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About Canon 55-250mm

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

Designed for use in Canon's APS-sensor based DSLRs, the new Canon EF 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens boasts especially quiet zoom operation, making it the sixth STM lens in the Canon line. STM lenses use the same Stepping Motor, which is virtually silent and is therefore best suited for video capture. (A DSLR's on-camera mic will pick up zoom sounds, which is why we generally recommend using an off-camera microphone.)

The new 55-250mm lens is a consumer-grade lens with one UD element that Canon says will reduce chromatic aberration, a 7-blade circular aperture, and focusing as close as 2.79 feet.



The Canon 55-250mm is commonly used for Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 55-250mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 55-250mm: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
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
Cons:
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

  • High magnification, compact and lightweight EF-S telephoto zoom lens with Image Stabilization for up to 3.5 equivalent stops of shake correction.
  • One UD lens element reduces chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range, for excellent Instruction Book image quality with high resolution and contrast.
  • Minimum focusing distance - 2.79 ft./0.85 m (full zoom range).
  • New six-group zoom system provides a compact design while achieving a maximum magnification of 0.29x at the telephoto end.
  • Front lens section does not rotate during focusing for improved ease of use.
  • Enhanced lens coatings help to ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Rear focusing system, high-speed CPU, and improved AF algorithm allow high-speed autofocus.
  • Full-time Manual Focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.

Canon 55-250mm Specifications

Compatible Cameras
EOS 7D Mark II, 7D, 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, Rebel T6s, Rebel T6i, Rebel T5i, Rebel T4i, Rebel SL1, Rebel T3i, Rebel T5, Rebel T3, Rebel T2i, Rebel T1i, Rebel XSi, Rebel XS, Digital Rebel XTi, Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel only
Focal Length
55-250mm
Aperture
Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Lens Construction
15 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View
27°50' - 6°15'
Focus Adjustment
Rear focus system
Closest Focusing Distance
2.79 ft. / 0.85m
Filter Size
58mm diameter
Dimensions (WxHxD)
2.8 x 4.4 x 2.8" (71 x 112 x 71mm)
Weight
13.23 oz (375g)

Canon 55-250mm Reviews

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4.4

(based on 158 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best bang for the $$$

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 no...

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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!

Reviewed by 158 customers

 
5.0

Exactly as promised. Heartily recommend it to others.

By

from Mesa, AZ  -  Pro Photographer

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

 
5.0

Very nice tool in my bag

By

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.

 
5.0

Best lens for your dollar!!!

By

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)

 
5.0

Best bang for the $$$

By

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)

 
5.0

Awesome detail at long distances

By

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.

 
5.0

This lens is a awesome!

By

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!

 
4.0

Good price for a good lens

By

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)

 
4.0

Great value lens

By

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.

 
4.0

Light and Quiet

By

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.

 
5.0

so far so good

By

from windsor vt  -  Photo Enthusiast

Light weight, fast focus

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jaime c  Will this lens fit on my Canon EOS REBEL SL1 (100D)? Thank you
LARA A  Hi, yes, I purchased it for my Canon EOS Rebel SL1. It's a great lens, I can recommend it from personal experience.
Jeff F  Can this be used on a Rebel T3i?
KEN S  I can not say if it will work or is backwards compatible with the STM features. The one thing that I have found out personally is that part of the physical build of the lens is different from other canon lenses. In my case the older 28-135 is lens. What it is is that the part of the STM lens that sticks in the body of the canon is significantly longer than such lenses as I mentioned. While I don't know if this added length is a problem with the camera body I have found that 2 of my favorite accessories (1.4 multiplier and a set of extension tubes) will not allow the lens to mount on them. Just make sure that you have a good return policy or go to a local store (best buy may even have one in stock) with your camera and see if it will work.
Richard R  Hi, will this lens fit on my Canon 30D? thank you, rr
ERIC W  Hi Richard, Yes, this lens should fit your Canon 30D. I purchased it recently and found it to be an excellent lens. The STM focus is virtually inaudible - important to me as I often take photos in locations where camera noise is unwelcome. Very light and easy to use. On the APS-C cameras, you do miss a bit of the wide angle with this lens so if you're taking photos of landscapes or similar settings, you might want to consider the 18-135mm IS STM lens. A few dollars more but very flexible. If you do much video, the 18-135mm version might be your best bet. Good luck! Eric
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