$229.99 As Advertised
- Optimised for photo and video with ultra quiet STM stepping motor
- Improved OIS for 3.5 stops of shake correction
- 58mm filter size; Non-rotatign front element
- Close focusing to 2.79 ft (.85 M)
Rear focus system
Optical image stabilizer
15 elements in 12 groups
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens is rated out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jim K from Great Autofocus and Very Sharp! I've been taking some bird pictures in my yard lately and decided to try this newest version of Canon's 55-250mm lens after reading some reviews that stated the new optics had improved the sharpness of the lens over previous versions, especially at the long end (above 200mm). I own the original IS version of this lens as well, and have been pretty satisfied with it. However, after trying out this new version for a few days, I must say that it's definitely sharper than my older version at 250 mm f/5.6 (which is what I was hoping for). Autofocus is also very improved and it hunts less before locking on as well as being nearly instantaneous when focusing. Silent motor as well, which should be great for video. Manual focus took me a little bit to figure out, since it's electronic vs. mechanical. I have to keep my finger halfway down on the shutter button to override autofocus with the manual focus ring, but it worked great once I figured that out. With the autofocus switch off, manual focus seems to work similarly to my previous lens. I doubt I will use manual focus much on this lens anyway, since the autofocus is so outstanding and fast. The key for me with this lens is sharpness at the long telephoto end, and I'm thrilled with the results I'm getting. Birds move fast and are quite twitchy in their movements. You don't get much time to focus and I generally take my pictures at or above 1/500 shutter speed, so improved autofocus and sharpness at 250mm, wide open (f/5.6) was important to me. This new lens has really delivered in both areas and has improved the quality of my pictures noticeably from my former IS version, which was already a pretty decent lens. I suppose a person could critique the build quality a little with the plastic vs. metal mount, but the counterpoint to that in my opinion is how light this lens is, and it still feels very solid to me in build quality. You can carry this thing around all day and not get tired at all, which means more pictures taken! Sure it's not made for heavy weather and rough conditions, but I'm not a pro so I don't shoot in those conditions anyway. I'm absolutely okay with trading the heavy duty build for lightness in this lens, and its optics seem outstanding to me. The price for this lens new is already an absolute bargain, and there are some lightly used examples out there that you can get for the price of a good dinner at restaurant! In my personal experience with this lens, it's improved noticeably in every way from the previous versions, from autofocus to sharpness, to the non-rotating front element for filters. Thank you Canon for keeping us amateur photographers in mind with these outstanding lens offerings at great prices. I absolutely love this STM version of the 55-250 lens! If you need a telephoto lens at a great price, don't even hesitate, go find one of these today!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by CWhitePhotos from Great lens... I bought this lens used and I am generally happy with it. Comparing it the other lenses that I bought for my 7D new, this one has softer picture quality, especially at the ends, lower and upper boundaries. Admittedly, I am relatively new to DSLRs, not photography, so it may be something that I am not doing correctly. Nonetheless, I am quite satisfied with my purchase.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Great Lens! I recently became a Canon customer after switching from Nikon so I don't have an expert review on this lens but after using it for just a few days I know this lens is reliable. I've been testing the lens with all of the automatic settings so far and the photos look beautiful. I am yet to see what it can do when I play with the settings manually. The zoom and focus are very smooth; this is great for zooming during videos so it isn't choppy. This lens is a must-have for new photographers. I can't speak for experienced photographers but this lens is working great for me, a photographer of around two years.
Date published: 2016-08-02
I am new to photography, and am wondering if this would be compatible with my Canon Rebel Xsi? Thanks!
Thank you for your question. In regards to the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens (L7865587), yes this Lens would be compatible with your Canon Rebel Xsi. If you need any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you. Sincerely, CS 39
Date published: 2017-06-16