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Canon 15-85 IS USM - other lens IQ comparisons?

 
Paul ­ Haynes
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Oct 22, 2014 15:20 |  #1

So I have a 15-85 IS USM on my 50D and I'm very happy with it. In fact it's now my bench mark that I measure my future lenses. Basically I want to buy some other lenses that will give me IQ close or better than my 15-85. So far my lens short list...

For myself
1.Canon 10-18 or 10-22 for ultra wide landscapes
2.Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
or
2.Canon EF DO IS 70-300mm
or
2.Sigma 150-500 IS for taking pics of the moon and close ups like wild life
3.Canon 100L Macro

For my Son who will get my 40D, at the moment with no lens
1.Canon 18-55 IS
2.Canon 18-135 IS

It will take some time to get a selection of gear but I post this up for advise on which lens. I like sharp pictures. The Canon 17-85 IS USM is no good for me, never impressed with IQ.

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Oct 22, 2014 15:53 |  #2

Paul,

If you are looking at a 70-300 that will focus as quickly, give you sharp photos with great color, I doubt you'll be satisfied with anything from Canon except the 70-300L. I started out with the 15-85 also... added the 70-300L not long after I got started so I could shoot some wildlife. I love my 70-300L. It's expensive but worth it to me.

There have been some posts lately suggesting that the Tamron is a fine lens as well and it's much less expensive.


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Oct 22, 2014 16:13 |  #3

you don't list anything with a fast aperture...if you're not looking for a fast aperture lens, and willing to stop down to f8 or so...just about any lens will sharp enough to satisfy your needs

if you're looking for something with reach, i'd rather have the 150-500OS than any 70-300mm lens


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Oct 22, 2014 16:35 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #4

I would make use of the image quality tool at thedigitalpicture to compare what you have with what you're considering. If you're looking at the cheap 18-55 / 18-135 lenses, remember that the later versions (the II versions and the STM) are quite a bit better and actually have good image quality, though they are bad in other ways compared to the 15-85 (build quality, focus speed).

The 100L is quite a bit ahead in image quality compared to the others, even wide open.


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Oct 22, 2014 17:30 |  #5

weeatmice wrote in post #17227851 (external link)
....the later versions (the II versions and the STM) are quite a bit better and actually have good image quality, though they are bad in other ways compared to the 15-85 (build quality, focus speed)

I can't agree with you in regards to focusing. I have both the Canon 15-85mm and the 18-135mm STM. The later is just as impressive at focusing as the former. Both lenses are tact sharp.

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Oct 22, 2014 19:33 |  #6

I own the 10-22mm, 15-85mm and 70-300mmL for my 7D. All three lenses are excellent, and the combination for APS-C bodies can't be beat.

I'm going to pick up a 16-35mm f/4 to cover wide angle on full frame and will probably sell the 10-22mm. While I only have 200 or so images from it I will be sad to see it go. I'm using the 7D much less now for anything but wildlife and events where long reach is necessary. I also have 24-105mm, but the 15-85mm will have to be taken from my cold dead hands :)

I also have the 100L macro, another excellent choice. Most often if I need low light lens this is it. The 50mm 1.4 isn't much good until about f/2.0-2.8 anyway and the 100mm is sharper.




  
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Oct 22, 2014 19:46 |  #7

Agree with weeatmice & Ralph III, the STM lenses are hard to beat.. ( Perfect for your son)
I own the 55-250 STM, and want to pick up the 18-55 STM for macro.. I also own much better lenses, but I tell you, these new kit lenses are pretty impressive, and a bonus for video.

samples from the 55-250 STM
https://photography-on-the.net …p?p=17194051&po​stcount=85

You may want to wait just a little bit before pulling the trigger on either 70-300 or 100-500 to go with your 15-85

Sigma is coming out shortly with two versions of the 150-600, that are suppose to be very good.

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Oct 23, 2014 05:38 |  #8
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Paul Haynes wrote in post #17227679 (external link)
So I have a 15-85 IS USM on my 50D and I'm very happy with it. In fact it's now my bench mark that I measure my future lenses. Basically I want to buy some other lenses that will give me IQ close or better than my 15-85. So far my lens short list...

For myself
1.Canon 10-18 or 10-22 for ultra wide landscapes
2.Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
or
2.Canon EF DO IS 70-300mm
or
2.Sigma 150-500 IS for taking pics of the moon and close ups like wild life
3.Canon 100L Macro

For my Son who will get my 40D, at the moment with no lens
1.Canon 18-55 IS
2.Canon 18-135 IS

It will take some time to get a selection of gear but I post this up for advise on which lens. I like sharp pictures. The Canon 17-85 IS USM is no good for me, never impressed with IQ.

Thanks

For you:
1.) 10-18, adding IS is huge, even wide.
2.) Neither. 70-300L
3.) The 60mm f/2.8 is less than 1/2 the price. Also gets more DOF, and doubles nicely as a portrait lens.

Son:
Neither. Move up to the 18-55 STM, 18-135 STM, 55-250 STM. The original 18-55 is a pig. If you didn't like the 17-85, you won't like the original 18-135 at the long end.


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