Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

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11-22mm $399
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(From Canon lens literature) Canon expands its range of EF-M lenses with the introduction of the new EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. Designed for Canon’s Compact System Camera, the EOS M, this is Canon’s first ultra wide-angle EF lens to feature an Optical Image Stabilizer. Offering a versatile wide-angle zoom range, first-class optical performance, and a new retractable design, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is the perfect addition for EOS M users who wish to capture their passion for landscapes and architecture.

Shoot the city, shoot the world
Designed to expand the range of creative possibilities and shooting subjects, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has an 11-22mm focal range which provides an incredibly wide field of view. This allows users to capture the environment around them whilst remaining close to the subject – ideal for adding drama and atmosphere to each shot.

Class-leading optics deliver incredible results
Engineered using the latest optical technologies, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM enables users to capture images with incredible levels of detail and quality. Manufactured using Canon’s professional quality standards, the lens uses Super Spectra Coatings designed to minimize ghosting and flare, providing beautiful results with every shot. Images are crisp and clear thanks to Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer, which works to keep image blur to a minimum by correcting camera shake. A 3-stop shutter speed advantage ensures high quality stills, even when light levels start to fade.

Shooting smooth Full HD movies is easy using the advanced Dynamic IS mode which combats more exaggerated forms of camera shake that occur when shooting video on the move. Canon’s near-silent STM technology also ensures focus noise is supressed during movie capture, so the audience can enjoy crystal clear sound to match the visual quality of the footage captured.

Designed for performance and style
Incredibly compact and lightweight, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has been designed to fit easily into the smallest of spaces so it can be carried everywhere. A new retractable lens design – a first for the EF lens range – locked in place by a switch, allows users to retract the lens back into the barrel when not in use. This keeps the body slim and compact, reducing the lens length by 13mm. An integrated full time manual focus ring also provides the freedom to make precise adjustments to focus as needed.

Designed to complement the EOS M’s chic styling, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM features a graphite silver, metal exterior, while the knurled focus and zoom rings are comfortable in the hand and provide easy operation.

EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM – key features:

  • Ultra-wide 11-22mm EF-M zoom lens
  • Compact, retractable lens design
  • Smooth, quiet STM focusing in movies
  • Dynamic IS for steady movies
  • 3-stop optical Image Stabilizer
  • High image quality
  • 0.15m minimum focusing distance
  • Manual focus ring

When using the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM with the EOS M it is recommended that users ensure upgrade to firmware version 2.0.0 or later.

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM User Reviews

9.0/10 average of 2 reviews Build Quality 9.0/10 Image Quality 9.5/10
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (3 reviews)
    Exceptionally small, solid construction. Superb optical clarity, and price.
    F4 - 5.6 (wish it was a bit lower like 3.5-4.5 - but then it would obviously cost more. Doesn't come with a lens hood.

    This was the 2nd EF-M lens that I purchased once I elected to adopt the Canon EOS-M system a few years ago. I enjoyed the optical qualities of the EF-M 18-55 and I believed that for a kit lens, it really surpassed my expectations. When I saw the 11-22 available for only $349 (USD) at the time, I immediately pulled the trigger.

    But I was not prepared for the absolutely superb optical qualities that this lens exhibits - so much so, that it becomes easy to just leave this lens on the camera as an everyday optic. And when you think about it, we spend over 90% of our shooting anywhere from wide angle to 50 MM anyway - it was just a no-brainer.

    I was really surprised however, to see the radical superiority of this lens (read "clarity" here) when you compare the results between the 11-22 and the EF-M 18-55 kit lens. I had mentioned earlier that I felt the 18-55 was an outstanding kit lens - well constructed, smooth to operate, and the optical results were really nice. But hands down, this 11-22 bests it in the optical clarity department - almost like a good prime. I'd have to say this 11-22 is a must-have for landscape photographers, or for those who want to take excellent interior architectural shots. This is such a great lens that I may invest in a 2nd copy of this lens - it's that good.

    So if you're into the EOS-M system, this is a "must-have" lens and it definitely won't break the bank. You will not be disappointed and you'll be wondering why you held off this long to get this lens.

    reviewed October 14th, 2016 (purchased for $349)
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (8 reviews)
    Size, weight, image quality, IS
    Only available in certain parts of the world

    This was my third EF-M lens and it is now the lens that stays attached to my EOS M most of the time. The focal range is excellent for general photography, as is the image quality. I can make 30" x 20" prints from this lens and the IQ is fine.

    Image stabilisation is less necessary on wide angle lenses, but the IS on the 11-22mm is effective and surprisingly useful. I miss IS when I go back to the EF-M 22mm f/2.

    My only real gripe concerning this lens is the difficulty I had buying it. Despite buying my EOS M and other EF-M lenses in Thailand, where I live, Canon (in their infinite wisdom) decided that they wouldn't sell the 11-22mm in Thailand. I therefore had to cross an international border and drive to Malaysia to make my purchase.

    This situation also exists in other parts of the world, with Americans having to buy the lens from Canadian outlets.

    I am still very pleased with the EOS M system and this lens was the icing on the cake. It's a beauty. See more here:

    reviewed March 30th, 2015 (purchased for $340)