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View Poll Results: Is the Canon 15-85mm a good lens?
It's excellent! 4 57.14%
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 9:12 AM   #1
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Default Canon 550D with 15-85mm


I've had my Canon 550D for about 10 months now, and I absolutely love it. It is my first DSLR and I still use the 18-55 as my everyday lens.

I've been looking at the 15-85 to replace the 18-55 as a new everyday walk-about lens. Because i'm a student, and the price of the lens, I want to make sure it's definitely worth it to justify the money.

Does anyone have, or have experience using, the 15-85mm lens on the 550D body?
Is it much better than the 18-55 standard kit lens for things like image quality?
Does the USM motor make the focusing much faster?

Anymore advice or ideas would be really appreciated.

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Old Mar 27, 2011, 9:43 AM   #2
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Hello...congrats on the 550D

I have a T1i which I purchased about 8 months before the 550D came out and at Christmas I purchased the 15-85 IS USM lens. As such, today I'm selling my 18-55 because I no longer use it at all now that I have this lens.

The 15-85 and the 17-55 are as close to an L-lens for an EF-S that you're going to get....I think reports are that the 17-55 slightly edges out the 15-85 but I'm not 100% on that.

The glass is excellent and the USM is terrific. If I could afford only USM lenses going forward, I will. It makes a huge difference particularly if you are going to use any kind of a filter on it.

Image quality is sharp, low light is pretty good. It is a bit more weighty than the kit lens, but on the 550D it will still have a fairly decent balance.

If you like, go to your local camera store and put one on your camera to feel the difference in handling.

I liked the 15-85 over the 17-55 because of the focal length. For me, this range works perfectly. The 15-85 is now my all around lens used and I love it.
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 9:58 AM   #3
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I second that. I use it on a 7D. A great lens you will never regret buying.
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 4:34 PM   #4
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yeahh looks good!
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