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

3_5-5
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.