Canon EF 22–55mm lens

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Canon EF 22–55mm f/4–5.6 USM
Canon EF 22 55 mm f 4 5,6 USM.JPG
Maker Canon
Technical data
Focus drive Ultrasonic motor
Focal length 22–55mm
Crop factor 1
Aperture (max/min) f/4–5.6 – f/22–32
Close focus distance 0.35 m
Diaphragm blades 5
Construction 9 elements in 9 groups
Short back focus No No
Lens-based stabilization No No
Macro capable Yes Yes
Application standard zoom lens
Max. length 59 mm
Diameter 69 mm
Weight 175 g
Filter diameter 58 mm
Introduction 1998

The Canon EF 22–55mm f/4–5.6 USM lens[1] is a consumer grade lens that has now been discontinued. It was originally released in February 1998, as one of two kit lenses for the Canon EOS IX Lite, an APS-format film SLR, although it is also fully compatible with Canon's 35mm film SLRs and subsequent digital models.

The EF 22–55mm lens starts off at a APS camera wide (28mm – 35 mm equivalent focal length) and ends at short telephoto (70mm – 35 mm equivalent focal length). This lens was designed to complement the EF 55–200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM, also designed for the IX-series SLR's.

This lens, being one of the older lenses, is enjoying a renaissance along with other EF/FD/FL lenses that can be purchased second-hand and used on a mirrorless via an adapter. This lens is also compatible with Canons APS-C and full frame DSLRs (also mentioned above). This is a cheaper method for APS-C Cameras of obtaining a 'kit' lens equivalent (35–90mm 35 mm equivalent focal length for digital), offering almost the range of an 18–55mm kit lens.


  1. ^ Canon Inc. "EF22-55mm f/4–5.6 USM". Canon Camera Museum.