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Review: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Lens

I bought this Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS lens for our family trip to Mexico this past March 2009. I figured it would be a great fill in for my more expensive glass (Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS) without the added weight or risk of it being broken or something and it did great! I mean, obviously it's not an L series lens, but outdoors it is pretty impressive. My copy is very sharp and but the colors are kind of drab on my Canon EOS 40D. It is an EF-S lens, so if you have full frame or are planning on upgrading, this lens isn't the way to go. I highly recommend this lens to hobbyists and those just starting out, it's a really great lens with a great range and with the IS, it works great in areas with out much light. The bokeh on this lens is pretty smooth as well, especially outdoors.

All of that said, there are some cons to this lens. First off, I'm going to say that you get what you pay for when it comes to lenses. Obviously with a price tag of $230, don't expect an L lens or anything. This lens does feel pretty cheap, but like the Canon 50mm 1.8, it's a great lens for the money. I figured this is a good stand in for our trip with it's range being so wide, I was able to leave home several lenses at home because the range on this covered so much. I also think it's great for those that want an extreme zoom but don't have the money for the Canon 70-200mm or something similar. This lens is very light and easy to travel with.

Another thing I liked about this lens is it's fast auto-focusing! I was actually super impressed with how fast this thing focuses! Especially in low light! I'm used to my other lenses hunting a bit to catch that bit of contrast and focusing, but the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS lens is really speedy and super quiet too.

As for picture quality, I mentioned that the IS works great and the images are fairly sharp and acceptable, especially out doors. I recently had a chance to take some shots outdoors of a few birds that were making a home in my back yard. It was awesome being able to zoom in on them without disturbing them in the least. I had so much fun snapping away pictures and feeling like I was really there watching them. Once I uploaded the images to my computer, I was so impressed with the background blur (bokeh) and how sharp all of the images were! I really believe this is such a great lens for the money! I have owned the Canon 70mm-300mm telephoto lens as well and this one is much more superior, especially with the IS. If you're looking for a really great lens at a really great price, I highly recommend the Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4.0- 5.6 IS lens, it's really a great deal for the money!

Hope this review helped some!

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Amanda Trumper
Wed, 15 Jul 2009 14:55:11 +0000

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