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

You Pay: $299.00
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 91 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (69)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (63)
    • Lightweight (54)
    • Easily interchangeable (47)
    • Consistent output (46)
    • Nice bokeh (20)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (54)
    • Landscape/scenery (47)
    • Sports/action (42)
    • Video (23)
    • Weddings (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (40), Semi-pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (66), 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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Wildlife Lens

    By The Hamster

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Purchased for half off on ordering a 70D Kit from B&H. Took it to the local greenway; my first picture was a very sharp shot of a blue heron, allowing cropping to fill the frame, from quite a distance, with fine feather detail. I've since posted photos to Facebook for the first time since 2009, with tons of kudos received. Decent bokeh, did not notice anything bad, but with f4 to f5.6, you have to be careful, to have a non-busy background, as opposed to 1.8 to 2.8, where bokeh is easier. I used the 70-300 IS USM till recently - this lens is half the weight, and sharp at 250mm, while the 70-300 was soft at 300.

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      • No

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      5.0

      just what I wanted

      By David

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        It is sharp, light, and affordable. A welcome addition to my sl1

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        55-250mm lens Canon

        By Bonnie

        from Arcata, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlifenature
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          This lens is great for distance shots! I took a photo of shore birds with it that turned out nice. I appreciate the ease in attaching the lens to the Canon body.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great lens

          By Michael

          from Indianapolis, IN

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

          This is great lens. I use it with my Canon 70d and it works wonderful for the zoom feature. It also works great with the video as well.

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          5.0

          Great lens!

          By Psweetpea

          from Silverdale, WA

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

          Using with 7D mark ii, tack sharp pics at all lengths. Bought this lens as a walk around lens, it has not dissapointed. Responsive, no problems tracking.
          The only knock is that you have to buy the lens hood seperately, it should come with the lens. Other than that extremely happy with this lens!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          "L" lens image quality for EF-S cameras.

          By Johan

          from Seattle wa

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I used a Canon 6D and 70-200 F4 L IS for my landscape work. I always wanted something lighter, but the options were always lacking in image quality.

            After reviewing the 55-250 STM, I have sold my 6D and 70-200. The STM offers all of the image quality I need for doing panoramic stitches and it is half the size and weight while also 1/4 the price.

            On crop cameras, the 55-250 STM is equal or better than all of the L lenses in the same focal range mounted on crop cameras.

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            • No

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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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

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                  • 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.

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                      • 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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                            (7 of 7 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

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                              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.

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                                • 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 7 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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