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Oct 31, 2012 14:48 |  #2926

I rented a 10-22, and thought it's optics were better than my 18-55, so considered it. However, I want something the 18-55 range offers, which comes within reach of the quality my USM primes I have. 17-55 is an option, but I think it's expensive for what if offers, and the tamron 17-50 does similar for half. The focal range is the biggest appeal to me for the 15-85...I just can't see too much difference to it and the pictures I get from my 18-55 on the 7D. Hmm. Maybe I need a rent?

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Oct 31, 2012 14:59 |  #2927

Maffu wrote in post #15191166 (external link)
Can't decide whether this is £500 optically better than the 18-55.

This lens incorporates Ultra Low Dispersion, the same stuff found in L lenses.

Optically, I'd say it's definitely better.

Here's a comparison chart. Hover over the white arrow in the middle to compare:

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Oct 31, 2012 16:03 |  #2928

Does look better in the charts. I...well...I can't buy into tests too much, as I shoot in anything but controllable environments! :D Hmm. DR have it for £430, too.


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Oct 31, 2012 16:25 |  #2929

Maffu wrote in post #15191828 (external link)
Does look better in the charts. I...well...I can't buy into tests too much, as I shoot in anything but controllable environments! :D Hmm. DR have it for £430, too.

If you don't buy into tests, then how would you fairly know what's good and what's bad? You can't go off of someone's landscape or portrait picture because you don't know what editing they've done. Test like that is the only fair way to differentiate the two.


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Oct 31, 2012 18:21 as a reply to  @ cYn's post |  #2930

I've owned both and for me, the 15-85 was a definite worthy upgrade to the kit lens. Colors and contrast is better, and the 15-85 is sharp sharp sharp without having to stop down. The USM focus, 4 stop IS, better build, non-rotating front element (critical for CPL usage), a usable hood (the 18-55 hood is a joke) are big leaps over the 18-55. Also there is a big difference between 15mm and 18mm, which for some will actually replace the need for an UWA. For a general purpose walkaround lens, it's a great solution.


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Oct 31, 2012 19:01 |  #2931

ct1co2 wrote in post #15192299 (external link)
I've owned both and for me, the 15-85 was a definite worthy upgrade to the kit lens. Colors and contrast is better, and the 15-85 is sharp sharp sharp without having to stop down. The USM focus, 4 stop IS, better build, non-rotating front element (critical for CPL usage), a usable hood (the 18-55 hood is a joke) are big leaps over the 18-55. Also there is a big difference between 15mm and 18mm, which for some will actually replace the need for an UWA. For a general purpose walkaround lens, it's a great solution.

^^^ This


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Oct 31, 2012 19:07 |  #2932

2cruise wrote in post #15159928 (external link)
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Oct 31, 2012 19:34 as a reply to  @ moltengold's post |  #2933

Seems to be a bit of a theme of late... :)

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Nov 01, 2012 04:44 |  #2934

ct1co2 wrote in post #15192299 (external link)
I've owned both and for me, the 15-85 was a definite worthy upgrade to the kit lens. Colors and contrast is better, and the 15-85 is sharp sharp sharp without having to stop down. The USM focus, 4 stop IS, better build, non-rotating front element (critical for CPL usage), a usable hood (the 18-55 hood is a joke) are big leaps over the 18-55. Also there is a big difference between 15mm and 18mm, which for some will actually replace the need for an UWA. For a general purpose walkaround lens, it's a great solution.

Thanks. And yep - totally agree re: the 15mm wide angle. Very useful. I'm just looking at this, or a £220 Tamron 17-50 and wondering which I will find more useful. Nice choice to have!


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Nov 01, 2012 10:09 |  #2935

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Beautiful shots!!

Thanks :)


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Nov 01, 2012 12:26 |  #2936

moltengold wrote in post #15192454 (external link)
nice photo

Thank you.


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Nov 01, 2012 15:19 as a reply to  @ 2cruise's post |  #2937

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Nov 02, 2012 08:22 |  #2938

Am very amazed at the photos posted here. My brain felt mushy for the past weeks deciding whether to get the Sigma 17-70 OS HSM or the 15-85. Decided on the 17-70. But ......... the copy I got was front-focusing and soft between 50-70, which I just can't live with. Another copy was not any better.

So .... brought it back {thank goodness for local purchase} and took home a brand-spanking new 15-85. I must say, with the few indoor, night shots that I took, I'm blown away. It's sharp, sharp, sharp. Focus is quiet and spot on. I am amazed at how it performs in low light despite the slow max apertures.

Hopefully be able to share photos soon and hope to take better photos like what you guys are posting here.


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Nov 02, 2012 11:29 as a reply to  @ post 8819180 |  #2939

It is deffinently one of the best lenses for a crop.

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Sold mine today, becouse I have jumped over to full frame. For the selling of the 15-85mm I made this set on flickr (external link). I surely will miss this lens. Now 24-105 will be my next...

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Nov 02, 2012 12:20 |  #2940

kent andersen wrote in post #15198802 (external link)
It is deffinently one of the best lenses for a crop.

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Sold mine today, becouse I have jumped over to full frame. For the selling of the camera I made this set on flickr (external link). I surely will miss this lens. Now 24-105 will be my next...

Did you go with 5D? C/II/III?


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