Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 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.

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Expert Reviews

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Reviews

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II and writes;
“The 55-250mm focal length range this lens provides is very useful. The pictures above let you compare a 55mm FOV (Field of View) with a 250mm FOV. At 55mm, you can tell there is an animal in the field. At 250mm, you can tell it is a dirty Golden Retriever pup. Very nice.”
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Photozone reviews the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II and writes;
“Technically the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is a tiny lens with a great performance potential. The resolution is very good across the range. Chromatic aberrations are basically a non-issue. The level of distortions remains moderate.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II User Reviews

reasonable value
“The colors in bright light are almost always faded (sharp, but faded). It can be patially corrected in Lightroom, but a bit unfortunate since this lens really needs the bright light for a good shutter speed. Indoors, it produces good color balance/saturation, but struggles to have a decent shutter speed. Kind of catch-22 situation.” – By Mr. Vijay Venkataraman
Rating: ★★★★★

Great telephoto lens to complement your kit lens
“Performance of 55-250 that I was able to research over the net. Of course it’s nothing comapred to the L lens, no doubt about that. But if the pictures are viewed alone, without comparing to L lens, they are great.” – By ale
Rating: ★★★★★

Which lens to get
“I suggest getting 18mm-55mm for everyday use, for those great up close, fast action, birthday shots; I Love that lens. Then get the 55mm-250mm for those far away school plays, scenery vacation, and birds sitting in a far away tree the lens is prefect for those kinds of pictures.” – By mom to 3 boys
Rating: ★★★★☆

I Love It For IS and Zoom Range at this Price, Not Pure Performance,
“Image stabilization does a VERY nice job. Four stops as advertised by Canon? I’m not so sure. GREATLY enhancing the composition experience at 250mm? Absolutely.” – By J. Kirlin
Rating: ★★★★★

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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 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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