Canon has announced the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM - an image-stabilized wideangle zoom for its EOS M mirrorless camera. It's Canon's first wide zoom with IS, promising three stops of stabilization for stills and 'Dynamic IS' for video. A linear stepper motor offers silent autofocus during movie shooting, and a retractable barrel design makes the lens about the same size as the 18-55mm kit zoom when collapsed. It should be in shops at the end of June, at an MSRP of £379.99 / €399. We're told the lens isn't going to be available in the USA, at least for now.

Canon has also announced a  version 2.0.0 firmware update for the EOS M, which the company says will offer full compatibility with the 11-22mm (to prevent the camera from shooting with the lens in the collapsed position), and bring a much-needed improvement in autofocus speed with all lenses. The firmware will be available to download from Canon's support website at a date that has yet to be confirmed.

The 11-22mm uses a 55mm filter thread, which isn't shared with any other current Canon lens. This means the company has introduced two new products to complement it - the E-55 front lens cap, and a 55mm 'Protect' filter. 

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Widen your horizons – Canon unveils the compact, ultra-wide EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

London, UK, 6 June 2013 – Canon today 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 minimise 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

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

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

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length11–22 mm
Image stabilisationYes (3 stops, Dynamic IS)
Lens mountCanon EF-M
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4.0 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF22.0 - F32.0
Number of diaphragm blades7
Optics
Elements12
Groups9
Special elements / coatings2 aspheric elements
Focus
Minimum focus0.15 m (5.91)
Maximum magnification0.3×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight220 g (0.49 lb)
Diameter61 mm (2.4)
Length58 mm (2.29)
MaterialsMetal barrel, metal mount
SealingNo
ColourGraphite Silver
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Filter thread55 mm
Filter notesDoes not rotate on focusing
Hood suppliedNo
Hood product codeEW-60E

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EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM  Optional EW-60E hood  
E-55 lens cap  55mm protect filter