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5.0 out of 5 stars Practicality in one lens, 21 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom AF Lens for Selected Digital SLR (Accessory)
This is my third lens for my 550D. The 18-55mm kit lens has done some stellar work and the 50mm 1.4 has been brilliant so why do I need another one?! Well, it's the question of zoom. It's not always practical to get closer to your subject - for instance, you wouldn't want to join a lion in its enclosure would you? Sometimes you want to be discreet and just leave people to their own business. I know how hard it can be trying to photograph my niece and nephew as they have a tendency to hide when the camera is out!

Build quality wise, this lens is along the lines of the 18-55mm kit lens. It is plasticky but quite heavy. The zoom ring is surprisingly very smooth and there's hardly any lens creep.

Now, there's one thing that no one has mentioned in their review - this lens uses a fair bit of power from the camera battery. You can hear it humming virtually all of the time. Of course, considering the number of bits of glass inside the barrel, it does need power to align and focus. Just be prepared to carry a spare battery with you or use the lens sparingly.

In operation, the lens is noisy when focusing but after all, this is a cheap lens but don't let that put you off. The picture quality compensates for the build quality of the lens and the output is very good - in fact, I would hasten to say it is better than the 18-55mm kit lens. Pictures taken in well lit areas will demonstrate how sharp this lens is at 250mm. I was taken back by the results of being able to ascertain the title on a book. The built-in image stabiliser is definitely worth having if you're taking photos at maximum zoom. However, this lens doesn't excel in low light conditions but after all, it isn't really designed to perform in low light unless you use a flashgun.

This is an excellent lens for someone beginning in DSLR territory. You get a lot of lens for not much money but be aware that it is noisy and drains the battery.
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2011 20:05:40 GMT
Thanks for the info on power drain. Just what I wanted to know before I made my purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2011 20:29:54 GMT
Teresa says:
I use this lens most of the time and have not experienced any problems with battery drainage. I do carry a spare but have rarely had to use it, when out on a shoot. I have found that the original Canon battery lasts longer between recharges than does the "MicroStore" battery I purchased as a spare.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012 13:18:12 GMT
Me too! Thanks Bobsta!!

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 11:13:17 BDT
W. Argyle says:
Yes thanks for the frank and useful comments and opinion on this lens, I will add it to my EOS 1100D despite the noise and battery drain, I always have 4 batteries with me anyway and my hearings not what it was LOL !

I look forward to having fun as an enthusiastic and not particularly talented amateur,

Posted on 22 Feb 2013 15:53:04 GMT
Rob says:
I doubt whether it drains any more battery power than most lenses. The constant lens "hum" will simply be down to the fact its autofocusing and Image stabiliser motors are Not the whisper quiet Ultrasonic (USM) type that are used in the more expensive Canon range of lenses, so naturally it will be a louder lens in this respect.
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