Passion for the Camera: Canon EF-M11-22mm F4-5.6 IS STM (1)

By Shinya Yoshimori

The difference between it and the EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM in focal distance is fascinating

Last autumn I bought the Canon EOS M3 together with the EF-M 22mm F2 STM, a prime pancake lens. But I also wanted another lens: the EF-M11-22mm F4-5.6 IS STM.

It is a compact and collapsible wide zoom lens. It was developed for the EOS M series of mirrorless cameras. It involves an image stabilizer inside the lens, preventing camera shake when taking snaps or walking to shoot videos.

It was sold at around \30,000, which is cheap. Most of the wide zoom lenses of rival manufacturers are expensive.

I use the EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM, a wide zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras, too. The EF-M11-22mm F4-5.6 IS STM is more compact and lighter than that. It is more than 10mm shorter and is 20g lighter. Of course it is not easy to compare them because one is designed for a DSLR camera and the other a mirrorless model.

But the difference in focal distance between them is fascinating. The focal length the EF-S 10-18mm lens in 35mm full-frame is 16-29mm equivalent. That of the EF-M 11-22mm is 18-35mm equivalent. Not surprisingly, the former is advantageous over the latter in the minimum focal distance: there is a huge difference in angle of view between the focal length of 16mm and that of 18mm equivalent.

So is the difference in maximum focal distance between the focal length of 29mm and that of 35mm equivalent. It is like comparing the focal length of 28mm and that of 35mm. It is easier to imagine how different they are in angle of view and performance than that between the focal length of 16mm and that of 18mm. The focal length of 28mm will be like wide-angle shots; that of 35mm standard shots.

After the release in July 2013, I tested the EF-M11-22mm F4-5.6 IS STM for review. It was impressive. I remember that the lens is small as an APS-C wide zoom lens, but it delivers more solid performance than I expected. So I was always thinking that if I’d use a camera of the EOS M series, I’d want this lens, too.



Shinya Yoshimori

He is a professional photographer in Japan. He comments on cameras and lenses and is regarded in the industry as the man who likes cameras the most in the world. He loves everything about cameras from taking photos to seeing to touching to buying and dreaming of cameras. Not surprisingly, he collects a variety of cameras from digital to compact to classical to silver salt. The column title expresses his deep passion for them in his native accent (Hiroshima in western Japan)―Washa camera ga sukinajya (I love cameras).


New name: the title of Yoshimori’s column has been slightly changed from “My Passion is the Camera”.

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