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

3_5-5
Review Date: Aug 30, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, satisfying heft. Sharp, fast focusing.
Cons:
None.

I've always wanted the perfect walk around lens. I thought I had it in the 16-35L, but I found that lens was way too big for unobtrusive shooting. The 15-85 has just the right range for most of my shooting preferences. Wide enough for architecture and street/landscape scenes, and long enough for comfortable street candids. Since buying it, nothing else has been on my camera, I find it that well suited to my needs.

 
Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

ef_24-85_35_1_
Review Date: May 18, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $151.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Smallish size and weight; great contrast and color, and above all else, sharp.
Cons:
None have emerged.

After reading many reviews and comments about this lens, I was somewhat reluctant to buy one, with most of the reviews commenting on lack of sharpness wide open.

But when a used one in great shape came available to me for $151. I had to try it. I am totally surprised and satisfied. This is a great lens. I find it sharp wide open at 24mm, and at all other settings.

The focusing is fast and accurate, and completely silent. I have no idea how old my lens is, but there is no zoom creep or looseness anywhere. It impresses as very well built.

I also have an 24-105mm L, and I tend to shoot more at the wide end, and for those times I need or prefer a smaller or lighter lens, I will have no hesitation in selecting the 24-85.