Canon 55-250

I've owned the Canon Rebel XTi and 40D which both use APS-C sensors, so you can attach EF-S lens, which are smaller, lighter ... and cheaper! For general walkaround, I've been pretty happy with my 17-85IS. For ultra-wide angle, the 10-22 takes some awesome shots. So for telephoto, I decided to get a Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4.0-5.6 IS lens and here's my review of it.

Because of the camera's 1.6x focal length multiplier, that means this lens is 88-400mm in a 35mm format. It has Canon's latest Image Stabilization which claims 4-stop improvement. The minimum focusing distance is 3.6 feet, so you can do some great closeups. While it's fairly slow at F/5.6, it's lightweight (14 ounces) and small in size - 2.8"x4.3" - although that extends considerably when zooming out and focusing. Speaking of that, it does not have USM focus which is one negative, as that is a bit slow and the front mirror rotates & extends as it focuses. Based on close-in testing, the Canon 55-250 has very accurate focus on my 40D, especially at the full zoom. There is a slight amount of back-focus at longer distances on my 40D. Finally, there is some noticeable vigenetting when wide open which is clearly seen that in the images when I cleaned the dust off the Canon 40D sensor. The Canon 50D has vigenetting correction.

However, for the $270 I paid in April/2008, you are get a heck of a lens that takes some great pictures - scroll down to see some! ;-)

Canon 55-250 IS lens - side views

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Front, Back, and the Canon 55-250 Box UV filter and ET-60 Lens Hood

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Alek smiles for the webcam when UPS delivers the Canon 55-250

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First picture with the 55-250 - my son's friend Casey

canon 55-250 casey

Actual pixels - this was hand-held at 100mm, F5.0, 1/100s, ISO800

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55-250 review of the action in a Dog-Coyote Battle

canon 55-250 dog coyote

55-250 telephoto has enough reach for some nice shots of a Colorado Red Tailed Hawk

colorado red tailed hawk

Full 250 telephoto used on this Pesky Peach Squirrel - maybe the Hawk will eat him!

peach squirrel

A Hawk "poses" for the Canon 40D - actual pixels at full 250 tele, F/5.6, 1/2000s, ISO800

colorado red tailed hawk perch

At full 250mm, 1/1600s, F/8, ISO400, 50% crop - more frisbee pictures from that day

canon 55-250 frisbee

My 7 year old son Kyle scores the first goal of the game!

canon 55-250 soccer

One of his soccer teammates gives the ball a big boot!

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Superman Kyle also tests the AutoFocus Tracking

superman kyle

Want to go wide rather than tele - then try the EF-S 10-22mm lens which ROCKS ... and here is more Camera stuff