Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens - Grey Market

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About Canon 55-250mm

This telephoto zoom lens is designed with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology while retaining compactness and lightness, in response to demands of photographers.

This high zoom ratio lens is equivalent to a focal length of 88-400mm in the 35mm format (when used on Canon EOS cameras compatible with EF-S lenses) and the image stabilizer effect equivalent to a shutter speed about 4 stops faster than the same size lens without Image Stabilizer.

In other words, if the slowest shutter speed you could formerly hold a 250mm lens steadily was 1/250th of a second, with Canon's 4-stop stabilization correction, you could hand-hold at shutter speeds as slow as 1/15th of a second. It also uses a UD-glass lens element to correct chromatic aberration for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range.

The Canon 55-250mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 55-250mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon 55-250mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 55-250mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (99),Easily interchangeable (97),Fast / accurate auto-focus (96),Consistent output (82),Durable (41),Strong construction (31),Nice bokeh (16),Rugged (14),Super-sharp images (5),Fast auto-focus (4),Superior build quality (4),Inexpensive (3) Price (3) View All
Slow focus (22),Poor in low light (18),Weak casing (16),Heavy (11),Lens creep (8),Blurry focus (4),Semi-sharp images (4),Slow auto-focus (3)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (67),Landscape/scenery (62),Wildlife photos (56),Weddings (31),General purpose (26),Wildlife (23),Landscape photography (18),Macro photography (15),Night photography (11),Video (11),Low light (9),Portraits (7) Upgrade (4) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (47),Casual photographer (35),Enthusiast (20),Semi-pro photographer (13),Pro photographer (5),Semi-professional (5),Beginner (4),Photography student (3)

Canon 55-250mm Features

  • This EF-S telephoto lens with great features delivers excellent performance at an affordable price for all photographers

Canon 55-250mm Specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture
55-250mm f/4-5.6
Lens Construction
12 elements in 10 groups, including one UD-glass element
Diagonal Angle of View
27° 50'- 6° 15' (with APS-C image sensors)
Focus Adjustment
DC motor, gear-driven (front focusing design)
Closest Focusing Distance
3.6 ft./1.1m (maximum close-up magnification 0.31x)
Filter Size
Max. Diameter x Length
2.8 in. x 4.3 in./70 x 108mm (maximum lens length)
13.8 oz./390g
1 year limited warranty
Mfr #

Canon 55-250mm Reviews

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(based on 159 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent lens, great quality!

This lens is fantastic! I've used this lens for everything from close-up pictures of wildlife to portraits in-studio and all results came out beautifully. The quality of the pictures taken with this lens is incredible. I highly recommend this lens to anyone from casual photographer to pro.

Reviewed by 159 customers


Best Lens in the Box


from Justice, IL

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.


Exactly as promised. Heartily recommend it to others.


from Mesa, AZ  -  Pro Photographer

Bought this lens because of the fast and quiet auto focus for video shooting. Works great.


Very nice tool in my bag


from Undisclosed

Took a few shots with this on a dance recital, and was amazed by the focus and sharpness. Was thinking of upgrading the 18-55 and 55-250 combo to 18-135 and selling the combo after. Now have to rethink if I want to let this one go.


Best lens for your dollar!!!


from Reinhold, PA  -  Casual Photographer

Great lens! If you are looking for a multi purpose lens with great capability but you are not a pro photographer this is the lens for you. It is definently a great sarter lens for any body! Smooth focus ring, great zoom, clarity make this a excellent beginners lens! I use this lens offten!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best bang for the $$$


from Ringwood, ok  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is awesome! For the price I don't think it can be beat! I've only owned it for 3 months. Build quality I'd give it 4 stars. Image quality 5 starts. If it lasts a long time it's worth every penny! If it falls apart soon then no. The mtf charts (I have limited knowledge on these) but look very good & I may be wrong but close to the "L" series lens. Now I know the build quality is not & it's slower than the "L" series. The images I get from this lens looks close to me! The Bokeh may not be as good but it's not bad. Focus is fast & accurate. Very light & easy to handle. Good image quality from 55 to 250mm & all aperture are acceptable! If you are on a budget then grab it! Love it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome detail at long distances


from Wisconsin

This lens can capture amazing detail at a distance. I love it. I really like how I can get a beautiful, soft blurred background and yet have every last fine detail of my subject stand out. For example, at the zoo, I was able to get beautiful images of animals where you can see all the fine details of their feathers or fur, making you want to reach out and touch the photo. The image stabilization feature really helps a lot. I can capture very sharp photos of fast-moving objects, even while zoomed all the way in and handholding the camera. It has been fun to take pictures of faraway objects and look at them later, to discover details that I couldn't see with the naked eye at the time. If you like to take photos of animals or fill the frame with distant details, this is a good lens.


This lens is a awesome!


from Reinholds, PA  -  Casual Photographer

I would highly recomend this lense to a sarting photographer or photo enthusiast. It has been my main lense for 2yrs. The manual focus on this lens is super smooth almost glassy. I'm not a photographer but a enthusiast and if you are looking for a pro lense then may be a lense with L glass would be better, but for me I does a superb job!


Good price for a good lens


from Clarkston, MI  -  Pro Photographer

I am a professional photographer, but I bought this lens for my wife. She has a Canon SL1. It's easy for her to use and has a good range. I wish it was a little faster for low light situations. If you plan to shoot indoor sports like basketball or volleyball, you will probabley need a faster lens. For the price, however, it's a good long lens for amateur shooters.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great value lens


from San Diego, CA  -  Casual Photographer

I bought this product refurbished (D grade), and so far it appears indistinguishable from a new product. It has a good zoom range, and has decent autofocus. I ended up purchasing this after considering the IS 70-300 mm lens. It seemed a better value, and I like being able to use manual focus when in autofocus mode.


Light and Quiet


from Carrollton, TX  -  Casual Photographer

Just getting into photography and hope to have a great new hobby by the time I retire in a year or so. Product is light and sharp however it would be nice to have a lock on the lens like my 18-135 does so that the zoom locks in place when being carried around on the camera. Appears to be a nice lens given the instant rebate and "kit" pricing. Unfortunately I'm a beginner so I really don't have any technical knowledge to share.


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Shopper  gray market?
RUSSELL M  Simply put, a gray market lens does not carry the manufacturer's warranty because it was brought into the country by a company other than Canon USA. The lens is physically identical and has a 1-year warranty provided by Adorama instead of the Canon USA Warranty.
Tim K  Looking at 2 55-250 IS zoom lens by Canon for my T2i.. Noticed mfg numbers are slightly different: 2044B002 and 2044B002G. What is the difference?
ELAINE R G  The "G" item is more than likely cheaper and is a "gray market" item. Not usually sanctioned by the manufacturer.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JEFF K  I needed a good mid range telephoto and this Canon lens is perfect for my work. It's a bit slow but that hasn't been a factor in my work. Good value and excellent results.
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