Pre-IFA 2009:Along with the EOS 7D, Canon has announced two EF-S, APS-C lenses. The EF-S 15-85mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM is as a high quality standard zoom designed to complement the EOS 7D. It offers a flexible 24-136mm (35mm equivalent) range and offers image stabilizer with a claimed effectiveness of 4 stops. It also includes ring-type USM and a close focus distance of 0.35m through the entire zoom range. Also bolstering Canon's EF-S range is the 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM, which covers a 29-216mm (35mm equivalent) range and with a claimed 4-stop image stabilizer and a minimum focus distance of 0.45m.

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Canon launches two versatile lenses
for impressive everyday use

London, UK, 1st September 2009: Canon today strengthens its EF-S series of lenses with the launch of two powerful standard kit lenses for EOS EF-S camera owners:  the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Both lenses match the style and performance of Canon’s new APS-C sensor camera – the Canon EOS 7D.  

The high performance standard zoom lens
The high-quality EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is equivalent to a 24-136mm focal length lens (5.6x standard zoom).  Designed for EOS EF-S mount bodies the lens covers wide angle and portrait focal ranges. It also offers a 4-stop Image Stabilizer as well as a close focusing distance of just 0.35m throughout the zoom range.

Versatile super zoom lens
The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is a powerful all-in-one lens for EOS EF-S mount bodies. It features a 4-stop Image Stabilizer and a 7.5x super zoom range (approx. 29-216mm equivalent focal length).  The lens covers a wide range of focal lengths with a 0.45m minimum focusing distance. A general-purpose zoom, it is ideal for photographers looking to make the step up from a standard kit lens.

Easy-to-use impressive image quality
Both lenses offer great low-light performance due to the inclusion of a 4-stop Image Stabilizer that automatically detects panning and tripods, responding accordingly to help photographers take steady shots in any situation. The addition of ultra low dispersion (UD) lenses and aspherical lens elements - as well as lens coatings optimised to combat ghosting and flare - ensure high quality throughout. Both products also include a circular aperture for beautiful background blur (bokeh).

Both lenses feature Canon’s improved exterior lens design that offers an improved high-grade look and feel compared with previous EF-S lenses.

Offering a wide range of focal lengths both EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM are ideal all purpose lenses, suitable for the photographer looking for a walk around lens or those with many lenses who on occasion wish to travel  lighter.

Additional images and Specifications (EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM)

Price • US: $799.99
• EU: €799
Focal length 15-85mm
35mm equivalent focal length
(APS-C)
24-136mm
Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C) 84º - 30' - 18º - 25'
Minimum aperture F22-36
Lens Construction

• 17 elements/12 groups

Minimum focus 0.35m
Maximum magnification

0.21x at 85mm

Image stabilisation

Yes

Filter thread • 72mm
Supplied accessories

Front and rear caps

Weight 575 g (20.3 oz)
Dimensions 81.6 mm diameter x 88 mm length
(3.2 x 3.4 in)

Additional images and Specifications (EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS)

Price • US: $499.99
• EU: €499
Focal length 18-135
35mm equivalent focal length
(APS-C)
29-216mm
Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C) 74º - 20' - 11º - 30'
Minimum aperture F22-36
Lens Construction

• 16 elements/12 groups

Minimum focus 0.45m
Maximum magnification

0.21x at 135mm

Image stabilisation

Yes

Filter thread • 67mm
Supplied accessories

Front and rear caps

Weight 455 g 16 oz)
Dimensions 75.4 mm diameter x 101 mm length
(3.0 x 4.0 in)