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Feb 12, 2015 13:15 |  #106

Canon has his lens(refurb) via their direct store for $168 until 2/19. Can't pass up that deal. I already bought mine, but since it was still within 14 days they gave me a credit for the difference. Can't wait to get it tomorrow.


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Feb 12, 2015 13:33 |  #107

fixed on my 60d


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Feb 12, 2015 13:41 |  #108

Another on my 60d


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Feb 12, 2015 14:13 |  #109

boufa wrote in post #17428885 (external link)
Canon has his lens(refurb) via their direct store for $168 until 2/19. Can't pass up that deal. I already bought mine, but since it was still within 14 days they gave me a credit for the difference. Can't wait to get it tomorrow.

I just ordered one as well. It'll make a nice, lightweight walkaround with my SL1.


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Feb 18, 2015 09:33 |  #110

It won't replace my 400 5.6 or my Siggy 120-300 for hardcore birding, but for a sub $200 lens on a sub $300 body, this lightweight gem works pretty well.

SL1 and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

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Feb 21, 2015 09:07 as a reply to  @ M_Six's post |  #111

Great images. I am very interested in the SL1 & this STM lens for birding. Currently I use my 6D and 100-400mm (for sale) but find this lens so difficult to hold steady with hand held shots, that I seldom have sharp, clear images such as what you posted with the smaller set up.

Do you ever use this combo for bigger birds (eagles, hawks, etc)? Does it produce pretty clear results when zoomed to 250mm?

Thanks!


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Feb 21, 2015 10:27 |  #112

michgirl wrote in post #17442224 (external link)
Great images. I am very interested in the SL1 & this STM lens for birding. Currently I use my 6D and 100-400mm (for sale) but find this lens so difficult to hold steady with hand held shots, that I seldom have sharp, clear images such as what you posted with the smaller set up.

Do you ever use this combo for bigger birds (eagles, hawks, etc)? Does it produce pretty clear results when zoomed to 250mm?

Thanks!

Those are zoomed to 250mm and cropped some. I was shooting at 1/800 and should have been a bit higher for the moving bird. 1/1250 or so would have done it. The IS works very well. Nice stable image in the viewfinder. The only thing I noticed was slower AF lock-on than my 5D MkIII, but that is to be expected, of course. The SL1/STM rig is very light. I also have the EF-S 24mm f2.8 pancake and the EF 40mm f2.8 pancake. You can pack all three lenses and the SL1 in a very small case and walk around all day with it. The only other lens I would recommend is the excellent Sigma 15-35 f1.8 Art. It's a little pricier that the others here, but well worth it for low light interior shots with the SL1.

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Oh, to answer your other question, I've only had the lens for a week or so. I haven't had a chance to grab pics of anything else yet. Usually when I go looking for eagles I'm packing the 5D MkIII, the Sigma 120-300 f2.8 Sport, and a 2x converter. That rig weighs a ton.


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Feb 21, 2015 13:37 as a reply to  @ M_Six's post |  #113

Thank you for your reply! I just ordered the SL1 with this lens from Amazon. Guess I will keep the big lens for the eagles (for now).

Thanks again for your help.


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Feb 21, 2015 13:40 |  #114

Looking forward to some pictures, Robin. Good luck with the combo.


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Feb 24, 2015 16:22 |  #115

Seems I missed the sale on the refurb store :( Any idea how often Canon puts up sales on that site? If not, any recommendations on the best place to buy this lens at?


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Feb 27, 2015 13:23 |  #116

Hope this is the right place for this: I wanted to register here just because of thinking about buying this lens and was amazed by some of the samples. Now I own the 55-250 STM with the other 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III that I received with my Rebel T5 (1200d).
It was nice to finally have a long focal range with image stabilization.

The STM lens cannot be compared to the other two in terms of focusing (mind-blowingly fast and super silent), and it's the most reliable to focus on my subject perfectly. This is all the good I can say about this lens.

The bokeh is mediocre. Compared to my cheap 'hundredsomething' dollar Ef 75-300 there is an obvious difference. Not only the EF has nicer background blur, but the images 'pop' (unlike with the 55-250 STM). It's true the EF has softer center, and overall softer edges, but there are details which the EF-S lacks of. I actually have professional shots done of an upcoming famous hip-hop star done in my backyard, because of the wonderful bokeh I can getaway with lots of things - and I never go above 250mm on the cheap EF lens.
When I zoom in to the pictures I took with the STM it looks dreamy, washed out ALBEIT perfectly still, focused images. I don't know how to put it... IQ is very similar to my previous camera, the Panasonic FZ7.

Does my lens have issues? Is the bokeh really that mediocre compared to a cheap EF zoom lens? Truth is I bought it from an ebay seller offering the STM for ~$180.00, but the lens not only arrived quick, it was in perfect condition looking brand new. The zoom ring was so smooth (this changed, been using it for two weeks now), the focus was spot on and the focusing speed beats the kit 18-55mm with ease. There's nothing wrong with this lens, I can even focus really nice in low light conditions. It's just the lack of detail, lack of pop and below average background blur.

I'm highly thinking of selling this lens and buying a 70-300 IS (non L) lens, because with the EF 75-300 III I can create images not only appealing to me, but ones that sell. I just miss the IS and bothered with some of the soft images.

PS. I tried fiddling around with in-camera sharpness, contrast etc. to make sure I'm not going over extreme and ruining the end results. Tried RAW and JPEG separately. As I said, the cheap EF has that detail that the EF-S lacks of.

Maybe the whole idea of EF-S lenses produce the best IQ on APS-C sensors is just a myth afterall?

Hope to hear your opinions. Thanks!




  
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Feb 27, 2015 13:29 |  #117

I just ordered mine today. I can't wait to see how it performs on my 7DII and my SL1 for video. :) Thanks for the sample pictures.


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Mar 13, 2015 18:24 |  #118

My first day out with this lens - love it!


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Mar 14, 2015 10:21 |  #119

Another one from yesterday.


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Mar 17, 2015 11:24 |  #120

Some of my first shots with this lens, mounted on an SL1.

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