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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM UD Standard Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
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- 15-85mm lens with f3.5-f.5.6 aperture; for use with APS-C cameras
- 35mm equivalent to 24-136mm focal length range
- Dedicated image stabilization
- Lens construction of 17 elements in 12 groups
- Compatible with 72mm filters
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||EW-78E|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops|
|Item Dimensions||3.23 x 3.23 x 3.46 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.65 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.27 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||0.35 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||15 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||15 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||17|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||74 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.65 pounds|
|Zoom Type||motorized zoom|
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|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||manual-focus|
|Item Dimensions||3.23 x 3.46 x 3.23 in||2.95 x 2.83 x 2.95 in||2.68 x 0.91 x 2.68 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||3.31 x 4.37 x 3.31 in||1 x 3.6 x 3.1 in|
|Item Weight||1.27 lbs||0.53 lb||—||—||1.42 lbs||1.05 lbs|
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|Maximum Focal Length||85 millimeters||18 millimeters||24 millimeters||50 millimeters||55 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||15 millimeters||10 millimeters||24 millimeters||50 millimeters||17 millimeters||17 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||67 millimeters||52 millimeters||49 millimeters||77 millimeters||67 millimeters|
The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens 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, this lens offers stellar performance from wide-angle through to telephoto. The Image Stabilization system allows you to shoot sharp images with a 4-stop advantage under less-than-optimum lighting conditions. Plus the Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) technology provides fast and quiet focus control with on-demand manual override when shooting in AF mode.
From the Manufacturer
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
- UD Glass: 1
- Diagonal Angle of View: 84 degrees 30' to 18 degrees 25'
- Focus System: Inner focusing system with USM
- Closest Focusing Distance: 1.15 ft. / 0.35m
- Filter Size: 72mm
- Max. Diameter x Length: 3.2 x 3.4 in./81.6 x 87.5mm
- Weight (lens only): 20.3 oz./575g
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Top customer reviews
REVIEW UPDATE April 2012
Well, this lens continues to perform well, the images I get are great and I am especially pleased with the close focusing and landscapes. I don't do many portraits so I cannot fairly review its portrait use.
Review Update June 2012
I lent my lens to a friend for his trip, he has a Rebel XS and the images he got with this lens are much sharper than he has ever taken. After he came back he bought this lens instead of upgrading his camera.
Review Update January 2013
After a year of continuous use on multiple bodies this lens continues to amaze. Most recently I shot some very low light images at 12800 ISO and this lens performed beautifully.
Why? While the 15-85 is significantly lighter (which is very welcome), the real reason is the compositional flexibility of the 15-85mm zoom range. The reach of the 85mm has proven indispensable to me. I find that I shoot more at 85mm now than I ever shot at 55mm with the 17-55mm. Almost as interesting, is the degree to which it displaces my wide angle 10-22mm, as well. I tend to shoot at the wide end of the range and I find over and over that the 15mm gets me where I need to go when 17mm or 18mm would have come up short.
The lens would not have gotten this much deference from me were it not a solid performer fundamentally--it is sharp, its USM focus is quick and accurate. However, there are serious penalties for its zoom range. At 85mm there is pronounced vignetting, though it is tolerable and otherwise software correctable. At 15mm there is significant chromatic aberration, though nothing remarkable for a lens of this sort.
Compared again to the 17-55mm f/2.8, the most obvious trade off is maximum aperture. The 15-85mm sports a rather typical f/3.5-5.6 aperture and that means that, particularly at 55mm, the 17-55mm has a very significant speed advantage. However both lenses benefit from Canon's image stabilization--though it is most indispensable on the the 15-85mm.
Overall, I think it is the best EF-S walk around on the market and well worth the significant price tag.
But there are always options. Some other lenses to compare:
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras - As described above. A great lens. Expensive, but you get what you pay for. I have both and wouldn't want to choose between the two.
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras - An option for someone who really wants more serious telephoto reach and can stand both the loss of USM and the limit of 18mm on the wide end.
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras - Cheaper. It is rather like the 18-200mm above, though you only get 50mm more in the bargain. May have optical advantages over the 18-200mm as well.
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 Image Stabilized USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLR's - Predecessor to this lens. Slightly cheaper. Get the 15-85mm instead.
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras - An EF L-series lens. An interesting alternative if you have/may get a full frame Canon. If you only have a crop sensor camera it is still sound choice. It is slower at the wide end and faster at telephoto end. It isn't nearly as wide as the 15-85, but it offers significantly greater reach at the tele end. It is also heavier and more expensive, though there should be significant dividends in image quality.
I bought and returned Canon 18-135 ( non STM) and Tamron 18-270. sorry , but bad picture quality.
Atlast the options were 18-135 STM, 24-105 f/4L, and 15-85.
I choose 15-85 as on my crop body it has the best focal length range and image quality is at par with 24-105 and sligtly better than 18-135STM.
I am proud of this lens - excellent image quality, contrast, sharpness at all f and love the 15mm focal length. In my recent visit to Grand Teton and Yellowstone, I carried 55-250 and 50mm in addition to 15-85 but took 55-250 out for 2 shots and 50mm never. Its so useful.
I am attaching some sample pics of Grand Teton and Yellowstone ( with B+W CPL)