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Canon 15-85mm pros and cons??

 
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May 30, 2011 09:24 |  #1

hi guys i am thinking about buying a canon 15-85 mm for a walk around lens as it seems very sharp and looks to produce really nice photos but there is one thing that is holding me back, i watched some reviews on youtube and they show that this lens suffers from "Zoom Creep" is this really a big deal? the videos surely made it look like a bit of a problem, so can some of you that actually use this lens all the time give me the solid truth about this lens as i would hate to spend $800 and have problems with it..
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May 30, 2011 09:45 |  #2

I have also heard that it creeps for some people, but for what it's worth, my copy (which I bought used on this forum) is nice and tight and doesn't creep at all. I've been using or for about 4 months and love it. It's spectacular outside with lots of light and the range is very useful. I'd say go for it if you are looking to upgrade in build quality and IQ over your kit lens...don't worry about creep.


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May 30, 2011 09:47 |  #3

Yes mine does suffer from zoom creep, does it bother me, no. In 99% of cases you have the lens cupped in your hand in any case so pretty much a non item as far as I'm concerned. Ok so it might droop when It's hanging off my shoulder, so what! It is a great walkround lens though, no way is mine going anywhere soon.


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May 30, 2011 09:48 |  #4

Buy it. It is one of the best crop lens made IMHO. As a walk around 2nd only to the 17-55. I had one for almost a year and never experienced anything that resembled zoom creep. Its not L quality but is made very well. Only con is its variable aperture.


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May 30, 2011 10:02 |  #5

I've used the 15-85 IS for over a year, and it is a spectacular lens. When it is hanging by my side, there is some zoom creep, but that's totally irrelevant. When you are shooting, you will be holding the lens with your left hand to zoom it to the focal length you desire, so creep when not in use is no issue.


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May 30, 2011 10:05 as a reply to  @ HughR's post |  #6

Mine has no creep, it's really a good lens.




  
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May 30, 2011 10:07 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #7

Have had mine for a year. It's glued to my 50D 90% of the time, and has no zoom creep at all. Even if it did, would not care. It's a fantastic lens!


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May 30, 2011 10:08 |  #8

No zoom creep at all on my copy, after well over 18 months of constant use. Wouldn't matter if it did creep a bit, well worth the price.


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May 30, 2011 10:13 |  #9

rick_reno wrote in post #12503468 (external link)
Mine has no creep, it's really a good lens.

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May 30, 2011 10:33 |  #10

Mine has zoom creep but i use an O-ring to stop it from creeping. Other than that, it is pretty much a perfect lens with good IS, very useful range, fast AF.

If the variable aperture bothers you, add a fast prime to your lens lineup :)


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May 30, 2011 12:31 |  #11

No zoom creep here but it wouldn't bother me if it did. Picked up this lens last year before my trip to Peru and so glad I did. The image quality of this lens blows away the kit lens. The focal range and IS is excellent... it is the ultimate walk around lens for a crop. You will appreciate the wide end.


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May 30, 2011 12:34 |  #12

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May 30, 2011 15:45 |  #13

Had mine for a month and love it.
Mine has zoom creep already but i can live with it. Its only in the mid focal length, it wont move if the lens is at the wide end and it will only creep to about 70mm.

Its a great all purpose lens and i sold my 17-55IS f/2.8 to get it, and dont regret that one bit (yet).


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May 30, 2011 15:47 |  #14

I've borrowed my roommate's and it doesn't creep. It's a great lens under lots of light.




  
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May 30, 2011 15:54 |  #15

The pros outweigh the cons with this lens by a country mile. Mine has a bit of zoom creep (when I pull it out of my bag) but every time I bring the camera up to my face I use the zoom to compose the shot anyway, so it really is not that big of an issue. You certainly won't regret buying it, it really is a great lens. I got mine from DDP over in Brusnwick St Newfarm.


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