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Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Most photographers use ultra-wide angle lens for sweeping landscapes. I love to use mine for architecture, cityscape and even candid.
Here is my review of this amazing ultra-wide zoom:

Center SharpnessExcellent, resolution and sharpness, similar to my 17-40L, even wide open at f3.5, but not as sharp as my 17-55 f2.8 IS.
Its sweet spot is somewhere between f5.6 and f8
Edge SharpnessA bit soft and lower contrast when wide open. Not as good as my 17-40L on a 1.6 crop body.
Greatly improve when stopped down to f5.6
DistortionSurprisingly good for an ultra-wide angle lens. Even better than my 17-40L.
For critical architectural shots, it is easily correctable by Adobe LightRoom or PT Lens.
However, low rectilinear distortion does not mean the absence of perspective distortion associated with all wide angle lens. See my write up here.
Chromatic Aberration (CA)CA is the weakest link of this otherwise excellent lens.
CA is noticeable, more than 1 pixel wide in the magenta/green, especially on the wide end of the zoom. But all ultra-wide lens have this problem.
Adobe LightRoom 2 can do a great job of removing CA. At 10mm, a red/green setting of around -35 works best. I don't see any yellow/blue CA.
The lens profile in Adobe LightRoom 3 can do an even better job. It eliminates almost all traces of CA.
Flare ResistanceExcellent
After 4 years of heavy use, I did not have a single shot ruined by flare.
It is better than my 17-40L and a lot better than my 17-55 IS.
I use the hood that came with the 17-40L, not to prevent flare, but to protect it from elbows in crowds.
Auto-FocusAF by USM is fast and silence.
With its DOF, focus is always accurate.
Close Focus and MagificationWith a minimum focus distance of 9", it yields a magnification of 0.17x. This allows me to take photographs of my food without getting up from my seat.
22mm is easy to handhold in dim light. With the 17-55IS, I would have to stand up, which is not polite.
Build QualityIt is not an L lens. Smaller and lighter than the 17-40L and all its 3rd party alternatives.
PriceIt costs more than lens from Sigma or Tokina, but you get consistent QC. Before you complain, check the price of Nikon’s 12-24mm.
A Kiss of Red Soaring Interior of the Crystals Nitenmon Gate二天門 Up Close and Personal - Candid at 10mm
Up Close and Personal - Candid at 10mm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall Notre-Dame Basilica Ceramic Apples Dotonbori Canal
Roman Amphitheater Library of Congress Grand Century Place The Spider
Forum Shops Entrance Library of Congress F3.5 100% crop Declaration of Independence
Bright Future Sun Kissed One Times Square Venetian Gondola
Langham Place Canopy Langham Place Grand Atrium CNN Center Beneath the Cross of Jesus
No Perspective Correction Rainforests Dome Volume Anamorphosis Distortion Sunday Evening Joint Worship
Medieval Art Contemporary Jewish Museum Cathedral Sanctuary Inside the Box
Pirate Ship on Lake Ashi Rialto Bridge Indoor Landscape of the Crystals Add Distortion to Reduce Volume Anamorphosis
Eiffel Tower over Paris Petronas Towers Bradbury Building