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

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 15 - 85 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 5.6
Angle of view 84.5 - 18.4 o
Closest focusing distance 0.35 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.8
Minimum aperture 36
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type USM
Lens Construction 17 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 72 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF-S
Dimensions 81.6 x 87.5 mm
Weight 575 g
Additional information
Average rating (27 owners reviews)
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4.23 Good
Owners reviews (27)
  1. me
    me 26 September 2015, 19:39
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    IP 87.147.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 425
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: IS may affect sharpness, only ef-s apc

    Pros: build quality, zoom range, small focus distance

    Summary: good value especially because UV filter and lens hood were included in the price. I bought a used lense.

  2. iNowack
    iNowack 1 May 2015, 05:25
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    IP 178.148.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price: Part of th
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: For the price it can be better build as dust is definitely a problem. Slow speed lens not suitable for low-light conditions. Vignetting is visible on some F-stops at widest-angle.

    Pros: Very good general purpose lens. Produces very good and sharp images when lighting is good & outdoors.

    Summary: Lens with very good range but can be better built for its price. Very sharp and with good range for outdoor shooting.

  3. AMGaida
    AMGaida 11 May 2014, 08:15
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    IP 94.221.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 630 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: price, aperture, vignetting, min. focus-distance, quality fall off at the long end, no L-qualtiy for the price still

    Pros: perfectly versatile zoom length, sharpness right off, IS

    Summary: I got the lens together with my 7D and it´s a perfect match. The first ever lens I really used for 80% of the time, so a real "always on". After a longer holiday I found the vignetting very problematic. Not only at wide open aperture but also at f/8 at mid zoom range (25 to 50mm) and mostly on the left top corner. I sent the lens in for repair twice. It couldn´t be repaired, if you search on the net there are a few that have this specific problem. In the end I returned the lens and am now looking for a replacement. But it´s hard to find something that versatile!

  4. Marc453
    Marc453 13 February 2014, 16:41
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    IP 76.114.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 650.00
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Aperture is the biggest problem. wish it was constant F4 or F2.8. Works very well with 7D. Had won problem when traveling. Left lens attached to camera body in camera bag and the lens body broke away from the mount. Sent it to Canon and they said it had been dropped and charged me $160 for repair. I couldn't prove otherwise and I need the lens so I paid. Repair was well executed and the lens seems better than before.

    Pros: Good, versatile lens. Wide angle is pretty good and the zoom length is just right. Works well for outdoor shots and weddings.

    Summary: If you use the APS format this is a must have lens. It's very close to L quality.

  5. tombay
    tombay 14 December 2013, 20:44
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    IP 124.168.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $400.00
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Expensive lens if purchased new. Dust sealing could be better, had lens serviced/cleaned and after 2 outings dust is visible inside.

    Pros: Great focal range, perfect walk around/travel lens. Optics very good, nice sharp clean images.

    Summary: Well suited to 550D

  6. Diorpus
    Diorpus 10 July 2013, 13:22
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    IP 80.254.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: $680
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Expensive, but it is good for its price. Canon should replace some plastic parts with metal. Crop only.

    Pros: If it is not ef-S, I would like to buy it with red stripe and "L" letter! I use it everyday and everywhere for high quality pictures of people and landscapes too.

    Summary: Must have!

  7. edupiola
    edupiola 7 September 2012, 04:51
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    IP 190.190.x.x
    Owner since:
    Price:
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Precio?

    Pros: Definición

    Summary: No creo en la Evaluación de este lente. Es superior al Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II USM y me parece IMPOSIBLE Saludos edupìola

  8. Nice Jay
    Nice Jay 21 April 2012, 06:15
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    IP 180.246.x.x
    Owner since:
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Expensive lens, no zoom lock

    Pros: Sharp result, and you can have 15mm for the narrow room. Very best picture at aperture f/7.1 or f/8

    Summary: Excellent pair with my 550D

  9. Pito82
    Pito82 12 February 2012, 18:09
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    IP 93.146.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 550 €
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: no zoom lock. when walking with this lens, the zoom comes out by itself. build quality not good.

    Pros: good resolution and good zoom range.

    Summary: Good lens but too expensive for the quality of construction

  10. martin
    martin 11 February 2012, 13:55
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    IP 217.229.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 600 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: nix

    Pros: sehr scharf,schnell,super IS,sehr guter Brennweitenbereich

    Summary: Das beste "immerdrauf" vor meine Canon 550D

  11. wmaldito
    wmaldito 10 February 2012, 18:59
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    IP 79.147.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 525
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Parasol not included. No available brake or locking zoom to transport it.

    Pros: Very good optics, distortion measured for the focal range. Fast, accurate and quiet AF. IS very effective (rather than the 17-85)

    Summary: Perfect focal range as off-road.

  12. Steve D
    Steve D 23 September 2011, 00:39
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    IP 75.9.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 650 USD (u
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Variable aperture, doesn't include a lens hood.

    Pros: Build quality, very sharp, excellent AF, tremendous range, IS works very well.

    Summary: For a walkaround lens you have to make a trade... reach or speed. If you want a very fast lens, this isn't it. If you want a wide zoom range with excellent IQ, nothing could be better on an APS-C camera. This is both wider and longer than any alternative that can come close to the IQ... assuming you have enough light.

  13. Joe
    Joe 6 August 2011, 12:56
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    IP 115.87.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 600USD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Variable aperture.

    Pros: Very sharp. Versatile.

    Summary: A must have for apsc user.

  14. Ian
    Ian 4 August 2011, 23:49
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    IP 81.23.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price:
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Variable Aperture, Expensive

    Pros: Excellent sharpness, excellent focal length to be used as walkaround lens

    Summary: excellent lens

  15. Oberon
    Oberon 2 May 2011, 10:34
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    IP 202.156.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: Part of 7D
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Variable aperture.

    Pros: Sharp wide open does not need stopping down of aperture. Focal length of 15-85mm allows for FF equivalent of 24-136mm. Best range for a walkabout. Fast focus.

    Summary: Good lens.

  16. Kazaam
    Kazaam 9 March 2011, 16:26
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    IP 58.64.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 600 USD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Expensive, variable aperture.

    Pros: Excellent sharpness, very good and fast focusing, good range.

    Summary: This lens could replace my 24-105 and 10-22 and give almost the same picture quality but more versatile.

  17. Woos
    Woos 8 March 2011, 06:21
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    IP 24.22.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: $750.00
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Expensive. My copy also had really bad asymmetrical vignetting. It was sharp, but the vignette made it unusable. I exchanged it for another copy which also had the problem. After this I gave up and moved on

    Pros: Extremely sharp. Fast focusing. Amazing IS.

    Summary: Sharp lens with a very useful range and great IS. Just make sure you get a good copy and check for decentering and asymmetrical vignette problems, quality control issues.

  18. Manu
    Manu 10 January 2011, 16:25
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    IP 132.165.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 600€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Quite expensive ! 72mm filters, i would prefer 67mm as the 70-200 f4 ... but i like its 15mm possibility.

    Pros: Range : 15-85mm *1.6 on my 7D. Sharpnesss is very good. The construction and in particular the zoom ring is nice. The AF is quick and silent. IS is efficient and helpful.

    Summary: A very nice lens with a huge potential !

  19. bogus reviewer
    bogus reviewer 18 November 2010, 23:09
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    IP 93.96.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 500
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: A bit expensive for a variable aperture zoom.

    Pros: Very sharp, great IS, excellent range.

    Summary: The best walkaround zoom for 1.6 crop.

  20. ich
    ich 25 October 2010, 17:47
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    IP 84.59.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 600 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: sehr gute schärfe,15-85 ist sehr gut für "immerdauf",sehr guter bildstabilisator,sehr gutes händling,beste bildqualität

    Pros: Eingebautes blitzlicht wirft schatten,wegen der objektivgrösse

    Summary: Bestes immerdrauf für meine 550D

  21. j4th
    j4th 3 September 2010, 15:18
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    IP 218.242.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price:
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: - I only took it out for 2 short trips, and found there are some dust get in... - The silver ring around the lens is just a paper sticker, can u believe it? - I think the lens I purchased should not pass the QC, because the right side of the image is obvious softer than the left side. Same problem like fotofan_1's. - Obvious CA that often cannot be removed by DPP or ALR - No lens hood included, like always - Expensive as a silver ring lens

    Pros: - IS works very well. - very sharp in the center of the image

    Summary: Need great luck to get a good lens of this model.

  22. apn
    apn 3 September 2010, 04:57
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    IP 94.246.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: 1

    Pros: Very good!

    Summary: excellent mach for my 7D

  23. fotofan_1
    fotofan_1 22 July 2010, 22:12
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    IP 83.78.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 670 Euros
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Significant decentering issues. Visibly and measurably (by filesize) less sharpness and contrast in right half of picture than cheap and good value kit lens EF-S 18-55 IS.

    Pros: Great zoom range

    Summary: Theoretically a great lens, but apparently pretty variable optical quality (given the high praise earned in many professional tests).

  24. technic
    technic 17 June 2010, 22:04
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    IP 62.238.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: EUR 559
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: decentering issues (tried two copies), weak corners/border at wideangle, very slow (5.6 at tele).

    Pros: great zoom range

    Summary: nice lens, but price seems high for the optical quality. no real alternatives available though ...

  25. burning legion
    burning legion 15 June 2010, 13:01
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    IP 78.180.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: 1

    Pros: 1

    Summary: 1

  26. PB
    PB 12 June 2010, 21:27
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    IP 212.45.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: € 56
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Quite expensive!

    Pros: Very good!

    Summary: excellent mach for my 50D

  27. Blixter
    Blixter 13 April 2010, 23:06
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    IP 84.0.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $750
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Quite expensive!

    Pros: ..As above!

    Summary: ..excellent mach for my 550D