Canon today expands its range of EF-M mount lenses for its mirrorless camera EOS-M with the announcement of the EF-M 11-22 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. This ultra wide-angle lens has : optical image stabilization, STM autofocus motorization and a collapsible barrel that makes it shorter when you don’t use it.
Once mounted on a Canon EOS-M this new Canon EF-M 11-22 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens offers a range of 18-35mm (11-22mm nominal focal lengths). On the optical side, the EF-M 11-22 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM gets the Super Spectra coating that reduces ghosting and and flare, which is important on a wide-angle lens. Its optical image stabilization reduces the motion blur compensating camera shake up to 3EV according to Canon. Great for low-light conditins. I like the idea of wide angle lenses yet stabilized. Hopefully, we see more and more of them coming out. The image stabilization has a “Dynamic IS” mode for video offsetting more important movements of the camera, like when you walk while filming. (What, you don’t bring a Merlin Steadicam on your familly hollidays trips ?!).
The autofocus drive is STM, fully suitable for video footages (Appeared on the Rebel T4i EOS 650D). This AF motor focuses continuously and quietly when recording videos. You can also edit the focus point manually at any time.
It is a Premiere for Canon, and a Premiere for a wide-angle stabilized lens : the Canon EF-M 11-22 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has a retractable barrel like the Panasonic Lumix GX 14-42mm I tested recently with the GF6 or the latest Sony E 16-50mm I loved on the nEX-6. Once locked in its most compact position, the lens gains 13 mm in length.
The construction of the EF-M 11-22 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has a metal barrel, and textured focus and zoom rings.
The Canon EF-M 11-22 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM will be available late Jully 2013 at a suggested retail price of €449.
Canon EF-M 11-22 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM main technical specs:
Collapsible barrel lens
Focal length: 11-22mm (18-35mm equivalent on an EOS-M)
Maximum apertures: f/4-5.6
Minimal apertures: f/22-32
Closest focusing distance: 15cm
Maximum magnification ratio: x0.22
Filter diameter: 55mm
Lens diameter: 60.9 mm
Lens length: 58.2 mm
Weight: 220 grams