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Canon EFS 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras(Non-US Product)

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  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 55-250mm F/4-5.6
  • 12 Elements In 10 Groups, Including One UD-glass Element
  • Focus Adjustment: DC Motor, Gear-driven(front Focusing Design)
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 3.6 Ft./1.1m
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Product Description

The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens is a compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens that is specifically designed for the range of EOS digital SLR cameras that use the smaller EF-S lens mount. Combining powerful performance with high image quality, this lens offers the equivalent of 88-400mm in 35mm format, and is ideal for photographers seeking an affordable, versatile lens for general-purpose telephoto photography.
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens incorporates Canon's 4-stop compensation Image Stabilizer technology. This allows the use of shutter speeds up to 4 times slower with no perceptible increase in image blur. Automatic panning detection automatically turns off the Image Stabilizer in either the horizontal or vertical direction when following moving subjects.
Note! Compatible with cameras that have APS-C size sensors

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches ; 13.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • ASIN: B0056E49MK
  • Item model number: 2044B002[AB]
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Gil De Sousa, LensTests-com on May 2, 2012
Please don't take the Amazon star rating too serious - every lens has its pros and cons that I wouldn't want to squeeze into a single one-dimensional figure...
A quick note about me: I have been into SLR cameras and lenses for more than 20 years - as a hobby in the beginning and professionally later. Maybe because of my technical background I started testing my own lenses quite a while ago. I have a (no longer so) little test lab of my own where I do 6 different image quality tests (after taking a lens out for a while).

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II offers a huge zoom range in a compact and lightweight form factor at an affordable price. It is a very popular choice for wildlife and sports photography, portraits and other purposes. It comes with an excellent image stabilizer that offers 4 f-stops gain but lacks a decent USM type autofocus motor which is probably the lens's weakest spot. The micro motor autofocus used is accurate but slow which makes it difficult to use on fast moving targets. Focus motors of this type also don't allow you to override the autofocus manually unless you set the lens to MF mode first. The aperture range of the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II is mediocre and can make early morning or late evening wildlife shots rather difficult but that is to be expected of a lens in this price range.

The resolution of the lens is impressive but color fringes occur both in focused parts ("transverse CA") of the image and in out-of-focus parts ("axial CA") and they are easily noticeable. Less noticable but present is the slight curvature of the focal plane ("field curvature"), some barrel and pincushion distortion (depending on focal length) and a bit of corner shadow ("vignetting"). Still the overall image quality of the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 10, 2012
I had owned Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) for about a year and I have discovered that the standard lens that it came with was rather limited in terms of what sorts of shots I was able to take, especially when it came to taking pictures of distant object. I was not willing to spend too much money on any of the higher end professional or prosumer lenses. I needed something that would take decent photographs under the normal shooting condition, something comparable to the performance of the standard lens. I also wanted image stabilization, as I had come to appreciate how important it was for making low-blur shots. This Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II telephoto zoom lens fit that description perfectly, and over the time I've owned iy it has met or exceeded all of my expectations.

The lens, as can be expected, shoots good high-zoom pictures, especially in broad daylight. The image stabilization greatly helps in lower light condition as it eliminates a lot of the blur. However, I have not had much success with using this lens at night, even with really long exposure while using a tripod and a remote control. In my experience I got the best result when using this lens for shooting (relatively) nearby objects at high zoom. This would give me a really large contrast and the pictures that I got that way are among some of the best I ever shot.

This is also a fairly heavy lens, especially if you are not used to interchangeable lenses, so you need to plan in advance if you are going to use at a particular shooting situation or not. I discovered that it just fits perfectly in my regular sized DSL camera bag.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Bittner TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2014
If you're new to photography: This is a great telephoto lens for the beginning photographer. If you're new to photography and want to zoom lens this I don't think is a bad place to start. The f-stops aren't superlow but it will still work and if you're in the beginning stages of photography you'll just want to have a lens you can practice on. Another thing to note the glass in this lens is really high quality (the quality of the glass really affects the clarity of your pictures) is not a Canon L lens by any stretch but again it's good enough for the basic beginning photographer.

***You should always buy a UV filter to protect the glass. This in my opinion is the one thing everybody who purchases an expensive lens should do. UV filters don't affect the photographs you take but it's a layer of plastic between the scratchable glass and the world around you. It's a MUST BUY. They are well worth the $10 you pay for the layer security.***

Here are a few other resume lenses for Canon cameras.
Now you can get this lens for $50 cheaper: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras Personally the 55-250mm it's a better lens and I recommend this one over the 70-300mm

If you're more advanced: If you're not new to photography and you're looking for something with better picture quality and faster motors (ultrasonic motors aid in the autofocus process) then this lens is probably the one you want to get but it costs over $500 at the time of this review. It also has image stabilization which helps in low light environments.
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