Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Optical Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens (2044B0020)

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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Optical Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens (2044B0020)

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Designed with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology, this Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Optical Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens is incredibly compact and lightweight. You'll love this Canon EF-S Lens as the high zoom ratio is equivalent to a focal length of an 88-400mm in the 35mm format (when used on Canon EOS cameras compatible with EF-S lenses). The image stabilizer effect of this Canon Telephoto Lens is equivalent to a shutter speed about 4 stops faster than the same size lens without Image Stabilizer. This Canon EF-S Lens also uses a UD-glass lens element to correct chromatic aberration for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range. Get this Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Optical Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Len for excellent image quality.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Optical Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens (2044B0020):
  • Canon Optical Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • High zoom ratio
  • Excellent image quality

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Good, bad and bottom line - CNET Reviews


Lightweight and compact; affordably priced; very usable manual focus capability; optical image stabilization for sharper handheld photos at slow shutter speeds.


All-plastic construction, which is less durable than metal; sharpness falls off at 250mm where it is likely to see a lot of use.

Bottom Line

A lightweight, compact design coupled with its stabilized 400mm-equivalent focal length zoom and affordable price make the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS a versatile lens for entry-level shooters and amateurs on a budget.


Weight: 13.8 oz
Length: 4 in
Diameter: 2.8 in
Lens System
Type: Telephoto zoom lens
Special Functions: Tele, zoom
Magnification: 0.31
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 88 - 400mm
Focal Length: 55 mm - 250 mm
Lens Aperture: F/4.0-5.6
Optical Zoom: 4.5 x
Min Focus Range: 3.6 ft
Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual
Zoom Adjustment: Manual
Max View Angle: 27.8 degrees
Min View Angle: 6.25 degrees
Lens Construction: 10 group(s) / 12 element(s)
Filter Size: 58 mm
Diaphragm Blades: 7
Mounting Type: Canon EF-S
Features: UD glass
Lens Coating: Super Spectra coating
More Information
Model No.: EF-S 55-250 IS
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 2.8 x 2.8 x 4.3
Walmart No.: 000676940

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Rated 4.6 out of 5★ by 209reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great telephoto lens to complement your kit lens his is the first lens that I've purchased and kept outside my kit lens (18-55). I mentioned kept because believe it or not, I bought the 70-200 F4L non-IS. I won't be giving any technical review about this lens as that is pretty much covered by the other reviewers here. I'll just share my story to help out other beginners who are having a hard time as well contemplating on what lens to get to complement their kit lens.At first, I definitely wanted to buy a telephoto lens so I can shoot objects from a distance and I really like to try the lens out in a zoo. I then narrowed my choices between EF 70-300 IS USM and 70-200 F4L non-IS (didn't want 55-250 then because I didn't like the plastic mount). Since the latter would end up costing almost the same or even less (comes with hood and pouch plus the free filter amazon offers), I went for it without even thinking. Before the package arrived, I already had second thoughts and tried to cancel the item. Since I tried out the amazon prime 2 day shipping, the package came really fast so I wasn't able to cancel but returned it as soon as I got it.So why did I return the 70-200 F4L and settled for an EF-S 55-250?- I don't get paid taking pictures, it's just a hobby.- No one will really sit down and scrutinize the pictures I take. All Canon lenses take great shots compared to other brands. It's not like I'm posting the pictures I take in the net for public view.- The beige color of the L lens is somewhat too loud for me. I don't want people to think I have that much cash or evern comment that I only have an XS body.- No IS, I realized that I really need IS because I don't have any plans of getting a tripod soon and my hands are really shaky.- Cost!- Weight.- Performance of 55-250 that I was able to research over the net. Of course it's nothing comapred to the L lens, no doubt about that. But if the pictures are viewed alone, without comparing to L lens, they are great.- Max range is only at 200, I get an extra 50mm with 55-250.- Missing the 56-69 mm.Ok, the last 2 are just for my piece of mind because I opted with 55-250 but they don't really matter if you have the L lens. If you do become a pro in the future, you'd definitely get something better than the 70-200 F4L.Bottom line, this lens is no where in the league of L lenses. As one of the reviewers mentioned, it does the job. For value of money, I really love this lens. About the plastic mount, I realized that I wouldn't be using my camera that hard anyway. Plus, it'll be lighter.I'm going to steal one of the reviews I read, it basically says that if you like the performance of your kit lens (18-55), you'll defintely like this as well. I totally agree, fast AF, sharp pictures, longer range version of 18-55.Note that this is NOT a comparison between L lens and 55-250, or even 70-300. Just a decision experience that I wanted to share with a number of beginners out there. 09/01/2010
Rated 3 out of 5★ by There's better Pros: It has a long zoom range. It has Image Stabilization. Beginner Portraits for cheapCons: Slow lens, especially at the long end (f/5.6). IS helps, but you don't get the really nice out of focus background. It isn't really sharp. Its acceptable, if you're only doing 4x6 photos and some 8x10s.Given the cons, I'd skip it. I like really sharp optics.Buy this lens if: This is your first canon DSLR and you're used to point and shoots. If you don't plan on doing big enlargements. If you want a lens good for doing amateur portraits (the slight un-sharpness of this lens makes it so you don't see so many skin imperfections). 12/14/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A quality product The image stabizer on this lens works well. Great color and details. 07/01/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Wonderful I just love this lens! I have got some GREAT shots. No complaints here! In the picture, I am a little more than 1/2 a mile away. (wish it would show a little bigger so you could see better) Just took it this morning. 09/15/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Optical Image Stabi This product does meet my expections and then some. I love that I am able to take close-ups of the birds in flight. I actually can see the wing span of the bird. This is quite important to me, as I am an artist and I need to see detail. 02/18/2011
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Good Lens/Great Price Bought it and gave it a workout the next day. I took over 300 photos. Shot indoors and outdoors and it performed well in both situations. IS works great, auto focus works great, overall I would say good lens at a great price. A little fuzzy at the 250mm end but for the price you can't beat it. I took some portraits of my neice that turned out beautiful. This lens on the Rebel XTi is a great pair for photography at a reasonable price. 06/29/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great lens for money I purchased this lens for my mother-in-law for her birthday, after reading several good reviews in photo magazines, and was not dissapointed. The Image stabilizer works very well, and its a very sharp lens for the money. Its much clearer than my comparably priced Sigma 28-300mm, and I'm planning on picking one up for myself. Great Value! 09/03/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great long distance lens This is a great "within the room" lens as well as a "long distance" scenery shot lens. I can be miles away from the lake and get a great sunset shot! Or I can be inside the armery and catch my little brother's National Guard "firm face" amongst 100s of other guard members from the civilian seats. 12/17/2010
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