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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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|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||auto-focus||Micromotor|
|Item Dimensions||3.23 x 3.46 x 3.23 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.95 x 2.83 x 2.95 in||2.68 x 0.91 x 2.68 in||1 x 3.6 x 3.1 in||3.11 x 4.02 x 3.11 in|
|Item Weight||1.27 lbs||5.6 ounces||0.53 lb||4.41 ounces||1.05 lbs||0.81 lb|
|Lens||zoom||Prime lens||wide-angle||Prime lens||Stabilized lens||standard-zoom|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 millimeters||50 millimeters||18 millimeters||24 millimeters||85 millimeters||200 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||15 millimeters||50 millimeters||10 millimeters||24 millimeters||17 millimeters||18 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||49 millimeters||67 millimeters||52 millimeters||67 millimeters||72 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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This lens is not cheap (though not expensive by Canon standards) but worth every penny as part of a kit for EFS. Pair this with one of the 70-200's or even the 70-300L and you have a massive focal range with just 2 high quality lenses. Throw in a macro lens (like the EFS 60mm) if you are into that and you have a perfect kit.
There are plenty of positive technical reviews out there, but from an advanced amateur, let me tell you, this is about as perfect and EFS lens you can get. You won't be disappointed. Oh, and the body is mostly metallic and feels for more solid than the less expensive EF and EFS models.
It felt heavy on a t2i but well balanced on my new 70D ! It does have a noticeable barrel distortion at 15mm which gets better when you zoom to 18mm ! But for its razor sharp images and usable range of zoom 24-135mm on 1.6 camera like rebel or 70D it does perform very good comparing to others as a Travel / all-purpose lense. I do recommend it putting in mind all considerations as I have mentioned. Autofocus is fast and silent but for videos I think STM would work better than USM as far I think !
the only problem that I did not like is that at certain zoom distance which I think around 36-50mm or so the lens will fold back in if you have it in a vertical positoin looking up or down if you do not hold your zoom but you can avoid issues by holding your zoom ring and I have used it to shot inner decoration of the dome of the Blue mosque of Sultanahmet in Istanbul and did not have issues but I think with time it might get looser.
only if they CANON can fix this issue & include a hood for that expensive price , I will love it even more !
bottom line there is no perfect lense out there , it is an amazing All-purpose / travel lense as a substitute for a kit lense with RAZOR SHARP & crisp images I think sharper than the 18-135. I loved it till i have lost it in my camera bag in Chicago at Grand station red train , It was painful and I got over it but I am still thinking of buying another one !
This lens has a good color saturation, sharp image quality and fast Autofocus. the 85mm focal length is very useful to zoom at something without having to carry your longer zoom around. I use this lens mostly at day time, and the 17-55mm F2.8 is my inside-night time lens, although I can stretch the IS and make good pictures in low light.
After having lenses from Tamron and one Sigma, I can really say that Canon is the best way to go if you aren't in a tight budget.
1. Compared to Canon APS-C lens, the optical quality, sharpness and color saturation for example, of this lens is about the same as the 10-22mm. Canon 17-55mm is still the APS-C lens with best optical quality. With optical quality of 15-85mm like this, it is good enough for landscape photography and I have no complain about this 15-85mm lens. Unless you need a very large print, the difference between the 15-85mm and 17-55mm or even 17-40mm is limited in most cases. The color saturation of 15-85mm can be compensated using post-processing software like PS or just Canon DPP.
2. The build quality of this lens is about the same as 10-22mm, but much better than 17-55mm and 17-85mm.
3. I've used this lens in Arches National Park under the heat of 110F, as well as Grand Teton/Yellowstone National Parks in winter cold at -20F. I've carried it hiking between 10F and 20F for more than 3 hours. This lens never went wrong and still delivered.
4. One thing I complained about 17-85mm is the zoom creeping. When you carried the camera mounted with this lens on your neck, you need to hold the head of the lens. Or the lens will creep out. Although this 15-85mm doesn't have a zoom lock like Canon 18-200mm or 70-300mm, it is pretty tight. Zoom creeping occurs if you walk long, but only slightly. This is a great improvement as I hike a lot. Basically, zoom creeping of 15-85mm is not perfect, but improved a lot and good enough for me.
5. The vignetting of this 15-85mm lens is still as severe as 17-85mm lens. This can be easily corrected with software like simple DDP, or body like Canon T2i or later can correct it automatically.
6. To pick a general purpose lens, one of 17-55mm and 15-85mm should be the choice. If you shoot at outdoor and under sunlight mostly, 15-85mm should be the choice. The f/2.8 large aperture of 17-55mm makes it better in low light and indoor situations. With the better noise reduction performance like ISO 3200 on Canon T2i (550D), the smaller aperture of 15-85mm may still work.
7. The 15mm end of the 15-85mm competes with 10-22mm lens. So the 15-85mm lens will limit 10-22mm more than 17-55mm and 17-85mm lenses. In other words, you may not need to buy 10-22mm lens once you have the 15-85mm. At least, the priority to have 10-22mm lens is much lower with the 15-85mm in hand.
8. The announcement of the 15-85mm means the 17-85mm will fade out in the mainstream of Canon APS-C lens lineup. Though 15-85mm is much more expensive than 17-85mm, I still believe 15-85mm is the right lens to buy for long term benefit.
9. You can refer to PZ review of this lens for better technical aspects. I agree with this review, especially the price tag is its main weakness and I hate to buy the hood separately.