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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
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Compatible Mountings Canon EF-S Canon EF Canon EF-S Canon EF-S
Dimensions 3.23 inches x 3.46 inches x 3.23 inches 2.72 inches x 1.54 inches x 2.72 inches 3.31 inches x 4.37 inches x 3.31 inches 2.95 inches x 2.83 inches x 2.95 inches
Item Weight 1.27 pounds 0.35 pounds 1.42 pounds 0.53 pounds
Lens zoom Prime lens zoom wide-angle
Maximum Aperture 3.5 5.6 f 2.8 4.5 f
Max Focal Length 85 mm 50 mm 55 mm 18 mm
Min Aperture 36 22 22 29
Min Focal Length 15 mm 50 mm 17 mm 10 mm
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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.

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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.

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Lens Specifications
  • 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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Product Dimensions 3.5 x 3.2 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B002NEGTTM
Item model number 3560B002
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4.5 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #782 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com August 31, 2009

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ANOTHER REBATE ALERT, December 6, 2011: Canon is again running an "instant rebate" (the rebate should be in the price you see--you don't have to mail in some coupon) for this lens. This time it's over the period November 27, 2011 through January 7, 2012. If this is the right lens for you (see below for my comments and other reviews), then this is probably a good time to consider purchasing this lens. I continue to regard it as one of my most versatile lenses. Best wishes.

UPDATE, July 11, 2010: The Canon rebate referred to below should just about be concluding as I write this, so you can read this review (and others) and decide whether this lens--at its regular price--is right for you. (Or you can wait for the next rebate program, but that may be a while from now.) Since the time when I wrote my initial review, I have come to regard this lens even more highly. It feels great on my Canon EOS Rebel T2i, and I had a recent experience with this lens that might interest you. My wife and I took a sightseeing train ride along the Arkansas River through some very picturesque parts of Colorado. There was an open-air observation car that was great for taking pictures; however, when the train was moving it was impossible to remain perfectly still, as the car swayed slightly (and unpredictably) from side to side. I thought about turning the image stabilization (IS) off completely, but decided to give it a try. It turns out the IS worked beautifully. One more thing: As the sun set, the canyons the train was climbing through were alternately drenched in glorious late-day sunlight or covered with shade.
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This lens will take a key place in the Canon line-up: it will be the first high quality wide angle to medium telephoto lens for APS-C (i.e. 1.6x) crop bodies. Thankfully, this lens is well qualified for this role. The build quality is solid and both the focus ring and zoom rings are firm yet move smoothly. The image quality provided by the lens is outstanding. The lens is very sharp across its zoom range, even wide open. Color fidelity is also a strong point of the lens, as it produces saturated yet natural colors. Distortions are also at a minimum considering the focal range of the lens. Although there is some barrel distortion at the wide end (particularly at 15mm), this is simply unavoidable for superzooms covering this range and it should be pointed out that even L lenses covering the same (35 mm equivalent) range cannot fare better in this respect. I confidently give this lens 5 stars!

The only alternative to this lens that I considered was the Canon EF-s 17-55mm f/2.8, which is another superb lens for APS-C cameras. I decided to choose the 15-85mm over the 17-55mm simply because it suited my needs better. Optically the lenses perform about the same (i.e. both offer superb image quality), therefore this did not factor into my decision. The two lenses simply have different strong suits. The 17-55mm with a constant aperture of 2.8 gives the lens versatility in low light situations and allows it to double as a portrait lens in certain situations. On the other hand, the 15-85 while having a variable aperture f/3.5-5.6 offers a greater focal range: 15-85 (i.e. 24-136 in 35mm eq.), allowing it to cover a greater range of subjects in daylight.
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Have you ever gone on a trip and witnessed a couple taking billions of photos? Well unfortunately, that particular guy could've been me touting a Canon 60D and this lens... acting like a tourist gone wild. So versatile and high-performing is this lens that I take it anywhere I go worth going.

=== FIRST THE DOWNSIDES ===

Its a little heavy for its size, and, much heavier if you are used to the Canon kit lens. Reasons for that are the huge 72mm front glass element and the number of lens elements, 17, needed to cover wide 24mm eq. to 136mm eq semi-telephoto. Weight: 575g = 1.267 lbs (lens only!). Be ready to exercise your arms/neck on long trips.

I have used the lens so much that some lens creep have developed. Its not bad at all, though. Hoisted on a tripod pointing down for macro photography and it will hold in place if you don't bump the lens. Unfortunately, there is no lock feature for on the go.

Vignetting is heavy on this lens at 15mm widest focal length. Take a picture of a bright sky and you can see some dark shading at the corners. Luckily, modern Canon bodies automatically reduce it for jpegs.

Chromatic Aberration is a tad on the high side at the borders, and unfortunately Canon bodies do not process this for its jpegs like Nikon bodies do. On my lens copy, I get around 2px at bright, high contrast areas for widest and longest focal lengths. In-between zoom lengths CA is not an issue.

The focus ring is skinny for my tastes. For those who only use autofocus it shouldn't matter, but using manual focus is important to some. In a few cases I find myself searching for the focus ring when my eye is pressed up against the viewfinder.
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