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Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« on: July 25, 2012, 07:37:53 AM »
Hi!

I'm new to DSLR (about 4 months), using 60D, 18-55IS, 50 1.8, 55-250IS. When I bought the camera paying 700-800$ for lens seemed crazy for me (yep, I was young and innocent :) ) so I preferred to start with the much cheaper 18-55 and "upgrade in the future".
Well, the future arrived faster than I thought and I feel 18-55 is not enough any more and I'm stuck with it. I'm thinking to upgrade to 15-85 ( I don't have money for L glass). I've got an offer of 625$ for 1.5 years used 15-85 with original hood, supposed to be in like new shape. New one costs here 790$ w/o the hood and has 1 year warranty.

I'm not fond of buying used things in general but I understand that with lenses it not always a bad idea. I would like to ask an advice from people that have this lens:
Do you think 165$ worth the 1.5 year use (it's from an amateur) or should I buy a new one? How does 15-85 cope with time and use? Or maybe I should buy a new 17-85 for 620$????

As always, Thank You for your help and advice!!! 


 

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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 07:53:44 AM »
I have 60D and 15-85IS, it's good lense with great range.
I got it year and a half ago for about 600$ brand new separated from a kit. Mine is still in like new condition, it's good build. I would try to drop this price to 600$.

DON'T even think about old 17-85IS, it's not better even than a kit 18-55IS.

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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 07:57:14 AM »
I'm not familiar with your market (US is bit cheaper), but a 20% price difference for a used lens sounds reasonable as long as it is fully functional and in very good condition.  I'd opt for a used 15-85 rather than a new 17-85.

You want to make sure that it physical condition is acceptable (esp front and rear elements for wear), that it focuses accurately wide open and stopped down, that it's IS works and that the pictures it takes are sharp enough and do not show any decentering.  If it takes good pictures and operates normally, then go for it!


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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 09:38:07 AM »
Yeah agreed stick with 15-85 over the 17-85. Even being used its a much better lens....

If your budget allows for it even keep your eye open for the 24-105L. I got mine for 780 in like new condition. Since its been a 5D kit for many years your can def snag a good deal. Only downside its not as wide as the 15-85 on your 60D and still might be a couple hundred more.

Ive seen the 17-85 go for $250 US on ebay all the time so its bad for resale. Though it would be an upgrade over the 18-55 IMO.
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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2012, 10:07:41 AM »
Hi!

I'm new to DSLR (about 4 months), using 60D, 18-55IS, 50 1.8, 55-250IS. When I bought the camera paying 700-800$ for lens seemed crazy for me (yep, I was young and innocent :) ) so I preferred to start with the much cheaper 18-55 and "upgrade in the future".
Well, the future arrived faster than I thought and I feel 18-55 is not enough any more and I'm stuck with it. I'm thinking to upgrade to 15-85 ( I don't have money for L glass). I've got an offer of 625$ for 1.5 years used 15-85 with original hood, supposed to be in like new shape. New one costs here 790$ w/o the hood and has 1 year warranty.

I'm not fond of buying used things in general but I understand that with lenses it not always a bad idea. I would like to ask an advice from people that have this lens:
Do you think 165$ worth the 1.5 year use (it's from an amateur) or should I buy a new one? How does 15-85 cope with time and use? Or maybe I should buy a new 17-85 for 620$????

As always, Thank You for your help and advice!!!

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.

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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2012, 11:29:24 AM »
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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.


Thank you for you advice guys.  I know that 17-55 is THE EF-S lens, but I prefer the range of 15-85. It also costs much less.

My main concern is that the USM motor (which I think is the most vulnerable part of the lens) of 1.5 year used lens, well, could stop working 1.5 years earlier than of a new one and will cost me at least (if not more) the same 165$ to fix it. Can anyone predict the average lifetime of it? How durable are these things?

 

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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012, 01:16:15 PM »
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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.



Thank you for you advice guys.  I know that 17-55 is THE EF-S lens, but I prefer the range of 15-85. It also costs much less.

My main concern is that the USM motor (which I think is the most vulnerable part of the lens) of 1.5 year used lens, well, could stop working 1.5 years earlier than of a new one and will cost me at least (if not more) the same 165$ to fix it. Can anyone predict the average lifetime of it? How durable are these things?

 

 
The USM Motor is very reliable, but IS more delicate and less reliable.  In the USA, it does not include a hood.
Roger Cicila owns Lens Rentals.com and comments on reliability and quality of the lenses.  Rental lenses have a very tough life, and if they can't take rough handling, he mentions it.
http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/lenses/normal-range/canon-ef-s-15-85mm-f3.5-5.6-is-usm#

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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2012, 02:00:08 PM »
I hear really good things about the 15-85... more so than the 17-85.  I don't mind the idea of buying used lenses because they don't depreciate that much unless you abuse them. 

If you know the guy who is selling you the lens and he treats his lens remarkably well, then I say go nuts and buy it.  But if it is a guy on craigslist who you don't know, then I would have a few more reservations.  If the seller will let you look at the lens and go over it with a fine toothed comb to include putting it on your body and testing at all apertures and both extremes...

Alternatively, Amazon has a used one in like new condition for 599 plus 8 bucks shipping.  I'm uncertain of their return policy, but you at least have Amazon to complain to if it isn't as described. 

The great thing about buying used is that you can inevitably sell the lens for what you paid and not lose anything.  In certain instances you might get a great deal and then sell it for more than you paid.

Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

XS->60D->5d Mkiii:18-55->24-105L:75-300->55-250->70-300->70-200 f4L USM->70-200 f/2.8L USM->70-200 f/2.8L IS Mkii:50 f/1.8->50 f/1.4->100 f/2.8L->85mm f/1.8 USM->135L -> 8mm ->100L

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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2012, 02:14:18 PM »
Auto focus (USM motor) has been more of an issue with the 50mm f/1.4.  I haven't heard anything going out with the 15-85mm.  The 17-55mm is a nice lens, but I don't like it's focal range and it also sucks in dust like crazy thought it doesn't affect image quality. 

Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

XS->60D->5d Mkiii:18-55->24-105L:75-300->55-250->70-300->70-200 f4L USM->70-200 f/2.8L USM->70-200 f/2.8L IS Mkii:50 f/1.8->50 f/1.4->100 f/2.8L->85mm f/1.8 USM->135L -> 8mm ->100L

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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2012, 02:26:18 PM »
I owned a 15-85 for a year before I sold it as I move to L lenses. I was very happy with everything about it (although I'm not a pro and don't have extensive experience), but I can say that I was happy with everything about it from build quality to performance. It seems robust enough to last through tough conditions and not wear down to easily. I say go for it.

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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2012, 06:59:42 AM »
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.

Yep :). I took a lot of pictures in these 4 months. Experience is the best teacher in the world as it turned out.
I think that I'll stick with my 50 1.8II for fast prime for now.
I stumbled on "Sigma AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC HSM OS macro" while doing some research. The range is not of 15-85 but it seems considerably faster at 2.8-4, and provides some "semi macro" (1:2.7) which I like a lot. It also cost 450$ new!

Anyone have had any experience with it? How would you rate it next to canon 15-85? New Sigma or used Canon? hmmmm..........
 

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« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2012, 07:37:49 AM »
Hi!

I'm new to DSLR (about 4 months), using 60D, 18-55IS, 50 1.8, 55-250IS. When I bought the camera paying 700-800$ for lens seemed crazy for me (yep, I was young and innocent :) ) so I preferred to start with the much cheaper 18-55 and "upgrade in the future".
Well, the future arrived faster than I thought and I feel 18-55 is not enough any more and I'm stuck with it. I'm thinking to upgrade to 15-85 ( I don't have money for L glass). I've got an offer of 625$ for 1.5 years used 15-85 with original hood, supposed to be in like new shape. New one costs here 790$ w/o the hood and has 1 year warranty.

I'm not fond of buying used things in general but I understand that with lenses it not always a bad idea. I would like to ask an advice from people that have this lens:
Do you think 165$ worth the 1.5 year use (it's from an amateur) or should I buy a new one? How does 15-85 cope with time and use? Or maybe I should buy a new 17-85 for 620$????

As always, Thank You for your help and advice!!!

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I've had my 7D and 15-85mm F3.5-5.6  for over 2 years and the 15-85mm EF-S f3.5-5.6 lens I use as an everyday lens. Why? Because of the non-cropped angles of view available with this lens and the range of the zoom - equal to a 24-136 on a full frame if such a EF lens existed. It also does a bit of macro, had a pretty good review on DPReview and who I think who said if there was a L series for APS-C Cameras, this lens should have that designation.

USM motor, IS, full time internal focusing. circular aperture for beautiful background blur (bokeh), ultra low dispersion (UD) lenses and aspherical lens elements, minimum focus .35m (macro).  It may not have as good a quality glass as an "L" lens but is an affordable Canon brand all rounder.

I also have several EF L lenses but with the 15-85mm, I don't have to do a lens change from my 70-200 L to 24-105 L because I can't get back far enough because of the reduced EF angles of view at wide angle.  The EF 24 gives an angle of view on the 60D equivalent to 38mm. Try shooting a rodeo when the action moves to the fence next to you and you need to go wider than 38mm.

You have an EF f1.8.  So do I but only use it to do low light to get the shutter speeds up at low iso.

How often are you going need to shoot wide open at f1.4.  I aim to shoot at f8 or whatever is best for the lens I use and the subject.

It works for me.

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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2012, 09:23:12 AM »
Owned this lens for a while, excellent IQ and build for non L.  Excellent walk-around FL (24-136 FF).  Not a fast lens at all, moving just a few mm off 15mm and you are at f/4. 

Sold it due to excessive distortion at 15mm and I wanted a faster constant aperture WS lens so I got a 16-35II.

Personally I would only buy used it you know the buyer, you use Craig's List, Canon refurb store, or some place where you have some recourse if things go bad.

15-85 is a great lens choice.   Have you thought about selling your 18-55 and 55-250 and put money that towards a new 15-85 or even 17-55?  (Not sure how much those two lens would bring in but might be worth checking into.)  Less excellent glass is way better than more OK glass. 
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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2012, 10:13:57 AM »
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.
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Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2012, 10:39:44 AM »
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.

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