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Brilliant lens - Highly recommended,
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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)I bought this lens after I bought an 18-55 IS zoom to replace the earlier model. I have a Sigma 70-300 zoom, which I thought was quite good optically but is large and heavy in comparison and makes my Canon 400D unbalanced. As I was off to the US on a holiday I felt that the Sigma was just too large but I still wanted a telephoto zoom.
I always check reviews before I buy and especially check those that give low scores. I want to know what the problems are, as well as the benefits. In this case the low score reviews are complaints about non delivery (an abuse of a product review) or that the lens will not fit Canon's full framed DSLRs. The lens is clearly labelled EF-S both in the product designation and in the product description. That means it will fit all Canon's current range of DSLR's except for the professional standard 5D and 1D cameras. Nor for that matter will it fit old my old 35mm EOS 600 or EOS IX7 APS cameras.
Optically, I've been impressed by the lens. It beats the Sigma easily, and it's light and well balanced. However the construction is actually quite good. It is designed to pair with the 18-55 IS and does so very well, providing a range that will cover virtually all everyday needs, though of course more specialist needs can be met by additional lenses.
I used the lens on a test at Martin Mere, and got some really excellent close ups of otters, something I'd failed to do with the Sigma. The IS system works well, though I've not done enough shooting to confirm the claims of +3 stops. When I first started using film SLRs the general rule of thumb was that the shutter speed should be the reciprocal of the focal length - thus for a 250mm lens the minimum shutter speed should be 1/250 second. As the Canon APS-C sensor is 'cropped' this lens at maximum zoom is the equivalent of a 400mm lens on a full frame camera. So 1/400 second should be the minimum shutter speed. A three stop gain should mean a reasonably good chance of getting sharp photos at 1/50 second or so. I certainly got this on some of my shots, which produced very usable results. I'll check this over a large number of shots and see how it holds up.
If you are a professional, then this lens is not for you (except on holidays) but for the large majority of Canon DSLR users this is going to be a great addition to the kit.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2011 12:31:22 GMT
Wii Laddie says:
Thanks D.J.W. You have a great review there, the info regarding your Sigma 70-300 will probably apply to my Tameron 70-300. I agree also with how reviews should work "stick to the produt" and take a look at the low scores, (but show other half the high scores) Now have lens in wish list!
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