The Canon EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens was released in October 2009 along with the Canon EOS 7D and is the replacement for the Canon EF-S 17-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. I managed to finally find the EF-S 15-85 IS lens, so sold My 18-135 IS which I got with My 7D as a part of a kit.
The EF-S 15-85 IS lens makes a great standard zoom lens for anyone who is using a Canon APS-C camera (With EF-S lens mount) and gives crop camera shooters a lens capable of covering a wide to medium telephoto zoom range. The EF-S 15-85 IS has the equivalent focal length of a 24-135mm lens on a full framed camera, and is the EF-S equivalent to the EF 24-105 f/4 IS.
The Canon EF-S 15-85 IS is Canon’s first newly designed consumer grade lens which now features a cleaner look, and a better build qu…
I decided to order the new Canon EF-S 15-85 IS lens after reading about it, and seeing some great results from this lens, especially when used with the 7D.
I was originally planning on getting this lens with my 7D, but I couldn’t find anyone selling the kit at the time, so I bought the 18-135 IS kit instead. While I did like the 18-135 IS lens, I miss the faster and silent Ultrasonic Autofocus motor (USM) and I also wanted something wider then 18mm (29mm equivalent). I was thinking about getting a 10-22, but I didn’t think I would really shoot that wide, and I liked the focal range of the 24-105 IS when I had my 5DMkII, I also looked at the 17-55 IS, but wasn’t that impressed with the build quality, and since I mainly shoot landscapes, I don’t really need f/2.8. I …
I got the 18-135 IS when I bought my 7D so I thought I would write a quick mini review of the lens.
The lens is one of Canon’s newest EF-S lenses which are designed to work on the Canon APS-C sized sensor cameras (With EF-S mount).
The lens has the focal range (Equivalent in 35mm) of a 29-216mm lens and covers a 7x zoom range which puts it in the class of being a “Super zoom” lens.
The construction of this lens is decent, it doesn’t have the same quality as a L series lens, but it’s not priced like a L series lens and is quite reasonably priced. The 18-135 IS lens features a metal lens mount, and a real manual focus ring, but doesn’t have full time manual focusing which means you have to switch the AF/MF button to the manual focus setting if you plan on…
Now that I’ve had the chance to use my EOS 7D and get familiar with the new camera, here is my mini review.
Canon have done a great job with the build quality with the 7D, it’s very solid, and well built, and it feels somewhat better then the XXD series. The camera is about the same size as a 5DMkII and feels very comfortable to hold. The body kind of reminds me of my old Nikon D300, and Canon have now made all the rear buttons larger (Similar in size as what you get on a Nikon body) and they have also worked on the sensitivity of the buttons. To delete a photo, you need to press down hard on the delete button, I’m assuming this is to prevent accidentally deleting your photos.
Canon have now got rid of the 2 step on/off button found on the XXD series and on the …
I finally got the opportunity to get out and have a play with my new Canon EOS 7D today so I thought I would just write about my first impressions. I will write a review once I’ve used the camera for a while and try out all the features.
This is definitely the best Canon camera I’ve owned, and as good as the Nikon D300 I had. The 7D is very well designed!
The pictures right out of the camera really pop! Great colours and lots of detail. It reminds me of the great picture quality I got from my 5DMkII.
The autofocus works great, and you can now choose “Zone focusing” where you can select a few AF points from the 19 point layout rather then use all the AF points, or having to manually select a single point, a great feature!
My new EOS 7D arrived today and now I’m sitting here waiting patiently for the battery to charge up so I can try it out. I can’t wait to get out and test it out!
I also got the new EF-S 18-135 IS lens which will be my walkabout lens on this camera. I chose this lens because of it’s nice zoom range and should be a nice light weight lens for me to replace the 18-55 IS I had with my 500D. (Much lighter then the 35-350!) and I got the kit for a bit more then the body only.
The new lens feels great paired up with the 7D! It feels like this lens was made for the camera! The lens has a decent build quality and has a metal lens mount.
I haven’t had a chance to try it out on the 7D yet (Still waiting for the battery to charge) but I shot a couple test shots using my old 300…
I bought a 500D twin IS kit with the intentions of having a light weight camera kit and a kit that doesn’t draw much attention. Here are my impressions with these two IS kit lenses.
The EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS
This lens is much better then the old 18-55 non-IS version which I also owned when I purchased my 300D a few years ago.
The build quality is better then the old version, with a nicer finish and a better feel to the lens. The 18-55 IS has a all plastic construction, including the lens mount. It’s not the best built lens, but it is small and lightweight.
The lens is a little noisy when focusing, and the front element rotates while focusing, so using a polarising filter means focusing first, then adjusting the filter to the desired setting. There is no proper manual focus r…