Canon EF-S 10-22mm Ultra-Wide USM Lens Mini Review

canon ef-s 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5

A quick look at my new lens, the Canon EF-S 10-22mm Ultra-Wide USM Lens. This is the newest lens in my collection and my second dx / crop / aps-c format lens (not compatible with full framed sensor cameras like the 5d and the 1ds series Canon cameras), the other is the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 VC.

First let me tell you that this lens is simply awesome. It’s sharp across all focal lengths. The lens build quality is great, it’s hard plastic body feels really solid and well made, the rubberized zoom ring feels really smooth, comparable to my ef 85mm F/1.8 usm and my canon ef 70-200mm F/4 L IS USM.

The Canon EF-S 10-22mm is not weather sealed and certainly not dust-proof, but I don’t find it to be a problem. The lens does not extend when zooming, but the inner elements of the lens move in and out inside the barre. It’s front element does not rotate making it easy to use a polarizer.

The EF-s 10-22mm uses Canon’s USM for smooth, fast and silent operations, did I mention fast, yes the AF is really fast and doens’t hunt even in dark situations, and it also features a full-time manual focus. (The camera needs to be in One Shot AF mode in order to take advantage of this feature.)

Features :

  • Excellent optical quality and true wide-angle coverage with select digital SLRs
  • Superior AF performance and speed, with full-time manual focus by simply turning ring
  • Close-focusing to 9.5 inches — fill the frame with subjects as small as 3.6 x 5.4 inches
  • Relatively compact size and light weight for an ultra-wide zoom lens
  • Inner focusing system (no front element rotation); length doesn’t change if zoomed
  • Circular aperture design — natural highlights, even stopped down two stops
  • Electronic diaphragm — manually-set apertures stay constant from f/4.5 thru f/22
  • EF-S lens mount — exclusively for EOS 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D and Digital Rebel bodies

Specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 10 – 22mm; 1:3.5-4.5
Lens Construction 13 elements in 10 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 107° 30′ – 63° 30′
Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system, with focusing cam
Closest Focusing Distance 0.24m / 0.79 ft.
Zoom System Ring USM
Filter Size 77mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 3.3″ x 3.5″, 13.6 oz. / 83.5 x 89.8mm, 385g

As an addition to the excellent feature set of this lens, Canon included three Aspherical lens elements and a Super-UD element commonly found on Canon L Lenses.

Why I bought this lens?

Like most photographer who are getting their first ultra-wide angle lens for their aps-c sensor camera, I was torn between the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 and the Canon EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 lenses. My first choice was the Tokina 11-16mm, because of it’s fixed F/2.8 aperture, perfect for low light and night time photography vs the EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 variable aperture. The reason I went with the EF-S 10-22mm over the Tokina is the Focal Range. I prefer the 10-22mm over the 11-16mm and in the end In the end I chose the EF-S 10-22mm and bought it. I thoroughly tested it for a week to see if it was really what I need, if not I will return it in exchange for the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8, I also did some test shots in the 11-16mm range to see if I can get a hang of it, but no. I still preferred the 10-22mm, for me the Tokina’s 11-16mm range is too short. In low light, I’ll just boost my ISO if I need too, yes, I’ll get some noise for sure, but that can easily be fixed with the help of my favorite noise reduction software Topaz DeNoise available from Topaz Labs, you can download a trial version for free.

Conclusion / Recommendation:

The Canon EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 is an excellent lens with excellent image quality. If you are a Canon shooter with an APS-C (Crop) camera and doesn’t need the Fixed F/2.8 aperture of the Tokina, then this is the ultra-wide lens for you. In the end it all boils down to the kind of work you’ll use it for. For me, after testing it thoroughly for more than a week, I felt that it is the right lens for me. It’s been my primary lens, since I got it. A perfect pair for my Canon EOS 60d. I use it for interiors, landscape, cityscape, extreme portraits, street photography, you name it. I use it indoors and outdoors, in bright light and low light.

Where to buy?

A Few Sample Photos:

I will post additional sample photos in the next few days, for now you can visit my gallery to see some of the photos taken with the EF-S 10-22mm. Please click here.
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