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06/05/2010 06:55:46 PM · #1
I am thinking of buying this lens, the Canon EFS 10-22mm. My friend bought it but has only used it once or twice and he is thinking of selling it. I took it out today to test it and I really like it. I just checked the lens page and I see a lot of people here have it and use it for "everyday" shots.....I was thinking it would be only good for architecture or landscape shots but I see I am wrong about that. So, any "cons" about this lens I should know about?
06/05/2010 06:59:52 PM · #2
The lens consistently gets high ratings from owners. I don't and never have owned it, but if I were shooting with an APS-C cam I would certainly consider it for the wide end. The only con I can think of is that if you move to full frame, it will not work. The flip side is the resale value will be there.
06/05/2010 07:04:46 PM · #3
The only knocks I have are;

Its an efs, so of no use should I go full frame sensor.
It's front element is so curved that I feel it need a filter on it, but it has to be a pretty thin one to avoid showing up in the corners at 10 mm, so I cant use the normal lens cap with my polarizer.
While the rectilinear corrections are amazing, it tends to stretch the long side edges, so if someone is sensitive about their weight, keep them in the middle of a group shot.

That said, this lens rocks, when you have to make sure your shoes aren't in the frame on a portrait oriented landscape, you have a real wide angle.

An early review said that this lens proved that no efs lens would ever get the L rating from Canon, as all the other metrics of an L lens were in this lens. A few years in I can do nothing but agree, I don't need that stinking red band anyway.

Message edited by author 2010-06-06 01:22:11.
06/05/2010 07:25:08 PM · #4
Absolutely outstanding lens. It will hold its value very well, so if you ever go FF and you don't want to keep it as an ultra-wide on your backup bod, assuming you keep the APS-C camera when you make the move, then you can sell it for a very significant % of what you paid for it.

R.
06/05/2010 07:26:17 PM · #5
I'm pretty darn happy with my Tamron 10-24, which was $500, and I understand the Canon is even better, though I have not used the Canon. I've actually been using mine a lot for people photography and it is doing quite well for that purpose. If you've not already had a wideangle, you will find such a lens open up a whole new range of perspectives. If they are offering to to you for a good price, I say go for it.
06/05/2010 07:29:52 PM · #6
Right now I have a Canon 18-200 and while I like that, my first reaction when shooting at 10mm was WOW!!!

The reason my friend is selling it is because he's thinking of selling his 40D since he recently bought a FF camera and like some of you have said, it won't work on that camera.

Since he's only used it once or twice he's not offering that much of a deal but I would save taxes and shipping costs plus a little bit more.
06/05/2010 08:02:24 PM · #7
If you want wide then there is no better option on a crop body - Just buy it already.... It's only real downside is it's not very long :-)
06/05/2010 08:14:53 PM · #8
Originally posted by robs:

If you want wide then there is no better option on a crop body - Just buy it already.... It's only real downside is it's not very long :-)


And if it WERE any longer, on the long end, there would be a serious price to pay in terms of optical quality...

R.
06/05/2010 08:35:27 PM · #9
No "knocks" from me! I absolutely adore this lens and use it a lot. For everyday stuff, lately, I usually have my Tamron 28-75 2.8 on one camera and the 10-22 on the other. LOVE it. And have a photog friend who keeps trying to "steal" it from me cause she's in love with it.
06/05/2010 08:53:57 PM · #10
How much is he willing to sell it to you for? Because for $650 from Adorama (they list the Canon for $720) you can get this lens Tokina 11-16 2.8. I went with the Tokina and I am in love with it. While the Tokina is technically for a crop sensor camera you can still mount it on a FF camera. I tested it on my friends 5D, at 15-16mm it was useable. Below that it really was not.

Ronnie

Message edited by author 2010-06-05 20:54:25.
06/06/2010 01:09:55 AM · #11
im sure you've gotten enough "thumbs up" by this point but i LOVE this lens. its color accurate, contrasty, sharp, and has minimal distortions and aberrations. i love love love it. as stated before, if it werent efs it would be L glass for sure.

06/07/2010 10:35:11 PM · #12
how much is it ???
06/08/2010 04:59:50 PM · #13
i think around 720 bucks new. used ive seen them for as low as 550 but typically around 600-650 i believe.

06/08/2010 05:12:15 PM · #14
I heard that a good copy of this lens can be as sharp as its L equivalent. To repeat what had been said, the only real downside is that its only good for 1.6x sensors. It wouldnt be any good on 5D series or 1D(s) series.
06/08/2010 05:18:20 PM · #15
oh my!! Buy it immediately!! I just bought mine in the beginning of the year.

I am definitely NOT a landscape shooter, yet I take this lens everywhere with me. It is a lot of fun!!

Highly recommend it!

Here are some non-landscape shots:

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(realize that the seagulls were pretty close to be able to use the lens...)

Message edited by author 2010-06-08 17:19:49.
06/08/2010 05:30:35 PM · #16
Great lens for your camera. Even after I sold my 30D and moved to full frame, I kept the 10-22 'just in case'. My wife bought a 7D and now she has a wide angle for it. Only consideration is whether you will move to full frame anytime soon and should you invest in EFS lenses. But since you can always sell it, I say buy it.
06/08/2010 07:51:37 PM · #17
I still say buy Tokina 11-16 2.8. You can get it new for the price of the Canon used. It is a faster lens. Can use, with some limitations, on a full frame camera.
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