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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • EF-S-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 88-400mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • One Ultra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • DC Micro Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 overview

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Ideal for photographing distant subjects, the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II from Canon is an 88-400mm-equivalent zoom covering a versatile range of telephoto focal lengths. One ultra-low dispersion element is featured in the optical design to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range in order to achieve high clarity and color accuracy. A Super Spectra coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting for improved contrast. Complementing the imaging capabilities is a four-stop-effective Image Stabilizer system that minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Additionally, a DC Micro Motor autofocus system delivers quick focusing performance and a minimum focusing distance of 3.6' is available for close-up shooting.

Telephoto zoom is designed for APS-C-format Canon EF-S-mount DSLRs and provides an 88-400mm equivalent focal length range.
One Ultra-Low Dispersion glass element noticeably reduces color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity and color fidelity.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 4 stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds.
A DC Micro Motor autofocus system provides quick focusing performance and a dedicated AF/MF switch allows for quick switching between auto and manual focusing methods.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
UPC: 013803079371
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Canon 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 specs

Performance
Focal Length 55 - 250mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 88 - 400 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 27° 50' - 6° 15'
Minimum Focus Distance 3.61' / 1.1 m
Magnification 0.31x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.2
Optical Design 12 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.76 x 4.25" / 70 x 108 mm
Weight 13.76 oz / 390 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.6 x 4.5 x 4.4"

Canon 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 reviews

EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 1458.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't Let the Construction Fool You Don't let the plastic lens mount and entry-level construction fool you, this lens produces high quality images and a very low price. I have some "L" glass for more serious work but for kids' athletics, trips to the zoo, and for following my granddaughters around the back yard this lens is perfect. Sharp with good contrast, its also light weight with an excellent implementation of Canon's Image Stabilization. It doesn't take up much space in my backpack so I carry it every day. This is really a great Canon lens for the money. I shoot it on a Canon EOS 60D and the combination is just about perfect for everyday shooting.
Date published: 2012-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy I purchased the lens a few months back when my "photography style" shifted to one that would require a lens with more zoom. After looking at countless reviews and comparisons I decided I was going to just go and buy this lens. I was immediatly surprised at the overall build quality of the lens, and for this price, im very happy. If the lens in fact lacks image sharpness, it's something that I am yet to notice. It produces a very sharp image on my t3i. If you're considering this lens I say go for it. P.s auto focus speed is nothing that makes the lens less attractive, quick and easy.
Date published: 2012-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for an Amateur This lens is a good starter zoom lens. However, after discovering prime lenses, I realized that it is not very sharp. Sure, it zooms in a lot, but the images cannot compare to a prime lens for sharpness. Also, it can't really be used easily indoors because of the minimum 4.0 aperture. Outdoors, it does a decent job in good lighting, but again, the pictures are not as sharp as they could be. I really would recommend this only to an amateur who isn't planning to shoot in manual. If you are planning on moving up the ladder as far as equipment, I wouldn't bother. Get a 50 mm, 85 mm, or 100 mm lens instead. Despite the price, it's just not worth it.
Date published: 2012-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the $, you can't beat the quality! Sure, this lens is not pro quality. But then again, you are not paying a pro quality price eather. Personally, I love this lens. I have a Canon Rebel t1i that I use this lens with and I will tell you, this lens gives me more than I expected. I get excelent pictures with this lens. Photography is my hobby that I am very passionate about. And I do put a lot of $ into it. (I have a Pixma Pro 9500 Mark II that I develop my pictures with. So I am not a cheep guy.) I have a lot better built and more expensive lenses. This one is my favorite. It is light and gives me the shots I am looking for. The construction is were they went light to get the price so low. However, if you take care of your equiptment like I do, it will last a long time.
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Lens This is one nice lens if you're not a snob. One camera shop I deal with turned up there collective noses at this one. Went to another shop and picked one up. Not disappointed so far. Yes, the camera connection is plastic. OH NO! So if it last a few years, I'll be happy. No, it's not one of those pricey white lenses. But it works for me so far. Yes, I will buy the 70-200 2.8L. But later. I'm still enjoying this one. We are traveling to Europe this summer. Which one would I take a chance on losing or breaking in transit? My pix will be just fine.
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! I'm an advanced hobbyist that had been using the standard kit lens for ages (ages being a about 6 years). A few months ago I got this lens bundled with the T1i, and absolutely love it. I love it not just for the quality and such, but specifically for the beautiful depth of field you can accomplish with such ease with this lens. Using it in conjunction with the T1i's HD Video function, and people will think you're using a multi-thousand-dollar cinematic camera. I have many "HD" video cameras, and none of them look nearly as good as the footage shot through this lens. The depth of field is really breathtaking for a lens in this price range, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to ANYONE looking for an inexpensive lens that can really keep up your spark for shooting.
Date published: 2010-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Lens in the Box I received this lens with my T5i camera along with the EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS STM. I hardly ever use the latter lens outdoors. The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II to me is a standard lens for all around use outdoors. I am a nature photographer, especially birds. I added a 2x telephoto extender to the lens and it is very difficult to focus manually and still get good shots of birds in flight. However, without the extender, I have had great success with the auto focus and have not used a tripod yet. Hand held shots are easy and come out great. I have also used this lens to shoot wedding photos. Mine came out better than the professional photographers. Maybe because I knew what I was shooting. I highly recommend this lens. It is one that should be in everyone's bag. The price is right and this is a great lens.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value Zoom Lens I love this lens! I purchased it to go with my T3, because the kit lens hardly zooms. Boy, am I pleased!. It's ultra-easy to use and the image quality is awesome. I can get great shots without having to interrupt my subject. Manually focusing is easy. The only con I have is how the Auto Focus is both loud and slow. However, if you can manually focus this is not a problem. Also, make sure you don't get too close to the subject because you won't be able to focus it. Again, not a problem if you back up and manually focus. You can get some great macro-like shots without the macro lens cost. Overall I am quite satisfied and recommend this as a great beginning zoom lens.
Date published: 2011-07-18
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