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

This is a great lens for your crop factor Canon cameras. It is small and lightweight, features Image Stabilization, STM focusing and is inexpensive at $299 (cheaper when you buy it with a qualifying DSLR body typically). Because it is an EF-S lens it will only mount on Canon APS-C bodies such as the Rebel series, but it is an aweusome companion to the smaller bodies. It does have a plastic mount, but that is forgiveable due to the light weight and price point.

Pricing*

  • EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM - $299.99

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Image quality

Overall this lens is quite sharp. Stopped down it gives even some of the best lenses a run for their money. Wide open it is a little softer, but not much. All in all a very good performance here. (Test images coming soon)

Vignetting

This lens does show a bit vignetting, especially as the widest focal lengths, but this is easily correctable. Zoom in and the vignetting eases, but never completely goes away. Because this lens is designed for the smaller APS-C sensors it does show more than if you use a Full Frame lens on an APS-C camera.

Distortion

Telephoto lenses typically do not exhibit much distortion, and the Canon EF-S 55-250mm lens is no exception. There is a slight amount of barrel at the wide end, and a slight amount of pincushion at the telephoto end. All in all, nothing to worry about, especially if you have a lens profile enabled in the camera or shoot in RAW and use a profile in your software.

Chromatic Aberration

Again, telephoto lenses typically do not experience much in the way of CA, and using lens profiles will fix the minor amount of CA that you might find.

What I Like

  • Internally focused
  • size and weight
  • image quality
  • image stabilization

What I Don't Like

  • plastic mount
  • lens hood not included
  • no distance scale

The Bottom Line

While I am not a fan of the build quality, the optical quality and the Autofocus are quite good. This lens is a great value if you buy it with a camera when a bundle deal is offered, sometimes cutting the price of the lens in half! If you already own a Canon DSLR camera, I would highly recommend you check out the Tamron 70-300 f.4-5.6 VC USD lens. It costs a little more, but the lens features better build, Full Frame compatibility and a great Image Stabilizer.

Overall User Rating

4.74 out of 5

based on 635 user reviews online.

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Specs

Focal Length 55 - 250 mm
Max Aperture f/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/
Minimum Focus distance 33.48 inches
Maximum Magnification 0.29x
Number of Elements 15
Number of Groups 12
Aperture Blade Design Rounded
Number of Aperture Blades 7
Filter Size 58 mm
Diameter 2.76 in.
Length 4.38 in.
Weight 0.83 lbs.
Lens Mount Construction Plastic
Tripod Collar None
Weather Sealed No
Distance Scale No
Image Stabilization Yes
Lens Shade Optional

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