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CanonEF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens
 
4.5

(based on 1367 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (815)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (496)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (856)
  • Lightweight (807)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (771)
  • Consistent output (578)
  • Durable (419)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (174)
  • Slow focus (154)
  • Weak casing (85)
  • Heavy (72)
  • Blurry focus (24)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (721)
  • Wildlife photos (638)
  • Sports/action (614)
  • Weddings (253)
  • Low light (155)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (459), Photo enthusiast (453), Semi-pro photographer (124), Enthusiast (95), Photography student (37)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (766), Yes (126)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

EXCELLENT FOR THE MONEY

I bought this lens over a year ago. People ask me about my photos all the time. I have even had people want to come shoot with me as a result of my...Read complete review

I bought this lens over a year ago. People ask me about my photos all the time. I have even had people want to come shoot with me as a result of my photography. Once they see my lens and camera, they are really shocked that I have taken the photos I get with this lens. I cannot say enough about the clarity and detail I receive from this lens. It is cheap and not well made, but it does a fantastic job for the focal length and cost! I would recommend it to anyone that cannot afford an L-series lens. Greg Jowers

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great, but not perfect

Positive first: It's a good lens, not just for shows and sports but also for an everyday use, if you like shooting telephoto.
It is not super fast, but usually also...Read complete review

Positive first: It's a good lens, not just for shows and sports but also for an everyday use, if you like shooting telephoto.
It is not super fast, but usually also not slow at all, I use it on the T5i and the AF nails it pretty fast so don't worry about loosing too many pictures because of it.
As for the downside, besides the all-plastic built which feels a little like holding a toy, there is a real one major downside for this lens - and it is the Canon 55-250mm STM.
For extra 50$ the STM offers a quicker and INTERNAL focus. AT first I thought that it is not such a huge upgrade, but after using the IS II for an hour I realized that saving myself those 50$ was a huge mistake. Sure, the image quality and the optics are quite the same - but this lens rotates A LOT while focusing, which makes it NOISY, SLOW, and a pain in the neck if you are using a polarizing filter. At some points the lens mechanism also moves to far ahead in order to focus that it actually changes your framing a little.
So add the extra 50$ and buy yourself the 55-250mm STM, I wish I had, it's worth it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

it works great for this movie project im working on.

By Trez

from Philadelphia Pa

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    i wish i had enough money to get the next lenze

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Pleasantly surprised

    By Sean

    from Rock Hill Sc

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Takes better pictures than I thought it would. I would love to have something in the 400mm range, but this very workable in its focal range. I use it more than I thought I would.

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    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Coyotehunter987

    from Alexandria,KY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Shoots great pics on the Rebel frame. Light weight feature makes it easy to carry your gear.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Lens

        By Mrsmerritt

        from Beaumont tx

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

        This lens is amazing and can be used for a variety of shots! Definitely worth checking out!

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        5.0

        Great

        By Babydaisy

        from Poplar bluff Mo

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I love how easy it is to put on and take off

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        • No

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        5.0

        Sweet Lens...

        By The_Repairman2010

        from Prairieville, LA

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I used this lens to shoot a couple sunsets...
          smooth focus...autofocus was quick and responsive...Jaw dropping photo renditions...

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          • No

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          5.0

          EF-S 55-250mm

          By Billie

          from Georgia

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

          Nice lense, not too bulky or heavy. Takes awesome pics

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          5.0

          I love my new lens would buy again

          By Hopey

          from Massena NY

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            There is nothing i dont like about it. It does everything i want the zoom is much better with this new lens.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good starter lens

            By Fernando Melo

            from Caxias do Sul, Brazil

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            A great lens for a starter kit. Nice range for a good price.

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            • No

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            5.0

            lens is awesome

            By cece

            from las cruces NM

            About Me Photography Student

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            its awesome i use it for the rebel t5i

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Good lens for the price

            By Vern

            from Sierra Vista, AZ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action

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

              Outdoor use. I haven't had the lens that long, but the photo's I've taken with it have very good quality (using a Canon 60D.
              A good lens to have in you camera bag if your watching you photogragh budget, but want good quality photos.
              I have no negatives comments on the lens at this time.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great lens , fair price

              By Bob

              from New Jersey

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

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

                easy to use for Canon Rebel
                good pricing and shipping from B&H

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                • No

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Judy

                from Wausau, WI

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

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

                  Lens works great for taking zoom shots of waterskiers behind the boat and beach shots. Put a polorized lens filter on it and it's exactly what I was looking for.
                  I also spoke with a B&H rep online with some questions and he was very knowledgable and didn't try to steer me towards something I didn't need or something that was more expensive. Use this on a Cannon T4i

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great product

                  By DMac

                  from Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I purchased this lens for my wife's Canon T2i. It is exactly what she needs, she takes lots of nature pictures and she is very pleased. Very good results for the price.
                  I have to add that you cannot beat B&H for service. I got quick and very informed help from the online chat. Even though I live in Canada and on the Pacific coast, the price was great and delivery better than most. We will certainly order again.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  I would recommend this product for my friends

                  By IR

                  from Kansas

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I like quality and price of those lenses. It is very good choice for small budget

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great basic zoom lens for a great price

                      By ShineBox Pauly

                      from Van Nuys, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          If you need a telephoto zoom this is a great option. Expected Canon quality. Light-weight.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          I love my new lens

                          By Alan, the amateur birder

                          from Boynton Beach, FL

                          About Me Casual 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 II Lens:

                            Great for taking shots on my walks through the nature preserves near my home in Florida--wonderful to capture the birds nesting, the iquanas in the trees and other nature--love the lens

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                            • No

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                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Highly underrated lens

                            By Ashish

                            from Houston

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Blurry Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            Great for the price, and highly underrated! Its a perfect lens for those who can't afford "L" lenses. The focus is good (9/10 times gives perfect, sharp images). Only downside is its really plasticky (I guess thats why its cheap). Overall, I would say its the best entry-level zoom lens! Really happy with the product and highly recommend this!!

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                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Really fits my needs...

                            By DeWayne

                            from Riverton, UT

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light

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

                              I have loved taking photos for the past 50+ years. Generally candids of family events... this lens gives me the freedom and stealth to reach out and capture relaxed and uninhibited poses. I love it.

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                              • Yes

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great Lens

                              By Thomas2384

                              from Minnetonka, MN

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Poor in Low Light

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              I bought this lens as a gift for my brother. He had the kit 18-55, and his kids are starting to play soccer and other sports. So, I thought the extra zoom range would be helpful to get some good family pictures. All the aspects of the lens are comparable to the 18-55. The build and image quality are right on par with it. It's everything you would expect.

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                              • Yes

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