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

BH #CA1585IS • MFR #3560B002
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
Key Features
  • EF-S-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 24-136mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/36
  • One UD and Three Aspherical Elements
A flexible zoom to benefit working in a variety of situations, the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM from Canon is a 24-136mm-equivalent lens designed for APS-C-format DSLRs. Ultra-Low Dispersion and aspherical elements are featured in the optical design to control color fringing, distortion, and a variety of aberrations throughout the zoom range, and a Super Spectra coating has been applied to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity. The lens also features an Optical Image Stabilizer, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake by four stops to better enable shooting handheld in difficult lighting conditions. Additionally, a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor is featured, too, which affords quick, quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override.
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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Overview

A flexible zoom to benefit working in a variety of situations, the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM from Canon is a 24-136mm-equivalent lens designed for APS-C-format DSLRs. Ultra-Low Dispersion and aspherical elements are featured in the optical design to control color fringing, distortion, and a variety of aberrations throughout the zoom range, and a Super Spectra coating has been applied to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity. The lens also features an Optical Image Stabilizer, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake by four stops to better enable shooting handheld in difficult lighting conditions. Additionally, a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor is featured, too, which affords quick, quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override.

Standard zoom is designed for APS-C-format Canon EF-S-mount DSLRs, and offers a 24-136mm equivalent focal length range.
One Ultra-Low Dispersion glass element noticeably reduces color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity and color fidelity.
Three aspherical elements minimize spherical aberrations and distortions for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with an internal focusing system, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.

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

Focal Length
15 to 85mm (35mm Equivalent: 24 to 136mm)
Maximum Aperture
f/3.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperture
f/22 to 36
Lens Mount
Canon EF-S
Lens Format Coverage
APS-C
Angle of View
84° 30' to 18° 25'
Minimum Focus Distance
1.15' / 35 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.21x
Optical Design
17 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.21 x 3.44" / 81.53 x 87.38 mm
Length at Maximum Extension
4.96" / 126 mm
Weight
1.27 lb / 575 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.56 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
5.9 x 4.1 x 4"

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

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I use a Canon 70d. Many reviews report some rather strong chromatic aberration and barrel distortion at 15mm and again towards the 85mm focal lengths. Is this really a serous concern in the real world or will enabling the 70d's (or any cameras) internal Lens aberration correction remove these issues fairly well? Would I end up having to a lot of post work clearing these issue up with light room or other software? Thanks for your help.
Asked by: Steve
I have not had any problems with the lens in question.Also I say that I am an amateur photographer and my perception could be different from yours. I find the lens a good choice for travel.
Answered by: CARLOS R.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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

Is the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens better than the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens?
Asked by: Jeffrey
Dan, Thank you for your reply. I do have another question. Im currently using the 18-135 but I was wondering what the next step up is from the 18-135mm for better, more sharp images. Ive currently been using the 18-135mm mainly for product photos for my online store as I do like the zoom functionality. I also have the 100mm Macro and the 50mm Nifty Fifty as other lenses I use.
Answered by: Jeffrey
Date published: 2022-04-13

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Hi There: I would like to know if this lens is compatible with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi.I currently have a 18 - 55 mm EFS lens and I think this new lens would be a great improvement.Thanks for your help.
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes it is compatible with your Canon XTi.
Answered by: Steven C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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How does this lens compare to the older Tamron 28-200?
Asked by: Anonymous
This is for APS-C Canon cameras. You can not use on full frame. Compared with that lens, this one should be faster focusing and give you a much wider angle of view. It will also be considerably smaller.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Is Canon EF-S 15-85mm worth to buy when already have Canon EF-S 18-200mm Lens ?
Asked by: Anonymous
The optical design in the 15-85mm will be slightly better than the 18-200mm lens, and it will be slightly wider. If you are looking to replace your 18-200mm, the 15-85mm might be worth it. But, if you are simply looking to add another lens to your kit, you might look at a super wide zoom instead, such as the Canon 10-22mm (B&H # CA102235EF).
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2020-10-21

what is the exact image circle size of this lens? ...

what is the exact image circle size of this lens? I know what aps-c sensor size is, but does it make a image bigger than that so it can be used on other brands with slightly larger sensor?
Asked by: rick
Unfortunately, we do not have this information nor the means to test it. Please contact Canon directly more technical information pertaining to its optical design.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-10-03

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Is this compatible with Canon 70D and Canon 7D cameras?
Asked by: Anonymous
Both the 70D and 7D are compatible with this lens.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-27

has anyone used this lens for video? how does the ...

has anyone used this lens for video? how does the image stabilizer compare to say the canon f4 24-105?
Asked by: sam
The image stabilization on this lens works very well for video. Keep in mind this is an EF-S lens for use on APS-C sized cameras like the 7D Mark II and 80D, it is not a full frame lens like the 24-105mm that Canon offers.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-04-07
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