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


I am selling my Canon 24-105f4L lens (Item 120978668230 on the big auction site) as I need a bit more W/A so am looking at the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.
In a review here, ePhotozine, of this lens it states "Barrel distortion is evident at 15mm but is constant so can be corrected".
How does one "correct" barrel distortion?
The review seemed very positive but would any users out there like to comment please?

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redsnappa e2
12 2.0k United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 9:59PM
in Adobe lightroom.
2 Sep 2012 10:05PM
Photoshop but I wouldn't change for the 15-85mm.
strawman e2
11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 10:18PM
If you use DPP to process the raw file it can correct for the distortion.
3 Sep 2012 5:32AM
Hi,

I've been using this lens for about 18 months and find it GREAT!!

I haven't found barrel distortion to be too much of a problem.

Quote:Photoshop but I wouldn't change for the 15-85mm.
- I need a bit more width than the 24mm for a project but not the tele of the 24-105 so thought the 15-85 a good compromise, and I may get a bit of spare cash as well!


Quote:Hi, I've been using this lens for about 18 months and find it GREAT!!
I haven't found barrel distortion to be too much of a problem.



thanks lescol1, that's the sort of comment I like. I haven't committed yet as my 24-105 has to sell first but it's looking good.
MalcolmS e2
9 1.1k 13 England
3 Sep 2012 8:05AM
I've just switched the other way as I have gone full frame. I had the 15-85 on a 40D and it's a terrific lens in my opinion with not excessive barrel distortion and very sharp. I find that there is more distortion with the 24-105 on a 5d MkII than I had with the 15-85 on the 40d..
Ha, just goes to show. Some lenses are good on all cameras, and all lenses are good on some cameras but not all lenses are good on all cameras!
steve_p e2
9 1.1k England
3 Sep 2012 6:12PM
I changed my Sigma 17/70 OS for the 15/85 a few months ago. I find it excellent on my 60d.
colin beeley e2
12 1.1k 10 England
3 Sep 2012 6:35PM
as you use a crop camera go for the ef-s 10/22 . i used to have one loved it really miss it :-(

Quote:As you use a crop camera go for the ef-s 10/22 . i used to have one loved it really miss it :-(


Yes I am looking in that direction as well but wonder if I really need that much W/A and whether I can do without the top end 50mm+. All very confusing at the moment but I am leaning more towards the 15-85 - a good compromise I think.

When I've got the money I'll go to my local camera shop with my 7D and play with the various lenses and see which I think is best.
capto e2
2 1.5k 7 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 10:31PM
I use the 15-85mm on a 600D and find it excellent. It hasn't got the weather proofing of an L lens, but it has the IQ.
Thanks capto. Yes both the 600D and 7D are "crop" cameras it should work well with mine and is probably the direction I go. As i said, once I get the money from my 24-105 sale I'll take a trip to a local camera shop and have a play with a few lenses.
Well, that's the Canon 24-105 sold so ready to make the decision as to which way to go for a bit more width. I think the Canon 15-85 is still the front runner. I don't think the 10-22 is for me as I still need at least a 50mm at the other end. Ummmmm.............
8 Sep 2012 9:16AM
FWIW, I have both the 15-85 and the 10-22, and the 15-85 is much sharper than the 10-22 where the ranges overlap. Maybe I've got a bad copy of the 10-22, but in my experience the 15-85 is the better lens, although of course you don't get the ultra wide angle.

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