Last updated (26 July’13):
- Review by DigitalPhotographyGear.com
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II is a telephoto zoom lens features 55-250mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4 to f/5.6. The lens construction has 12 elements in 10 groups, with including one UD-glass element and has diagonal angle of view at 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 at 3.6 feet (0.31x maximum close-up magnification) and has a filter size of 58mm. The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS lens weighs 13.8 ounces and it measures 2.8 inches in diameter and 4.3 inches long.
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Reviews
DigitalPhotographyGear.com reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS and writes;
“Many praise the value of this lens. It is very reasonably priced and delivers quality results when compared to other lenses that retail at a similar price point. The autofocus on the 55-250mm EF-S lens is fast and quiet. Additionally, the lightness and compact nature of the lens allow for easy handholding and storage. Image stabilization is also a very popular feature of this lens.”
CNET.au reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS and writes;
“In our testing, we found the lens displayed minimal distortion across its entire range, which is excellent for its price class. The lens exhibits excellent sharpness at 55mm in our lab tests, and slightly less sharpness at 135mm but still very good. However, fully zoomed out to 250mm the sharpness dropped off to just acceptable. While zooming, the lens maintains its maximum aperture of f4 from 55mm to 85mm, at 100mm it narrows to f5, and turns to f5.6 at about 140mm.”
CNET reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm and writes;
“The bottom line: A lightweight, compact design coupled with its stabilized 400mm-equivalent focal length zoom and affordable price make the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS a versatile lens for entry-level shooters and amateurs on a budget.”
PopPhoto reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm and writes;
“A bit heavier and longer than the non-IS 55-200mm that it replaces, this lens is still compact enough to throw no shadow at any focal length when used with the Rebel XTi’s built-in flash.. A natural for globe-trotting vacationers and soccer parents, this is the obvious second lens for Canon EOS 40D and Rebel XSi owners… And you can’t beat that price..”
Lenstip.com reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS and writes;
“After spending less than 300 USD we can get a lens with a good resolution at the whole focal length range, with well controlled chromatic aberration and optical stabilization – maybe not being 4EV, but still relatively effective. At the risk of being honestly blunt (as I tend to do in my reviews), I sincerely think that the Canon 55-250 IS is a better choice for amateurs than its competitor, the Nikkor 55-200 VR. In many categories, the Canon’s performance is the same, in couple of them its even better and it offers a wider focal length range.”
SLRGear reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm and writes;
“The 55-250mm ƒ/4-5.6 is impressively sharp for a ”kit” lens, even when set to its widest apertures. The sharpest performance for this sample is available in the mid-range, when set to 100mm and ƒ/8, where it is tack-sharp from corner to corner.”
Photozone reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm and writes;
“The AF speed is pretty good and the noise level during operations remains on a very low level. Unfortunately the test camera (EOS 350D) didn’t really like the lens. At 55mm it had big troubles to lock on reliably and in the field things weren’t all that convincing beyond either. This aspect is much better on an 40D or 400D though. “
BeyondMegapixels reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm and writes;
“So was it worth the three months of waiting? Yes it was. This is one of those times that you will actually get more than your money’s worth. The lens doesn’t disappoint, and it certainly won’t be leaving my camera anytime soon.”
PhotoReview.au reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm and writes;
“Vignetting (edge darkening) was noticeable at the widest apertures and became particularly obvious at the 250mm setting. However, stopping down by two to four stops effectively subdued most of the effect. We found a fair amount of barrel distortion at the 55mm setting”
TheDigitalPicture reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm and writes;
“The 55-250 delivers better image sharpness at 250mm than the 70-300 does at 300mm. The 70-300 shows less vignetting wide open on a 1.6x body. The 70-300 has less distortion over most of its focal length range… My recommendation is to get the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM Lens over the 55-250.”
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Sample Photos
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Features & Specifications
* Affordable telephoto zoom lens
* 88-400mm equivalent focal length
* 4-stop Image Stabilizer with automatic panning detection
* UD element
* Super Spectra coatings
* Circular diaphram
The all-purpose telephoto zoom for EF-S mount EOS cameras.
Affordable, powerful telephoto zoom
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is a telephoto zoom lens combining powerful performance with high image quality. With a focal length equivalent of 88-400mm in 35mm format, it is ideal for photographers seeking an affordable, versatile lens for general-purpose telephoto photography.
Image Stabilizer with automatic panning detection
To combat the effects of camera shake, the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS incorporates Canon’s latest 4-stop compensation Image Stabilizer technology. This allows the use of shutter speeds up to 4 times slower with no perceptible increase in image blur. Automatic panning detection automatically turns off the Image Stabilizer in either the horizontal or vertical direction when following moving subjects.
UD lens element
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS employs a Canon UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens element to suppress the effects of secondary chromatic aberrations – for crisp, sharp, high-contrast images without fringing throughout the zoom range.
Super Spectra Coatings
Canon’s Super Spectra coatings combat ghosting and flare by absorbing light that may be reflected off digital camera sensors or internal lens elements. Super Spectra coatings also help ensure accurate colour balance and sharp, high-contrast results.
Circular aperture diaphragm
For shots taken at large aperture, a circular aperture diaphragm creates smooth, even bokeh (background blur) – ideal for emphasising subjects shot against distracting backgrounds.
Only environmentally-friendly, lead-free glass is used in the construction of the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS.
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is supplied with a lens cap and dust cap. A lens hood (ET-60) and lens case (LP1019) are available as optional accessories.
* 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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