High performance all-purpose 5.6x 24-136 mm equivalent EF-S standard zoom
4 stop Image Stabilizer
Automatic panning and tripod detection
0.35 m close focusing
UD and aspherical lenses
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The new EF-S 15-85mm ƒ/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 ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS USM offers stellar performance from wide-angle through to telephoto.
The 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
I have tried numerous lenses on various cameras in the past few years since I got in to photography.
I started out with the 450d with an 18-55mm and a 55-250mm lens. I upgraded the 18-55 to the 17-55 f/2.8 lens along with a 50d which I have since replaced with this 15-85mm which is now the only lens I use on my 60d.
I was looking for a lens that would stay on my camera most of the time and feel that the 15-85 is the perfect walkabout lens. Sure it is not as fast as the 17-55 but you do get the wider angle and a bit more zoom but at the cost of the variable aperture. I don't pixel peep like other people but in terms of picture quality I have not seen much difference between the two lenses. I also feel the 15-85 is a nicer size on the 60d as it is smaller and balances the camera better than the larger and heavier 17-55.
The 15-85 does have a bit of barrel distortion at the wide angle as per most lenses but this is not a problem to me as the Lightroom 3 lens profile fixes this. I find the 15 also wide enough for landscapes and city photography so that saved me from buying a proper wide angle like the canon 10-22mm and it was long enough for my requirements so could get rid of the 55-250mm.
The zoom is nice and smooth as is the full time manual focus so this is great to have to take some really nice video with the likes of the 550d, 7d and 60d.
The 15-85 has a metal mount so you will find this a nice upgrade from the kit lenses and generally the lens feels very solid. When the lens is pointed downwards you will not experience any lens creep unless you are around the 50/55mm. At 15 and 85mm it doesn't move.Read more ›
This is a cracking lens and is just about the only lens I used on my 450D and now my 7D. It is solid and dependable. It was great in combination with my 450D and is even better with the 7D. It doesn't try to stretch too far 15-85 so performance is OK at both extremes and great in the middle. I have taken some fantastic photos which I would never have been able to get if the thing wasn't so versatile as the opportunity would have been gone if I had needed to change lenses. I don't know of a better lens for walk about than this - it really makes life easy and saves you fiddling with the technology rather than getting the pic composition reasonable. I have also used it for portrait work - works well and you can keep your distance from the poor unfortunate subject
Please don't take the Amazon star rating too serious - every lens has its pros and cons that I wouldn't want to squeeze into a single one-dimensional figure... A quick note about me: I have been into SLR cameras and lenses for more than 20 years - as a hobby in the beginning and professionally later. Maybe because of my technical background I started testing my own lenses quite a while ago. I have a (no longer so) little test lab of my own where I do 6 different image quality tests (after taking a lens out for a while).
The EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is one of quite a few Canon standard zoom lenses for APS-C cameras. "Standard" of course refers to the focal range of this lens rather than its build and image quality which is certainly above standard. Made from high-end plastics and featuring a metal lens mount the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM does have a very solid feel. The ultra sound focus motor is very fast and acurate and even more impressive is the modern image stabilizer that compensates 4 exposure values.
While the resolution of the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is really good and rivals some L series lenses other image quality factors are not as good. Distortion is a serious issue at the wide end of the focal range but well under control for longer focal lengths. Color errors ("chromatic aberrations") are quite intense but only in focused areas of the image ("transverse CA"). Out-of-focus areas fortunately do not have color fringes ("axial CA") and the bokeh is very even as well. There is also some curvature of the focal plane ("field curvature") and a still healthy amount of corner shadow ("vignetting").
Overall the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is certainly one of Canon's high-end offerings and has its price tag for a good reason.Read more ›
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When we bought our 60D, we thought the 18-55 lens kit was a good deal - and it probably was. But we have been building our collection of lenses, and having supplemented the original lens, we decided that it was already time to replace it with something rather better.
This lens is in a different league, which frankly you would expect given the huge jump in price. It is big, solid, and rather heavy, but it fits on the the camera with a very satisfying clunk, and once there, it feels surprisingly well balanced and not at all unwieldy.
There is one area that this lens does to seem to suffer in according to the reviews I read, and that is vignetting. I had already ensured the camera had the data for this lens installed to allow the built-in peripheral illumination correction (IE: vignetting compensation) to work. If you have a camera that supports this and you have not investigated it, do it. The in-camera correction it does for JPGs is really very good. If you tend to shoot RAW, then you can probably get even better results post-camera in the DPP software. But the in-camera correction is still very good. Take a picture of an evenly lit blank wall without flash, with and without the option turned on, and you can see the results very clearly.
One feature of this lens that I particularly like is that you can operate the manual focus even when the lens is in autofocus mode, and when the camera is focussing, the focus ring does not turn, so you don't have to worry about how you are cradling the lens in your hand while shooting and obstructing its movement, or possibly even breaking it, as you might do with other lenses.
If you are buying this lens and also want a hood for it - don't pay a fortune for the Canon one.Read more ›