Canon EF-S 15-85/3.5-5.6IS USM
The Canon EF-S 15-85/3.5-5.6IS USM is Canon's latest "do it all" lens for crop sensor DSLRs. It ranges from a true wideangle, suitable for interiors and landscapes, to a short telephoto suitable for portraits etc. Coupled with the very effective image stabilization, small size and light weight, it makes an excellent choice for a travel lens. The Canon EF-S 15-85/3.5-5.6IS USM is a replacement for the original EF-S 17-85/4-5.6IS USM and it offers a number of improvements:
Being one of Canon's EF-S series lenses it is designed for use on crop sensor DSLRs such as the Digital Rebel series, the EOS 20/30/40/50D and EOS 7D. It will not mount of Canon's full frame DSLRs such as the EOS 5D MkII or any of the 1D or 1Ds series cameras.
The Canon EF-S 15-85/3.5-5.6IS USM takes 72mm filters and an optional lens hood (EW-78E) is available. It comes with Canon's standard 1 year warranty. Through July 10th 2010 Canon is offering a $100 "instant rebate" on the EF-S 15-85/3.5-5.6IS USM. This rebate is deducted from the price by the vendor so there are no forms to mail in. As of June 2010 the average retail price is around $630 ($730 minus the $100 rebate).
|Focal Length||15 – 85mm|
|Max Aperture||f3.5 – f5.6|
|Lens Construction||17 elements in 12 groups|
|Diagonal Angle of View||84° 30’ – 18° 25’|
|Focus||Internal focusing system with USM|
|Close Focus||1.15 ft./0.35m|
|Weight||20.3 oz. (575g)|
In the next section of this review I'll look at the optical performance of the Canon EF-S 15-85/3.5-5.6IS USM.