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

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lens Review
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM measurements and review

The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, a very light and small equivalent to a 16-35mm on a 35mm camera, is well suited for landscape or indoor photography. For example, the non-rotating front element eases the use of polarizing and graduated filters, which are very popular for landscape photography. It is to be noticed that this wide angle zoom can focus at a distance down to 24 cm.

Its Super UD glass lens and its two aspherical elements perform should give it a good image quality. Let's see if the DxOMark measures confirm this.

We will compare the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM with its Nikon equivalent: the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

  • Both lenses manage to keep the distortion low
  • The Nikon lens is a little sharper and has a more homogenous resolution than the Canon
  • But the 10-22mm has a small advantage in term of Chromatic Aberration, especially in the corners at 10mm
  • The Nikon controls its vignetting better at F/3.5

If we look at their landscape Use Case scores, for which they are made, the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM wins with an excellent 4.5 stars where the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED only gets 3.5 stars.

In conclusion, the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is a good lens for landscape, thanks to its low chromatic aberrations and its minimum distortion.