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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 (225 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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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens + Hoya 58mm UV Filter + Canon ET-60  Lens Hood For EF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6/2, /3, USM/2, USM/3, EF-S 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 IS
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7 x 7 cm ; 390 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 (225 customer reviews)


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Product Description

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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316 of 325 people found the following review helpful
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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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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the kit lens. 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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143 of 154 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Value 10 Oct 2013
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Did lots of research before buying this to add to my existing 1100D and 18-55mm combo. Just returned from a cruise where it has been given a very full trial and have to say i am delighted with the stability, sharp focus and all round fabulous performance for the price. Am no professional but like to think i know how to compose a good shot ..... this is a real value for money lens.
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120 of 133 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy 20 Sep 2013
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great piece of kit, packaged adequately, fast postage, good price, recommend to anyone that had a kit lense and needs that extra bit of zoom
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lens 5 Sep 2012
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I bought this a few days ago and managed to get some decent use for it at the Paralympics last night.

It is brilliant. I am very much a novice at SLRs and only bought my Canon 600D a few months ago.

One thing as per previous review, it is nice and tight, it doesn't "zoom creep". but not stiff enough to stop you from getting the right zoom you want straight away.

The other thing is after a few hours of constant use yesterday, the camera does start to feel a bit heavy. but the lens is quite light though.

I would def recommend this for a novice/recreational photo taker, its very reasonably priced vs the next grade up of canon lenses.

Final thing, I have a lowe pro bag, Nova 160. The camera with this lens on it fits comfortably in the bag and the 18-55mm lens fits in the side well.

Happy snapping!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Brilliant lense for the money
Published 21 hours ago by Mr Adam W Jiggens
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon zoom lens. 55 to 250
Just testing this at the moment on my 550D. So far excellent results. Have come down from an old 75 to 300 lens which I used with my " film" camera. Read more
Published 1 day ago by john levey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy!
I was a bit scared because of the cheap price when I bought it. But yes this lens for its price is a big YES. I will provide a link with photos I took with this lens down bellow. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Bjorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good lens, the write up and YouTube videos are correct about this item.
Published 10 days ago by Jong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lens from canon
Brilliant lets so glad I bought it. Takes great pictures, so sharp and not too weighty. Tend to keep it on camera all the time now. Read more
Published 15 days ago by chausson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very happy with perfomance
Published 20 days ago by andrew allan
4.0 out of 5 stars Lens 55-250mm
A great lens, I've already had some really good results. I tend not to bother with my standard lens as this lens covers both close and distant shots equally well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Kiplin
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit soft
For the money not a bad first telephoto lens, but it's a bit soft. It took me a year to upgrade to the 70-200L f4 non-IS lens which is wicked sharp. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma Hopewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
For the price this cannot be criticised at all. Great Pics and all-round performance. Perfect addition to the lenses that came with my 1100D
Published 1 month ago by Rob ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Camera Lens
Delivered earlier than expected. Works really well, reasonably priced too. Well worth the money, was bought as a present and was gratefully received.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Hayes
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