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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens - Grey Market non US Product

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  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 4.3 inches ; 13.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000V9D5LG
  • Item model number: 2044B005AA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 1, 2008
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens

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Good construction, and good image quality.
H. Rodriguez Espresa
If you're new to photography: This is a great telephoto lens for the beginning photographer.
Chuck Bittner
This one is great for wild life photography.
Stephen M. Lerch

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Lerch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
When looking at lenses, generally you know what type of photography you are hoping to do. This one is great for wild life photography.

There are some caveats. The biggest issue I have is with the speed of the auto focus. Yes, auto focus is built in and it works well, however it can seem to be glacial when trying to snap photographs of animals (or anything) in motion. Slow auto focus generally won't be an issue with macro photography (assuming you aren't photographing insects and such). I have missed shots and when I think I may want faster focus I put it on manual and adjust out to a specific distance and try to ensure what I am photographing is always that distance. Of course, this isn't perfect either as I've gotten blurred subjects due to an incorrect focus plane.

Image stabilization is tremendous. It works rather well and as others have stated, it enables you to take a photograph a few f-stops lower than usual as it will accurately compensate for vibration.

One issue professionals may not approve of is the use of plastic housings. For normal, non-professional (and even some professionals), the plastic housing will be fine and you won't notice a difference. For the photo-pro though, metal is obviously more sturdy and hardy, allowing for some bumps and bruises along the way while it travels in your kit bag. Plastic also makes the lens lighter.

The only other problem I have, and it's only a problem when I forget proper flashes, is that the aperture is designed more for outdoor photography in decent to great lighting conditions. I've missed shots indoors (yeah, I've used it indoors) because of this.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By MyBeesWax TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
The Canon EF-S 55-250mm is a perfect choice if you shoot mostly wide angle shots and don't want to blow a ton of money on a telephoto zoom lens that you only use occasionally. This lens offers you reasonably sharp photos at a very, very good price. Here's a more in-depth evaluation of this lens.

- Sharpness
The sharpness is on par with that of the 18-55mm kit lens. Although the lens is not quite pro-grade, it can, in the right conditions, impress even an avid pixel-peeper. For a budget lens, it's really about as sharp as they come. This lens will probably satisfy all but the most fastidious of prosumers.

Hey, don't take my word for it; seek out professional review sites that show you a 100% crop of pictures taken with this lens and then decide for yourself.

- Chromatic Aberration (CA)
In bright sunlight, where chromatic aberration is most pronounced, the chromatic aberration on this lens is barely noticeable and probably imperceptible to the untrained eye. In more even lighting, this lens shows no signs of CA.

- Auto-Focus (AF)
The auto-focus is fast enough for still subjects, but for very fast-moving subjects, it's a hit-or-miss. I gave this lens a good workout shooting cheetahs running close to their top speeds at the Animal Ark, Reno, NV (OT: cheetahs can run at speeds in excess of 70 mph). Most of my shots came out blurry (and that's not due to motion blur, mind you) because the auto-focus wasn't fast enough.

Like the kit lens, the auto-focus has trouble in lowlight conditions. It also has trouble with surfaces that lack texture. The motor whirs back and forth trying to lock on to a focus. It can be a little annoying at times!

- Image Stabilization (IS)
The image stabilization is amazing, even at 250mm.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Bill McLean VINE VOICE on February 6, 2010
OMG I purchased this lens on e-Bay new for $199.00 ("Buy it Now"). It arrived today. This is one light weight and incredibly sharp lens. Also, the image colors are vivid and true. With the IMAGE STABILIZER engaged I can get super sharp images at 250mm, with lens wide open, and the shutter speed at 1/30th of a second. And I'm a 71 year old man.

I'm crazy about Amazon.com. They are really reliable, their merchandise is usually competitively priced, and I like their return policy. But I do shop.

SPECIAL NOTE; Another reviewer writes that using the Canon 58mm tread diameter 250D Closeup Filter (under $100.00), this same zoom lens becomes a fantastically sharp macro lens. I'm going to go for it next month - after my Social Security Check comes in. And yes, I will check the price on Amazon.com first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 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 when I decided 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 cameras. 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 telephoto zoom lens fit that description perfectly, and over the last year and a half 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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