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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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The new EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM sets a new standard for everyday photography on APS-C sensors. With a focal length range equivalent to 24-136mm in 35mm format, image stabilization and high-precision optics, the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM offers stellar performance from wide-angle through to telephoto.

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 15 - 85mm 1:3.5-5.6
Lens Construction : 17 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View : 84° 30' - 18° 25'
Focus Adjustment : Inner focusing system with USM
Closest Focusing Distance : 1.15 ft./0.35m
Filter Size : 72mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight : 3.2 x 3.4 in./81.6 x 87.5mm, 20.3 oz./575g


 


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JeanP
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Registered: Mar 3, 2014
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Review Date: Mar 3, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great sharp (even wide open) allround lens
Cons:
No hood included

This lens is a great walkaround lens, very sharp at f5.6 at all lenghts all over the frame.
When correctly adjusted (calibrated) on a AFMA body the results are stunning.
Yes this lens is a bit slow but it is sharp and has some kind of macro possibilities.

I enjoy using this lens very much on my 70D.

Overall, highly recommended.


Mar 3, 2014
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Review Date: Sep 25, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: The best one lens solution for Aps-C, excellent range, good macro capabilities, nice sharpness, colours and contrast
Cons:
Not FF compatible, price is high, not so bright


Perhaps this lens is the best one lens solution for a Canon Aps-C camera, this camera has lot to offer: picture quality, Usm focus, excellent range, macro abilities

See in more detail here
http://oldshutterhand.com/equipment-reviews/canon-15-85-review/


Sep 25, 2013
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Review Date: Jul 7, 2013 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Color rendition, built, weight, AF speed
Cons:
A bit soft at the long end

Great walk around lens, with excellent color rendition. Wish there would be a similar range for full frame! IQ is pretty good, albeit with a some border softness on the long end, and some field curvature. Prone to flare when shooting into the light, but not too much of a problem. All plastic, but still a tough piece of optics. Mine has survived years of expedition work, and still works flawlessly.

Jul 7, 2013
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Review Date: Apr 14, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Color rendition, size and weight
Cons:
Prone to flare, resolution at the long end could be a little better

Great allround zoom change for crop sensor. Wish sometimes I could get this range on full frame. The lens is certainly tough, but could have less plastic. Image quality is generally great, but on the wide end flare is a problem when shooting into the light, even with the hood.

Apr 14, 2013
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Review Date: Apr 11, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, great colors, solid focus
Cons:

Lives up to it's billing as L equivalent performance.

Apr 11, 2013
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Review Date: Mar 19, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: light weight, very nice colors, fast focusing, great range
Cons:
tend to flare, slow at long focal length

I switched from 24-105L after 3 years of use on 20D.
Actually on an APS-C sensor the 15-85 is quit analogous to the 24-105:
It have almost the same image qualities virtues, but being much more lighter, and feels-like, smaller, making it an ideal walkaround lens.
Very fast focusing, and very good IS.

Light tend to flare in some condition and the fact the hood is not included is a pity.

I got the feeling that I missed a lot using the (GREAT) 24-105L on my 20D. The switch was just great.

Sorry, but I don't miss the 24-105L...



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Review Date: Dec 23, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Image quality, colors, build quality, range.
Cons:
Price, not constant F4.

Very nice lens, great zoom range, very useful for traveling and walking around. It's balanced better with EOS xxD or xD body.

The only thing that I would really like to improve is constant F4 aperture. I prefer something like 15-75 IS F4.

It's expensive for 3.5-5.6 zoom IMO.

Here are some pictures with it:

http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=14906493
http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=15391252
http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=14316314


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Review Date: Dec 19, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality, excellent IS, zoom range, consistent AF, build quality is pretty good,
Cons:
Tends to pull minor dust inside (very small amount). Price is a little bit high. Some distortion and vignetting on the wide end, easy to fix in PP.

I have been more than happy with the image quality of my EF-S 15-85mm, which was clearly better than the 24-105L I sold to get it. I find the focal range ideal for a walk-around, understanding that it has variable maximum aperture as the compromise to its range. It is worth it to me, especially because I pair this lens with a fast prime to cover darker situations or shallow depth of field shots.

This isn't a very cheap lens, and I pondered the comparable, less expensive Sigma (17-70mm). I ended up going with the Canon to get the wider end's 2mm and I did not regret it. I used my ultra wide angle lens rarely after acquiring the 15-85.

The image stabilization and autofocus were both excellent for me.

My only negatives, as noted, were some distortion and vignetting on the wide end. I don't consider these very serious because they easy to fix in post processing.

I didn't realize this for almost 2 years, but the lens did gain some very small and few dust particles inside. I only realized when shining a flashlight and taking a close inspection. I didn't really care because I did not see any effect on the image quality.


Dec 19, 2012
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Review Date: Sep 26, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Most useful focal range for travel. Great IQ. Light weight.
Cons:
None

It's not an "L" lens in build and sealing, but the IQ of mine equals L. I've used this on my 60D for a number of events with terrific results, although I generally prefer full frame. This lens lives on my 60D. I've heard of sample variation, but this can be used wide open. At f/8 its amazing throughout its entire range, making it a terrific travel lens. Equal to 24-136mm in full frame. The IS helps make up for the f/5.6 minimum aperture around 85mm. I wish Canon made an equivalent full frame version -- I'd buy it in a second.

Sep 26, 2012
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Review Date: Apr 8, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Very allround. IS working really good. Sharp 24-85mm
Cons:
Very soft at 15mm



Apr 8, 2012
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Allan Gobin
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Review Date: Apr 2, 2012 Recommend? no | Price paid: $720.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Very sharp, good size.
Cons:
Renders image in odd way. Nothing to directly complaint about but there is just something about how the color, contrast, and exposure that is off.

Something is wrong with the color and contrast on this lens. I don't know how to describe it. But loved the way my 17-55 rendered images and I dislike the way this lens does. I sold it and bought another 17-55. That's how big an issue it was for me.

Apr 2, 2012
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Review Date: Mar 5, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great "walkaround" lens, Very good IQ for price, Very good IS.
Cons:
Vignettes a great deal wide open,

A great ef-s lens. Good value for money and a superb focal range. 24 to 136mm 35mm equivalent with IS…. I know a couple of FF users who would love that little extra range from the 24-105L. Obviously as is Canon's preference, ef-s lenses do not get L classification; Build quality wise, this lens doesn't quite justify it anyway. It feels quite plasticky in the hand but very solid none the less, not too heavy, but good enough to let you feel that it's not badly built.

FTM focus and nice IS top off the package, but every so often it reminds you that it's built to a budget, aperture narrows very quickly through the focal range. This is almost handy in a way though because wide open at 15mm, it vignettes considerably…you need to remember to stop down. There's almost a tendency to just keep shooting with as wide an aperture as possible, as IQ stays nice and sharp when you're using it fully open.

Out of focus areas seem reluctant to blur nicely…its almost as if the lens compulsively wants everything to be as sharp as possible. It took the use of a hill half a mile away to produce usable "bokeh" effects, but in some circumstances, thats a plus point.

Teamed with a good telephoto and a quick prime, it's almost the perfect lens combination for a crop body Canon owner. It now lives on my body 95% of the time…in fact whenever I'm not doing a portrait session/reaching for extra length or aiming for min depth of field.


Mar 5, 2012
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Giancarlo D
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Review Date: Feb 29, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fairly sharp, great range for a crop camera, IS, good colors
Cons:
variable aperture

This lens is a great buy for any crop camera. It's not weather sealed like the L's but it has some weight and feels like a high quality lens. Color reproduction was great. Good saturation on the Rebel T2i.

This lens will give a novice photographer the confidence to continue in this hobby. Great as a walk around lens.

If it had a constant 2.8, it would be $500 more and called the EF-S 17-55.


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Review Date: Aug 15, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very Sharp, Good color and contrast, IS works great and AF is spot on.
Cons:
Wish it was 77mm instead of 72, so more of my filters would fit it. Price still a little high

I purchased this lens for a trip to Yellowstone and it performed great! I got it refurbished from Canon. The zoom range is ideal for walk around.

Aug 15, 2011
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Review Date: May 24, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $639.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: range, image quality, solid build (for ef-s), fast focus, excellent IS
Cons:
vignetting, no hood (but really stretching here since that is par for the Canon course)

Bought this lens from canon as a refurb... looks and operates as new. No issue with creep yet (maybe later?). IQ is fantastic, and the range makes it an ideal lens to have on your camera most of the time. Excellent sharpness, very good contrast. Best EF-S build I've seen yet (though not 'L' level). In my view, Canon has traded things that can be fixed easily in post for things that can't. The level of vignetting is mildly annoying given the modest speed of the lens (I'd generally not expect vignetting from a 3.5-5.6 lens), but easy enough to fix in post (or peripheral illumination in newer cameras to a lesser extent). The focus is fast and accurate with my cameras (7D and 20D), the IQ is excellent and the size is just right... making this 2.8 would make it too heavy as a walkaround for EF-S cameras, and 2.8 is not fast enough for low-light action anyway... pair this with a tele and a fast prime and you're set.

May 24, 2011
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Review Date: May 12, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $825.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, colour rendition and overall IQ, build quality, great focal range as a walkaround.
Cons:
For the price it should come with a lens hood, lens creep.

I brought this lens to use as a walk out the door with only one lens in a shoulder bag when we are travelling, rather than walking out with a 7kg backpack full of lenses every time we left a hotel. It fits the bill almost perfectly, it did not however make my Canon 10-22 as redundant as I would have liked.

I still find myself walking out with the 10-22 as well as the 15-85, particularly in closer urban situations like NYC etc. For rural settings and more open urban though the 15-85 is pretty near as perfect as it gets. It does spend the most time on the front of my camera these days.

It is sharp, has a great build quality, great colour rendition and good autofocus. Overall IQ is very good, better than I expected. The only downside I have come across really is a bit of lens creep, mine has it but it is not really too much of a worry as I adjust focal length every time anyway. I would definitely recommend this lens to anybody with a crop sensor Canon.


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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Reviews Views Date of last review
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91% of reviewers $682.44
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.65
7.60
9.2
3_5-5


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