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

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

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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Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

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.
UPC: 013803108651
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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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    • 1Description

    Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 specs

    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
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.75 x 4.0 x 4.0"

    Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 reviews

    EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 507.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I'm a professional wedding photographer and have used the 24-70L lens for years. I've always needed farther reach on both ends, so I rented the 15-85 and spent a lot of time and a lot of photographs comparing the two lenses. Bottom line; I was so impressed with the 15-85 that I immediately put my 24-70L online to sell and B&H should expect my order shortly. The 15-85 is noticeably sharper and it compares in contrast and bokeh. Pincusion distortion on the 24-70L was quite evident compared to the 15-85. The IS is remarkable! I found that I rarely used f/2.8 on the 24-70L because it was too soft. I used f/5.6 most often, so the 15-85 is perfect!
    Date published: 2009-10-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from super sharp I chose this lens after looking at iEEE resolution chart results at various focal lengths and f stops. I compared it with other lenses. I was amazed that this lens stays so sharp even at large apertures compared with most others. Chromatic aberration is also low. I believe its strongest feature is that it keeps such a sharp image across its zoom range, making it a top-notch choice for quality and versatility. My only negative comment is that if held vertically, facing directly downward, the zoom setting creeps quickly around its mid-range. It must be held in position. Greater coverage around the barrel for the zoom range might have prevented this, or have a zoom lock.
    Date published: 2011-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best all around lens for APS-C Camera I am an avid, very advanced amateur photographer and use this lens as my one and only lens for backpacking for the past year. (don't have the luxury of carrying multiple lenses) Even when I scour the Canon website and look at ALL the other lenses, this one still comes out as my best choice single lens for landscape photography and travel. Images are sharp (especially while using a tripod of course.) If it were built from alloy, it would be an L series lens. (glad it's not, those are heavy!) Biggest complaint, as others have noted, is lens creep. This lens is way too loose. Also wish it had a constant Max Aperture, say f/4 would be reasonable.
    Date published: 2011-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best all around for APS-C Cameras 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.
    Date published: 2013-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Lens This lens is great. I decided to get this one over the standard 24-105 mm lens based off of the excellent reviews on the Canon website, as well as many others, and boy am I glad I listened. I bought this to replace my 18-55 mm kit lens and man does it make a difference. The extra range, while 3 mm at the wide angle and 30mm at the tele end doesn't seem like a lot, really makes a huge difference. The lens is also sharp as a tack, regardless of zoom or aperture. The USM focuses quickly and quietly. Overall, this lens is basically an L lens without the extra price tag. Definitely the only lens I'll be needing for a while.
    Date published: 2012-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great multi-purpose lens This is a great walkaround lens, and also very good for landscapes, etc. While the 3mm difference between this and the 18-135 (or 18-55) may not seem like much, it makes a big difference on crop sensor cameras! I have a 24-70mm 2.8 L and love it, but this truly is near as sharp. I don't hesitate to use it at paying gigs. Plus, it has a much more useable range. 15mm is wide enough for landscapes with an 84 degree view, while 85mm brings you up into the portrait range, Nice! now, if it was only f/2.8 and made of metal & weather sealed. Oh, but then it would be large, heavy and cost 3x as much!
    Date published: 2012-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF THE BEST ALL AROUND LENS I'm new in photography and started to search for a quality lens for my 450D, until one of my friends suggested the Canon 15-85 IS USM, at first I am quite hesitant because of the price of the lens, but when you started using it you will feel the difference compare with the kit lens, it is well worth buying this lens as you will be happy for the result of each single shots you've made. I strongly recommend this lens to all amateur photographer for us to develop the confidence while taking our shots. Having this lens will motivate you to continue to develop your skills at maximum level..
    Date published: 2010-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-09
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