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

EF10-22
Review Date: Feb 21, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: It's wide.
Cons:
It's soft.

I'm hoping the collective mind of FM can shed some light on the performance of my 10-22. I really wanted to love this lens but its softness disappoints me. Am I too spoiled by my reference prime, or do I have a bad copy? This image is taken with my 7D on a sturdy tripod, MLU enabled, 1/200 at f3.5 at ISO 400 and it is representative of the performance of this lens in other settings:

http://marc.snarked.com/10-22.jpg

Camera was set to large fine JPEG, with the Portrait picture style. No image processing outside the camera. I used spot focus on the apple on the tissue box and repeated several times. To my eye this lens neither front focuses nor back focuses...it's just soft.