Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II

Last Updated (27 April’12):

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II is a new telephoto zoom lens which offers compact and lightweight design with focal length of 55-250mm and maximum aperture at f/4-5.6. The lens construction consists of 12 elements in 10 groups (including one UD-glass element) with Diagonal Angle of View at 27° 50′- 6° 15′ (with APS-C image sensors). In additional, the lens offers a DC motor and gear-driven (front focusing design) for its Focus Adjustment with Closest Focusing Distance at 3.6 ft./1.1m (maximum close-up magnification 0.31x) and Filter Size at 58mm. The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II measures Diameter x Length (2.8 in. x 4.3 in./70 x 108mm) with weight Approx. 13.8 oz./390g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info: sold start from $134.97

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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II User Reviews

Don’t Let the Construction Fool You
“Sharp with good contrast, its also light weight with an excellent implementation of Canon’s Image Stabilization. It doesn’t take up much space in my backpack so I carry it every day. This is really a great Canon lens for the money. I shoot it on a Canon EOS 60D and the combination is just about perfect for everyday shooting.” – By Big Al
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Start
“I purchased this lens in a bundle with a T3i. The IS on this lens is great, auto focus is spot on. Produces great shots throughout the zoom range. Great value for the money and a wonderful compliment to the T3i.” – By Mathew
Rating: ★★★★★

Nice lens
“The AF worked fine until I got inside and tried to zoom up on my dog. It didn’t want to lock in; the 28-55mm kit lens that came with my T2i doesn’t do that. I am sure it was because I was over 10 feet away from Buster in not real good light. I just flipped it to MF and he was in focus, so I snapped the shot. Came out just fine.” – By Godzilla
Rating: ★★★★★

Not just for taking pictures of distant objects
“In my experience I got the best result when using this lens for shooting (relatively) nearby objects at high zoom. This would give me a really large contrast and the pictures that I got that way are among some of the best I ever shot.” – By Dr. Bojan Tunguz
Rating: ★★★★★

Great for the price, decent performance
“I love the zoom range, but just don’t feel like I get the same quality shots that I do with the 18-55. If you need an inexpensive zoom and will be using it in well-lit situations, I think you will enjoy this lens.” – By J. Jennings
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great zoom lense
“I had the Canon Rebel T2i for about 3 hours before I decided that I needed a larger zoom lens to capture the sporting events that I wanted to photograph. Needless to say, this one is exactly what I needed. I can stand in the back of home plate and clearly make out the facial expressions of my son in left field. Superior quality, easy to use and I am quite pleased.” – By mom3boys
Rating: ★★★★★

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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Features

The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II is a new telephoto zoom lens which offers compact and lightweight design including Optical Images Stabilizer Technology with automatic panning detection for reduce the camera shake. It designed for SLR cameras which compatible with EF-S lenses. The lens is equivalent to a focal length of 88-400mm in the 35mm format make it an ideal lens for telephoto photography.


Image Stabilizer with automatic panning detection

The lens offers a 4-stop compensation Image Stabilizer technology which effectively reduce the effects of camera shake. It lets you to use the shutter speeds up to 4 times slower with no perceptible increase in image blur. Additionally, an Automatic panning detection is included on the lens which automatically turns off the Image Stabilizer in either the horizontal or vertical direction when following moving subjects.

UD lens element

Equipped with an UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens element, the lens is able to suppress the effects of secondary chromatic aberrations of the images lets you get crisp, sharp, high-contrast images result without fringing throughout the zoom range.

Super Spectra Coatings

The lens also has a Super Spectra coatings which actively reduce ghosting and flare by absorbing light that may be reflected off digital camera sensors or internal lens elements. Not only that, the Super Spectra coatings also able to maintain the accurate colour balance and sharp including the high-contrast on the images results.

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Focal Length: 55-250mm f/4-5.6

Maximum Aperture: f/4-5.6

Lens Construction 12 elements in 10 groups, including one UD-glass element

Diagonal Angle of View 27° 50′- 6° 15′ (with APS-C image sensors)

Focus Adjustment DC motor, gear-driven (front focusing design)

Closest Focusing Distance 3.6 ft./1.1m (maximum close-up magnification 0.31x)

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

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