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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
9.2 out of 10

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Overall 6
6.0

Not very sharp

Petra Dell, Amazon
16 August 2013
  • Summary: First I must say that I am very happy with the focal range of this lens. I bought this lens as a replacement for the Tamron 18-200mm and in addition to the 70-200mm 4L. I did some comparison shots of this lens and the EF-S 18-135mm Canon lens.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good but not Great

Mr. E, Adorama
21 May 2013
  • Excerpt: I've had the lens for 3 weeks and run a few tests. I've determined that the lens doesn't perform any better in low light then the Canon 18-135mm. In normal light the photos are sharper but the difference wasn't as significant as I expected when viewed at less then 100%.
  • Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Full Time Manual Focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 4
4.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 6
6.0

Hit and lots of miss

linear, Canon
6 May 2013
  • Conclusion: This lens promises to be a great walk-around lens but I find the image quality to be lacking. And it has developed lens creep, such as when I shoot at 35mm and then tilt the camera down only a little to change settings by looking at the LCD on top of my 50D and 60D, it rotates on its own to 50mm...
  • Cons: Semi-sharp images
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 10
10
Features 8
8.0
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 4
4.0

Good for starters.

DrParmesan, Canon
19 February 2013
  • Conclusion: I use a 60D most of the time, but needed an extra camera while doing a wedding video, so I got a T2i with the 18-55 kit lens. This lens has a good overall zoom range, and it's good for somebody who only wants one lens, and doesn't want to spend much money.
  • Pros: good value
  • Cons: Semi-sharp images, Poor build quality
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Performance 10
10
Overall quality 8
8.0

Really good outdoor walk around lens!

StevenB, Canon
9 July 2012
  • Conclusion: I really love this lens with my 7D. BUT, was really disappointed when autofocus motor started to squeak after one and a half years! And unfortunately it's no longer under warranty so it will cost to get repaired.
  • Pros: Fast auto-focus, Super-sharp images
  • Cons: focus motor started squeaking
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 10
10
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 8
8.0

Excited!...Then Disappointed

ag986, Canon
1 February 2012
  • Conclusion: With a focal length range equivalent to 24-136mm on a full frame camera, this lens could satisfy the majority of my needs. I bought a used copy, thinking that it had the potential to replace my 24-105L. The 24-105L is a great lens but is not always wide enough on a cropped sensor body.
  • Pros: focal length range, well constructed
  • Cons: in my copy optical quality
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Overall 6
6.0

Good not great

Lyndsay, B&H Photo
28 December 2011
  • Excerpt: I just bought this lens to use on my T2i, and I sadly will be returning it. The quality of the shot (when it cooperated) was nice. But it had a lot of focusing issues. Either it would take too long to focus or it wouldn't focus at all.
  • Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Nice Shot
  • Cons: Heavy, Slow Focus, Wont Take Picture
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Overall 6
6.0

Great focal range but beware

f-stop, Adorama
7 September 2011
  • Excerpt: This lens features the best all around focal length range of any canon lens. That being said I have serious doubts about it's quality of construction and durablity. This is the third one I have bought.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Great focal length range, Lightweight
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Average lens, but useful zoom range

Country Bumpkin, B&H Photo
14 August 2010
  • Excerpt: This lens is okay. It's ideal for travel and general purpose, but it doesn't come close to the exceptional optical quality of my Canon 17-40 L zoom, which I've used as a general lens on APS-C sensored Canon cameras for many years.
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 6
6.0

A competent lens

Walkman, B&H Photo
27 May 2010
  • Excerpt: I use it as a walk-around lens for my 2nd body, 550D. I find its image quality to be very good among its class, though not as good as L lenses. It handles a bit front heavy on my very light 550D body, maybe it is more balance on the heavy body. IS works very well. The focusing ring a just too small.
  • Pros: Consistent Output
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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