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

        

General information

This is a zoom lens manufactured by Canon and the model was launched 2011.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.

Compatibility, autofocus 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 autofocus 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.

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.

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.

Different versions of the lens

This lens has replaced an earlier version and this lens is currently the newest version but please compare it with the earlier versions before you buy it.

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.

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 capabilities. 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 (more info)
  • Has a built-in image stabilizer
  • An impressive focal range
  • Light weight (390 gr)
  • The lens is the latest among several editions
  • 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
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust

Specification

Product Name:Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS II (See dictionary)
Release date: 2011
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
Compatibility: Designed for APS-C cameras (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/4-5,6
The lens aperture 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-S" lens, 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
Weight: 390 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)

Product Page (Canon):

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Reviews

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Does this lens work with my camera?

Below you will find all registered cameras here on Lensora. Whether the actual camera works with this lens or not is displayed with a green or a red symbol, and if you want to know more about why the lens and the camera work or do not work together you click for further information..

Product name Release date Type Sensor Focal Length ? Total weight
Canon EOS 1000D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 892 gr
Canon EOS 100D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 797 gr
Canon EOS 10D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS 1100D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 885 gr
Canon EOS 1200D 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 870 gr
Canon EOS 1300D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 875 gr
Canon EOS 1D 2001 DSLR APS-H (1.3x)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 2004 DSLR APS-H (1.3x)
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 2007 DSLR APS-H (1.3x)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 2005 DSLR APS-H (1.3x)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 2009 DSLR APS-H (1.3x)
Canon EOS 1D X 2011 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 2016 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 2020 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 1Ds 2002 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 2004 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 2007 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 2000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 865 gr
Canon EOS 200D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 843 gr
Canon EOS 20D 2004 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1160 gr
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1160 gr
Canon EOS 20Da 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1160 gr
Canon EOS 250D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 839 gr
Canon EOS 300D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1035 gr
Canon EOS 30D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1174 gr
Canon EOS 350D 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 930 gr
Canon EOS 4000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 826 gr
Canon EOS 400D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 946 gr
Canon EOS 40D 2007 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1212 gr
Canon EOS 450D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 914 gr
Canon EOS 500D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 910 gr
Canon EOS 50D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1212 gr
Canon EOS 550D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 900 gr
Canon EOS 5D 2005 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 2008 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 2012 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 2016 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 5DS 2015 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 5DS R 2015 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 600D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 960 gr
Canon EOS 60D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1145 gr
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1145 gr
Canon EOS 60Da 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1145 gr
Canon EOS 650D 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS 6D 2012 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 2017 DSLR Full frame
Canon EOS 700D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 970 gr
Canon EOS 70D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1145 gr
Canon EOS 750D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 945 gr
Canon EOS 760D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 955 gr
Canon EOS 77D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 930 gr
Canon EOS 7D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1250 gr
Canon EOS 7D Mark II 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1300 gr
Canon EOS 8000D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 955 gr
Canon EOS 800D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 922 gr
Canon EOS 80D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1120 gr
Canon EOS 850D 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 905 gr
Canon EOS 9000D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 930 gr
Canon EOS 90D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1091 gr
Canon EOS D30 2000 DSLR APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS D60 2002 DSLR APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS Kiss Digital 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1035 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 930 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 946 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 910 gr
Canon EOS Kiss M 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 780 gr
Canon EOS Kiss M2 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 777 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X10 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 839 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X10i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 905 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X2 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 914 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X4 Digital 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 900 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X6i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X70 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 870 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X8i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 945 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 843 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 922 gr
Canon EOS M 2012 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 688 gr
Canon EOS M10 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 691 gr
Canon EOS M100 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 692 gr
Canon EOS M200 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 689 gr
Canon EOS M3 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 756 gr
Canon EOS M5 2016 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 817 gr
Canon EOS M50 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 780 gr
Canon EOS M50 Mark II 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 777 gr
Canon EOS M6 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 780 gr
Canon EOS M6 Mark II 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 798 gr
Canon EOS R 2018 Mirrorless Full frame 55-250 mm 1050 gr
Canon EOS R5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame 55-250 mm 1128 gr
Canon EOS R6 2020 Mirrorless Full frame 55-250 mm 1070 gr
Canon EOS Ra 2018 Mirrorless Full frame 55-250 mm 1050 gr
Canon EOS Rebel 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 1035 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 797 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 843 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 839 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T1i 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 910 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 900 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 885 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 960 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T4i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 870 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5i 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 970 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 875 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 945 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6s 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 955 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 865 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 922 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T8i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 905 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XS 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 892 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 914 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XT 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 930 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XTi 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 88-400 mm 946 gr
Canon EOS RP 2019 Mirrorless Full frame 55-250 mm 875 gr
Nikon D1 1999 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D100 2002 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D1H 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D1X 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D200 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2H 2003 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2Hs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2X 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2Xs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3 2007 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D300 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D300s 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3100 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3300 2014 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3400 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3500 2018 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3s 2009 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D3x 2008 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D4 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D40 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D40x 2007 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D4s 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D5 2016 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D50 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D500 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5100 2011 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5300 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5500 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5600 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D6 2020 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D60 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D600 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D610 2013 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D70 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D700 2008 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D7000 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D70s 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D7100 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D7200 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D750 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D7500 2017 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D780 2020 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D80 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D800 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D800e 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D810 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D810A 2015 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D850 2017 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D90 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon Df 2013 DSLR Full frame

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.

Different versions of this lens

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS II has released different versions of this lens. Please make sure that you study the differences before buying.

(2007) Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS
(2011) Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS II

Alternatives to Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS II for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS II. Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4,5-5,6 II USM
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 IS
Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5,6 DC OS HSM

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