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

B&H # CA1585IS Mfr # 3560B002
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Product Highlights
  • EF-S Mount Lens
  • 24-136mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • UD and Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor (USM)
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Lightweight and Compact Design
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.2'
  • 72mm Filter Thread Diameter

The EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens from Canon is a very versatile zoom lens with a 35mm focal length equivalence of 24-136mm optimized for APS-C format DSLR cameras. Measuring just 3.5" in length and weighing about 1.25 lb, the lens boasts a convenient wide angle to telephoto focal length in an easy to carry form factor.

Aspherical and UD-glass lens elements minimize aberrations and contribute to the lens' impressive imaging quality throughout its zoom range. Optical Image Stabilization provides the equivalent effect of four shutter speed stops for clear imaging in low light situations. An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) brings with it fast, smooth and quiet AF action, which is crucial when shooting HD video and manual focus override allows manual focus precision even in AF mode. 

Wide Focal Range
With 84° to 18° angle-of-view, the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens offers excellent wide angle to telephoto focal lengths with Canon APS-C EOS Digital SLRs. Its 35mm focal length equivalence is 24-136mm.
Lightweight and Compact Design
Measuring just under 4" in length and weighing about 1.25 lb, the lens is easy-on-the-shoulder while maintaining a convenient range of optical choices when composing still or video imagery.
Optical Image Stabilization
Canon's Image Stabilization system allows you to shoot sharp images with a 4-stop advantage under less-than-optimum lighting conditions.
Ultra Sonic Motor (USM)
Canon's Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) technology provides fast and quiet focus control with on-demand manual override when shooting in AF mode.
Circular Diaphragm
A truly circular diaphragm enables pleasing out-of-focus backgrounds.
Performance
Focal Length 15 - 85mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 24 - 136 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 84° 30' - 18° 25'
Minimum Focus Distance 1.2' (36.58 cm)
Magnification 0.21x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 17/12
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.21 x 3.44" (81.6 x 87.5 mm)
Weight 1.27 lb (575 g)
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
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  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 443 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (314)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (114)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (338)
    • Consistent output (253)
    • Strong construction (239)
    • Durable (193)
    • Easily interchangeable (168)

    Cons

    • Heavy (112)
    • Poor in low light (54)
    • Lens creep (20)
    • Vignetting (11)
    • Slow focus (8)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (349)
    • Weddings (168)
    • Low light (107)
    • Wildlife photos (97)
    • Sports/action (93)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (291), Yes (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (269), Semi-pro photographer (82), Casual photographer (62), Pro photographer (14), Photography student (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Very Nice Wide-Range Crop-Camera Lens

    Let's start with what this is not: an "L" series lens.

    But -- it also doesn't have an "L" series price. And,...Read complete review

    Let's start with what this is not: an "L" series lens.

    But -- it also doesn't have an "L" series price. And, it has a huge zoom range -- 5.6:1, compared to most "L" lenses being 3:1. This comes with compromises, two of them being a moderate focus shift with zoom range (if you have a 7D you'll notice that zeroing it via MFA for one focal length will not zero at the others) and a significant amount of chromatic aberration, especially on the wide end. The latter, however, is easily removed in post-processing. The former means you'll get a bit of softness except where it matches your camera best (or where you zero it if you have a 7D -- hint -- zero for 50mm.) Stopping down a bit helps a lot with the latter, of course.

    With that said it's arguably the best "walk-around" choice that Canon has for crop cameras, and with its reasonable price at the same time it's hard to argue with the value proposition. The 15-85 range goes from quite-wide to moderate telephoto, covering the general purpose range nicely. Image quality is a major step up from the kit lenses. IS works well, autofocus is fast and full-time manual override is appreciated. This is also a reasonably-light and compact offering, which is of great benefit when you want "one lens" to slap on the body and go out for a day of shooting. The weakest point is the relatively slow aperture, but that comes with reasonably light, small and reasonably-priced -- big apertures mean much more glass, price and mass.

    This, plus the 70-200 f/4L could quite-arguably make for a two-lens kit for the crop camera line that would cover 90%+ of what you would ever want to shoot, provided it's outdoors or you have a flash. The 17-55 f/2.8 is faster and has better IQ but is quite a bit more expensive and gives up range on both ends -- that last 2mm is quite a bit of range on the wide end, and the 55-85 range is non-trivial too.

    I've shot literal thousands of images with this lens in the last year and like it plenty. Just recognize that with all lenses you give to get, and this is no exception.

    For a general-purpose "walk-about" selection on Canon crop cameras all the compromises are in the right places with this one.

    Recommended.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointing Experience

    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...Read complete review

    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. Also, I'm encountering strong (almost neon looking) chromatic aberration at wide angles. Vignetting is slight due to the T2i correction setting. Overall, the images are soft (both lenses) and this is quite disappointing due to the price of the lens. The matching Canon ET-78E hood can cast a large shadow when using the built-in flash. Other owners seem to have success with the lens, but this has not been my experience. Lastly, Canon support stated that the EF-S 15-85mm is a "kit" lens and one should not expect sharp image quality. I could not believe that such a comment was made to a customer.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Lens From Canon

    By NYR 94

    from Long Island , NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

      I've been using this lens for over a year and I'm so happy with its performance in terms of well built and quality pictures. I only shoot outdoors and for those Who shoot outdoors I would strongly recommend Lens hood and a Circular PL.

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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Lens

      By Lillnikke

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

      This Lens is one of the best lenses I've bought.it works fine in low light environments, like bars or at night, as well as when I'm out shooting a video under controlled circumstances.its a bit heavy but it feels robust and you can feel the quality in it.

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      • Yes

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Lens

      By Woodworker51

      from Flower Mound, Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Versatile zoom range

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Product photos

      Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

      I purchased this lens to take product photos that require "overall" as well as Close-up detail shots. The range is nearly perfect, wish Canon had this range in their "L" Series Lenses, but this one is great for the price. With the auto stabilization, even handheld photos turn out great. Excellent resolution in close-ups and the telephoto range means less repositioning of the tripod.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very pleased

      By ap1Brian

      from Altoona, Pa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

        I've finally found my everyday walk around lens. I find this covers most situations and is a much nicer lens than the kit lens that came with my T5i. I was surprised with the weight of the lens, it is quite heavy. Between this lens and my little nifty fifty I've got a set up Im really happy with. I'd like to add the new 10-18mm and I'll be done lens shopping for a while.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Fits the bill

        By Tanya

        from Kansas City, MO

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

          I recently purchased the Canon 70D with the 28-300 lens. However, I found I needed a lighter lens and one that captured the lower end of the zoom spectrum...this one is easy to handle, does really well in low light and gives a sufficient wide angle to capture scenery/large groups of people.

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          5.0

          such a great lens I bought it twice

          By Choco

          from Albuquerque

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

            I've taken hundreds and hundreds of images in the southwest over a period of a few years and found this a great lens for recording what I see, ranging from landscapes to close ups of pictographs. Mostly stationary subjects. Excellent images given that it's not classified as a professional lens. Alas, I dropped my first one in a few inches of San Juan River water for about three seconds and it killed the lens. The best vote of confidence I can give it is that I bought another one.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great lens for the crop sensor camera

            By Thanarath

            from Anaheim, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Lens Creep

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

            I bought this lens for its wider angle as compared to kit lens 18-135mm IS STM. It is a bit bigger and heavier which is expected but the pictures turn out much sharper than the kit lens. I will keep it on my 70D for 90% of time. One thing that I found out that the lens creep when I point it down, but it is OK. Over all it is great lens for non L.

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            5.0

            Great lense!

            By Js

            from Conroe

            Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

            Lense takes great pics.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Canon 15-85

            By David Garcia

            from Atascadero, Ca.

            Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

            This is a very sharp, well built lens. I plan to keep it mounted most of the time. I do miss the convenience of my 18-200, however, the image quality is so much better. It's a little heavy for its size, but no big deal. I would recommend this lens.

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            4.0

            Nice quality lens

            By Gregdes52

            from Colonia, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Lens Creep

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

            Although the shots taken with this lens look very sharp at normal viewing mode,, with excellent contrast and colors, on further inspection at 100% magnification, softness was definitely noted on the edges. This softness was obviously more prominent at the largest and smallest apertures (the worst being at the smallest apertures), however, center sharpness is excellent. A little heavy and wide at 72mm filter size, but well-balanced nevertheless. Overall, a nice quality lens, but a little pricey.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            EF-S 15-85 loose fit

            By Zaro

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • Weak Casing

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

            Works fine, but there is a very slight movement between body and the lens, which doesn't appear to affect the performance, but it is very annoying. Most likely is going back.

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            • No

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            5.0

            "I would buy this product again

            By msy

            from southern ca.

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

              love it, does what I wanted great all around lense

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              • No

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              4.0

              Canon 15-85mm

              By TL

              from St. Louis, MO.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Color
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Range

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

              I just received the lens about a week ago and
              so far it's great...much better than
              the kit lens 18-55mm...also the AF is
              VERY quiet.

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              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Lens

              By NYR 94

              from Long Island,NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                I've been Canon user for over 20 years,back to the film I've owned their "L" lenses incl. the 300/2.8L..I was hesitant to switch to Digital but can't stop the progress..I bought this lens w/60D and I did not expect too much in terms of picture quality..after a several months I must say that this lens surprised me so much that it's my favorite lens for any trip or traveling..besides this lens I own Two "L" lenses,but the 15-85 is my favorite because it produces true colors,it's sharp and is built well..I only shoot outdoors.Canon has really done a great job.

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                5.0

                Best all around for APS-C Cameras

                By The Viking

                from Doha, Qatar

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Street photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                It has been a pleasant experience, very sharp and consistent results. I used to carry several lenses to cover the same range with my Canon 7D (e.g. EF-S 10-22mm, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L(I) and sometimes a Canon EF 85/100mm prime).
                Now, with this lens I only carry this zoom which balance pretty well with my Canon 7D and eventually one lightweight prime (e.g. EF40mm f2.8, EF 30mm f2) for low-light situations, where this zoom lens does not excel.
                I was hesitant to buy it because the shadow formed with using the pop-up flash but I solved it with a small flash (e.g. 270 EX II) that is also lightweigth and fit in your bag or pocket.

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                5.0

                great yellowstone pics

                By harris

                from ft myers, florida

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                  Purchased lens for trip to yellowstone great lens for scenery and wildlife that was close

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                  5.0

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

                  By jin

                  from Raleigh, NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                        this product is really good so far,it is brand new.

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                        4.0

                        Pretty good...

                        By Juan

                        from Lima, Peru

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                          I bought this after reading a lot of reviews, it was either this or the 17-40mm 4L. I went with the 15-85 because of the range, besides I´ve tried the 17-40L before a you have to be really picky to see any difference in image quallity.
                          Things I liked: built quality, USM, focal range.
                          Things I didn´t like: no lens hood and it feels just a little bit heavy on my T3i.

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                          5.0

                          EF-S 15-85 - Excellent Walkaround Lens

                          By Myer

                          from Cooper City, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Lens Creep

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Video

                          Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                          When travelling a lens that is wide enough is most important. This lens is 20% wider than 18-xxx lenses.

                          In addition this lens is pretty much sharp throughout, great color and contrast.

                          The best non-"L" lens Canon has.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens! I would buy this again.

                          By Karen the hiker

                          from Laurel, MD

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                            I am a novice photographer. My kit lens quit focusing after several years of use. I wanted to upgrade to a better lens. B & H Photography recommended the Canon 15-85mm lens for an all around lens for me since I don't want to carry several lenses with me. It has a nice zoom and takes very crisp photos. I am very happy with my new purchase. I highly recommend this lens. Also, the B&H Photography staff were great. I called them on several occasions asking for advice. They were kind and extremely patient with me! I love this store and will buy all my camera supplies from them in the future.

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