November 12th, 2009
Visited metropolitan recently, they have a new lens (15-85 usm)
have you heard of that lens before?
anyway, it looks like a good consumer lens - apparently it was released with the 7D
some quick thoughts:
no major complaint - lens was sharp, worked as it should have.
good build quality, solid, IS, USM for focus (FTM I think)
15mm is nice
15-85 translates to 24-135? or something like that, I think - which is (IMO) a good range… so someone buying a camera can buy this lens and be OK with it, probably wouldn’t need anything else initially..
distance scale (I think that is what it is called, at least!)
high price ($799 + vat, etc)
a cheaper option would be (18-55 + 55-250)
a bit expensive, but a convenient for someone who wants a single lens. if this drops to about $350 or $400 it would be well worth it
for the moment, for someone with $800 to blow, I recommend a 50mm 1.4 (or 85 1.8) and a 55-250
Alternatively, even better - a 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8 and 55-250
all should be possible under $800
I will post more samples later, but I can generally summarize by saying that, to my untrained eye, this lens seems OK - it functions well, is solidly built, has cool ‘pro’ features like ring USM and full time manual focus / distance scale - in short, it is an excellent lens, only a bit expensive
distortion at 15mm was neither good, nor bad, somewhere in the middle. Obviously a bit more than the 18mm but still in the OK range.
if you wanted to, you could fix distortion using software (DXO Labs, photoshop or something?)
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