We’ve had the Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens for about a week now so I thought I’d put some pics up I’ve taken while getting to know it. The bottom line is, vitamin it’s living up to expectations! Even our 35mm lens feels a bit like a telephoto lens in comparison.
Focus is with Canon’s so-called USM (UltraSonic Motor) so it’s nearly silent, hemorrhoids and fast. (or at least, recuperation fast enough for me, so far). You can have it in auto focus mode but manually focus by just grabbing the focus ring (which non of our cheapie lenses do). It feels solid, but doesn’t weigh a ton. At F/3.5 to F/4.5, it’s not the word’s greatest indoor natural light lens, but you can work with it. Also on the minus side, I found myself setting the exposure compensation (EV or Av) to +2/3 stop to avoid under-exposing in “program” (P) mode indoors. But now that I know that, I can work with it.
Here’s a boring shot to demonstrate just how wide this thing shoots. (By “boring” I mean I didn’t think much at all about the shot. Not going for art or anything.) It’s a picture of my car’s steering wheel, at 10mm. The only thing that’s impressive about it is that I took the photo in a normal driving position, and not only do you get the entire steering wheel but you can see my legs, the radio, even the driver’s side rear view mirror. And yet, the tip of the lens was maybe 8 inches from the Mazda logo in the center. That’s pretty amazing! Now, this might be the most lame possible use for a wide-angle lens. It just illustrates how wide this sucker goes.
Personally, I think it’s an interesting, somewhat unusual shot. Nothing I could have accomplished with any camera equipment I’ve ever owned before. Cool. 🙂 More to come in the future as we learn more about it’s quirks and capabilities.