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How good is the 15-85EFS at the wide end?

 
hal55
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Apr 05, 2012 21:39 |  #1

I have a modest setup of 450D, Tamron 28-75 2.8 and Sigma 70-300.
Previously I've owned a Canon 10-22, 28-135 IS and 17-40L and have enjoyed each. I hate lens swapping and the weight of taking everything on holidays though and eventually sold the three, settling on the Tamron 28-75 as my walkaround lens.
Much as a I do adore the IQ of the Tamron, it's range is pretty restictive as a walkaround and I have been reading some generally very positive things about the 15-85IS, the photos in the lens thread are pretty darn good to. Although I didn't use the 10-22 much it did take some truly lovely shots and a real wide angle is what I'm missing most.
Obvious question then, how good is the 15-85 at the extreme WA and how comparable is it to the other lenses I've owned? I would be after better IQ than the 28-135 (which itself wasn't a bad lens) and ideally the 15-85 would be comparable to the Tamron which is probably a bit of an ask.
One thread I saw had a favorable comparison to the 24-105L which I always imagined to be the lens I wanted to go to next, so if it's comparable to that I'd be more than happy. I shoot mainly anything, from the grandkids (and portraits may be an upcoming big area) to flowers to architecture to art etc etc etc so I really do need a lens that will basically just live on the camera. For what I shoot, giving up the 2.8 is not a big deal, the range is what I need most although I believe there will be a fair weight gain in the Canon, but that's just something I'll have to put up with,

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Apr 06, 2012 02:25 |  #2

Hi, I have 10-22, 15-85 and 24-105. And I can say that 15-85 beats both. Since I got 15-85, 10-22 stays all time at home ... When I compare IQ of 15-85 and 24-105, 15-85 beats easily 24-105 ... I use 50D camera. For crop bodies 15-85 is very very good decision. Probably I am more happy with 15-85, than wit h my 70-200 2,8 IS. It delivers so sharp images even with lowest f values




  
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Apr 06, 2012 03:30 |  #3

Shift7 wrote in post #14218755 (external link)
Hi, I have 10-22, 15-85 and 24-105. And I can say that 15-85 beats both. Since I got 15-85, 10-22 stays all time at home ... When I compare IQ of 15-85 and 24-105, 15-85 beats easily 24-105 ... I use 50D camera. For crop bodies 15-85 is very very good decision. Probably I am more happy with 15-85, than wit h my 70-200 2,8 IS. It delivers so sharp images even with lowest f values

Thanks for your reply, which has answered a couple of questions for me.:)


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Apr 06, 2012 04:01 |  #4

That is stunnngly high praise, given that I can pick up near mint 18-85s for about $500 on ebay I certainly will add it to my shopping list as soon as funds permit. I'm reluctant to sell the Tamron, simply because it's been such a good lens and has taken so many great shots that I've used in local exhibits and commercially in a small way, but it does make the purchase a lot easier.
Thanks heaps for the input,

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Apr 06, 2012 04:06 |  #5

But the 10-22mm has different use cases than 15-85mm

IMO there are specific angles with 10mm you can't get with the 15 mm, or?


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Apr 06, 2012 07:38 |  #6

I have both all of the mentioned lenses. The 15-85 stays on my 7D. The 24-105 on my 5D2.I use the 10-22 when I need the ultra wide on the 7D. As stated above; different lenses, different uses.
I do highly endorse the 15-85 as my go to lens on the 7D.




  
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Apr 06, 2012 08:06 |  #7

bipodsnapster wrote in post #14218946 (external link)
But the 10-22mm has different use cases than 15-85mm

IMO there are specific angles with 10mm you can't get with the 15 mm, or?

nope you are right. when i use my 10-24, i always stay at 10.


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Apr 06, 2012 10:01 |  #8

I've got 15-85, 17-40 and 10-22. 15-85 is the one I use the most, the others rarely come out to play. IQ is excellent.




  
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Apr 06, 2012 10:12 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #9

It's a very nice lens. If I want a shallow DOF I use a prime. At the wide end you'll see more barrel distortion than the 17-40L but if you shoot raw that's easily corrected. It lives on my 50D.


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