Excerpt: Lens started out looking promising but I decided to return it instead. I wanted a general light weight carry all lens for my T2i instead lugging the heavy 28-70 2.8L. This lens on occasion could be very sharp but it was inconsitantly, with multiple times being extremely soft, almost always in the...
Summary: Update, 11/21/12: Received my second copy of this lens on Nov. 1, and did some comparison test shots with copy #2 and my original 18-55 kit lens. Happy to say that the 15-85 mm lens came out on top this time.
Excerpt: This felt like a well build lens. It seemed rugged and all operations felt smooth. Unfortunately I never got to use it. When I opened the box on my 1st one I saw 3 particles of dust behind the front element.
First Sample Defective - Second Sample Lacking Sharpness
Michael Morgan, Amazon
15 November 2011
Summary: Maybe I'm just unlucky or too critical but for this price and limited focal length range I expected this lens to outperform the $200 cheaper and much wider range Canon 18-200mm. The first sample I purchased did not get to first base and was decentered - sharp on the right and fuzzy on the left of...
Excerpt: I purchased this lens along with a T2i body from B&H; expecting an upgrade in image quality from the EF-S 18-55mm. However, I needed to return one lens due to a very soft corner on the images. The replacement lens has uniform soft corners, so I can't say it was an improvement.
Excerpt: I bought this lens thinking it would save me money in the long run. but once i realized the massive limitations of this lens. it bacame clear i was better off with either primes. ( not a huge deal to switch lenses )or L series. F 5.6 is kind of a joke.
Excerpt: I bought this to replace the kit 18-55MM lens and after extensive testing both using charts and in the field returned it. Verdict: not nearly superior enough over the 18-55MM to justify the price. Contrast was quite good, an area where the kit lens is weak.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Cons: Heavy, Heavy Vignetting, Semi sharp images, Weak bokeh
Summary: The Canon 15-85 lens was very appealing to me because it has construction features lacking in the cheaper lenses, such as a focus scale, for example. The main appeal for me is that it covers the zoom range I use for most of my photography, which minimizes the need to swap lenses on the camera.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens to complement my new 7D thinking it would be a good walk-around, leave it on the camera lens. Unfortunately, I traded in two L-Lenses and a 30D body to buy the 7D and 15-85 combination. HUGE mistake!