM – Best Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon M50
The EF-M 55-200mm (88-320mm equivalent range) is one of the lightest APS-C telephoto lenses that have this type of range, albeit at the price of light-gathering capabilities. This means it may struggle a bit for handheld shooting when the sun goes down, but it’s excellent during the day. That being said, it has optical image stabilization, which definitely helps when taking photos in the 100-200mm range. This lens is extremely useful for wildlife photography, but we believe telephoto lenses can be very useful for landscape photography as well.
Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM – Best Macro Lens for Canon M50
Finally, if you’re into macro photography, the EF-M 28mm is your best bet. The autofocus is pretty fast and silent, and the lens features image stabilization, which can be very useful when shooting without a tripod. Canon also added small LED lights in front of the lens, which will help brighten up the subject. This lens can get really close to the subject and offers 1.2x maximum magnification!
Of course, Canon has a couple of other lenses in their EF-M lineup and you can technically adapt any Canon EF lens via an adapter (get it on Amazon), but since this camera is so small we believe native lenses are the way to go and we think the lenses we described above are the best lenses for Canon EOS M50 in 2019.