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Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- Focal length and maximum aperture: 55-250mm 1:4-5.6
- Closest focusing distance: 0.85m/2.8 ft.
- Lens construction: 15 elements in 12 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 27 Degree 50 ft. - 6 Degree 15 ft.
- Rear focus system
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops|
|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 2.76 x 4.37 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.83 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.85 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|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||55 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||15|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.25 pounds|
|Zoom Type||motorized zoom|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S||—||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor||Micromotor||automatic_only, manual_only||Stepper motor||Micro-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 4.37 x 2.76 in||2.76 x 4.25 x 2.76 in||0.08 x 4.37 x 2.76 in||3.27 x 4.09 x 3.27 in||3.03 x 5.63 x 3.03 in||2.99 x 6.77 x 2.99 in|
|Item Weight||0.83 lb||0.86 lb||0.83 lb||1.16 lbs||1.39 lbs||0.88 lb|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||medium-telephoto||Zoom||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||telephoto|
|Maximum Focal Length||250 millimeters||250 millimeters||250 millimeters||105 millimeters||300 millimeters||200 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 millimeters||55 millimeters||55 millimeters||24 millimeters||70 millimeters||70|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||77 millimeters||58 millimeters||67 millimeters|
The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens is a dream come true for photographers and videographers looking to add versatility and range to their lens collection. Compact and lightweight with Optical Image Stabilizer for up to 3.5 equivalent stops of shake correction, it extends the camera's reach significantly, capturing sharp images of faraway objects, even when handheld. It features Canon's amazing STM stepping motor and a newly designed high-speed CPU, rear focus mechanism and improved AF algorithm for high-speed performance, supporting Canon's Movie Servo AF for smooth, quiet and continuous focus adjustments. This lens features one UD lens element that reduces chromatic aberration, helping to achieve excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. The front element does not rotate, ensuring easy compatibility with accessories like polarizing filters, and full-time manual focus is available even while in AF mode.
From the Manufacturer
EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
For photographers and videographers looking to add versatility and range to their lens collection, the new EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens is a dream come true. Compact and lightweight with Optical Image Stabilizer for up to 3.5* equivalent stops of shake correction, it extends the camera's reach significantly, capturing sharp images of far away objects, even when handheld. It features Canon's amazing STM stepping motor and a newly designed high-speed CPU, rear focus mechanism and improved AF algorithm for high-speed performance, supporting Canon's Movie Servo AF for smooth, quiet and continuous focus adjustments. The EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM lens features one UD lens element that reduces chromatic aberration, helping to achieve excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. The front element does not rotate, ensuring easy compatibility with accessories like polarizing filters, and full-time manual focus is available even while in AF mode. Enhanced coatings on the lens elements deliver excellent color balance and minimize ghosting and flare, and a 7-blade circular aperture delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds. The EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM lens has a compact design thanks to a new six-group zoom system that provides a maximum magnification of 0.29x at the telephoto end and a minimum focusing distance of 2.79 ft./0.85m throughout the zoom range.
* Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS 7D digital SLR camera at a focal length of 250mm (400mm in 35mm equivalence).
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 55–250mm 1:4–5.6
- Lens Construction: 15 elements in 12 groups
- Diagonal Angle of View: 27°50' – 6°15'
- Focus Adjustment: Rear focus system
- Closest Focusing Distance: 2.79 ft. / 0.85m
- Filter Size: 58mm diameter
- Max Diameter x Length, Weight: 2.8 x 4.4 inches, approx. 13.2 oz./70.0 x 111.2mm, approx. 375g
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Under $1000, you have your pick of a number of variants and if you have an APS-C camera (Rebel, 60/70D, 7D, etc)this new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 STM will give you the best combination of focal range and image quality. It is stunningly sharp throughout the range, incredibly quiet, quick focusing, and the front element is stationary during focus
What other options do you have that are IMO not as desirable?
70-200mm f/4L - Good optics, but lacks Image Stabilization which is key for long telephotos. Focal range starts off a bit too long for APS-C.
70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS USM - Good from 70-200, but is soft from 200-300mm and the front lens moves during focus. Also noisy as it MicroUSM. Focal range starts off a bit too long for APS-C.
75-300mm f/4-5.6 III - Overall a pretty terrible lens compared to any of the above, stay away from this one
55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS - Relatively sharp, though not nearly as good as the new 55-250, has front focusing, and is much slower/noisier in focusing.
So overall under $1000 this lens is your best bet. The only disadvantage I can think of is that the mount is plastic instead of metal, though given the light weight of the lens I don't think that will be too much of an issue over time. Another negative is that the hood (ET-63) is sold separately for $25 and it is all plastic, does not even have felt lining like the inside of most Canon hoods. Overall though, this lens is your best bet under $1k if your camera is APS-C/EF-S mount.
I think people who own APS-C bodies (Canon Rebels, 70D, 7D, etc) often assume a common fallacy when they begin to covet expensive lenses such as the Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II: that "professional" glass will consistently yield significantly sharper images. I know I did until I did some testing and found that for the majority of use cases this is simply not true. Most of your pictures will be viewed by others at a resolution and size where the human eye simply cannot objectively discern a difference in sharpness between pictures taken with this lens vs. a professional lens (stopped down to the same aperture and mounted on the same camera body).
So please APS-C camera body owners, do not go down the gear acquisition rabbit hole of buying expensive lenses without truly assessing where the value resides. Understand that what this lens does not provide is the ability to shoot at low apertures. That is the primary gain of mounting a more expensive EF professional lens on your crop body. Low apertures are beneficial for low light situations and subject isolation (fyi. even f5.6 produces really good shallow depth of field at 200+ mm that would satisfy most non-commercial applications which the Canon 55-250mm IS STM can do). But if low light photography and fancy super blurry backgrounds is really your thing, then instead spend those big bucks towards a full frame camera. Your APS-C body with that expensive lens is the wrong combination for that application.
Of course others will praise the build quality/ruggedness and weather sealing as other values of a more expensive, professional lens.... whatever... I feel a lot less nervous taking this cheap lens on rugged adventures, knowing at most I'm out a few hundred bucks vs. thousands in the unlikely event that I damage my gear.
So if you have a legitimate need to shoot 70-200mm at f2.8 or even at f4 then by all means pay the extra thousand bucks for a fancier lens than this one. Please understand that it's not a significant image quality gain, but instead it is actually a gain in versatility. Otherwise know that the Canon 55-250 IS STM lens will give you brilliant, sharp images within its very reasonable aperture limitations at a price that is affordable.
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