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

Review Date: Jun 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: --UWA is back for 1.6 bodies (which will be around for at least another 5-6 years most likely, so you will be able to play with this lens for another 8 years) --Decent build quality, with the exception of the focus ring --Sharp, like the 16-35L
--Loose focus ring (sloppy, Canon). --Max aperture is 3.5, and is not constant throughout zoom range. --For the price, I would have expected one or more of the following: a) a constant 2.8 aperture (or at least a possible 2.8 on the wide end), b.1) no loose parts on the entire lens (a la the focus ring), b.2) better build quality than third party competitors (e.g., Tokina 11-16 [b]2.8[/b]) c) a lens hood included. d) longer warranty

Canon needed to cripple this lens a little bit so as to not make it so attractive to possible full framers who might find a 40D+10-22 more palatable than shelling out for a 5D and 16-35L. As a result, the 700EUR price tag doesn't include a hood, or a build quality matching the less expensive 17-40L, or even a build quality matching the 350EUR 60mm EF-S (read: no play in any components).

It does, however, have a rather limiting 3.5 maximum aperture - making it nearly useless for ISO 200, or even 400, indoors. Bring a tripod, because this lens' sweet spot is around F6.3.

Thanks, Canon.

That said, it is a rather sharp lens, and if you are into landscape/architectural photography, then most of the problems I mentioned above are moot. Because of the pseudo-internal focus mechanism, I suspect this lens will be pretty free of dust over the years (mine is still fairly new, so I'm speculating here).

This is not as versatile a lens as one might initially think (due in no small way to the meager max aperture), but as I said, if you are into landscapes and architecture, then this will be all you need until the death of 1.6 in another 0.75-decades or so.

Now that the Tokina 11-16 2.8 has been getting great reviews, I would imagine that Canon will find it hard to justify the high price tag this lens carries, and will have to make concessions to lure the 1.6-crop UWA fans back to the 10-22.