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

(based on 135 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (101)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (82)
  • Lightweight (76)
  • Easily interchangeable (64)
  • Consistent output (61)
  • Durable (31)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (8)
  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (70)
  • Landscape/scenery (67)
  • Sports/action (56)
  • Video (31)
  • Weddings (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (49), Semi-pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (15), Pro photographer (12), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Wildlife 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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Soft Images

This lens is only good in the mid range 70mm-230mm, and even then not tack sharp. I am researching a replacement lens.

This lens is only good in the mid range 70mm-230mm, and even then not tack sharp. I am researching a replacement lens.

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5.0

A pleasant surprise

By Dave

from Hubbardston, MA

Verified Buyer

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

After my 70-300 f/4-5.6 was stolen, I really struggled over what to replace it with. It was between the Tamron 70-300, my original 70-300, and this one. Price wasn't a major factor, but sharpness was. My Canon 70-300 was always sharp, even at 300, but the Tamron had mixed reviews on that front which narrowed things down. I ended up trying this lens instead of going back to the old 70-300 for three reasons. First, I really liked the compact size; second, it overcame a frequent issue with the old lens of 70mm being just a bit too long when wanting to do a quick portrait or using in closer quarters. 55mm is so much better. Finally, reviews made it sound like this was an extremely sharp lens. So, with prospects of getting a 100-400mm lens soon to cover the 300mm+ range, I decided on this one as my "walk-around" zoom. Already it has proved itself excellent and every bit as sharp as the reviews suggested. Arguably, this is sharper than the old 70-300, and so much lighter and compact. This is a neat lens, and the excellent image stabilization is just icing on the cake.

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5.0

Love it!!!

By Sam

from California

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

love the STM series and this lens does not disappoint

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I did buy it again!

By Islandhopper3

from Key Largo, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I had a 55-250 a year ago, and also had a 70-300. I decided to sell the 55-250 thinking the 70-300 would satisfy my desire for a bit more reach without sacrificing image quality. After all, the 70-300 was more substantial in size, build, and weight, and the IS was nothing short of amazing. However, images of wildlife weren't consistently sharp, or bright, and most had a softness that could have been right for portraiture, but not wildlife. Similar images (subject, distance, ISO, aperture, shutter speed) using a Nikon 55-300, on a D5500 were noticeably sharper, and brighter. I pulled up images captured with my old 55-250, and found they were superior to similar images taken with the 70-300. So, I've sold the 70-300, purchased a new 55-250, and will use my feet to make up the focal length difference. The 55-250 is quite a bit lighter, fits in my bag when it's on my camera body as well as when it's off, and the IQ is, in my opinion is consistently better than what I was able to get from the 70-300.

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5.0

Very Good Lens for the Money

By Oldbluedog

from Arkansas

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Good Resolution
  • Light Weight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscapes
    • Macro Photography
    • Wild Life

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

    In addition to my other Canon bodies and lenses, I own the EOS M3 and the EF and EFS lens adapter, which is needed to use this lens with the M3. I have found that my M3 has become my "go to" camera body for taking hikes and in applications where weight is a factor. Needing a medium range telephoto lens, I purchased the EF-S 55-250mm lens. While this lens certainly is a lower price range lens, it performs rather well. And, I was pleasantly surprised to find that, with the Vello 10mm and 16mm extension rings available from B&H it does a very respectable job as a macro lens. The bottom line is that I am very happy with the lens.

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    • No

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    So far so good

    By Jules

    from Lake Fores, CA

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

    Am looking forward tollearning more about using tthisllens. Took some gorgeous photos of ccrashing waves on Frida. Will be put to good use in Alaska in June.

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    5.0

    Excellent quality-price ratio

    By mprombola

    from Buenos Aires, Argentina

    About Me Amateur Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Bulky Design

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Outdoors

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

    This product met all my expectations as an amateur photographer. As a first lens after kit, a pleasure!

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    • No

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    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pleasantly surprised

    By Alejandro

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Plastic Mount

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife

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

    This is one of the few Canon lenses that I would recommend with my eyes closed to anyone using an APS-C camera. L lenses are exceptionally good, but also very expensive. This 55-250 mm is very, very good outdoors, has excellent image quality and great sharpness. All that for half the prize of the 70-200mm F4L while offering a wider and longer ends. It is also light and autofocus is smooth and silent. The only thing I don't like (hence the 4 stars) is the plastic mount.
    I use it mostly outdoors, and the results are consistently very good. Indoors is a different story, but you can still get decent results with proper lighting.
    This is an inexpensive lens with great optics, do yourself a favor and don't put a cheap plastic UV filter on it. You are much better off buying a hood.

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    • No

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    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great lens!

    By KMB

    from Washington State

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Close Up Filming
      • Shooting Outdoors

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

      I bought this lens to use with my Canon Rebel T6s. Great for close-ups - excellent image quality!!!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nice

      By Joe

      from Whitestone NY

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

      Works well and it's silent if you zoom while doing a video

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      (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      EF-S 55-250mm

      By Raj

      from Phoenix, AZ

      Verified Buyer

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

      B&H customer service is great...

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great lens

      By Pelma

      from NY

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

      Awesome lens, quality of pictures and zooming range is great. U can't go wrong with this lens

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      (3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good but a bit narrow

      By RVTim

      from WI

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Image stabilization
      • Improves Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Too Narrow

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Outdoors

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

      I do think the quality of the lens is great. I'm not so fond of the 55mm low end range of the lens though. It is a fairly narrow lens. Being used to an 18-270mm lens (which I don't think is a real 270), it is very nice to have the ability to use it as my one go-to lens if I don't want to carry the whole case. This one wouldn't be very suitable for an all-around lens. So buy it if you want a great zoom, but don't have much for other requirements.

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      5.0

      Great

      By Jack B

      from Lexington, MA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Outdoors

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

        Very sharp, very light. Focusses relatively close for a telephoto, so good for close-ups as well. Came in a sealed Canon box with a full one-year Canon warrtanty.

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        • No

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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Really Surprised!

        By Wade Hooper Photography

        from Nashville, Tennessee

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Inexpensive
        • Light weight
        • Sharp

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Nature Photogr
        • Shooting Outdoors

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

        I purchased this lens to go with a lighter weight system (Canon SL1 and Canon 24mm pancake) I put together for more "casual" photography. I am really amazed at how sharp this lens is. Not as consistently sharp as my Canon 70-300L but when stopped-down to F8, it's very, very close. Add the sharpness to controlled chromatic aberration, limited flare and distortion, and you have a real bargain at this price!

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        • No

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        (15 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Soft Images

        By maureesk

        from Boynton Beach FL.

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • No Increase In Performance
        • Poor Clarity

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Outdoors

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

        This lens is only good in the mid range 70mm-230mm, and even then not tack sharp. I am researching a replacement lens.

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        • No

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        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great buy!

        By Judy

        from St. Petersburg FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

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

        I use the lens for garden photos and family portraits. Does amazing tight shots in fairly compromised light. The motorized auto focus is something to get used to but overall an improvement over the original lens that I bought with the camera. Does not do well with movement in subject. blurs, focus is too slow.

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        • No

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        (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

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

        By Mike

        from Kodiak, AK

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Great!

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        • No

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        It IS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR!!!

        By JULIE

        from 9 DE JULIO, ARGENTINA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            EXCELLENT FOR A NON- PROFESSIONAL. EASY TO USE AND EXCELLENT PRICE!!!

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            • No

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AS ADvertised

            By jstjr1

            from Phila., Pa

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            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:

              I have only used this lens twice and the photos where crisp and clear.

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              • No

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good lens

              By Ryan

              from San Antonio

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              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:

                Versatile lens I go to all the time for great close ups and depth of field shots.

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                • No

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