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Canon EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM

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Review Date: Feb 19, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: $80.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Cheap, light, wide enough.
Cons:
Slow AF, cheap build, rough zoom ring, vignette, flare.

Got this lens to "start off" with a used 10D I purchased a week earlier.

First of all, my copy had some sort of internal chip problem that only registers my focal length at 55mm, meaning, I can't adjust my aperture any larger than f/5.6, so essentially this lens became a 22-55mm f/5.6 lens... Making it even slower.

From time to time the focus ring feel rough and gritty, must be dust entering the zoom mechanism

Flaring is horrendous, even indoors!

The lens is really light and cheap, though. Good enough for most day-to-day snaps, but it's certainly not crisp and sharp even at f/6... You need to stop down to f/8 or higher to hit its "sweet spot"... needless to say, not really that good indoors and poor lighting.

Can't complain, though, it's really cheap for a zoom... But wished I threw my 80 bucks on a new nifty 50 instead (50 f/1.8 MkII).

Most shots in my flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/davidleetong) are shot with this lens on a 10D (unless noted otherwise in the image tags).