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

Review Date: Dec 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Awesome colour, sharpness and contrast. Fabulousy wide. No flare issues.
EF-S only.

I bought the Sigma 12-24 to give me ultrawide on my 20D but was massively disappointed with it. So many shots were ruined by flare regardless of where the light source seemed to be. And contrast and sharpness never seemed 'spot on' to me either. On the plus side the Sigma was well built and useable on any body. But what a difference when I got the Canon 10-22! Amazing colour, contrast and sharpness and no flare issues at all. It's well built (although not as good as the Sigma in my opinion) and the lighter weight is good when you're travelling. Focus is very quick and silent and full-time manual focusing is useful sometimes. I love the perspective effects this lens gives when used very wide. I have no regrets about buying this lens at all - it takes the same filters as my L lenses too which is good. The hood is *enormous* and attracts a lot of attention when you use it which can be offputting for some people. I have used the lens extensively without the hood and not suffered any flare or low-contrast issues. I have compared the results with my L lenses and can see very little, if any, difference in terms of colour, contrast and sharpness so maybe it really is an L lens in disguise as people sometimes suggest. Certainly the price reflects that view! If you have a 20D or one of the other EF-S bodies and you want an UWA lens, this is the one! Well worth the extra money.