Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS


Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Canon and the model was launched 2007.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
This lens is designed and meant for Canon cameras with a smaller sensor (often referred to as 'APS-C') which means that the lens does not fit all camera models. By clicking on the link below you can make sure that the lens works with your camera model and you should do an additional check with your local dealer as well, before you buy the lens just to be sure.
The ability to use auto focus is available for all cameras.
The lens has a focal length of 55-250 mm. Since the lens is designed to be used on a camera with smaller sensor ('APS-C') the focal length will be equivalent to 88-400 mm on your Canon camera.
A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.
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Read more about focal length and your field of view
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Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/4-5,6.
This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.
One thing to consider is that the lens has a variable brightness, which means that depending on how much you are zooming the lens will have a different maximum aperture value. At 55 mm the lens brightness is f/4 and at 250 mm the brightness is f/5,6. Through the link below you can read more about what this could mean for you as a photographer.
Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.
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Read more about changing brightness at different focal lengths
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Filter and Lens Hood
The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 58 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.
There is a lens hood that fits the lens (model name "ET-60") but unfortunately this is something that is not included when purchasing the lens and must be ordered and bought separately, as an accessory.
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Different versions of the lens
This lens has been replaced by a newer version. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS (2007) << The lens you are currently viewing
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS II (2011)
 
Prices and awards
TIPA TIPA Awards 2008: Best Entry Level Lens
This telephoto zoom offers a tremendous range of focal lengths and features an optical image stabilizer, which allows around 4 stops of light to be gained. This asset compensates for the modest aperture of f/4-5.6, and in terms of use, effectively converts a slow lens into a fast one. The optical construction of 12 lenses in 10 groups ensures that sharpness and distortion is well controlled, and on a Canon D-SLR, it offers an equivalent zoom range of 88-400mm. All this and it weighs only 390 grams, so it´s light enough for photographers to carry as a regular part of their shooting kit.   See homepage
 
Pictures (product and sample images)
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Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
The price
Has a built-in image stabilizer
An impressive focal range
Light weight (390 gr)
The lens was awarded at TIPA Awards 2008: Best Entry Level Lens
Works only on cameras with APS-C sensor
Poor aperture value with its f/5,6
A variable lens brightness at different focal lengths
No lens hood is included
This lens has been replaced by a newer version
The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
 
Specification
Product Name:Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS (See dictionary)
Release date: 2007
Manufacturer:Canon
Type of lens: Telephoto Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Designed for APS-C cameras (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/4-5,6
The lens apeture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/4 at 55 mm
f/5,6 at 250 mm
(Read more)
Focal Range: 55-250 mm
This is a "EF-Slens, designed for APS-C sensors, and will have a focal length equivalent to: 88-400 mm
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 12 elements / 10 groups
Image Stabilizer:
Yes, IS
Closest Focusing Distance:110 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 58 mm
Lens Hood:
ET-60(not included)
Tripod mount:
No (Read more)
Weather sealing:
No
Dimensions (diameter x length):70 x 108 mm
Vikt:390 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD)299 USD
 
 
Product Page (Canon):
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Text from Canon:"The “EF-S55-250mm F4-5.6 IS” is a telephoto zoom lens with a very small Image Stabilization (IS) unit. Image stabilization reduces blur due to camera shake by the equivalent of about four shutter-speed steps*, while maintaining excellent cost effectiveness. The inclusion of a UD (ultra-low dispersion glass) element in the design provides excellent aberration correction, and ensures excellent image quality at all focal lengths. The closest focusing distance is 1.1m at all focal lengths, and the zoom-ring pattern and coating used on our high-end models is used resulting in a firmer grip and a high-grade exterior finish.

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. This new EF-S telephoto lens with great features delivers excellent performance at an affordable price for all photographers."
 
Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
fredmiranda.com
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=362&sort=7&cat=27&page=3
 
lenstests.com
http://LensTests.com/reviews/canon-ef-s-55-250mm-f4-5.6-is
 
lenstests.de
http://LensTests.de/objektive/canon-ef-s-55-250mm-f4-5.6-is
 
slrlensreview.com
http://slrlensreview.com/web/canon-slr-lenses-39/telephoto-zoom-slr-lenses-60/435-canon-ef-s-55-250mm-f4-56-is.html
 
the-digital-picture.com
http://the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-55-250mm-f-4-5.6-IS-Lens-Review.aspx
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS
Different versions of this lens
2007 Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS
2011 Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS II

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