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Not the most practical telephoto
on September 25, 2011
This lens is good for certain things but I don't use it often at all. It is great for stills and when you have a tripod (moon photography is great with this thing) but the lack of image stabilization makes it difficult for me to justify. I got this lens as a deal with the canon t3i, kit lens, and 50-250 lens. My personal opinion is that the 50-250 is much better just because of the IS. The crop sensor makes the 250mm plenty of zoom. It's a faster, more stable, more versatile lens.
***Don't forget the rule of thumb... If your shutter speed is below your focal length, ex: 1/100 at 300mm, (don't forget to consider the crop factor), you should be using IS or a tripod. This means higher ISO with this lens or well lit shots.
On the other hand this lens is built slightly better. It seems smoother and has the metal mount. The plastic mounts don't bother me much at all, they just seem cheap.