Reddit Reddit reviews Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens

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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens
Maximum aperture: f/4.0-f/5.6Optics: 12 elements in 10 groups, UD glass elementCanon EF-S Mount (not compatible with full sensor DSLRs)
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40 Reddit comments about Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens:

u/ElementK · 5 pointsr/photography

It's a new issue with this lens. It's actually a really nice lens for the price, look at some shots people have taken with it. I don't see the blurring effect that I'm getting in any of their shots - and a lot of them were taken with older cameras. You don't need a $1000 lens to get a decently crisp shot.

u/filya · 5 pointsr/astrophotography

My current equipment :

  1. Camera : Canon T3i
  2. Lenses : Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.8, Canon 55-250mm f/4.0-f/5.6
  3. Tripod : Proline Dolica
  4. Software : Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom 6

    Using these, I manage to get these : Album

    I want to further my astrophotography, but realize I would need better equipment to better these.

    Which of these would be best bang for my buck for a step forward with astrophotography?

  5. A tracker : Ioptron SkyTracker OR Vixen Polarie
  6. A good solid tripod and ball head
  7. PixInsight software (Is there a cheap or free alternative to a $250 software? I tried DSS, but found it to be inconsistent with results)

    I know a good answer to this would be 'everything', but I can't get myself to spend a lot of $$ at this moment. I could spend a few hundred on one of these, and then at a later point re-evaluate.

    Thanks for hooking me into this awesome hobby!
u/crazykoala · 3 pointsr/UFOs

I like Canon and they have a nice line of DSLRs. The EOS Rebel T2i has an 18 megapixel sensor with low light sensitivity, etc. Amazon has the body for $700 and you could add a telephoto lens for.. well, depends what you want to shoot.

I see this one for $250. It's a 650-2600mm telephoto lens. It's heavy and would require a tripod to use, but it would be interesting to see what you could see on things far away. Big Canon lenses can cost thousands of $$, so this is way cheap by comparison.

This 50-250mm zoom for $210 would be something you could leave attached and carry around.

Good luck in your camera and ufo hunting. I hope I have a good camera with me if I ever see something interesting in the sky. I have a Canon Vixia HD video camera that is more multi-purpose for my needs, but it has some nice image stabilization.

I might have a good example. I was at the rally last weekend and saw this balloon/parachute thing that seemed to be dangling a camera to get a crowd shot. Here's a clip where I zoomed in. Sometimes a handheld shot with that much telephoto can get unstable, but I was sitting and had an elbow braced on my knee as I recall, that plus the image stabilization helped me get a decent hi-res closeup to identify the object was from

The nice thing about the Canon DSLRs is that they can shoot 18 megapixel stills or HD video. The 2Ti is a replacement for the 1Ti. The new Canon that I am coveting is the 60D which goes for $1100 (body only) but they come out with something new and improved every couple of years.

EDIT: here's some marketspeak on the optical image stabilization used in the Vixia, I agree and thought it was pretty smooth compared to the previous generation of digital image stabilization I have used, and the small form factor makes for a camcorder that is easy to carry or even stick in your pocket. Here's a YouTube video of Vixia image stabilization.

A little further digging and I see in this review that the Canon 2Ti has optical image stabilization too. I haven't had my hands on one of these DSLR cameras but they seem to be getting better and better with each new release.

Hope that helps. And here's to having a camera in hand when you really need it! :)

u/iyamthewallruss · 3 pointsr/photography

Check, that is how I got mine.

Right now, if you buy the T2i from amazon with the 55-250mm IS, you get $200 off instantly (so the lens is almost free). Plus, if you buy a Pixma Pro9000 mkII with the camera, you can get a $400 AMEX card by mail. I did this and just sold the printer on CL for $250. I did a slightly different deal through newegg, but when it was all said and done, I ended up paying $420 for a T2i.

u/UnoriginalGuy · 3 pointsr/photography

Yes, that would be a good start. Although the price is a little suspect. You can buy this from

  • $589: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
  • $199: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS

    So $88 for New Vs. Used, plus maybe better warranty on the new stuff? Interestingly the bundle cost more on Amazon than buying the two separately.

    PS - As a completely random note: When shopping look out for two "tricks:"

  • Camera bundled with an "off-brand" lens (e.g. Sigma, Tamron, etc). While there is nothing wrong with off-brand lenses, you really need to be able to spot the jewels from the duds. Canon lenses typically cost more but are generally all at least reasonable (excluding the 75-300, which is just trash).
  • "Accessories packs." No exceptions, these are all trash. Don't buy an accessories pack along with your camera. If you want the contents buy it all individually (E.g. SD Cards, Batteries, Cloths, etc).
u/ZacharyRD · 3 pointsr/AskPhotography

Honestly, that lens is not worth it, because it's a very awkward lens for most things on a 1.6x crop body, such as the 60D. 300mm on a 60d is the equivilent to >450mm on a full frame sensor, and is not really necessary. Even if it was nicer glass, it's just not a lens I'd want to own as one of my first lenses.

If you wanted a cheap lens, it's not the one I'd buy -- The "Nifty Fifty" -- is even cheaper, and I'd prefer it. As I'd also prefer the Canon 40mm fixed lens.

If you want a telephoto lens, the kit lens Canon 55-250 is a much better buy, and can be found MUCH cheaper used, because it's practically given away in many kits. Amazon has their refurbished price as within $30 of each other.

u/Momgrapher · 2 pointsr/photography

I am looking at 3 inexpensive lenses and I think I may have found the one. Haven't yet checked BH for some reason....(just realizing this now) anyway here they are. I think the refurbished STM is the best option.

STM 55-250

USM 75-300


I am very new but really want to play with something with range. I currently have a 50mm fixed. I love the pictures I get but either skill or the lens isn't allowing me the shots I want. Maybe both.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is my dream lens. I've been wanting it for so long. I haven't started saving up for it yet, but hopefully with this new job, I'll be able to.

u/abdulatwork · 2 pointsr/photography

I preface by saying I know almost nothing about photography.

My gf has a Canon Rebel T2i and recently we went on vacation to Iceland where she commented she wasn't taking the best pictures because she only had a kit lens.

I wanted to get her something around the $300-400. What would be the best bang for my buck? She likes doing wildlife and landscape photography.

I see these two lenses, are both of them together a good deal?

Zoom lens

Landscape Lens

Is there another lens in that price range that would be better than both of these combined?
Also, is it worth it getting a lens for a T2i, she was commenting that it was a beginner camera.

u/scyshc · 2 pointsr/photography

hmmmm since she was looking for superzooms, I don't think she'll appreciate the 50mm as much because she already has that field of view, same goes for the 24mm. The only advantage they have for her would be the wider aperture, helping her with low light situations.

You could get her a fisheye lens like the Rokinon 8mm f3.5 but honestly you take fisheye lenses for maybe once or twice and you get bored with it. You could also get her a macro lens, but again, those are one trick ponies. Unless you see her trying low light photography and/or playing with depth of field, don't think primes would suit her at this moment. Primes generally are better performing, but I think she values versatility more than that little extra performance that you get out of primes.

Sounds like she could like the Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 lens. There's three versions of this lens (but don't bother with the first one). second one is bit cheaper at 195 new. third one is more expensive at 300 bucks new, but it has quieter autofocus, instant manual focus (meaning you don't have to bother with the AF to MF switch to get manual focus, you just turn the focus ring) and it can focus a bit closer than the second one (second one focuses up to 3.6' or 1.1m, third one focuses up to 2.8', or .85m).
It's not a big difference, but you do get a slight bit more functionality for that extra dough.

Well I hope you look into my suggestion. And tell her the first photo with the trees is fantastic!

u/t0ny7 · 2 pointsr/photography

Here are the two cameras compared.

I have the T2i and I love it. The T2i can do 1080p HD video and the D80 can't.

I would suggest getting the 55-250 lens because it has IS which makes a big difference. I've heard the image quality of the 70-300mm lens is not as good as the 55-250mm lens. And its not that much more money.

u/Alexhasskills · 2 pointsr/photography
u/jd3302 · 2 pointsr/wallpapers
u/Eponym · 2 pointsr/photography

Regardless of your reasoning, it sounds like you want to compress the elements in your scene so distant objects appear closer (larger) to the foreground elements (like the bridge). This can be accomplished by using telephoto lenses. Look into getting the 55-250mm.

u/magus424 · 2 pointsr/photography

I hope you meant $200 for the 55-250mm, that is not a $300 lens :)

I got it with my kit and while I haven't taken many photos with it yet, it seems decent.

u/EnglishTraitor · 1 pointr/BestPhotographyDeals

I bought this camera two years ago and have loved it. Feel free to ask me any questions about it.

Lowest price the 60D has ever been, probably because of the recent release of its successor, the 70D. Check out this page for more information on the lens bundle deals

u/gravity_sandwich · 1 pointr/NatureIsFuckingLit

This lens is pretty cheap. It's a kit lens that came with my t3i. Took this photo with it today.

u/frenchy612 · 1 pointr/photography

I've haven't really thought about buying a used lens on eBay in fear that it will be damaged. I've just been looking for new, discontinued, lenses on Amazon and found this one. It's a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II.

P.S. Great photos. That bed race photo seems intense!

u/magical_midget · 1 pointr/photography

For that budget the only one you can get new is the 55-25mm canon

However there is the canon 70-200 f4 L non IS that would also work well, you will have to buy it used and it does not have image stabilisation (meaning you will need a fast shutter speed, but for sports you probably need that already)

If you can get the used 70-200 f4 L non is used for cheap near you go for that

u/sergi0wned · 1 pointr/photography

I recently went on a once in a lifetime trip to France for two weeks, so hopefully I can provide some helpful advice/insight.

First, and I cannot stress this enough, have enough memory! I'd recommend bringing at least 16GB, if not more.
I brought two 8GB cards to France and transfered them to my computer each night. I never used the second card, however, if I wouldn't have had the luxury of transferring to a laptop each night, I would have quickly exceeded this.
If you are able to bring a computer or other means by which to back up your photos, I'd STRONGLY recommend it. It's great peace of mind to not have to worry about losing pictures or running out of room.

Second, DO NOT use the Auto mode, that just makes your DSLR a big point and shoot. A lot of people recommend using M(anual), but it can be a little overwhelming if you're not used to your camera. The Av (Aperture Priority) mode is great because it allows you to select the aperture value you want (which will effect what's in focus and Depth of Field) while automatically determining the rest. Constipated_Help gave you some very sound advice on exposure, so follow that if you're able.

Third, make sure you have the right accessories. A tripod would be great for landscape shots. The Dolica Proline is a great value at 40$. At least one extra battery would be good to have, especially if you will not be able to recharge during the trip. An Opteka t2i battery can be had for 12$, and works with your Canon charger.

If you can swing it, a new lens would be good to have since the lens is the determining factor of image quality. If you like to "zoom" and isolate subjects, you'll want a telephoto. The Canon 55-250 IS is a great deal at 240$. If you like wide angle, you'll need an ultra wide. These will typically run above 400$. I have a Tokina 11-16 and I am very pleased. As others have recommended, the Canon 50 1.8 is an incredible deal at 100$ and provides creative options with it's wide aperture.
A nice bag is also a good thing to have. You can buy either a messenger style, a holster or a backpack. Filters would also be nice, but they're not a necessity.

I hope this can help. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'd be glad to (try to) help! :)

u/Eyemajeenyus · 1 pointr/photography

Hello r/photography!
I recently saved up enough money to buy my first serious camera. This Cannon EOS Rebel T3 caught my attention and I keep reading in the reviews that it is an excellent entry level camera. Is that a true statement? I would be willing to shell out some extra money for this T3i if it would be a better buy.
This Cannon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 or this Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 seem like good lenses to go along with them, but are they too much to soon?
Again, this would be my first major camera purchase. Would this be a solid purchase or is there another cheaper camera that would be just as good?

u/elusiveemily · 1 pointr/cats

7D & I used this lens. Font is Gotham - my favorite font.

u/digiplay · 1 pointr/photography

I think That's the wrong lens. You want the 55-250 is stm.

If you're going with the older one I'd get it from amazon

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens (discontinued by manufacturer)

u/frostickle · 1 pointr/photography

This really depends on what you shoot.

Have you found that you need more range? Do you need a longer focal length? What exactly are you shooting in nature/outdoor? If you're trying to take animal photos, then yes, get some extra length.

Personally, I'd be getting this lens if I were shooting Canon and a spare $1000. But that's just because it suits my style more. It is a faster lens, so you'd be able to shoot in less light, and has a very "normal" focal length range. I don't typically take photos of things/people that are far away, I prefer to get up close and take more intimate photos, rather than stalker photos from across the street.

But if you want to shoot birds and animals, or sports, the 55-250mm mark II is nice, it is cheap, and lightweight for what it does. There is also a 70-300mm, which is almost double the price, and almost double the weight, for 20% more reach.

Also; I would recommend buying lenses, rather than upgrading your body... the t2i is only 1.5 years old. You will see more of an improvement from buying lenses than camera bodies, and lenses can be used on future bodies.. whereas if you replace your camera body every 2 years, you're losing your investment every 2 years.

p.s. Don't be afraid to look at sigma lenses they're usually 95% of the quality, for 50% of the price.

P.p.s. These links that I've added contain an amazon affiliate tag, but please don't feel compelled to buy using them, you should check ebay, keh, b&h, adorama, or even your local shops etc. for the best deal. The mods have yet to decide what to do with any money that the amazon affiliate tag raises for the reddit community.

P.p.p.s. There are no solid guarantees in place that I won't backstab the reddit community and steal the $35 currently in the reddit amazon affiliate account! Well, no guarantee besides my word. (I promise not to do it.) (I'm just pointing out that anonymous reddit accounts shouldn't really be trusted..)

u/PhilipGreenbriar · 1 pointr/photography

Well That's the thing... I don't have any specific thing to shoot. I just want to play around with it. I want to have a lens that I can use as a toy, so to speak. I already have this lens which works well for close ups if I'm more than 3.5 ft away from things

u/upvoteforyouhun · 1 pointr/photography

Your response is exactly what I need.

I currently have a Canon EF 55-250 and a Canon Ef 18-55.

u/farkonian · 1 pointr/photography

Definitely consider the plastic fantastic (F1.8/50mm) and maybe this: 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS.

u/CosmonautDrifter · 1 pointr/AskPhotography

So you think a 70-200 would be good enough alone for just starting out?

No need to buy a 50mm prime lens?

This is the 70-200 I was thinking about buying for her. There is also this one. I'm not really sure the difference except for price.

This is the 50mm

u/MrTreesy · 1 pointr/wildlifephotography

That would give you an advantage! 😃

I would recommend either the 70-300mm or 55-200mm. There's a price difference of course, but both great choices. Naturally a benefit of having an extra 100mm. Though make sure to get the lens with IS because it will make a difference. They do sell a 70-300mm lens without IS but I'd avoid.

u/RazRaptre · 1 pointr/Cameras

> It sounds like the 250 IS might be the way I want to go for my specific needs at this point, though!

Do you mean this lens?

I have the same lens, it's pretty great for the price! I wouldn't trade the IS for an extra 50mm. Also since it's discontinued, your only option is the new STM version of the lens. I think it's maybe $50 more than the older model, and should focus faster.

u/kolosok17 · 1 pointr/photography

Hi guys, I am not sure whether this is a good place to post this, so please feel free to delete if it violates the rules.

I am looking to upgrade from a Canon T3 to a smaller, potentially mirrorless, camera. I would like to sell my T3 + gear and use that cash toward the new camera.

What is a reasonable price to ask for this stuff:

Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera DS126291

Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS II

Tiffen 58mm UV Protection Filter

Case Logic SLRC-201 SLR Zoom Holster (Black)

AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories - Black

Generic 58mm Hood

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - Fixed

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens


u/thedailynathan · 1 pointr/photography

You don't state a budget, but one of the cheapest will be Canon's 55-250 IS:

It'll be pretty effective, and lightweight. The only way you could do better for a similar size range is to go for the Canon 70-300 IS - it gets you slightly more range but is definitely bigger and more expensive.

If you really, really want to go compact, the smallest I know of is Sigma's 55-200. Be aware that it doesn't have IS though, so keeping the camera steady enough may be difficult:

Also you might want to check with the particular venue about what kinds of cameras they will allow. Many of them have restrictions such as no lenses longer than 3 inches, or no SLRs entirely.

u/SevenDimensions · 1 pointr/photography

You are right, lenses are definitely more important, especially because it seems like most of your shots will be landscapes, and you'll have plenty of time to set up the composition. You won't need expensive bodies.

Get a Canon Rebel; they're good cameras and will give you as much functionality as you'll be able to use - as this is your first DSLR.

As lenses go, I would recommend a Tamron 17-50 non-VC, which is on par with the Canon 17-40 L lens. Also, you might want to consider a telephoto; my suggestion for this would be the Canon 55-250 IS, which is also a great lens.

u/kangaroooooo · 1 pointr/photography

Hello everybody. I know there's probably not much you can do to help me with my current dilemma, but I really appreciate your help.

So here's the deal: I have about $200 to spend on lenses, and I have two I'm deciding between. They have very different purposes, quality, and benefits. I can't decide which one I'll use more. Here they are.

  • Canon 40mm f/2.8

    For this, the benefits are that it is very small, and very light. I'm going to Iceland soon, and I feel like having a small, very portable lens might be a really big benefit. Also, the image quality is supposed to be pretty good.

    On the other hand, that focal length is already covered by my 18-55mm kit lens. Is the image quality really good enough to justify spending $160?

  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II

    This has a great zoom range, and is perfect for taking pictures of cycling, my other hobby. However, it's really big.

    Which should I get?
    I know you can't solve my problems for me, but do you have any advice? In case it's important, I currently have a Canon t3i with 18-55mm kit lens.
u/Wr3ckin_Cr3w · 1 pointr/photography

Hey all,

Years ago I purchased a Rebel T2i that came with a 18-55mm IS lens. I then added on a 55-250mm IS II and a 55mm.

I haven't shot with them as much as I should have, but i'm now getting back into it. I'm about to add hood lenses to all of them (tip from a Youtube video I saw) and I will get out and start shooting more. My interest range from landscape, structures, portrait and anything really. I do have two questions though!

  1. I'm thinking about adding a wide lense, specifically thing one Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS What do you guys think about that one? Looking at this as a general "do-all" lens for normal shooting.
  2. Any other tips/hints for me?

u/Sheehan7 · 1 pointr/photography

Follow up to the other comment I posted: I have a Canon T3 w/ 50mm 1.8 STM and the 18-55mm kit lens. I want more lenses such as something a step up from the kit lens, and a longer one for sports or wildlife. Thing is as a college student I don't have a ton of money to throw around so sub $300 lenses are ideal if still a little pricey to me. I liked the 55-250mm but hear it's not that good.

Any suggestions of lenses I should pick up, not just for my examples I gave but in general lenses that are good for the T3? I know it's kind of a hard question given my budget

u/Netrilix · 0 pointsr/

Nice job. I was getting ready to go outside and photograph 65 feet with my 55-250mm lens to illustrate this exact point, but you saved me the trouble.