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

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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
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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
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
  • E-72 II 72mm Lens Cap
  • 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 446 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (317)

    • 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 (341)
    • Consistent output (254)
    • Strong construction (240)
    • Durable (194)
    • Easily interchangeable (170)

    Cons

    • Heavy (113)
    • Poor in low light (54)
    • Lens creep (20)
    • Vignetting (11)
    • Slow focus (8)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (351)
    • Weddings (168)
    • Low light (107)
    • Wildlife photos (98)
    • Sports/action (93)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (294), Yes (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (271), Semi-pro photographer (82), Casual photographer (62), Pro photographer (14), Photography student (5)

    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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    5.0

    This is great

    By SiNxAnarchy

    from Port Hope Canada

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I love this lens for what it was worth with my canon 7d its very good
      The veiw distance is good for the price
      i wish it was a longer lens but those are more expensive

      All and all i would use it again

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      5.0

      Good Images, Great Focal Range

      By captainsteve

      from Newport Beach

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          This lens feels great on my 7D. I like the large diameter of the lens. There is a good balance between the weight of the lens and the camera body. I upgraded from a 17-85mm to this 15-85mm. Believe it or not, it is really nice to have the extra few millimeters of wide angle. So far, I have been very happy with the image quality, and build quality. Also a plus is that this lens doesn't have any creep issues.

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          5.0

          Fantastic Lens

          By Dave

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          Great lens with a super useful zoom range. I was looking for a lens to use 90% of the time, and this is it. It's got some weight to it but it sure beats walking around with 2 lenses. The only thing i can't figure out is why an $ lens comes with an 8 cent lens cap. That thing it total garbage and barely stays on, but for 5 bucks it's an easy replacement.

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          • No

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          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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            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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            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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            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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              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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                  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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                  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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                  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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                  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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                    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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                    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

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                              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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