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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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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.
- 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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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.
I took this one to Madrid and Dublin recently and was incredibly happy with every shot it produced. It's super-fast focusing on an 80D and performs very well in lower light--doesn't hurt that the 80D allows for pretty high ISOs with very little grain. It's made like a tank, kinda heavy but not excessively so, especially since it replaces several other fixed-focus lenses and does it quite well. I brought a 35mm along on that trip, mostly to have in case this one crapped out, but I never used it.
Pairing this with a 70-200, either 2.8 or f4, gives you a pretty solid kit. If you pair the 70-200 with a full-framer, you've got a superb kit. I don't really like having two camera formats (the 6D won't take this lens and actually pops out the mirror if you accidentally try to mount it--I know this from sour experience), but if you've got the transport capacity, it's a great combination for the mindful. Using two APS-Cs with that combo is also a fine option. Anyway, love this lens and plan to use it for my next pro job, a large indoor forum event. It'll take care of business without question.
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)
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.