Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
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Great, but not perfect
Jerry, B&H Photo
16 April 2014
Excerpt: Positive first: It's a good lens, not just for shows and sports but also for an everyday use, if you like shooting telephoto. It is not super fast, but usually also not slow at all, I use it on the T5i and the AF nails it pretty fast so don't worry about loosing too many pictures because of it. As for the downside, besides the all-plastic built which feels a little like holding a toy, there is a real one major downside for this lens - and it is the Canon 55-250mm STM.
Pros: Lightweight, Nice Optics
Cons: All plastic, Rotates Too Much, Slow Focus, Weak Casing
Excerpt: I will use this lens for my grand children's sports such as football and baseball and out door travel. The lens is light enough for extended carry. The IS seems to work well. I was disappointed to find that it had a plastic mount.
Conclusion: I have been using this lens for 6 months regularly. It was purchased as a refurb. Generally, it has functioned very well, mechanically. The focusing motor is good and I don't feel that it is noisy. I would use this lens much more often, except that for more distant subjects the focus is very poor at any aperture setting.
Pros: price is good
Cons: Semi-sharp images, low contrast when zoomed in
Excerpt: It's about what you'd expect with such a low aperture (i.e., f-value). The Image Stabilizer is nice, and 250 mm can really reach out. It is a very durable lens, but I found the rate of aperture decrease with zoom to be too high for indoor use under fluorescent lighting.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Conclusion: I have to say, that after having used this lens for some time now, that I have not had the quality results that others have had with this lens. The older version of this lens was better, in my opinion...disappointed.
Excerpt: Bought this lens as a cheap versatile lens to take around for photography. I have L-series lenses that i use for video but am always nervious to take it for recreational photos. For what I wanted, the quality is great, sharp and fast enough. But on a 7D, with the crop factor, 50mm isn't wide enough to be practically useful as an all around lens.
Summary: This lens is a great way to reduce your gear when you are on the move. You can replace several lenses because of the range of this zoom. The drawback, of course is the limitations of the f/stops. This lens is great for outdoor use and in situations where there is ample light.
Excerpt: Consider this a budget lens, that will do a decent job. But if you ever need to use a 2x converter, then forget about it. This lens can only be used "as is" and I'm told many of them are returned when people find out it has serious limits.
TKK "Teamwork is when everyone runs around to do what I command.", Amazon
12 January 2013
Summary: I take a lot of photos with my Canon t2i. And bought this lens in order to take pictures of my kids during their activities. Before this lens, I used to use Olympus camera with similar lens which I was very happy with. I thought I was moving up from that when I purchased this lens. But the pictures aren't as sharp as I hope it would be. Even when I am shooting static object in a bright light condition, pictures aren't as sharp as I'd like it to be.