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Keywords: Canon EF-S Tele Zoom APS-C IS II Stabilized Tested


Registered: January 2013
Posts: 3
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II review by AdamH
Review Date: 1/12/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $210.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Great lens for the price
Cons: Noisy IS and AF

Good telephoto lens for people on a budget. Although IS and AF is noisy, the price you can't beat for the image quality it produces.


Registered: November 2011
Posts: 6
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II review by Apricane
Review Date: 11/8/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $200.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: IQ; Sharpness; Color; Produces great bokeh.
Cons: Barrel Distortion (mostly at short focal lengths); vignetting can be annoying; rotating focus ring; stupidly noisy IS; slow AF; almost too light.

Seeing how everyone reviewed the other version of the lens, I hope I haven't made a bad decision to get the II!

So far, I'm very satisfied with the quality of the pics I have been able to take with this lens. Color is so much better than the kit lens, as is sharpness and overall image quality. Bokeh is also a lot easier on the eyes and much nicer.

I seem to run in problems with barrel distortion at shorter focal lengths, which is a pain since Aperture, my main RAW processing app, doesn't seem to have an option for correcting it. Thankfully, it has an option for devignetting, as this is also a recurring issue with the lens, although not as bad as distortion.

Like most lens in this price range, the focus ring rotates; combined with a physically long lens and relatively slow AF speed, this can make polarizing filters very hard to use.

Also, I've noticed the IS can be quite noisy, especially if the lens is moved significantly while holding down focus, for example when panning, which can cause problems and embarassment when used in quieter environments.

What is more, when using the lens hood, I find the lens is so light that it is easily caught by the wind, making it noticeably harder to handhold. It is almost too light even when there isn't any wind.


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