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Canon’s 11-22mm Wide Angle Zoom for the EOS M Won’t Come to the US

by Felix L. Esser on 07/12/2013

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM

Uh, what? Say that again? The new EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 won’t hit US markets? Apparently so, at least that’s what Canon Rumors reports, quoting a comment left by a moderator on the Canon USA forum. The comment answers a forum member who inquired why Canon USA didn’t officially announce the lens, and it reads:

“Thank you for your inquiry regarding the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. We can certainly understand the confusion surrounding this release! Unfortunately, this specific lens will not be sold or serviced by Canon USA.”

Well, dear Canon USA, then what is your EOS M system all about? I mean, seriously. You’ve got one unexciting camera with an uninspired standard zoom and an a slightly more inspiring fast-ish semi-wide prime, and now you’re telling us that the first really interesting lens for the system isn’t coming to the US? You can’t be serious!

On second thought … mirrorless cameras do sell best in Japan, whereas the figures for the US are pretty bad, as we’ve recently shown. Though it does make a strange form of sense, somehow, as a US-American EOS M user I’d probably be pretty pissed right now … Because the worst part isn’t even that the lens is not being sold in the US, it’s that Canon USA won’t even service it. So even if you buy it from overseas, in case something goes wrong you’ll have to send it back to Hong Kong or wherever you bought it from. Congrats, Canon. You just made your first mirrorless system even more unattractive.

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