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The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is a general purpose lens built for photography enthusiasts.

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Pros

fast, quiet, internal autofocus

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great overall image quality

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nice bokeh

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nice focal range - 24-136mm equivalent, quite wide

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not much light falloff (vignetting) - only about 1 stop wide open

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image stabilization for a 4 stop improvement

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sharp all over, even wide open

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Cons

not far from the cost of a professional full frame fixed aperture lens

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unimpressive aperture - strictly amateur, F/3.5-5.6, poorer in low light, can't isolate subjects as easily

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doesn't come with a lens hood

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APS-C crop sensor only

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noticeable distortion at all lengths

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The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is a general purpose lens built for photography enthusiasts. The focal length is equivalet to 24-136mm in 35mm format, allowing for wide-angle to telephoto shots. Image stabilization is built in, accounting for slight movements while the shutter is being released. The autofocus is designed to function reliably under various lighting conditions, and manual focusing is possible as well. Subjects can be as close as 1.15 feet to the lens and still be in proper focus. This lens accepts standard 72mm screw type filters.

Features
  • Wide-angle to telephoto range
  • Focal Length: 15 - 85mm
  • Maximum Aperture: 1:3.5-5.6
  • Image stabilization
  • Autofocus
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
  • Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 1.15 ft./0.35m
  • Filter Size: 72mm
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