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Thread started 26 Mar 2012 (Monday) 21:53
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canon 55-250 is it a good budget buy?

 
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Mar 27, 2012 07:06 |  #16

moltengold wrote in post #14161085 (external link)
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number 1: EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
number 2: Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VC USD
number 3: EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
number 4: EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM

Thats the way I'd rate them. The canon 70-300 doesn't really improve IQ over the 55-250, costs more, weighs more.


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Mar 27, 2012 07:32 |  #17

loganator11 wrote in post #14159719 (external link)
I have still not purchased any new lenses but the kit lens that came with my t2i (550D). I want something for sports and maybe some star photography, I have been looking at the 55-250 but I tried one out and it DID NOT focus fast at all so I don't know if I should get it or something else. If you don't think this is a good buy please recomend something else on a budget (under 300$) thanks!

Its a great buy, probably the best available for your budget. You're right, it's not the fastest focusing lens in the world, but it's perfectly usable for sports and moving subjects (see below). A couple of years ago I bought a 70-200 f4 IS, intending to sell my 55-250, but in the end I couldn't bring myself to let it go and still have both lenses. The 55-250 is my hiking and vacation lens, for times when I don't want to take a heavier/more expensive lens, and it never lets me down. Highly recommended.


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Mar 27, 2012 08:08 |  #18

With a $300 budget, the 55-250 really seems to be your best bet. There are always plenty available for sale on this forum. You can probably pick one up for around $150.


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Mar 27, 2012 08:11 |  #19

It's a great value lens. It is sharp and gives nice colours. I had plenty of great results when I owned one.

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Mar 27, 2012 11:51 |  #20

I bought mine used for $150, and I have no regrets. Best budget zoom lens for the price, and takes great pictures!


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Mar 27, 2012 12:01 |  #21

Yupe, a 55-250mm on a 7D AI Servo, you don't even need a USM for bird inflight. :D


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Mar 27, 2012 12:09 as a reply to  @ cfcRebel's post |  #22

awesome lense, it stayed married to my xti...still does...


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Mar 27, 2012 13:41 |  #23

I really like mine as well, for the money it can't be beat.

Remember that focusing also depends on ambient light and the contrast of your target, if you were trying it out in a shop odds are you had poor flourescent lighting and might not have had a great target to use.

I find that it does hunt a bit and it's nothing like my 17-55, but for the money, it works great and the IQ is really good.

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Mar 27, 2012 16:26 as a reply to  @ Keyan's post |  #24

I had one, sold it and bought a 70-200 f/4....the L was slightly sharper, but did not find it worth the extra $400, so I sold it and am back with the 55-250!




  
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Mar 27, 2012 16:36 |  #25

mark2009 wrote in post #14164231 (external link)
I had one, sold it and bought a 70-200 f/4....the L was slightly sharper, but did not find it worth the extra $400, so I sold it and am back with the 55-250!

Smart move!


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Mar 27, 2012 16:42 |  #26
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mark2009 wrote in post #14164231 (external link)
I had one, sold it and bought a 70-200 f/4....the L was slightly sharper, but did not find it worth the extra $400, so I sold it and am back with the 55-250!

good to hear :D




  
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Mar 27, 2012 18:07 |  #27

cfcRebel wrote in post #14164277 (external link)
Smart move!

Yeah, put the money towards the 15-85 which I love.




  
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Mar 27, 2012 21:42 |  #28

Keyan wrote in post #14163333 (external link)
I really like mine as well, for the money it can't be beat.

Remember that focusing also depends on ambient light and the contrast of your target, if you were trying it out in a shop odds are you had poor flourescent lighting and might not have had a great target to use.

I find that it does hunt a bit and it's nothing like my 17-55, but for the money, it works great and the IQ is really good.

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GET THE 55-250 and do not look back. It is not a 2.8, it is an outdoor lens, but worth it and it is actually quiet, USM quiet.
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Mar 27, 2012 21:50 |  #29

Sirrith wrote in post #14161360 (external link)
The canon 70-300 doesn't really improve IQ over the 55-250, costs more, weighs more.

Same goes for the Tamron. Had both and kept my 55-250 over the Tamron.


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Mar 27, 2012 21:54 |  #30

Go to Best Buy and Price Match it. B&H has them for $199.00. So Best Buy will sell it to you for that price, and if you have any rewards points, it will cost you less. DO not forget a ET-60 Lens hood.


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