Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 STM IS - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Images

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS M3
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/125s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS M3
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/100s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS M3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 11.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS M3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 11.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS M3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 17.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS M3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 11.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS M3
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 11.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/50s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS M3
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 11.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/60s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS M3
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 11.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/25s

Verdict

Canon has a quite consistent record when it comes to lens quality and this is reconfirmed with the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 STM IS once again. The resolution characteristic is generally very good except in the extreme corners at 11mm. Image distortions as well as lateral CAs are about average (in the true sense) for a lens in this class. If there's one substantial weakness, it's the amount of vignetting. We can't really tell whether it's just the lens or the combination with the sensor but the system performance is poor at fully open aperture. However, the transition of the vignetting is fairly smooth - thus less disturbing - and it's much better at f/8.

That being said - most users prefer to enable image auto-correction which will substantially reduce the mentioned issues anyway. The Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 STM IS is already quite good in its "pure" form and even more fun with image auto-correction.

The build quality of this tiny lens is surprisingly high. The metal body feels reassuring and there's no wobbling whatsoever. The auto-focus relies on Canon's noiseless STM (Stepping Motor) which also operates reasonably fast albeit not class-leading. Interestingly Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 STM IS was actually the first Canon ultra-wide lens to feature an image stabilizer. Given the very moderate max aperture, the IS comes certainly handy in less than perfect light conditions.

An almost surprising aspect of this tiny lens is its price tag. Ultra-wide angle zoom lenses tend to cost an arm and a leg these days but not so in this case. For just 400US$/EUR, it is nothing short a steal really!

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