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

The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is a mid-tier lens offering nearly 6x zoom range from a very wide 15mm (24mm equivalent) to 85mm (135mm equivalent) range. The lens features Canon’s image stabilization (IS) technology and USM focusing motor for fast and silent autofocus operation. The lens is considered to be a step above the typical entry and mid level kit lenses such as the 18-55mm and the 18-135mm while not quite reaching the quality of the “L” grade lenses from Canon. I have personally owned and used this lens, and while I have not formally reviewed it, I liked the lens overall other than the larger 72mm filter thread. I would have preferred it to be a 67mm filter instead.

Pricing*

  • Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - $799

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Overall User Rating

4.62 out of 5

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Specs

Focal Length 15 - 85 mm
Max Aperture f/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/
Minimum Focus distance 14.4 inches
Maximum Magnification 0.21x
Number of Elements 17
Number of Groups 12
Aperture Blade Design Rounded
Number of Aperture Blades 7
Filter Size 72 mm
Diameter 3.21 in.
Length 3.44 in.
Weight 1.27 lbs.
Lens Mount Construction Metal
Tripod Collar None
Weather Sealed No
Distance Scale Yes - No Hyper Focal Markings
Image Stabilization Yes
Lens Shade Optional

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