Canon EF-S 10–22mm lens

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EF-S 10–22mm f/3.5–4.5 USM
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM Hooded.jpg
Technical data
Focus driveUltrasonic motor
Focal length10–22mm
Focal length (35mm equiv.)16–35mm
Crop factor1.6
Aperture (max/min)f/3.5–4.5 / f/22–29
Close focus distance0.24 m (0.79 ft)
Max. magnification0.17 @ 22mm
Diaphragm blades6
Construction13 elements in 10 groups
Short back focusYes Yes
Lens-based stabilizationNo No
Macro capableNo No
ApplicationUltra-Wide Zoom
Max. length89.8 mm (3.5 in)
Diameter83.5 mm (3.3 in)
Weight385g (13.6 oz)
Filter diameter77 mm
Lens hoodEW-83E, optional
CaseLP1319, included
Angle of view
Retail info

The Canon EF-S 10–22mm f/3.5–4.5 USM lens is a wide to ultra-wide angle zoom lens for Canon digital single-lens reflex cameras with a Canon EF-S lens mount.[1] The field of view has a 35 mm equivalent focal length of 16–35mm, which is analogous to the EF 16–35mm f/2.8L on a full-frame camera. The 10–22mm is an internal focusing lens. Of the 13 elements, one is of Canon's Super Ultra-Low Dispersion glass and three are aspherical elements.



The 10–22 is considered to have good image quality (sharp and low distortion) and build. The optical construction is similar to L-series lenses, but it is not designated as L-series (as reflected in the build quality), which some have argued is for marketing reasons, as with the 17–55.[2]

  • "This is an extremely sharp lens, at all three tested focal lengths."[3]
  • "The Canon 10–22mm has much less distortion than any wide zoom I've tested"[4]
  • "There is moderate barrel distortion at 10mm, a negligible amount at 15mm, and only a tiny amount of pincushion distortion at 22mm. Overall, exemplary performance in this measure."[3]
  • "This lens is small, light and solidly built. Sometimes Canon's non-L series lenses can feel a bit cheap, but not this one. … there is little to fault about it with regard to either fit or finish."[3]


Cost is the biggest criticism; until fairly recently, the 10–22 cost as much as many L-series lenses, but is only usable on APS-C cameras, and thus is questionable as a long-term investment.[3][5] Others think this less of a concern.[2]

Chromatic aberration is somewhat high at 10mm, and vignetting is measurable at 10mm and maximum aperture (0.85 EV units),[6] but not terribly noticeable in normal use.[2]


Optimal aperture (for sharpness and to reduce vignetting) is f/5.6 to f/8; f/8 is particularly recommended at 22mm.[3][5][6]

Filters exacerbate vignetting, hence thin filters are recommended at 10mm, and stacking filters is discouraged.[2]

Similar lenses[edit]

In May 2014, Canon announced a less expensive alternative wide-angle zoom for APS-C bodies, the EF-S 10–18mm. The new lens, which is being sold alongside the 10–22, is slower than the 10–22 (maximum aperture range of f/4.5–5.6) and also lacks a USM motor, but adds both image stabilization and Canon's stepping motor technology. It is also smaller and lighter than the 10–22.[7]

The Nikon 12–24 DX is Nikon's ultra-wide angle zoom for its APS-C sensors (which are slightly larger than those of Canon), and is earlier, but is more expensive, not as wide, and has more barrel distortion.[8]

Sigma offers two ultra-wide angle lenses for APS-C sensors—the 8–16 DC and 10–20 DC. Tamron also offers a 10–24mm ultra-wide zoom lens for APS-C cameras as well as an older 11–18mm lens.

Some consider the Tokina 12–24 to be comparable and cheaper,[9] while others consider the Canon 10–22 to be significantly superior.[4] In May 2008, "PhotoZone" considered the Tokina 11–16mm, f/2.8, introduced in 2008, to be the best ultra-wide angle lens available for Canon APS-C Format cameras.[10] Noted photography blogger Ken Rockwell, however, considered the Canon 10–22 to be better than either version of the Tokina 11–16 — the original reviewed by PhotoZone,[11] or the Mark II released in 2012[12] — for Canon shooters. After reviewing the 10–18 in June 2014, Rockwell considers the 10–18 optically superior to all other ultrawides designed for Canon APS-C bodies.[13]


  1. ^ Canon Inc. "EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM". Canon Camera Museum. Retrieved 31 May 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d Atkins, Bob. "Canon EF-S 10-22/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Review". Retrieved 9 March 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Canon EF-S 10–22mm f/3.5–4.5 USM". The Luminous Landscape. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
  4. ^ a b Rockwell, Ken. "Canon 10–22mm". Retrieved 9 March 2008.
  5. ^ a b Andrews, Ian. "Canon EF-S 10–22mm f/3.5–4.5 USM". photodo.
  6. ^ a b "Canon EF-S 10–22mm f/3.5–4.5 USM". Retrieved 9 March 2008.
  7. ^ "Canon Broadens Its Imaging Lineup with Two New EF Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lenses and White EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera" (Press release). Canon U.S.A., Inc. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  8. ^ Rockwell, Ken. "Nikon 12–24mm f/4". Retrieved 9 March 2008.
  9. ^ "Canon EF-S 10–22mm f/3.5–4.5 USM – Test Report / Review". Retrieved 9 March 2008.
  10. ^ "Tokina AF 11–16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX (Canon) – Review / Lens Test Report". photozone. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
  11. ^ Rockwell, Ken (September 2012). "Tokina 11–16mm: Recommendations". Retrieved 15 March 2013. If you shoot Canon, get the Canon 10–22mm, since it doesn't cost much more and has a much wider and longer zoom range. I have not compared its sharpness, however the Canon's distortion control is superior.
  12. ^ Rockwell, Ken (September 2012). "Tokina 11–16mm f/2.8 II: Compared". Retrieved 15 March 2013. Canon's [10–22mm] lens is wonderful, and seeing how it sells for about the same price, I'd get the Canon lens for Canon.
  13. ^ Rockwell, Ken (11 June 2014). "Canon 10-18mm". Retrieved 12 June 2014. This lens has no competition. Every other ultrawide lens for Canon's APS-C cameras is optically inferior, can't focus as close, has no IS, and costs at least twice as much.

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