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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||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||automatic_only, manual_only||Stepper motor||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 4.25 x 2.76 in||0.08 x 4.37 x 2.76 in||2.76 x 4.37 x 2.76 in||2.8 x 4.8 x 2.8 in||3.03 x 5.63 x 3.03 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in|
|Item Weight||0.86 lb||0.83 lb||0.83 lb||1.06 lbs||1.39 lbs||5.61 ounces|
|Lens Type||medium-telephoto||Zoom||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||250 millimeters||250 millimeters||250 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 millimeters||55 millimeters||55 millimeters||75 millimeters||70 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||49 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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I have also used it for Macro shots by zooming in on an object from 10 ft distance. You can get really close and get beautiful bokeh in the background. This is a must have lens for any DSLR starter. The only thing it won't let you to stand very close to object. You need to be at least 3-4 feet away to get a focus. For indoor close up shots 18-55 mm Kit lens works quite well.
Update:(01/03/2013) It's been little more than two months since I bought the camera and the lens, because of the cold weather haven't got much chances to shoot outside. However while shooting a few indoor photo found out the auto-focus was taking little time, same thing happened to the other lens too(18-55mm), therefore, I think it's not the lens but the camera. I don't like to use auto focus feature as it doesn't give me the confident that I need. Over all I am still happy with the both camera and lens. I only regret that a few of my friends were able to buy the camera packaged with both lens only a month after I bought and saved more than 150 dollars. Well am still happy for them :P
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!
Pros: Excellent value, especially when purchased on sale or when bundled with a camera body (T3i/600d or T4i/650d). Its light weight and image stabilization (IS) makes hand-held shots easy at long focal length and medium shutter speeds (e.g. 250mm at 1/250). Bokeh is a pretty nice. Can use as a macro-like lens for photographing flowers and insects. 250mm max focal length on an APS-C (crop) body (e.g. 600d) is equivalent to 400mm on a full-frame body (e.g. 6d). Stationary targets are easy to capture.
Cons: Auto-focus is not particularly fast, making moving targets (e.g. birds in flight) a challenge. It has a tenancy to hunt for focus, struggling to find focus on, e.g., a bird amidst tree branches. (In such a situation, I often revert to manual focus, although this can mean I miss the shot.) Images are on the soft side (much more so compared to Canon L glass). It's slow (f/4.0-5.6), so it's not suitable for indoor shooting except in the best light or with high ISO (3200+).
If you are in the market for a budget telephoto lens for your APS-C camera body in 2014, I have to recommend the newer version of this lens (EF-S 55-250mm IS STM) instead. Image quality looks vastly superior to this one, and it's a no-brainer when bundled with the T5i/700d or 70d. If you see this lens offered for an all-time low, you can consider it, but I still probably would recommend the STM version of this lens instead.
If you want to shoot moving targets, I recommend spending more on L glass. For indoors, you're probably looking at the 70-200 f/2.8. For outdoors, you have a lot more flexibility, so you might consider anything from the 70-200 f/4L USM (an exceptional value as the cheapest L) to the new 70-300 IS USM L to an ultra-expensive 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM.
Note: This is an EF-S lens, which means it only fits on APS-C camera bodies: T2i, T3i, T3, T4i, T4, T5i, T5, SL1, 60d, 70d, 7d.
Edit: This lens is still performing wonderfully after a year of ownership. I have multiple photos in my gallery on DPReview's website if you'd like to check them out.
Edit 4/2014: Rewrote the review. Lowered initial rating of 5 stars to 4 stars in light of the release of the latest version of this lense: the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, which is quite superior.