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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens (discontinued by manufacturer)
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- Maximum aperture: f/4.0-f/5.6
- Optics: 12 elements in 10 groups, UD glass element
- Canon EF-S Mount (not compatible with full sensor DSLRs)
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-60|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-S|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops|
|Included Components||Lens Caps, 1 Year Warranty|
|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 2.76 x 4.25 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.96 ounces|
|Item Weight||0.86 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||1.10 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, plastic mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||250 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||43.2 inches|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||12|
|Number of Groups||10|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S||—||—||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||Stepper motor||automatic_only, manual_only||auto-focus||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 4.25 x 2.76 in||2.76 x 4.37 x 2.76 in||0.08 x 4.37 x 2.76 in||2.8 x 4.8 x 2.8 in||2.8 x 4.8 x 2.8 in||3.03 x 5.63 x 3.03 in|
|Item Weight||0.86 lb||0.83 lb||0.83 lb||1.3 lbs||1.06 lbs||1.39 lbs|
|Lens Type||medium-telephoto||Zoom lens||Zoom||Telephoto zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||250 millimeters||250 millimeters||250 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 millimeters||55 millimeters||55 millimeters||75 millimeters||75 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters|
Bring your photographic subjects closer with this Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens. It is designed with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology and is compact and light. This high zoom ratio lens is equivalent to a focal length of 88-400mm in the 35mm format (when used on Canon EOS cameras compatible with EF-S lenses). The image stabilizer effect is equivalent to a shutter speed about 4 stops faster than the same size lens without Image Stabilizer. In other words, if the slowest shutter speed you could formerly hold a 250mm lens steadily was 1/250th of a second, with Canon's 4-stop stabilization correction, you could hand-hold at shutter speeds as slow as 1/15th of a second. It also uses a UD-glass lens element to correct chromatic aberration for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range. Filter Size - 58mm Max. Diameter - x Length 2.8 in. x 4.3 in./70 x 108mm (maximum lens length) Weight - 13.8 oz./390g Canon 1 year limited warranty
From the Manufacturer
Incorporating Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology, this Canon 55-250mm telephoto zoom lens captures long distance, low-light shots far better than many comparable lenses, helping you photograph the far-off action of athletes or zoom in for an intimate portrait with a blurred background. The high-zoom-ratio lens is equivalent to a focal length of 88-400mm in the 35mm format (when used on Canon EOS cameras compatible with EF-S lenses). More significantly, the image stabilizer effect creates an equivalent shutter speed of roughly four stops faster than the same size lens without an image stabilizer. In other words, if the slowest shutter speed you can hold a 250mm lens steadily is normally 1/250th of a second, this Canon lens will let you hand-hold shutter speeds as slow as 1/15th of a second. The lens also boasts a UD-glass lens element to correct chromatic aberration to create excellent image quality throughout the zoom range. Delivering an excellent performance at an affordable price for all photographers, the 55-250mm lens carries a one-year warranty.
- Focal length: 55-250mm
- Maximum aperture: f/4 to f/5.6
- Lens construction: 12 elements in 10 groups, including one UD-glass element
- Diagonal angle of view: 27 degrees (at 50 feet) to 6 degrees (at 15 feet), with APS-C image sensors
- Focus adjustment: DC motor, gear-driven (front focusing design)
- Closest focusing distance: 3.6 feet (0.31x maximum close-up magnification)
- Filter size: 58mm
- Dimensions: 2.8 inches in diameter and 4.3 inches long
- Weight: 13.8 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year
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It's also great for when I photograph landscapes like the wild bluebonnets out here in the Texas countryside.
I do not have professional knowledge, so for pro's I would recommend looking in to reviews on canon's site... for hobbyists and those that are just looking for a decent zoom, this is a great option!
Pro's: Price, capabilities, plug and play.
Con's: Noise, build quality, weight.
It doesn't seem that cheap, it appears to be identical to the stock 18/55mm lens, but the increased size gives it a less than solid feel - it's not flimsy, just doesn't feel super strong. It is also considerably heavier than the 18/55 lens, just from the feel in hand I'd say it's 3x the weight. It also seems to make a lot more noise when in AF than the smaller lens, I don't know if it's this particular unit or something else, but it's noticeable and borderline obnoxious.
Despite this, it's an excellent lens for a beginner like me, and well worth the price when added on to the price of the camera.
The autofocus is accurate though not particularly fast. Zoom works well for either shots in the distance or something closer with a pretty good depth of field and bokeh if you can get nice and tight to the subject (close ups of flowers, for example.) Pictures generally look good and sharp.
I don't know if it's my own imagination, as I haven't done any real testing, but I feel like color saturation drops off in low light compared to my other lenses with the same settings and I occasionally have to tease out the color a bit in Lightroom.
It does also show some slight vignetting at certain f-stops and focal lengths. Not enough to really ruin a picture, but it can become apparent when adjusting contrast in Lightroom.
4/5 because it's a good, dependable lens, but doesn't blow me away. It's my go-to workhorse but not my favorite lens.
Relatively cheap and very good addition to the standard 18-55mm. I bought it when I only had my 18-55mm (without IS) with my Xti.
Meanwhile I bought the 15-85mm which has lowered my need for this one a bit and the larger overlap makes the 40-60 range less awkward.
Even portraits with this lens look better than the original 18-55mm (mk I)
250mm requires steady hand or tripod but I've been able to make handheld shots throughout the range.
It's a bit slow for indoors but great for outdoors and candid shots. It's not super-heavy either.
The lens got stuck once but Canon repaired it free of charge (just shipping cost).
Own: Xti/T3i/18-55mm mk I, mk II, 15-85mm, 55-250mm, 50mm f1.8