Canon EF-S 10–22mm lens
|Focus drive||Ultrasonic motor|
|Focal length (35mm equiv.)||16–35mm|
|Aperture (max/min)||f/3.5–4.5 / f/22–29|
|Close focus distance||0.24 m (0.79 ft)|
|Max. magnification||0.17 @ 22mm|
|Construction||13 elements in 10 groups|
|Short back focus||Yes|
|Max. length||89.8 mm (3.5 in)|
|Diameter||83.5 mm (3.3 in)|
|Weight||385g (13.6 oz)|
|Filter diameter||77 mm|
|Lens hood||EW-83E, optional|
|Angle of view|
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. 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.
- "This is an extremely sharp lens, at all three tested focal lengths."
- "The Canon 10–22mm has much less distortion than any wide zoom I've tested"
- "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."
- "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."
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. Others think this less of a concern.
Filters exacerbate vignetting, hence thin filters are recommended at 10mm, and stacking filters is discouraged.
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.
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.
Some consider the Tokina 12–24 to be comparable and cheaper, while others consider the Canon 10–22 to be significantly superior. 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. 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, or the Mark II released in 2012 — 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.
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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.
- Rockwell, Ken (September 2012). "Tokina 11–16mm f/2.8 II: Compared". KenRockwell.com. 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.
- Rockwell, Ken (11 June 2014). "Canon 10-18mm". KenRockwell.com. 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.