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

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EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
  • 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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Style Name: EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7 x 7 cm ; 390 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 599 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 (294 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.

Box Contains

  • EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens
  • Lens cap E-58
  • Lens dust cap E
  • Instruction book (10 ML)
  • Warranty card

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    Customer Reviews

    4.6 out of 5 stars

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    327 of 335 people found the following review helpful By David P TOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Sep 2011
    Style Name: EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Verified Purchase
    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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    53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Antoine Camilleri HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 9 Mar 2014
    Style Name: EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
    Due to the fact that I already own the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens, which is a great performer, I was initially hesitant to buy this new lens, yet eventually succumbed to the temptation.

    Having used both lenses, I do hope that this unbiased review can help you decide whether this lens fits your needs.

    With the non STM version at around half the price, is it a worthwhile upgrade?

    If you do video then I would definitely say yes. This is due to the super silent motor, better jitter free focusing and fixed front element. A perfect companion for the 70D.
    This also proves beneficial for taking pictures. It was so annoying having to adjust the polariser filter every time the lens focuses.

    So I will sum up the pros of the STM version vs previous version :
    - Swift and precise focusing
    - Manual focus override available even when auto-focus engaged when shutter is half way pressed. On older model MF needs to be selected
    - Virtually silent lens thanks to the Silent Stepper motor. No lens noise is picked up during video
    - Incredibly sharp throughout the zoom range (marginally better)
    - Very good image stabilisation
    - Lens barrel does not rotate when acquiring focus. Crucial when using polariser or graduated filters
    - Construction feels a tad better. However, as on the previous version, the plastic mount is an eyesore!
    I have not really noticed any difference in barrel distortion and pincushion effect, which, as on the previous model, are barely noticeable.

    A minor point which is worth noting is that finally Canon has changed the lens cap design. It is now a pinch (snap on) lens cap, which is so useful when you have a lens hood attached.
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    95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Richje on 12 Jan 2012
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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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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 15 Mar 2014
    Style Name: EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
    I was curious to try this lens, having used a few STM lenses from Canon with my 70d
    The lens is an update to the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens. After a week of field shooting I've come to conclude the lens is good, but better matched for video users (thanks to the STM update), it is better than the older version but at a fairly hefty price hike

    Pros
    + Build is somewhat improved over the IS II version (better quality plastics feels somwhat better in the hand) but it still has a plastic mount
    + STM motor is very quiet/silent and won't be heard during video recording, AF speeds are a bit quicker with less micro adjustements over the older version, at the 200/250mm mark AF speeds are a bit slower than at other focal lengths (still ok though)
    + 58mm filter (common size) and non rotating front element
    + Full time manual focus (note that you have to half press the shutter to overide focus, you can't just grab the focus ring)
    + Somewhat improved sharpness over the IS II version, sharp in the centre at all focal lengths, 100mm shows some improvement stopping down (seems to be the weakest focal length across the range) Edges and corners improve stopping down a little
    + Vignetting is better at the 200-250mm focal range (was more of an issue on the older version)
    + Compact and lightweight
    + Quite good close up ability 1:3.4 (0.29x).
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