One more. Taken with EF-S 55-250 and edited in GIMP 2.8 and Lightroom 4.1 desaturate.
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I've had this lens for almost three years. It is my standard, walk around lens on a 7D. Robust build, very sharp. There is no real comparison between this lens and the cheap kit lenses. The extra 2-3mm at the wide angle are very significant. If it were a constant f 4 it would be the perfect lens, but even with the variable aperture, it's quite good.
Only question I have is the price. I'm not a big fan of used lenses, but that's just me. I'd rather pay a slight premium for the warranty and security. (Actually my preferred option is to buy from the Canon refurbished store, but that's probably not an option for you) For U.S. the price seems a bit high for a used lens, but it may be reasonable in your market.
1. Best lens I ever used for general wide to short tele. I've had many others bought and sold incl 18-55 IS, 17-895 USM, sigma 17-70 etc I had rented the 15-85 and the 24-105 L together, took a lot of shots, could barely tell the difference in IQ, so I got the 15-85 to save a few $$ and I wanted the shorter end of the zoom.
Very good build for a non-L, despite reviews I have seen no CA, yes, some vignetting which is automatically removed in processing, very sharp, etc etc
It's not my money, but I would fork over a few extra bucks if you can to get a new one rather than a used one.
I know it's a lot, but today, lenses are not just glass , they have moving parts(IS, AF) etc. I would only buy a used lens from a reputable dealer who tests and checks out lenses. Not that an individual seller would be out to stick you w/a lemon, it's just that he/she might not be aware of the true condition of the lens.
You only started for 4 months and you are now buying new lenses... that's quick to get on the gear head wagon LOL
IMO the 15-85 is too slow, f4~f5.6, you basically lives with a flash unless in sunny outdoor.
Go get a 1.4 normal prime! When I started with 50D+18-200, the first lens I bought was a Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC. It's pretty darn good. I didn't know what was corner sharpness and literal CA by that time so those flaws didn't bother me at all (Now you know! Ha!). It gives you a ~50mm normal angle on 1.6x Crop which is very good starting point.
I believe you should just save that extra little $$$ and get the 17-55mm 2.8 IS. Its well worth it and wont disappoint. You lose little $$$ over depreciation with good glass.
Patience is a virtue, and Impatience is an expensive commodity.