Open Wide(er)

It’s been over 3 years since I bought my Canon 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM lens. In that time, I’ve still kept hold of the 17-85mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM it replaced, but I haven’t used the wider lens very much compared to the 24-105, which is my everyday lens and gives better image quality.

Canon 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM

However, recently I’ve been craving a wider angle of view so had done some investigation on the options for wide/ultra-wide on the EOS 7D cropped sensor body. The wise money said Sigma 10-20 EF f/4-5.6 (which is cheaper but slower) or Canon’s own 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM [right].

I vowed a while back not to buy any 3rd-party lenses (after a disappointing flirt with a Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens about 5 years ago). But I also vowed not to buy any EF-S lenses if I could help it – for future-proofing if I ever do get a full frame DSLR. What to do?

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In the end, I figured that it will be some time (if ever) that I get the opportunity of a full frame body, so the Canon EF-S won out. Having read reviews and borrowed a friend’s lens for a few days to play with, I was convinced this was the right option. It arrived this morning! So I was eager to get out and about to give it a proper test run. I started off at Paper Mill Lock and then headed to Maldon for some early evening shots as the sun was setting, but I got there just in time to make a few shots.

From this brief outing, I’m pretty impressed with the lens. The trick is to get some interesting foreground to act as a lead-in for the rest of the picture, otherwise everything just looks too far away. But it’s equally at home shooting distance or close ups. My favourite from the shoot made it as Day #1310.

Wyvenhoe And Friends
Wyvenhoe And Friends
Starway Stairway
Starway Stairway
Two Pulleys
Two Pulleys
Trinity House Buoy
Trinity House Buoy