Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM
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Dave Tong, Fredmiranda
20 February 2007
Conclusion: Got this lens to "start off" with a used 10D I purchased a week earlier. First of all, my copy had some sort of internal chip problem that only registers my focal length at 55mm, meaning, I can't adjust my aperture any larger than f/5.6, so essentially this lens became a 22-55mm f/5.6 lens... Making it even slower. From time to time the focus ring feel rough and gritty, must be dust entering the zoom mechanism Flaring is horrendous, even indoors!
Pros: Cheap, light, wide enough.
Cons: Slow AF, cheap build, rough zoom ring, vignette, flare.
Conclusion: Ok, I bought the lens for use on film cameras a while back when it was still offered new. It was a whim purchase based on the unique zoom range it offered. There were no other lenses with this range. It goes quite wide to past normal (on FF)... and I like shooting with a normal perspective, so a 16-35L didn't interest me... it would just mean more lens changes.
Conclusion: The lens came with a second hand camera i bought i thought it would be interesting to use.I hear it was designed for the eos ix7 and the 24-85(good lens) was designed for the eos ix. I havn't used it on a ix or ix7 but the cameras i have used it on it was poor. On my eos 3 it was terrible.poor contrast vignetting soft around the edges...The west results i had were at f8-11 and even then it was still soft at the edges...
Conclusion: I bought the lens on a trip to Australia in 2001 when i realised that i need a wider angle to capture the landscape. It served me well for some years with really great shots. Regarding the price i would by it again. The lens was orginally designed as the standard zoom on the SLR-APS cameras of the IX line. But it performs well on a 35mm film body.
Pros: Good zoom range, nice contrast and colors.
Cons: Feels cheap, distortion, rotating front element.
Conclusion: I bought this lens shortly before I bought my D60 - sold it not too long after... I found this lens to be pretty decent considering it is a variable aperture consumer zoom. Some of my favorite pictures were taken with this lens (http://www.serifin.net/port/images/06.jpg) and I even have a 20x30 of this image (http://www.serifin.net/port/images/03.jpg) taken with this lens. A good starter lens for those that can't use the EF-s consumer lenses.
Pros: A small, light, cheap, reasonably wide starter lens.
Cons: Plastic, no FTM, doesn't have real USM, image quality...
Conclusion: I had this since I originally bought in to the APS SLR format. The lens works fine for occasional shooting with the EOS IX. However when used on the 35mm or even digital SLR it became apparent that the lens lacks sharpness and contrast. Can't FTM, and it hunts when it's trying to focus. I have tried this lens on EOS 3, EOS 7e, EOS IX, and 20D they all exhibit the same issue. However I think it might be a great starter lens, because of the price point.
Conclusion: For the price one can't complain. I do not own this lens nor do I intend to buy it. I borrowed it one evening for fun. It felt cheap and crummy compared to the mid range 28-105 and the likes. The zoom ring felt loose and the zooming action did not feel substantial. Focusing was quite slow, not like a real USM motor. When I got back my results I got what I expected. Optics are OK for the price, sort of average.
Pros: Cheap, small and light.
Cons: Flimsy construction, feels very cheap, so so optics.
Conclusion: I've been using this lens mainly on eos film cameras where it performs ok. I find it a little soft on my 10D. This is a good lens if you want a reasonably wide angle at 22. If you need something to take professional shots with, I'd save up for the L lens of similar focal lengths. All in all for what I use it for, it does the job. Would I buy this after having used it? probably not.
Pros: cheap and light
Cons: image quality is so-so, all plastic, fairly slow.
Conclusion: I bought this lense for when my son uses the 10D. (which is not often). If he were to break this lens I would not care. But at the same time he can get some decent pictures from it. Good learning lens for him.
Conclusion: I have made 20 x 30 prints from D30 and 10D bodies that have been very, very good and are also very sharp. One of the best zoom lens buys dollar for dollar. On a 1.6 factor digital it is a relatively good walk around landscape lens. If money is a factor consider this lens until you can afford to spend more dollars.
Pros: Small and very light. Surprisingly good for a lens that sells for $109. Very sharp stopped down to f 8.0