Canon EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM

Canon EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM

Lens Summary

Brand: Canon

Also Known As: Canon EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Canon EF, Canon EF-S

Release Date: 1999-01-01

MSRP Price: N/A

Made in: Japan

Production Status: Discontinued

Lens Description: Canon EF 22-55 mm f/ 4-5.6 USM is a very compact and light zoom lens for Canon EOS film and SLR cameras with a range of focal lengths from ultra wide-angle to normal.

Canon EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length22-55mm
Mount TypeCanon EF, Canon EF-S
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm SLR
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio2.5x
Image Stabilizer (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/4.0-f/5.6
Minimum Aperturef/32
Optical Information
Lens ElementsN/A
Lens GroupsN/A
Diaphragm Blades5
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
UltraSonic Motor (USM)Yes
Minimum Focus Distance0.35m
Filter Information
Filter Size58mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialPlastic
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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I have bought this lens with The EOS iX7 aps camera for £30 and better than most kit lenses the 22-55mm is ideal for My EOS 1 D MK 4 (1.3 Crop) 27.3- 71.6 mm and being usm its quite enough for video mode (AF motor).
The minus is plastic mount and no distance scale also the focus barrel turns on focusing but can live with that as is only minor issues that does not affect Me as with any wide angle zoom you live with a bit of distortion or CA of which is not to bad at all. I found when I put It on My camera in place of a 20-35 L Lens I have kept The 22-55 USM its so convenient with The EW-60 C/D hoods it stops a lot of flare.
One thing else it it breaks you can get another cheap replacement. I give it 4.5/5

Thomas Perry

This is a horrible lens in most conventional senses. It has average image quality, and feels like a toy. It has massive, massive barrel distortion at the near end. It’s a plastic lens, and flares badly against bright light. A hood helps a little, but not much.

But it is unbelievably light, cheap, and very wide. When stopped down to F/8 it approaches adequacy throughout the range. Just be prepared to lose some of the width to the crop you’ll need to correct the distortion. There are no lens correction profiles for this lens – the 22mm wide end is * +7 * to correct the barrel distortion in Lightroom, the pincushion at the far end I can live with.

Will hold value due to the curio value of being a cheap Canon ultra- wide, and the fact that it does have a kind of kooky charm to it. Has been stable at £50/60-ish for five years or so.