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CanonEF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 62 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (43)
  • Lightweight (38)
  • Consistent output (33)
  • Easily interchangeable (32)
  • Nice bokeh (14)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (36)
  • Landscape/scenery (32)
  • Sports/action (30)
  • Video (17)
  • Weddings (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (28), Semi-pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47), Yes (3)

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5.0

Canon EF-S 55-250mm STM

By PhotoGeek

from New York

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Plastic construction

Best Uses

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

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

Bought this lens to get a little more reach than my 15-85 could give me. Silent and quick to focus, even in pretty low light conditions, the images it produces for me are vivid and sharp. I have found the 55-250 to have excellent sharpness throughout, including in the corners, with very little (if any) vignetting. Other than the plastic construction (which doesn't bother me AT ALL) this 55-250 performs better than my old 24-105. And considering the amazingly low price, I'd even go so far as to favorably compare it to the 70-200!

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5.0

Excellent lens for the money

By Birds and such

from Statesboro, GA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    In conjunction with my 18-135 STM, this lens helps me cover all but my macro and birding needs (and it's actually not bad for birds either!). Used with a 70D, and the STM bit really does make a difference (unlike these lenses, my non-STM lens make a grinding sound when auto-focusing that is audible on the video). Good quality lens, especially for the price. Video is a bit soft (haven't shot stills), but fine for most purposes. General note, not limited to this lens: unlike still photography, videos shot at higher magnifications with this lens will require some external stabilization in addition to the built-in IS; tripods are best, of course, but I've used monopods and shoulder mounts with success as well. Handheld, though, is pretty unwatchable...

    Lightweight lens feels a bit delicate, but haven't experienced any problems. Indeed, there's no lens creep, which I suspect is helped by the lens's lightness.

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    5.0

    Nice upgrade from 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

    By raindanz

    from Costa Rica

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Cons

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

          I own the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens and a Canon T5i. It has been a very good lens for the money. I read about the new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and decided to try it out. It was definitely worth the money. It delivers better IQ in still photography and in video it's so much better that it absolutely renders the IS II non STM obsolete. I would buy this lens again, I can't see myself ever going back.

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          5.0

          A MUST HAVE

          By Jayman

          from Davis, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • None yet

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          This lens is a must have, brings the clarity out in pictures like you wouldn't believe. Allows you to stand back a little further from what you are shooting to get the perfect shot when they aren't expecting it.

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          4.0

          review of EF-S 55-250 mm lens

          By seabrooks

          from westminster, md

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              This lens was my first step up to a telephoto lens. I am enjoying being able to shoot close ups and this has enabled me to take more photos from a longer distance. I have not found any negatives to report.

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              5.0

              Very pleased with my purchase

              By Jeff

              from NJ

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Video

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

                I already have the 18-135 STM lens and wanted a longer lens that had the same smooth, quiet focusing of that lens. I've used it on a couple of photo outings and it has performed quite well. I was concerned about softness at 250mm but I didn't see it. I only wish Canon made an even longer STM lenses.

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                5.0

                Great Lens for the Canon Rebel T4

                By Birdie

                from Jackson, TN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I use this lens when photographing long distance shots during press events and construction sites. I think it's fabulous combined with my Rebel T4 and don't have any complaints!

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                  5.0

                  Sharp lens

                  By Mike

                  from Indiana

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I use this lens with the T5i. Focusing is ultrafast and accurate. Photos are very sharp and it gets well into the long telephoto range. Have also done some video of aircraft in flight and am happy with the results, thought like most lenses the focus tends to hunt if the subject is small against the sky, so best to use the manual focus. I like that the manual focus option is right on the lens. Have not done any wildlife with it yet. I recommend a lens hood. Overall, very happy.

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                    5.0

                    canon 55-250mm lens

                    By Cherokee

                    from Sedgwick, Kansas

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      This is a very good lens in my opinion. Excellent quality pictures. Used for shooting baseball games and wildlife. Used on a Canon 7D.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens

                      By Michelle

                      from Austin, TX

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        I had been looking for a new lens to compliment my kit lens. This has been a great addition and has allowed me to get some great shots I would have otherwise missed. Great buy!

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                        5.0

                        Great addition to camera

                        By Victoria

                        from Brooklyn, NY

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          I bought this for a trip to Wyoming and couldn't be more satisfied. It is lightweight and has a wonderful amount of clarity. I feel like since adding this to my gear I've been able to do so much more with my camera. I couldn't recommend it more!

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                          4.0

                          Capable Lens

                          By Donn

                          from Cleveland, OH

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          Although slow, this lens seems to produce a nice sharp image. Even better, it allows manual focus when you have it set to AF. To take advantage of this properly though, you need to use "back-button" focusing. To do this I set the Custom Function "7" to choice "1" (AE Lock/AF) on my Rebel T3. To focus, I press the "*" button on the top right of the camera. The shutter button no longer auto-focuses the lens. This is how I leave the camera set all the time now.

                          Incidentally, the lens will periodically blur and then resharpen. This is not a defect, but is part of the lens design and is called "resetting". It occurs anytime the camera has "auto powered off". It is disconcerting at first, but I learned to adjust to it.

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                          4.0

                          Great consumer lens, w/ one caveat.

                          By SG Croxton

                          from Springfield, MO

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            Overall a very good optical performer. Love the image stabiliztion and the virtual silence of the STM design. I am very glad though, that I got $ off in a bundle with the T5i, as I was shocked to find when it arrived that it had a plastic mount. I would have never dreamt that a lens that sells regularly for $350 would not have a metal mount, hence the 4 star rating. My bad for not checking, I suppose.

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                            4.0

                            Great value

                            By Jerry

                            from Melbourne, FL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              The only reason I gave this a 4 instead of 5 is because of the plastic (instead of metal) lens mount. I am going on an extended trip and do not have enough room to bring my large camera bag and lenses. I needed an inexpensive lens that would cover most of the range I would need on the trip. The older EF-S 55-250 was not that good optically. The reviews for the 18-250/270 from Tamron & Sigma also were not that good; plus at the longer end, the f-stop was 6.3 (as opposed to f5.6 for the Canon). The reviews I had read on the Canon STM version were better - and it is much better. The lens is so quick and quiet, I thought it was broke the first time I used it. I shot some relative closeups of flowers at various f-stops - the lens is very sharp and the colors were very good. I am now looking forward to my trip. Nice job Canon.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome Lens so much bang for the buck..

                              By Bassin tom

                              from Jeannette, PA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Wildlife Photos

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

                                I got this lens about two weeks ago and have been shooting trains and nature pic and can't say enough about it. I pulls in all subjects that are being shot and the focus time it outstanding. The STM motor is super quiet not like the other motors. If your looking for a telephoto lens to add don't pass this one by. The only down side is the lens adds a bit of weight to the camera but for the types of pic's it takes that not an issue at all. I have only taken one macro photo so far but it was also outstanding.

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                                5.0

                                almost makes me want to sell my 70-300mm

                                By glg61

                                from austin tx

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Video
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  i got this at a huge discount when i bought it together with the 70d with the 18-135mm stm kit lens, even though i really didn't think i needed it, because i already own the ef 70-300mm f4-5.6 lens.

                                  but i love this lens, it's way smaller and lighter, it's made to match my cropped sensor body and i'm very pleased with the IQ.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great match for 70D

                                  By yipDog

                                  from Mesa

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

                                  I've been letting my son use my 70D for aviation photos with the 18-55 STM lens and he kept asking for a longer lens to catch planes in flight. I needed the STM so I could shoot video. What a great lens! Super light and dead silent. Takes reasonably sharp pics (spoiled by Canon L primes) and for video looks great. IS works very well and my sons keeper rate at the last airshow was awesome!

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                                  5.0

                                  Very Nice Lens

                                  By j-p

                                  from NE CT

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                                    This was offered at a special discount when I bought the 70D. I am surpised how sharp this lens is. The low price is a bonus.

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                                    4.0

                                    So far so good

                                    By vinny

                                    from Shelby, MI

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • A Little Plasticky

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action

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

                                    I have owned the lens for two weeks now. Ths 55-250 STM doens't seem to be as fast autofocus wise as the kit 18-135. It is also a little more noisy. It is however lighter than the kit as the build seems to have more plastic.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great lens for the price.

                                    By F106 crew chief

                                    from Chandler, Az

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • 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:

                                      I love this lens. Nice to use when I don't want to carry my 4 Lb L series lenses. Light weight, quick focus, nice quality images. nice for video also.

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