Canon 55-250mm IS
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DEAL: Previous model 55-250mm IS, refurbished for $160. Same great optics!
NEW: Replaced by the newer Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II.
NEWEST: Canon 55-250mm STM.
The Canon 55-250mm EF-s was an inexpensive ($300 - 249 Euros) basic lens which adds image stabilization (IS), which I consider to be mandatory for sharp photos, hand held, at telephoto settings. This is the first Canon tele ever at this price with IS, and it focuses close: 3.6' (1.1m) at all focal lengths.
I'm an IS addict, so I think this lens is a great idea for general shooting. I think every basic digital shooter ought to get one of these, especially since it's half the price of the next least expensive Canon 70-300mm IS.
Canon calls this the Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS.
EF: Electronic Focus. All modern Canon lenses focus with a motor in the lens.
IS: Image Stabilization, which means no tripod needed except at night. See Why IS Matters. Canon claims 4 stops, we'll see.
12 elements in 10 groups.
A UD glass element to reduce chromatic aberrations (color fringes and halos).
Canon rates the MTF thusly:
Canon claims circular.
3.6' (1.1m) at all focal lengths.
f/4 - 5.6.
Appears to be plastic.
August 20, 2007 for ROW, 24 January 2008 for USA.
2008: $280 USA.
2007: $299 USA, 249 Euros.
I haven't tried one yet. Prior experience suggests the Canon 55-250mm IS ought to be a winner. I'll let you know when I get my hands on one.
Get today's newest Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II instead. This lens is obsolete.
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30 Sep 2013