shootnprint's reviews

  • Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    "THE" walkaround lens for APS-C shooter, excellent sharpness, best IS, ring-USM

    This is a very fine lens. Looking at all the options for a standard zoom lens, this is the best compromise for APS-C bodies if it is in your budget:

    EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS : (budget) kit lens, great value, really good IQ, lacking in the long end
    EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS: next step up from kit lens, good compromise between IQ and cost, perfect for the casual shooter
    EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS: vacation lens, even longer than 18-135
    EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM: outstanding IQ, low-light, might be too short for some
    EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM: great IQ, best IS, best compromise between focal length & IQ, ring-USM
    (EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM: less expensive option instead of 15-85, better IQ than kit lens, ring-USM)
    EF 16-35 f/2.8L II USM: outstanding IQ, low-light, compatible to full-frame, ring-USM
    EF 17-40mm f/4L USM: great IQ, compatible to full-frame, ring-USM

    reviewed June 7th, 2010 (purchased for $580)