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

Canon EF-S 15–85mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens: This versatile, everyday lens with standard zoom offers a broad focus range for almost any shot. The optical image stabilizer steadies the lens for blur-free handheld photos, and the aspherical lens with UD glass corrects aberrations for sharp, vibrant landscapes and portraits.

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    Canon - EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens - Black
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    • Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
    • Owner's manual

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (22 out of 22)


    Compatible with select Canon cameras

    Designed for use with Canon EOS DSLR cameras with an APS-C sized sensor.

    Standard zoom lens for versatile use

    Choose the shot you want with an everyday lens that offers a range of focal lengths to meet the majority of your photo needs.

    15–85mm focal length

    Allows you to capture a variety of ultra-wide angle and telephoto shots within a broad range of focal lengths.

    f/3.5–5.6 maximum aperture

    Creates sharp, detailed images with a slightly blurred background at close range. Performs best in moderate-to-bright light settings or outdoors on overcast days.

    4-Stop optical image stabilization

    Permits utilizing slower shutter speeds (up to 4 stops slower) without image blur.

    Aspherical lens corrects aberration

    Precision-ground lens focuses the light rays into a single point to reduce aberration and produce high-quality images.

    UD glass for superior image quality

    Effectively suppresses chromatic aberration for optimum lens performance.

    Ultrasonic motor (USM) ensures smooth, precise focusing

    Utilizes ultrasonic vibrations to focus the lens, resulting in smooth, silent and precise autofocusing. Full-time manual focus permits manual focusing without switching out of auto mode.

    Inner and rear focusing system

    Design allows for a compact lens body with faster, more efficient autofocus performance.

    1.15' minimum focusing distance

    Accommodates 72mm filters

    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      $25 bucks a month


      I bought this to replace the kit lens (18-55) for my 450d, I also got to put my 28-75mm on the shelf. The focal range of this lens was the big attraction for me. I am happy with the look and feel of this lens, nice and tight, no creeping with camera down. Manual focus overide, will focus fairly colse too. Focus is fast and quiet, the IS function is quiet and works great, Canon gets better at this with every new lens. background blur is very nice as Canon states a round apature opening to aid in this. It is very sharp at the point of focus, even wide open. Upon reading professional reviews I was almost dissuaded by the vignetting and chromatic abberation issues. They both only come into play at very wide angles and you can help the CA by stopping down. Every lens has its flaws, but if it was perfect what would you buy from them next year?! Overall I really like this lens and I am glad I purchased it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A very good lens


      After spending my budgeted amount to buy a Canon 60D which came with a kit lens, my expectations of photography with a SLR camera were not met. The results were not great and I felt my SLR-like point and shoot Canon S2 IS did a better job. Soon I came to a realization that your image quality is directly dependent on the quality of lens you use. Had I known this before I would have purchased a less expensive body and this lens. After shelling out more money to get this expensive lens I'm now really satisfied with the results I'm getting. Consistent image quality , very sharp and good color. Pictures are really good right out of the camera. IS is very quiet and is very advanced compared to the previous generation IS. Its a great walk-around lens, and I would say its priced correctly, all other canon lenses which are priced less than this are definitely not as good as this. This can be a L lens since its as good as similar canon L lenses out there, I guess canon does not give the L designation to the EF-S range. There is noticeable vignetting when you take shots when there is not enough direct light (eg. during sunset) , but this is not a big problem and overall this lens is good and is a keeper.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best crop sensor Canon lens!

      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member
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      What is there to say that hasn't been said? Sharp as a razor. Silent and fast AF. Great image stabilizer. A little heavy for some users (not myself) but not to big either. I have owned more so called "standard" zoom range lenses for Canon (and other brands over the years) than I care to remember. However, this is without question the best yet. I really can't find any flaws. Some will complain that no hood is included. Yes, for this price it should be but if you do your homework before hand you will know this before you purchase so it is not really a flaw. It is pricey compared to other standard lenses but it really is worth it. If you are a Canon user who has the other kit lenses (18-55mm, 17-85mm or 18-135mm) I can honestly say this is worth the upgrade.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sharp and works well for video

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Got this lens to pair with a Canon 7D. They feel very well suited to each other. Creates a compact, very high quality travel setup. Took on a trip to Puerto Rico and captured great landscapes, candids of the wife and food presentations. Also expected was low light performance could be better. Focus hunted in a room lit only by desk lamps. I have used the 17-55 and it was better in similar low light situations. But it costs more, is larger and weighs more. Video of the beach and moving children was limited more by me than by the lens. This will be my walk around for some time as the price/performance ratio will be difficult to top for my enthusiast needs.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent all around lens


      I purchased this lens about one year ago to replace the kit lens and am not dissapointed. With this lens being a little wider, 15mm vs 18mm, and a good bit longer, 85mm vs 55mm, it handles most situations I take pictures in. The pictures are very sharp and clear, almost comparable to my "L" lens. I wish it had a 2.8 max aperature for certain indoor/lowlight shots but this is not a major issue. The lens is a little heavier but I don't find it to be a problem. The auto focus is fast and quiet. I would buy this lens again as it has most of what I want in a single lens and it is on my camera 90% of the time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      VERY NICE!


      Just received this from BB this week for my T1i. This is my first $$ lens and I did lots of researching before purchasing. I love this lens - the clarity, sharpness, contrast and colors are all up a notch over the kit lens. It is faster to focus and the little wider shots are pretty neat and the extra length will be great as a walk around lens. The IS is great -I was worried about camera shake, since this lens was much heavier than the kit lens, but actually it is easier to steady with the extra weight. I am glad I took the plunge on this lens.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great upgrade from kit lens with more range


      I think this lens is a great upgrade over the 18-55mm kit lens. It offers a wider range, better build quality, USM and great overall picture quality (sharpness). The downsides are that it has some barrel distortion, chromatic aberrations and vignetting. It is also not a large aperture lens, but I knew what I was getting into. If you need/want large aperture you'd be looking at the 17-55mm. Also for this price Canon could have at least thrown in the lens hood.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Lens


      This is my new walk around lens. Even though it's heavier than the kit lens I like the range, 15-85 compared to 18-55. It's very sharp, focuses easily in low light, and colors seem more vibrant. Most of my pictures are landscapes and grandchildren. Even in doors with a flash and taking pics of a 1 year old and 3 year old it focuses fast enough to capture them. I can't be happier with this lens.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 9 reviews

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    • photodo.comRating, 4 out of on April 8, 2011
      REVIEW: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
      Lens oracle, Gary Wolstenholme examines the new 15-85mm IS USM lens from Canon.Full Review
    • whatdigitalcamera.comRating, 4.5 out of 5Jon Tarrant on March 30, 2011
      Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
      With Image Stablisation, UD elements and an Ultrasonic Motor, is this feature-filled objective the perfect kit-lens replacement?Full Review
    • popphoto.comJulia Silber on September 16, 2010
      Tested: Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6
      Introduced last year, this extrawide zoom built for Canons with APS-C-sized sensors makes an attractive utility lens for the new EOS 60D or can serve as a wider, longer alternative to the Rebel kit lens. Canon's widest EF-S zoom with imageFull Review
    • ePHOTOzine (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5April 11, 2010
      Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
      A 5.6x standard zoom for Canon EF-S compatible cameras, which provides an angle of view equivalent to a 24-136mm lens on a 35mm camera, plus a 4-stop image stabiliser.Full Review
    • CameralabsRating, 4 out of 5Camera Labs on February 1, 2010
      Canon EF-S 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM
      A worthy successor to the EF-S 17-85mm IS USM, the new lens boasts a flexible walk-around range with wider-angle coverage equivalent to 24mm, a slightly brighter aperture when zoomed-out, very respectable optical quality (especially at 15mm),Full Review
    • (UK)Szymon Starczewski on January 25, 2010
      Canon EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
      The subject of universal zoom lenses made by Canon is very interesting and that's for a couple of reasons, as it tells us both about the differences between individual manufacturers and the laws governing the market.Full Review
    • The Imaging Resource!Rating, 4.5 out of 5November 10, 2009
      Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Review
      With very good, if not excellent results for sharpness, resistance to chromatic aberration, distortion and corner shading, Canon has released an excellent general purpose lens. If you were looking for an upgrade to a kit lens and can't decideFull Review
    •, 4.5 out of 5PhotoReview on November 1, 2009
      Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
      A compact, high-quality 5.6x zoom lens with four-stop image stabilisation and a fast autofocus drive.The EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens is one of two lenses announced by Canon in September when details of the EOS 7D were revealed. It'sFull Review

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