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CanonEF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 97 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (66)
  • Lightweight (57)
  • Easily interchangeable (49)
  • Consistent output (48)
  • Nice bokeh (21)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (57)
  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Sports/action (44)
  • Video (24)
  • Weddings (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (42), Semi-pro photographer (16), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (69), 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

Well worth the money

By Rusty

from Wake Forest, NC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    The fast ficus works great! The weight makes it an easy carry.
    No complaints.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great lense.

    By @AriHershkowitz

    from Brooklyn, NY

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

    Works great with the Canon Rebel T5 EOS.
    Been using it for while now, nothing but great!

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    5.0

    Excellent sharpness and contrast

    By anarchist

    from New Haven CT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      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:

      What's not to like: it's lightweight, sharp, silent, contrasty and cheap.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great buy

      By Ed

      from shoreline of Connecticut

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

      Great lens at a good price. This lens provides excellent image quality in a convenient package. Allows me to get images of my children I would other wise not be able to get. I would recommend this lens

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      5.0

      Great long range lens for low price

      By Lifelong Explorer

      from Hickory, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • 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:

        This lens is used shooting wild birds in my local area. It is lightweight and operates very quietly with the STM feature. I am able to move and shoot easily holding the D70 with this lens attached. I plan to take it to South Africa because of its portability, where I can reach out and capture wildlife of all types from moving vehicles. The IS feature works very well from the backseat of a motorcycle traveling on paved roads at a steady speed.

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        • No

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        5.0

        bang for your buck

        By papparrazzi

        from new england

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

        This lens is quiet and the zoom is really good for the price. I'm really content with it.

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        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

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            • 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.

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              • 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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              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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                      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....

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                        • Yes

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                        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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