Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM


Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM
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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Canon and the model was launched 2009.
The lens belongs to the category  normal zoom lenses, a normal lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
This lens is designed and meant for Canon cameras with a smaller sensor (often referred to as 'APS-C') which means that the lens does not fit all camera models. By clicking on the link below you can make sure that the lens works with your camera model and you should do an additional check with your local dealer as well, before you buy the lens just to be sure.
The ability to use auto focus is available for all cameras.
The lens has a focal length of 15-85 mm. Since the lens is designed to be used on a camera with smaller sensor ('APS-C') the focal length will be equivalent to 24-136 mm on your Canon camera.
See compatible cameras and perceived/equivalent focal length
Read more about focal length and your field of view
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
 
Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/3,5-5,6.
This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.
One thing to consider is that the lens has a variable brightness, which means that depending on how much you are zooming the lens will have a different maximum aperture value. At 15 mm the lens brightness is f/3,5 and at 85 mm the brightness is f/5,6. Through the link below you can read more about what this could mean for you as a photographer.
Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.
Read more about the aperture and lens brightness
Read more about changing brightness at different focal lengths
Read more about how an image stabilizer works
 
Filter and Lens Hood
The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 72 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.
There is a lens hood that fits the lens (model name "EW-78E") but unfortunately this is something that is not included when purchasing the lens and must be ordered and bought separately, as an accessory.
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM
 
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
A versatile lens for those who own their first DSLR camera
Has a built-in image stabilizer
Works only on cameras with APS-C sensor
Poor aperture value with its f/5,6
A variable lens brightness at different focal lengths
No lens hood is included
The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
Specification
Product Name:Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM (See dictionary)
Release date: 2009
Manufacturer:Canon
Type of lens: Normal Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Designed for APS-C cameras (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/3,5-5,6
The lens apeture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/3,5 at 15 mm
f/5,6 at 85 mm
(Read more)
Focal Range: 15-85 mm
This is a "EF-Slens, designed for APS-C sensors, and will have a focal length equivalent to: 24-136 mm
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 17 elements / 12 groups
Image Stabilizer:
Yes, IS
Closest Focusing Distance:35 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 72 mm
Lens Hood:
EW-78E(not included)
Tripod mount:
No (Read more)
Weather sealing:
No
Dimensions (diameter x length):81 x 88 mm
Vikt:575 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD)799 USD
 
 
Product Page (Canon):
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Text from Canon:"The EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM high-performance standard zoom lens offers an approximate 5.7x zoom ratio that covers a focal length range of 24–136 mm when shooting in 35 mm format. The Canon EF-S lenses come equipped with an Image Stabilizer mechanism that compensates for camera shake with an approximate 4-shutter speed steps correction capability,* and also use both UD (ultra-low dispersion) and glass mold aspherical lenses to favorably correct a variety of aberrations and deliver high image quality at any zoom region.

The new EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM sets a new standard for everyday photography on APS-C sensors. With a focal length range equivalent to 24-136mm in 35mm format, image stabilization and high-precision optics, the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM offers stellar performance from wide-angle through to telephoto."
 
Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
ephotozine.com
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/canon-ef-s-15-85mm-f-3-5-5-6-is-usm-13347
 
juzaphoto.com
http://juzaphoto.com/eng/articles/canon_15-85_17-85_sigma_18-125.htm
 
lenstests.com
http://LensTests.com/reviews/canon-ef-s-15-85mm-f3.5-5.6-is-usm
 
lenstests.de
http://LensTests.de/objektive/canon-ef-s-15-85mm-f3.5-5.6-is-usm
 
slrlensreview.com
http://slrlensreview.com/web/canon-slr-lenses-39/standard-zoom-slr-lenses-59/737-canon-ef-s-15-85mm-f35-56-is-usm.html
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM
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