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

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
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  • A compact and affordable telephoto zoom lens for use with all EOS EF-S mount bodies
  • The versatile 88-400mm equivalent focal length is ideal for long distance subject shooting
  • 4-stop image stabiliser with automatic panning detection combats camera shake
  • UD element helps deliver crisp, sharp, high contrast images every time
  • Super spectra coatings combat ghosting and flare whilst ensuring accurate colour balance
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  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 10.8 cm ; 308 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 2044B002[AB]
  • ASIN: B0056E49MK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Jun 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens is a compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens that is specifically designed for the range of EOS digital SLR cameras that use the smaller EF-S lens mount. Combining powerful performance with high image quality, this lens offers the equivalent of 88-400mm in 35mm format, and is ideal for photographers seeking an affordable, versatile lens for general-purpose telephoto photography.
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens incorporates Canon's 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.

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Canon EFS 55250MM 1456 IS II SLR LENS SUPER TELE 5123B005 Cameras Camera Accessories


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300 of 309 people found the following review helpful
By David P TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I have had my eye on the old model of this lens for a while. When I decided to take the plunge, I was dismayed to find this new one had just come out, at a much higher price. After reading what little I could find about it, I came to the conclusion there isn't much difference (I couldn't find any technical difference), and ordered the old one. But I then was informed that no stock could be obtained, and my order was cancelled. I couldn't be bothered to try and find another seller who still had some, so I ended up buying this new model instead.

The first review here said the results were disappointing. Well, I can't explain that - maybe a lens/camera combination oddity, or maybe the lens was faulty. We've only played with it for a day so far, but on our Canon 60D the results are very good. No problems with soft focus. At full zoom, you can see the IS working through the view finder when you press and hold to focus, and you can just about hear the lens as it works to steady the image - it is very impressive. Focus seems fast and accurate.

One very important point which may be of interest to astronomers and the like - holding the camera pointing vertically up or down, there is NO ZOOM CREEP at any setting, the lens stays zoomed exactly where you put it. Maybe this is a feature of the new model, or maybe I got lucky and mine is just tighter than usual, or maybe it is just because the lens is new and will ease up with use. It is not stiff to turn, it seems to operate very smoothly and is very easy to adjust. But there is definitely no creep at all on our lens at the moment.

We bought the camera with the 18-55 kit lens, and are now adding to the collection. We also just bought the 50mm f1.8 which is very cheap, but the results are stunning.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the kit lens. 12 Jan 2012
By Richje
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I purchased this lens to complement the 18-55mm lens that came with my Canon 600D. I also purchased the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens.
I am a keen amateur photographer who enjoys photographing a wide range of subject; wildlife, landscapes, architecture and also my cat, dog, daughter and wife!

This lens is perfect for most of the above. It provides the reach needed to photograph birds and other wildlife without disturbing them.

Some reviewers report that this lens is soft, I have not seen this myself. Having been using the lens every day for the past 2 weeks all the images I have are sharp with great colours.
The autofocus works quickly and quietly, although like most sub 500 lenses it will hunt for focus in low light conditions.
The image stabilisation is as good as the 18-55mm and enables the lens to be used handheld in less than ideal conditions.

For the price, this lens is a no brainer for beginners/amateurs that need a zoom lens.
Sure, you won't get the performance of something like the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens but if you are just starting out or even if you've been snapping away for a while and need more reach then for the price it's perfect for what it does.
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137 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for beginners 12 Oct 2011
After buying my Canon 600D recently (which came with the standard 18-55 lens), and after a lot of research, I decided to purchase this lens, and I can honestly say that I have not been disappointed in the slightest!

I am only a beginner enthusiast/hobbyist but it's user friendly enough for me to use and the results are very pleasing. I would definitely recommend this lens to any beginner/budget minded photographer.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price 2 Nov 2011
I am not a great lover of extreme zooms of the 18-300 variety ,iv'e had several over the years and they are all a compromise some more than others ,this lens for the price is on the money in all respects ,an ideal second lens without the wide angle extension that creates some problems,quite often in this price bracket third party len's are a better bet but not in this case .
Just two small detractions ,the lens is a bit soft at extremes and the plastic coupling is something i would gladly pay a couple of quid to have replaced with a metal one.
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116 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keen on IQ.. Easy on your pocket 9 Sep 2011
I'll write my review in bullet points to save you time reading.

#I use this lens with my 550d along with 15-85mm & the nifty fifty.

# The IQ is on par with the 18-55 is kit lens. AF is very good for a lens at this price.

# build quality and design is great for my use - I don't use it in wet days or dusty Deserts, I value the light weight compact design & reasonable price. I don't want to walk around with a 1000+ lens that is heavier than my son.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price but it has limitations 13 Nov 2011
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I've had zoom lens before and knew that they "gobble light" making photos in poor light difficult. The image stabilising works very well but my Cannon 1000D still struggles in overcast conditions or where bright sunshine is interrupted by clouds. This is the reason why f2.8 versions cost so much more. However, for the price you can get some great results. It's a little stiff when rotating the barrel and of course it weighs quite a bit more than the standard 18-50mm but I would recommend it.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tele-zoom for the price! 19 Dec 2011
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First thing first - for the price you simply cannot expect L quality. I would not compare an L with this lens as there is no point in doing so.

This lens has great image quality for the price. The quality is surprisingly good from wide to about 200mm. At 250mm you can see some softening but not enough to be a problem. It produces brilliant colors and great contrast. It is not the sharpest lens but its resolution is very good and relative to its price the quality is excellent.

The build quality is not that good, but it also helps to keep it light. The front element does rotate while focusing. The zoom ring is smooth. The main body looks OK, the extending part looks like black painted toilet paper core

In good light, this performs well, with fast-ish focus. In low light this lens is not going to work for demanding scenarios of any kind.

The IS makes the lens worth the purchase as it work great in the greater focal lengths still keeping your images crisp.

Two weak points:
1. High vignetting when shooting wide open. Stop down at f/8 to eliminate the vignetting.
2. The autofocus speed is slow , especially in low light. You can miss some interesting shots because of this , i have.

If you're looking for a tele-zoom for your cropped-sensor Canon dslr look no further
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy,
had to have this lens,as a great addition to 18-55mm stm, this should do me for another while!!, have the wide 18 through to 250mm thanks amazon for great delivery, on time,,
Published 7 days ago by anthony richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job
Took away with me to Cambodia and came back with some of the best photographs yet. The only down side was trying to get the camera and lense back from my wife who ended up taking... Read more
Published 14 days ago by P. G. Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars It's for my boyfriend
I don't know much information about camera, but my boyfriend said that he like it.
So 4 stars, not bad
Published 20 days ago by xixiebony
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
i saved my birthday money to treat myself. I have to say, i am not dissapointed! I have always used canon camera equipment and found it to be reasonably priced. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Janine hanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Canon 55-250 IS II
The Canon 55-250 IS II lens is very good zoom lens which delivers sharp images (depend on camera you are using) and great color. Read more
Published 23 days ago by ranja r.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item
I am new to photography, but love the results from using this product. glad that i bought the lens with the Image Stabiliser
Published 24 days ago by Mrs. P. J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great step up.
Bought this to give me a good range increase from my 18-55mm lens, the Image stability is nice especially if your out in the cold without gloves. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Avengabaco
5.0 out of 5 stars Good starter telephoto lens
Good starter telephoto lens, overall I am happy with this lens the dispatch was quick and it arrived quickly would recommend for any one that wants to keep that little bit closer
Published 1 month ago by Sme
4.0 out of 5 stars Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens.
Have only used it a couple of times, and its does what i wanted it for, and for the price its very good value for money. Use it on my canon 600 d.
Published 1 month ago by alison smith
5.0 out of 5 stars lens
the lens is well made & it helps with what i required for my own photography within a small budget
Published 1 month ago by P.B CHAMPION
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