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

You Pay: $299.99
Product Highlights
  • Canon EF-S Lens Mount
  • 88-400mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • STM AF Stepping Motor
  • Optimized Lens Coating
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Control
  • Non-Rotating Front Element & Rear Focus
  • Seven Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.8'

The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens is a long-reaching zoom lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 88-400mm, covering portrait-length to telephoto perspectives to suit working with distant subject matter. Greatly benefitting this lens' reach is the incorporation of image stabilization, which works to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 shutter speed steps to support handheld use in low-light conditions.

An STM stepping focus motor is also integrated into the lens' design to provide smooth, quiet, and fast focusing performance that is ideally-suited to video applications as well as tracking moving subjects. The rear focusing system, high-speed CPU, and an enhanced AF algorithm also contribute to quickened overall AF speeds. Full-time manual focus is also supported to permit fine-tuning of focus even while working in AF modes. Additionally, the front lens section does not rotate during focusing to better facilitate the use of polarizing filters.

The optical construction of the lens employs one ultra-low dispersion glass element to help reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion throughout the zoom range while also enhancing contrast and clarity. Optimized lens coatings have also been applied to ensure color fidelity by countering the effects of lens flare and ghosting.

Long-reaching zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 88-400mm, covering portrait-length to telephoto perspectives.
Optical image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 shutter speed steps to benefit shooting handheld in dim lighting and with greater zoom magnifications.
The STM stepping focus motor produces near-silent, smooth, and quick autofocus performance that is well-suited to video applications.
One ultra-low dispersion element helps to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion while also contributing to greater image sharpness, contrast, and clarity.
Enhanced lens coatings minimize flare and ghosting in order to produce true colors with maintained contrast.
A minimum focusing distance of 2.8' throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification of 0.29x at the telephoto end enables working with close-up subject matter.
A seven blade circular aperture helps to produce an aesthetic out-of-focus quality to benefit selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery.
Performance
Focal Length 55 - 250mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 88 - 400 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 27° 50' - 6° 15'
Minimum Focus Distance 2.79' (85 cm)
Magnification 0.29x
Elements/Groups 15/12
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.76 x 4.38" (70 x 111.2 mm)
Weight 13.23 oz (375 g)
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • E-58 II 58mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 85 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (63)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (59)
    • Lightweight (50)
    • Easily interchangeable (45)
    • Consistent output (43)
    • Nice bokeh (18)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (4)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (50)
    • Landscape/scenery (44)
    • Sports/action (38)
    • Video (21)
    • Weddings (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (37), Semi-pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (62), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Brilliant after 6 months use.

    Had this lens for 6 months now.
    It's been put through it's paces many times.
    Gives excellent quality results regarding color & sharpness.Being totally silent in still focusing &...Read complete review

    Had this lens for 6 months now.
    It's been put through it's paces many times.
    Gives excellent quality results regarding color & sharpness.Being totally silent in still focusing & video.
    Once you get used to the characteristics of this lens, (small learning curve) it gives exceptional results.

    Ok, it's not an 'L' model. But for the price, it's not far short.
    Even Hand held shots POP OUT at you with this IS system lens. But put it on a tripod and it gets even better.
    Absolutely perfect for the Budget minded.
    Great for wildlife shots
    A Good Investment !!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    My newest Canon purchase

    I purchased this lens a few weeks ago and have used it at one big event. I was impressed with the handheld images I was able to get during an outdoor, late afternoon...Read complete review

    I purchased this lens a few weeks ago and have used it at one big event. I was impressed with the handheld images I was able to get during an outdoor, late afternoon wedding. The autofocus is silent; it's also quick while on static subjects. I did not have many opportunities to use it on moving subjects. As this is my first telephoto lens, I am intrested to see how this lens adds to my portfolio.

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    5.0

    Love this lens!

    By Avenue

    from Washington State

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Image stabilization
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

      I used this lens at a convention where the subject was very far away in a pretty dark room. I was worried my pictures might come out blurry due to the lighting conditions, but they didn't thanks to great Image Stabilization.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Zoom zoom Zoooom!

      By garciarubz

      from lancaster, ca

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

        Love this lens it came with my 70d and I couldn't beat that it came with half the price off.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        quiet zoom!

        By Jeremy D.

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

          quiet zoom with the STM feature. good for shooting in quiet settings. maybe not that vital for video use but supposedly better image quality than the regular 55-250mm.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Canon just does it right

          By Old guy

          from NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

            I bought this lens as a gift...Like all Canon products, it does the job and does it well. The lens works well, is quick and quiet and lets me have more options to get interesting shots from a greater distance....

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent lens

            By Manheim Visuals

            from Manheim, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

              I bought this lens to add to my "arsenal" and am pleased that I did. I've not used it extensively at this point, but it seems to be well built and very effective. Used it to shoot a hockey game this morning, in light that was not the best, and was able to keep up with the action with no trouble. No problems so far. Great lens for the price.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great Lens

              By Lynbryd

              from Indiana

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                    Great quality lens. Upgraded the Canon 55-250 IS II to the Canon 55-250 IS STM. There is definitly a difference between the two lens. I only upgraded as I got a great discount with a camera purchase I made. If you are trying to decide between these two lens it is a no brainer. Go the extra mile and get the Canon IS STM. B&H are the best.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good lens for the money

                    By hunter

                    from washington mo

                    Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                    Took it out a shot some wild life. Took some nice pictures at 150 yards and 200 yards.
                    Good all around lens.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Brilliant after 6 months use.

                    By Bob S.

                    from LittleFalls, MN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Not Heavy
                    • Silent

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Great For Close Ups
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                      Had this lens for 6 months now.
                      It's been put through it's paces many times.
                      Gives excellent quality results regarding color & sharpness.Being totally silent in still focusing & video.
                      Once you get used to the characteristics of this lens, (small learning curve) it gives exceptional results.

                      Ok, it's not an 'L' model. But for the price, it's not far short.
                      Even Hand held shots POP OUT at you with this IS system lens. But put it on a tripod and it gets even better.
                      Absolutely perfect for the Budget minded.
                      Great for wildlife shots
                      A Good Investment !!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      I got it for the T5i

                      By Robs Media

                      from New York

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                        I use it for video and it really gave me more flexibility for my shots.
                        Images always Look great and the focus is quick and silent.
                        Price is awsome for the quality.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Good lens at good pre ice

                        By Mike

                        from Pocono Mountains, PA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                          Not a L quality lens but a very sharp lens at a reasonable price. Light weight and nice for travel.

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                          • No

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Long Lightweight Telephoto

                          By Bristol Cutter Sailor

                          from Grass Valley, CA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Desired Focal Length Rang
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • None Yet Discovered

                          Best Uses

                          • General Long Shots
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                          I wanted a telephoto to round out my standard 18-135mm STM that I ordered with a new EOS 70D, a wide angle 11-17mm and a 60mm Macro. I have not had much opportunity to use it in the environment targeted: that is, while sailing on a smaller yacht and capturing other sailboats and scenery on shore. The 55-250mm range provides what I need, and of course the IS feature is critical. This is a lightweight lens, lighter than the 18-135mm, which surprised me, and makes it suitable for packing in on hikes in the mountains. It also happens to accept a polarizing filter I used for years with a film camera, and because the mounting barrel does not rotate as the focal length is zoomed, it works well with that filter (not being a circular polarizer).My first several photos are crisp and clear and I foresee many beautiful shots in my future!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          GREAT PRICE FOR THE QUALITY

                          By HAWAIIAN

                          from NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                            SWEET!!!!! HIGHLY REC.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Solid, Dependable Lens — and SO quiet!

                            By j024h8

                            from MN

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                            I got this lens just before a wedding and it performed beautifully! This is a solid lens that didn't let me down. Quick to focus, performs well, and remarkably quiet — so quiet, I didn't know if the autofocus was working until I looked through the viewfinder.

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                            (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            My newest Canon purchase

                            By ESM79

                            from New York Hudson Valley

                            Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                            I purchased this lens a few weeks ago and have used it at one big event. I was impressed with the handheld images I was able to get during an outdoor, late afternoon wedding. The autofocus is silent; it's also quick while on static subjects. I did not have many opportunities to use it on moving subjects. As this is my first telephoto lens, I am intrested to see how this lens adds to my portfolio.

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                            5.0

                            Works extremely well

                            By Rebecca

                            from Alamo, CA

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Lens Creep

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                              If I'm traveling and want a light lens that works for all my photography needs, I grab this. It's light, very nice quality, and always pleases me.

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                              5.0

                              I recommend this product

                              By Dave

                              from Hershey, PA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Plastic Lens Mount

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                              This is fast, sharp, quite focus lens. A good lens to have my camera bag to use.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Good Lens

                              By Bob

                              from Charlotte, NC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Surprisingly sharp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                                This was purchased for my wife to use in Botswana. Light weight was the most important consideration.

                                This is a great lens for its very modest price and light weight. It is surprisingly sharp and the image stabilization works well.

                                My only disappointment is that it will not accept a teleconverter. Its performance was so good that I thought it could take a 1.4 TC and still yield a good image. Its crop sensor only design precludes that.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great lens

                                By Stace

                                from New York, NY

                                Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                                Great lens

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                GREAT LENS on the SL1

                                By da photo

                                from texas

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                                  Clear, sharp, fast and accurate focusing. I own an L zoom lens and I am just as pleased with the quality of this lens. You get a lot for the money with this zoom in image quality and versatility of zoom range. I own a 6d, but use this on my SL1 and love it.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  That is the right choice

                                  By Antonio

                                  from Estoril, Portugal

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                  Cons

                                  • Sold Without Lens Bag

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                                  If you looking for an inexpensive zoom lens with image stabilization, very good image quality for the price and a very useful focal length range that will nicely complement most general purpose zoom lenses that is the right choice.

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