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

By dpreview staff on Jun 6, 2013 at 04:00 GMT

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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Press Release:

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

Additional images

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

Total comments: 55
Mastro2
By Mastro2 (6 months ago)

Bought mine at Henry's, Canada for $399. Fast delivery to US and had a USA/Canada registration card. Very nice lens, excellent IQ. Virtually the same size as the 18-55.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (10 months ago)

"We're told the lens isn't going to be available in the USA, at least for now."

I guess nobody was stupid enough to buy EOS M in the US? ;)

1 upvote
Anepo
By Anepo (9 months ago)

You are giving American's WAYYYYYYYYYYYY to much credit.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

about the firmware update that improves AF speed,
- one-shot multi-point, up to 2.3x faster (tele end of the EF-M 18-55)
- one-shot single-point, about 1.3x faster
- servo, no change
should be available within the month

2 upvotes
straylightrun
By straylightrun (10 months ago)

£379.99RRP = US RRP of $379.99? If so that's cheap!

1 upvote
teribithia
By teribithia (10 months ago)

Can not find in amazon.com ? how do you find price

0 upvotes
Brosazak
By Brosazak (10 months ago)

It was written in the article above!

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

it's currently sold in Japan for JPY 40,100 (incl. 5% cons.tax)
or USD 406.4.

0 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (10 months ago)

Real incentive for getting an EOS-M. Also, other than incredible appearing a couple of times, more reasonable press release language than most.

2 upvotes
Zalan
By Zalan (10 months ago)

Probably the first mirrorless WA with reasonable pricing. Well done Canon!

6 upvotes
MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (10 months ago)

The very fine Nikon CX (Nikon 1) WA (6.7-13mm) zoom is under $500. It's also a first class lens optically, with metal mount, barrel, and zoom ring. The included hood is also well done. It's great seeing such appealing lenses at sensible prices.

1 upvote
sarit
By sarit (10 months ago)

That's very very good pricing for WA zoom.

3 upvotes
Franz Kerschbaum
By Franz Kerschbaum (10 months ago)

Fantastic new option. I was really waiting for such a lens. Especially for landscape work it will let my little eos-m shine. I use it mostly to have it with me every day and to complement my 5DIII with long telephotos when doing wildlife.

5 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (10 months ago)

Another copy of NEX lens?
Can't Canon design any lens by themselves for EOS-M? And they buy everything from Sony instead????

3 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (10 months ago)

How is this a copy of a NEX lens? I don't know of any Sony E-mount lens with the same focal lengths, the same lens elements etc. Are you thinking of the Sony 10-18mm F4 lens? They are both wide angle zooms, but they're clearly different designs.

9 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (10 months ago)

What medication are you taking, as this is the stupidest thing I've read in a long time.

11 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (10 months ago)

I think he meant the barrel-look, not optical specs or any other technical details.

6 upvotes
straylightrun
By straylightrun (10 months ago)

The cylindrical barrel look? Oh yeah. As opposed to all those triangle shaped lenses...

10 upvotes
blank_
By blank_ (10 months ago)

any info about size and weight?

0 upvotes
Dames01
By Dames01 (10 months ago)

It is all in the spec provided above:
220g, diameter 61mm, length 58mm.

1 upvote
Rod McD
By Rod McD (10 months ago)

This lens (albeit a tad slow) looks like it might be good if Canon's claims about its optical abilities are borne out. It's just a pity there's not a first rate body to mount it on...... The reception to the first EOS M was pretty mixed. I thought Canon said that they were developing a Version 2 that was more enthusiast-oriented? If Version 2 is an enthusiast's mirror-less camera, good lenses might take some competition to Fuji and Sony.

1 upvote
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (10 months ago)

Well I think if your only going to use this lens, the current body im sure is fine. the DOF for this lens is going to be huge.

1 upvote
viking79
By viking79 (10 months ago)

Huge depth of field is usually how you shoot an ultra wide, or up close with shallow depth of field. Otherwise APS-C is the wrong sensor size, get a full frame and a 16-35 or 14-24mm f/2.8 if you want wide and shallow. All I know is I would rather carry this 11-22mm if I was planning on shooting at f/8 or f/11 on those lenses anyway.

1 upvote
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (10 months ago)

This will have the same fate as the Nikon "1" system... Oblivion.

Sometimes, great big companies like Canon and Nikon make really huge blunders... but they are too Jurassic in thinking, they just run the useless idea to the ground, at the expense of the suckered consumers...

.

5 upvotes
LJ - Eljot
By LJ - Eljot (10 months ago)

Kodak introduced the pocketfilm 110 in 1972. My father made lots of slides in kodachrome with his Pentax Auto 110 (SLR) until they stoped produktion in 1982. That was 2 years fun with kodachrome with this camera. Some 110 Film was available until the end of the century but only in ISO200. An even greater flop where 126 film and Kodak Disc. And then don't forget APS-film!

1 upvote
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (10 months ago)

Hey, I had a 126-cartridge-using old compact back in the day, with an askew viewfinder so I always ended up with images shifted to the side. Ah, old times...

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (10 months ago)

You mean the Nikon 1 "blunder" that has Nikon in third place worldwide in mirrorless?

Or did you mean the Nikon 1 "blunder" of creating the only MILC in the world that has decent AF tracking and frame rates that nobody can compete with?

As far as the EOS M, it's a first generation camera. But it's still capable of excellent IQ and video quality.

0 upvotes
Tim F 101
By Tim F 101 (10 months ago)

The Nikon 1 is an odd character. You can dismiss its size and lens selection (lord knows I do) but:

1) Nikon engineered the hell out of that thing. After taking into account the sensor size (yeah I know) it is a remarkably capable camera.
2) Never underestimate a marketing budget. Ashton Kutcher can sell widgets but he don't come cheap.
3) Do not try to understand what sells in Asia. It just does. Serious about this. The Pentax Q is still around. Why? Someone is buying it, and I can tell you they don't live in Pittsburgh.

2 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (10 months ago)

Nikon just had 8-page full-color INSERT in USA Today, partnered with Best Buy. Not a cheap ad buy. I think every model from entry level P&S to full-frame D600 and D800 was included.

1 upvote
MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (10 months ago)

The Nikon 1 is far from dead. Sales are quite decent, especially in Asia, where far more mirrorless systems are sold. The lens selection isn't competitive with MFT, though prices are usually lower. There aren't as many lenses as there are for NEX, either, bit quality is mostly better and prices lower (discounted clearance Sigmas being an exception.) Nikon has been introducing new lenses regularly and most of them have been very fine (and beautifully made). It would be nice to have some third party competition, but Nikon doesn't cooperate with independents, leaving them to reverse engineer a compatible lens. So far, nothing. The Nikon adapter is reasonably priced and allows the use of a large number of modern Nikon (and some third party) lenses, complete with decently fast center point autofocus.

I wish Canon had made as interesting a system as Nikon 1. Something with some original ideas and acceptable performance.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (10 months ago)

Mirrorless APS-C is not "oblivion" nor a "huge blunder." This first EOS M body will seem primitive compared to the models that will be available a few years from now. And those future EOS mirrorless bodies will make today's comparatively large DSLR bodies seem as primitive as a Motorola DynaTAC cell phone does compared to a modern iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.

0 upvotes
JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (10 months ago)

..and where's a new body?

0 upvotes
howardroark
By howardroark (10 months ago)

Do some situps, fatso. :)

0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (10 months ago)

Which forum are you supposed to discuss the EOS M in???

4 upvotes
b534202
By b534202 (10 months ago)

Its going to die in obscurity eventually anyway, why should dpr make a forum for it?

1 upvote
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (10 months ago)

I forgot Canon came out with a mirrorless.

Well the price of the lens if pretty good.

6 upvotes
arscii
By arscii (10 months ago)

Very frustrating to me that Canon handicaps their mirrorless presence with vin ordinaire products in order to protect their premier cru market. I can understand it as a corporate strategy but it's not without its risks. One of the others could decide to make this a pro market sector and then Canon could find itself out of position in that market.

2 upvotes
MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (10 months ago)

This lens looks far better than vin ordinaire. Get out the Riedel. Oh, right, there still isn't an acceptable body to attach it to. Back to tumblers.

1 upvote
Wahl
By Wahl (10 months ago)

funny it looks like Nikons 6.7-13 mm wide angle for the 1 system. Is this the global new lens design, or is it just copy + paste?

0 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (10 months ago)

This barrel look is common with mirrorless lenses - NEX, 1, 43rd...

1 upvote
Airless
By Airless (10 months ago)

LOL no U.S. price, Canon is a joke that hasn't made a relevant camera in years, DSLRs are dead and long live M4/3.

2 upvotes
ijustloveshooting
By ijustloveshooting (10 months ago)

i'm %100 not agree with you. 4 years old 18MP sensor is still kicking .ss . no any m43 sensor is close to it, don't tell me crappy dxomark numbers...show me photos! to me m43 is dead, actually it never lived, sensors are very bad ... also price of this lens is simply great, i'm a nex user and equievelant lens price is 900$ unfortunately...Canon users are really lucky, there're lots of awesome lenses with great prices...

3 upvotes
hippo84
By hippo84 (10 months ago)

ijustloveshooting - Canon still doesn't have any APS-C sensor to be as good as OMD's one. Canon doesn't make any new APS-C sensor for last 4 years. Great prices - really? How much does 24-70/4 cost? In my system 28-75/2.8+50/1.4 have the same price.

1 upvote
Juck
By Juck (10 months ago)

Hippo, Airless,,, don't hate on those that can afford real cameras. You sound like some pauper telling a wealthy man that your cabbage tastes better than his steak,,, just because cabbage is all you can afford,, and you don't know any better. OK ,, that was a terrible analogy,,, I'm just saying,,,, try not being so poor.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
4 upvotes
Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (10 months ago)

The 24-70/4 costs a bit more than the Pana 12-35/2.8 but it collects one stop more light. The 24-105/4 costs less than the Panasonic, and beats in in every possible way.

0 upvotes
hippo84
By hippo84 (10 months ago)

Pana 12-35/2.8 collects more light. Don't mix up quantity of light light with DoF.

2 upvotes
hippo84
By hippo84 (10 months ago)

About "24-105/4 beats in in every possible way " - can You prove it, or You just want it to be so?

0 upvotes
hippo84
By hippo84 (10 months ago)

Pana 12-35/2.8 vs 24-105/4: http://s019.radikal.ru/i620/1306/60/772f5cf01eb6.jpg

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 1 minute after posting
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hippo84
By hippo84 (10 months ago)

Juck - I'm not m4/3 shooter and I don't have any reasons to make Canon look worse than 4/3 or any other system. I have rich experience in shooting different cameras, that's why I say what I say ))

1 upvote
Treeshade
By Treeshade (10 months ago)

(In before another sensor size/aperture/depth of field/light gathering fight)

Well we're talking about a 24-70/4 on an APS-C verses a 12-35/2.8 on a M4/3, right? (2.8x2=5.6, 4x1.5=6). Even if you mount the 24-70/4 on a full frame, the 12-35/2.8 has the following advantages:

- At maximum aperture, it allows a faster shuttle speed
- Under the same depth of field, it allows a faster shuttle speed
- It's half the weight and smaller

Aperture value is not just about how big the hole is...

0 upvotes
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (10 months ago)

Really shocking how people pick up facts from thin air. :P

The Panasonic 12-35mm collects 1 stop more light than the 24-70mm f4 but has less DOF for the same equivalent FOV on FF and about the same DOF as the 24-70mm f4 when paired with an APS-C body.

However its still one stop faster regardless of what camera you use the 24-70mm f4 on.

And the OMD sensor has shown to be better than the 18 MP sensor by practically every website which has tested the OMD against the Canon.

2 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (10 months ago)

Depends on how you look at it. Yes, light per unit area is twice as much on 12-35mm f/2.8 on m4/3 vs 24-70mm f/4 on full frame, but sensor is 4 times as large, so 24-70mm f/4 still presents the sensor with twice as much total light, which is all that really matters in the final image. I.e. you shoot with the full frame at higher ISO and get similar noise performance to the m4/3 at lower ISO.

0 upvotes
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (10 months ago)

What matters if the shutter speed of the m43 camera is 1/60 seconds @ISO 100 at 12mm f2.8 then the Canon 24-70mm f4 (mounted on FF cam) will be only 1/30 at 24mm f4. Both FOV will be approximately equal.

0 upvotes
Zdman
By Zdman (10 months ago)

Yes but the FF can use a higher ISO to get that same shutter speed and will still have better noise. The m43 is a quarter of the size so the FF would have to use an ISO of 400 to get the same noise.

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TheLastMan
By TheLastMan (10 months ago)

There are so many variables here that it is almost impossible to come up with an objective comparison. Hippo84's DxOMark scores come close because they measure specific light gathering properties on the cameras that the lenses are likely to be used on.

However these measurements tell you absolutely nothing about the look of the images produced! What about contrast, colour rendering, bokeh, curve of focus plane? These need the detailed study of many photos to form an opinion.

Anyone who has worked with FF or MF cameras knows the huge advantage in composition that having the big sensor gives through DOF control, but they will also know the big penalty in size, weight and cost. Personally I find APS-C gives just enough of the big sensor image quality while still being small and cheap enough for my use.

I think APS-C provides me with the right balance between photo quality and practicality - but everybody's experiences WILL be different.

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