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Not happy with my Canon 15-85mm EF-S

 
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Oct 21, 2011 14:25 |  #61

I can understand that there are poor copies out there. I have had two. Both good but my current one is slightly sharper than the first, but there are 100's of happy users that can show very sharp results from this lens so IMO it's worth trying another if everything else ticks all the right boxes.


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Oct 22, 2011 11:23 |  #62

KingRiver wrote in post #13285559 (external link)
Hi. Here's another dissapointed user of this lens.....my 55-250 outshines it in sharpness (most of the time). Did take some pictures that was sharp indeed but 8 out 10 was - IMO - really bad. Tried different modes/settings but didn't help, could be a lensfailure/needing adjustment or simply me as a user.Anyway....got so frustrated and angry that I now got it sold.The hunt for anything to replace it is on....

The 15-85 should definitely be as sharp or sharper than the 55-250 - probably a camera-lens adjustment was needed, but too late now. Better luck with whatever new lens you end up with. Just be aware that, even if camera and lens are functioning within manufacturing tolerances, they may not work together to get the sharpest images possible from the lens. In that case use micro adjustment if available on your camera, otherwise let Canon calibrate for you.


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Nov 01, 2011 19:51 |  #63

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LOL, of course a prime is going to be sharper than a zoom. Not sure why you're even posting this. Plus, was this shot at ISO 1600? That will definitely soften the image, especially on the 40D as the OP showed in his example.

LOL Look how much sharpening has been applied.




  
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Nov 01, 2011 20:27 |  #64

I think I am in the same boat as the OP. I just got mine and I don't think it's very sharp either. Here are some samples.

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Nov 01, 2011 20:47 |  #65

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LOL Look how much sharpening has been applied.

Thanks for pointing that out...I had another monitor back then and it didn't show the sharpening ... and I didn't look carefully...

Here's another version...

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Nov 01, 2011 20:48 |  #66

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Nov 02, 2011 19:09 |  #67

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I've had this lens for 11 months. My other two lenses are the Canon 55-250mm and the Sigma 10-20mm. Both seem to be sharper than the 15-85. The 55-250 consistently impresses me, it just always looks good. But I always come away feeling like my 15-85 pics are soft.

I keep telling myself it's just me, but with a month of warranty left, I'm wondering if I should send it in to Canon. I've never sent a lens in, what's involved, and how long does it usually take? I'm open to any thoughts or suggestions.

It's not you. I had that lens and thought it was an absolutely overrated lens. The cheaper and much better sigma 17-50 made me a lot happier. Mine wasn't sharp..at all.




  
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Nov 03, 2011 03:54 |  #68

I've been very happy with the sharpness of mine.

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Nov 03, 2011 08:19 |  #69

H00ligan wrote in post #13344762 (external link)
It's not you. I had that lens and thought it was an absolutely overrated lens. The cheaper and much better sigma 17-50 made me a lot happier. Mine wasn't sharp..at all.

It is very possible that you had a bad copy. If you were to try using a normal, "good" copy, of this lens, I think you would quickly change your mind.


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Nov 03, 2011 09:02 |  #70

So I bought mine as a Canon refurb from the canon online store. If it is bad should I send it back to them under their 14 day return policy or should I send it directly to Canon and have them fix it under the 90 day warranty?

I am going to play with it a lot today and this will determine if it needs to go back or not.


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Nov 03, 2011 09:07 |  #71

killeraxemannic wrote in post #13347271 (external link)
So I bought mine as a Canon refurb from the canon online store. If it is bad should I send it back to them under their 14 day return policy or should I send it directly to Canon and have them fix it under the 90 day warranty?

I am going to play with it a lot today and this will determine if it needs to go back or not.

With regard to playing with it today, I would take shots with it and with another lens, if you have one, with the same focal length, eg 50mm if you can do that. I would use a tripod, turn the IS off, shoot in RAW, and try 2 or 3 different apertures. Take the same shots with both lenses. In doing this, you're removing shake, image processing, IS, etc fromthe equation, and just comparing bare bones images. When I did this with my lens, it was virtually indistinguishable from my 55-250mm, which I consider to be excellent IQ. This gave me more confidence in my 15-85mm.




  
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Nov 03, 2011 09:50 |  #72

guitarfish wrote in post #13347294 (external link)
With regard to playing with it today, I would take shots with it and with another lens, if you have one, with the same focal length, eg 50mm if you can do that. I would use a tripod, turn the IS off, shoot in RAW, and try 2 or 3 different apertures. Take the same shots with both lenses. In doing this, you're removing shake, image processing, IS, etc fromthe equation, and just comparing bare bones images. When I did this with my lens, it was virtually indistinguishable from my 55-250mm, which I consider to be excellent IQ. This gave me more confidence in my 15-85mm.

I have a 50mm prime lens I can try that with! Thanks!


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Nov 03, 2011 11:21 |  #73

Just bear in mind that primes invariably perform slightly better than zooms


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Nov 03, 2011 11:44 |  #74

The 15-85 IS has been the major lens on my 60D for the past year, and as others have said, this lens is spectacularly sharp. I use it for everything except sports or political rallies, where I need the extra reach of my 70-300 IS lens. It's a great combo with the 60D.


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Nov 03, 2011 12:08 |  #75

killeraxemannic wrote in post #13339847 (external link)
I think I am in the same boat as the OP. I just got mine and I don't think it's very sharp either. Here are some samples.

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Agree these are terrible, I'd check the lens on another body first, but if this is what you get then clearly something is not right. After seeing this I'm glad I got a great copy! Kind of amazed Canon does not have a way of catching these bad copies before shipping them out.


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