277 of 285 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to our burgeoning camera bag
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...
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by David P
58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CANON EF-S 55-250 F/4-5 IS II
I read the full review of this lens in Canon magazines and thought this is the one for me, new lens released July 2011. How wrong can you be - attached to my Canon 50D off I went, not good results. The only way I can explain if that the lens is "soft focus" not sharp at all. Very disappointed. I did try this along side my Tamron 18-250 and the Tamron won.
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by John
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277 of 285 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to our burgeoning camera bag,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (Accessory)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. We are equally pleased with this new zoom. Ours is certainly not going back!
UPDATE: People with Canon cameras that support Peripheral Illumination Correction (in other words, compensating for vignetting, or darkening of the images toward the corners), such as the 60D which we have, should make sure that they download the latest update to the EOS Utility software, and then use it to upload the correction parameters for this new lens to the camera. The cameras ship with data for many of the popular lenses pre-loaded, but for the more uncommon ones, or just new ones such as this, you will need to use the utility to update the camera. The difference it makes when you have done it is really very impressive. Consult the manual if you are not sure how to do this, it is very easy - but you do need the latest update to the software, as this includes the data for this new lens. When you have it loaded, test it by taking a picture of an evenly lit blank wall without flash, first with then without this option turned on. The difference is clearly visible. If you shoot in RAW, you can apply the correction easily afterwards in the DPP software, and apparently with even more control and therefore success. But if you shoot in JPG, then this option will make a very good job of correcting it in-camera.
If you select the option in the camera menus, it tells you what the lens that is currently attached is, and whether it has the data for it or not. If it doesn't have the data, it won't do anything, even if enabled.
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the kit lens.,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (Accessory)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.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price but it has limitations,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (Accessory)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.
130 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for beginners,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (Accessory)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.
110 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keen on IQ.. Easy on your pocket,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (Accessory)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.
Hope you find this review helpful.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (Accessory)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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you expect for a modest outlay,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (Accessory)I've tried a few copies of this lens and the previous version of it too (this is mostly a cosmetic re-badge of that lens)
For the outlay which is really not very much, it's surprisingly decent overall in performance. My quick fire pro/con list follows
+ It's pretty sharp, better than you would think at this price point. But again I feel the older version is a tad sharper at the tele end (they are both quite good though)
+ Nice price, it's a very affordable tele zoom option for most people. Even more so in a bundle kit price
+ The IS works well with this lens and it's important to have this for the target price/market. Canon say 4 stops I won't argue here but it varies depending on the user!
+ Plastics used are not bad at all really I've seen worse, but I can't help feel the older model was a little better here. Focus ring is a bit tighter on this one v the older one, but could be sample variation
+ Light..as are most zooms of this type.
+ Covers a very useful range of around 88-400mm
+ Out of focus rendering pretty good, taste driven but I think satisfactory for most users.
- Plastic lens mount. Predictable for this type of lens, but I wonder if folks were asked to pay another £25 odd if they would do that for a metal mount? I would myself.
- AF noise, whilst not overly noisy this clearly is not a USM lens and it shows. Standard micro motor here AF speeds are nothing special but par for the course with a lens in this price point.
- Some optical weak points, sharp yes but vignetting is notable, and there are some CA issues to deal with too. Distortion is not too bad
- Front element rotates, could annoy if you use CPL filters.
- No hood. Canon have a thing about lens hoods or lack of, whilst this is pretty cheap a bit of moulded plastic isn't expensive to make.
Overall a fairly solid lens and quite easy to suggest to someone who wants to get started with an affordable don't break the bank tele zoom. I'd love to see a few improvements in here such as a metal mount (even if it means a price increase). My first enounter with this lens it was easy to dismiss it as a cheap consumer zoom and I had pretty low expectations from it on an optical level. It can surprise you with it's sharpness which is really quite good across the range. Granted it's not razor sharp at the tele end, but still it performed above my expectations. Well worth checking out if you are on a budget and just want to start shooting more at longer focal lengths. You could do a lot worse than add this to your 18-55mm IS kit lens. And even if you have another tele zoom this could find a place for a light carry around small kit.
Overall 4/5 for me
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tele-zoom for the price!,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (Accessory)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
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality Zoom Lens, for the price,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (Accessory)Reviewed this lense's other reviews around various sites. I was fortunate to try a friends Canon EF70mm-300mm which is excellent, but could not afford the cost, so eventually went for the Canon EF55mm-250mm f4-f5.6 IS II. I have a canon Eos 1100D, with standard 18mm-55mm zoom lense and after much consideration decided the Canon EF 55mm-250mm zoom as the perfect partner my other lense. I wanted a bigger focal range for 5k Parkrun event, sports photograpy I do. After trying my friends lense I knew I was selecting the right focal length, but what was the optical quality going to be like as a result? The lense quality is incredible for the money. I'm on a tight budget for such accessories, and the comments I have received about my images with this lense are impressive. It's pin sharp, easily as good as the standard 18mm-55mm, and its every bit as fast also. The lense has an f4 aperure at the 55mm end (compared to f5.6 aperture on the standard lense at 55mm focal length setting) and f5.6 at 250mm, a perfect balanced match with no loss of speed or light. Its a lightweight lense compared to the 70mm-300mm I tried, so thats an advantage for hand held shots. Teamed up with the Canon 1100D body it has a lovely balance and its comfortable to use, giving excellent results when matched up with the Canon ET60 lense hood and a good monopod for sports my shots. So what if its a plastic mount, it's the optical/picture quality that you want a lense to provide. I would not hesitate to recommend this lense as an addition to the standard box kit 18mm-55mm. It's a no brainer, and a bargin for around £150!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price!,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (Accessory)A fantastic zoom lens for a budding photographer on a budget - yes, there are always better lenses, but these will typically cost you twice to ten times what this one does. There are cheaper options too, but you won't find a cheaper lens with the image stabilisation that makes this lens such great value. It has sufficient zoom for shooting wildlife in gardens, parks, zoos etc - probably not enough for safari, but if you can afford safari, you can probably buy a better camera & lens! ;- It's not bad for macro either - you can't get very close, and it's not 'true' macro, but if you want a long focal length for example to shoot butterflies & more easily scared insects then it's ideal. I've been very happy with my purchase for less than £150 I have an excellent addition to my kit. I generally combine this with my kit lens and a budget macro lens and I'm prepared for most things. You can find my photos on flickr username pointblock, I'm sure I'll upload some soon.
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