Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens

Last updated (10 May’10):
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The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens is a compact, lightweight and robustly built super wide angle lens (equivalent to 16-35mm in 135mm format) for Canon digital camera with 1.6x crop factor featuring inner focusing, ring USM and new AF algorithms for fast and quiet autofocusing, three aspherical lens elements (two types) as well as a super-UD glass element for high image quality at all focal lengths, and Optimized lens coating minimising flare and ghosting prone occurring with digital cameras.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Reviews reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes;
“The overall conclusion is that the lens is sharp and that it does remarkably well wide open. While some lenses need stoping down 1 or two stops to be sharp, especially at the edges, the EF-S 10-22/3.5-4.5 USM isn’t one of them. It’s a lens you can shoot wide open and still get good results.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes;
“The Canon 10-22 EF-S is a surprisingly high quality optic, although one would perhaps expect that, given its premium pricing…All in all, this is a lens of remarkable quality, a real boon to shooters needing true wide angle capability on their d-SLRs with APS-C size sensors.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes;
“Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is an interesting ultra-wide zoom lens. At least for those willing to invest in an EF-S lens. The lens has some shortcomings – build quality leaves room for improvement, the lens does not come with a lens hood (surprise to me considering its price tag). The lens showed noticeable vignetting at 10mm and some softness at the borders across all focal lengths. “
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes;
“Up until now, there haven’t been many truly wide angle zoom solutions for Canon’s APS- C sized sensors. This lens changes that picture, but at a price. But if you need a high-quality wide to medium-wide zoom for your small sensor format Canon, you can’t beat the performance of the EF-S 10-22mm USM. Almost a pro-quality lens (it’s built as well as a Canon L-series lens), it’s highly recommended if it’s within your budget.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalGrin reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens and writes;
“Flare – Is very well controlled, especially for a lens as wide as this. If you practice appropriate technique to avoid this problem (like use a lens hood and/or shade the lens) you will probably never see this “problem..Do I like this lens? Would I buy it if I knew then what I know now? Oh, yeah, I really love the lens and am looking forward to the time when my JOB allows me to get out and do camera type things.”.
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CameraLabs reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens and writes;
“In the meantime, if you’re the owner of an EF-S compatible Canon DSLR who’s ever yearned for wider angle coverage, we can highly recommend the EF-S 10-22mm. It performs very well and delivers an exciting and surprisingly flexible range.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoReview reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens where they rate it 8.5/10 and writes;
“Flare was extremely well controlled and almost always absent in backlit shots, unless the lens was pointed towards the sun. Even then, it was less than most lenses produce. Internal focusing lets you shoot with angle-critical filters like polarisers and graduates. Autofocusing was fast and accurate, thanks to a combination of Canon’s ring USM and new AF algorithms. Manual focusing was also easy to use. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotoNet reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens and writes;
“The Canon EF-S 10-22/3.5-4.5 is a very good lens. There is a little corner softness wide open at 10mm, but overall the image quality is excellent. Those who claim that this lens shows “L” quality performance may not be wrong. It is $150-$200 more than the 3rd party competitors, but it does have a wider zoom range than any of then, plus it has a silent, fast, USM ring motor with full time manual focus. For many users these advantages will outweigh the higher cost of the Canon lens.”
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ePhotozine have reviewed the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens and write;
“The ultra-wide group to which this lens belongs has gone a long way towards overcoming the biggest drawback of cropped sensor dSLR’s, that of lost angle of view at the wide end. Being newly designed, it has addressed all of the other problems that have been thrown up by digital sensors and optically, if they had stopped at 20mm there would be very little to pick up on. “
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KenRockwell have reviewed the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens and write;
“The Canon 10-22mm has much less distortion than any wide zoom I’ve tested, which means it’s much better than my Nikon 12-24mm., much better then the Tamron 11-18mm, much better than the Tokina 12-24mm and much better than the Sigma 10-20mm, period. No contest: compare the numbers in my wide digital zoom comparison. It’s also much better than the Canon 17-40mm L and 16-35mm L used on full frame digital and film cameras. Bravo!”
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Shutterbug reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens and writes;
” I wanted to see how sharp the lens is corner to corner. Some falloff is expected at these wide focal lengths when the center of the image is in focus. And by veiling some detail, vignetting contributed to a perceived lack of definition around the perimeter of the image—but again, not readily discernible with most subjects. By the way, owing to the short throw, moving from one end of the zoom range to the other was quick—and smooth.”
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PhotoZone reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens and writes;
“The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM delivered a very sound performance with a combination of very decent build quality and very good if not impressive optical results. If anything vignetting at wide-open aperture could be better. The center performance is excellent throughout the range with generally good borders.”
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Ian Andrews reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes:
” In summary, the positive points of the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM are: Good optical quality, Nice size and weight, No unexpected nasties. The negative points are: Price, Restricted fitting (Won’t fit D30/60 or 10D), Lens hood is an optional extra.”
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The Digital reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes:
” I must say that I am very impressed by the lack of barrel and pincushion distortion in the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens. It is not perfect, but very good for this extreme wide angle focal length range. On the sharpness issue, I found the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens to be a good performer…. In summary, I think the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens is a very nice addition to the Canon lens lineup.”
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Complete Digital Photography reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes:
“Even if you’re not interested in the lens, the fact of its excellent performance should be of interest to camera nerds as it simply shows the advantage of the optical configuration provided by Canon’s S-mount. Simply put: the S system does live up to its promise of delivering smaller, lighter lenses of excellent quality, even at wide angles. “
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The Luminous Landscape reviews the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes:
“It is probably the highest quality super-wide zoom that one can currently buy for a Canon DSLR of this format. But, if you believe that there will be a larger chipped Canon camera in your future, then this lens is a dubious long-term purchase as it will neither fit not function on any camera with a sensor larger than 1.6X magnification.”
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User Opinions

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM User Reviews

Canon vs. Sigma | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m happy with the quality of the lens, but debated quite a while between this one and the Sigma 10-20mm. So I bought both and tested them on my Canon Rebel xti. I decided to return the Sigma, as I found the Canon to be just a touch sharper. I found the quality difference to be minor and sometimes nonexistent, so the price difference is probably not justified, but I wanted to be sure, so I went for the Canon.” – by brittanw

Very Sharp Lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The images this lens produced for me were superb in terms of color saturation, clarity, and sharpness. The pictures were so sharp that I could crop them, keep only about 5% of the original image, and still have tack sharp pictures! Aside from the cheaper build of this lens, it performs on the same level as my “L” lenses. “ – by Warren L. McFerran

Best in This Class, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I decided for the Canon 10-22mm after reading the reviews in pro of it. I can tell you after some shots with Canon 10-22mm that I agree that this lens is the best in its class. I bit expensive one must confess but we pay for what what we get and quality does not come cheap. This lens is Tac Sharp and the construction is wonderful. I think it is not considered a red ring by Canon because it is not sealed. It has internal focus and the ring focus and zoom are smooth all the way. It is also pretty wide for an E-FS lens. The only not so good characteristics of this lens that I could point out is that the maximum aperture is F/3.5 but that is not a big issue if you do outdoors. There is a photo of mine uploaded to Amazon taken with my Canon E-FS 10-22mm on my Canon 40D. It is New York seen from above. Check it out and make sure the lens is good. An image says more than 1000 worlds, right? I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS AWESOME LENS… “ – by Marcio Jose Bastos Silva

Great Lens for D7, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I just returned from a photo trip to Yosemite and am thrilled with the results. The 10MM gives you a unique perspective…I almost feel like I’m cheating. I’ve attached a couple of photos that will demonstrate some of its potential (photos are located with the listing). I was using a Canon D7 “ – by Thomas Gomes

“The quality of the pictures I took are superb and nothing beats the freedom of having a wide shot. No more backing up to eternity to fit everything in the pic. The bonus for me is the weight. Unlike other quality lens that I have handled, this is just right. Not to heavy, not to light. It fits just right on a canon t1i. I’m sure that everybody else will have second thoughts to buy this lens especially because of the price. All i can say is that no regrets. In my opinion its worth the price and definitely worth saving up for. I call it a dream lens because among all lenses that I used, it was the only one that gave a realistic capture of life’s precious moments. I highly recommend it. “ – by JEREMYJONES

Love this lens! Surprised! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The quality seems great, as usual with Canon lenses. It’s small and relatively lightweight. The pictures look good to me–I don’t have the chops to evaluate them in a technical way, but the color rendition and sharpness look good. “ – by Kathi D “”

Best lens you can add to your bag – short of an L lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM wide angle zoom is a fantastic lens in build construction and image quality. The only limiting factor is the maximum aperture of 3.5, but otherwise this is a lens I am extremely glad to have at my side. Solid build with an ideal wide zoom range, the lens performs well for landscapes, architectural shoots, and for “special effects”. “ – by R. Peg “rpeg”

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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Specifications


* Super wide angle zoom for all EF-S mount bodies
* Superb image quality
* Lightweight and compact
* Focusing distance of just 24cm.
* Fast near-silent USM AF
* Super Spectra coatings
* Circular aperture
* Optional exclusive lens hood

A new perspective.

With its effective focal length range of approximately 16-35mm in 35mm format, the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is a remarkable lens with outstanding image quality that will take your photography into new dimensions and areas of dramatic expression.

Beyond human perspective
The super-wide zoom not only gives you the freedom to get exactly what you want in the shot, it dramatically alters perspective to allow for dynamic expression. The lens allows you to get extremely close to subjects, exaggerating the difference in size between a near object and its background. Creative photographers can use this phenomenon to create excellent separation between subject and background for a strong sense of presence, or for a pan-focus effect with everything from foreground to background sharply in focus.

Small, light and close
Exceptionally light and compact for its focal length range, the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM also has an incredibly close minimum focusing distance of just 24cm.

Fast focus
A ring-type USM works in concert with the camera to provide super-fast, precision auto focusing and predictive tracking – with full manual override available at any time.

Designed for digital
Designed specifically for digital photography, the lens has specially shaped lens elements and Super Spectra coatings to suppress ghosting and flare, which can be caused by reflections off digital camera sensors. An exclusive optional lens hood can further reduce the incidence of flare.

Background blur
A circular aperture provides a pleasing background blur when shooting with a wide aperture; ideal for creating a sense of depth and getting your subject or model to stand out from the background.

4 Responses to “Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens”

  1. Jim Leslie says:

    I’ve owned this lens for about two years and it’s excellent. My primary use is interior home photography on my Canon XT and it excells. This lens rarely leaves my camera body and it’s worth every penny spent on it. No regrets whatsoever.

  2. bhusan timla says:

    is Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens used wd 5d mark2?

  3. EF-S lenses cannot be used on Full Frame bodies like the 5D. Only EF lenses can.

  4. I used this lens occasionally and it is true the perspective at 10mm is stunning and a must for landscape photography !
    I now own a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 which is in the same price range but which I find much sharper and usable in low light situations thanks to the constant 2.8 aperture … Oh, and it comes with a hood 😉
    It’s true that the zoom range isn’t that of the Canon but it complements my 17-55 just fine and the 1mm difference at the short end isn’t that big of a deal …

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