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Official: EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

 
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Oct 13, 2009 13:57 as a reply to  @ post 8814400 |  #241

KenjiS, well stated, thoughtful comments. Post when you can.


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Oct 13, 2009 13:58 as a reply to  @ post 8814400 |  #242

Keep in mind these are handheld, No crops, all done at ISO800, shot RAW, using default lightroom conversion...Theres no NR softening or anything [I know my camera and these settings...]

All shots wide open

15mm:

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Oct 13, 2009 13:59 as a reply to  @ KenjiS's post |  #243

And the last two at 85mm

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Oh I forgot to mention, Distortion seems well controlled as well ;) At least as good as the 24-105 on a full frame

And 15mm and f/3.5 has a shockingly low amount of DoF! :)

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Oct 13, 2009 14:06 |  #244

KenjiS wrote in post #8814386 (external link)
-Build is very good, MUCH better than the 17-55 or the 28-135, feels like a good solid lens, Not L-grade, but definately something above most consumer lenses

-Its quiet, I mean, really quiet, it shocked me, the IS makes no noise and has no feel when it engages/disengages, I havn't spent much time with 4th-gen IS lenses but i will say im impressed!

-AF is very quick as to be expected, and I was actually impressed that it seems to be even QUIETER than other lenses...

-Its very small, Deceptively so i think, its about as big as my hand, its a lot smaller than a 24-105 or the 17-55 and almost like a slightly fatter, stubbier 28-75

-From my quick browse through my samples this lens is SHARP......

I agree with all of this, I am a "premier silver" reward zone member at Best Buy so I had no reservations about buying this lens knowing I would have 45 days to try it out. So far I think its a keeper, I just hope that more people will check this lens out with an open mind and stop with all the assumptions that its going to be a over priced/under performing lens just because it does not have a larger or fixed aperture.

I am thinking that with this lens attached to my 7D with its higher ISO capabilities (or occasional speedlight) that it will be almost perfect for me considering its focal range and the IQ that I am seeing. Less lens swaping than I did when I had the Canon 17-55 f/2.8 and the range I missed when I sold my Canon 17-85mm :D


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Oct 13, 2009 14:10 |  #245

lildexmom wrote in post #8814621 (external link)
I agree with all of this, I am a "premier silver" reward zone member at Best Buy so I had no reservations about buying this lens knowing I would have 45 days to try it out. So far I think its a keeper, I just hope that more people will check this lens out with an open mind and stop with all the assumptions that its going to be a over priced/under performing lens just because it does not have a larger aperture.

I am thinking that with this lens attached to my 7D with its higher ISO capabilities (or occasional speedlight) that it will be almost perfect for me considering its focal range and the IQ that I am seeing. Less lens swaping than I did when I had the Canon 17-55 f/2.8 and the range I missed when I sold my Canon 17-85mm :D

Same here really, I sorta wish my local Best Buy had it in stock right now [I also have a best buy card that has better options than my other cards that id be using to do this..] Becuase then i'd have 45-days to try it rather than 20 minutes...


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Oct 13, 2009 14:25 as a reply to  @ KenjiS's post |  #246

I am also interested in buying this lens. Any one knows where I can find the information on the aperture range for different zoom?

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Oct 13, 2009 14:51 |  #247

More samples here: http://www.fredmiranda​.com/forum/topic/80980​9/6#7636064 (external link)

BTW, f/3.5 is good at 15mm and shifts to f/4.0 at 24mm and scales up at 35, 50, 70 and f/5.6 at 85mm. The IQ looks very close to the 17-55mm but I have realy not had a chance to use the lens or anything but snaps at this point.


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Oct 13, 2009 15:09 |  #248

Very awesome

I agree, it looks as good as my 17-55 ever was, but its built a lot better, focuses a lot closer and generally is a nicer lens to me


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Oct 13, 2009 15:28 |  #249

KenjiS wrote in post #8814386 (external link)
OK I'm home now, havn't looked at my samples yet, i did all my samples with my 30D [The girl at the store saw my 30D and asked if she could interest me in a 7D or a 50D while i was there in a joking manner...I love this store XD]

Yay! Kenji strikes again! Hehe, I had an inkling you would end up being one of the first voices for this lens in the forum.

-Build is very good, MUCH better than the 17-55 or the 28-135, feels like a good solid lens, Not L-grade, but definately something above most consumer lenses

This is surprising, but very much appreciated! I have no complaints on the build of my 17-55, so in that regard the 15-85 is a winner for me.

So far, this lens is falling into my predictions, It really is a great lens :)

Everything else your reported sounds great as well. The focal length range is perfect for a 1.6x crop. Very, very tempting.

By the way, when are you going to actually purchase it? I presume you are still saving up for it~ :)


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Oct 13, 2009 15:54 |  #250

Thinking about selling off my 17-55 for this one




  
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Oct 13, 2009 15:59 |  #251

Sweet, thanks for the shots Kenjis and link Mike Sowsun. It looks like a pretty good walkaround lens.


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Oct 13, 2009 16:08 |  #252

msowsun and Kenjis, Thanks a lot for the information!




  
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Oct 13, 2009 16:08 as a reply to  @ blssdwlf's post |  #253

Dang it, I was secretly hoping this lens would be terrible. Now that adds one more contender to my upgrade plans.


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Oct 13, 2009 17:02 |  #254

All i can say is I am glad that it is turning out to be quite a good lens :) Don't like the color rendition (i must say it is hard to judge from these photos) that much, but still quality seems good :)


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Oct 13, 2009 17:28 |  #255

I'm about to go get it at best buy

love my local camera store, but i also got a 12% Reward Zone coupon..

12% off this lens plus reward zone points is just something they cant beat ;)


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