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Canon 55-250 IS info and thoughts please

 
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Oct 19, 2009 12:43 |  #1

Hi,

I am looking to get a canon 55 - 250 IS to replace my current zoom lens (Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro). I can't afford anything more than the 55 - 250 as I am currently a student and don't have money to throw around as such! From what I know I would see it as a bit of an upgrade from what I have at the moment.

I do a bit of sports photography, mainly football and hockey (outdoor) so one of the main things that I would like to know is if it would produce decent images at full zoom, 250mm?

Any help with regard to this lens would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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Oct 19, 2009 14:42 |  #2

Mine is sharp throughout the range; the pics are fine at 250 mm. It does a good job with outdoor sports, as long as the light is good.


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Oct 19, 2009 14:48 |  #3

It's definitely a great lens for the price. I use mine all the time, and most of the time it's at the full 250mm and I still get great shots. You won't be disappointed.


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Oct 19, 2009 14:50 |  #4

At 200mm+ on mine, I get some moderate vignetting and lower contrast. One of the only things that really bothered me about the lens.


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Oct 19, 2009 15:07 |  #5

It's good! When I don't want or need the big white 100-400L I use the 55-250IS and it is a great lens, a good range for sure. Not the highest build quality but it is light and cheap so it's a great carry around lens.


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Oct 19, 2009 15:35 as a reply to  @ hpulley's post |  #6

Thanks for the quick responses.

My understanding was that it was slightly better than the sigma than I already have and that it was slightly faster than the sigma too in terms of it AF.

One thing that did tempt me towards it was its price and what I can get it for with a trade in of my own lens at my local camera shop.

Thanks for all the advice though, I am pleased to hear such good reports about it.


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Oct 19, 2009 16:48 |  #7

It's friggin awesome. The other thing is if you check craigslist sometimes you can score them for like $175 lol.

Pluses:
1. It's tiny. When retracted it isn't much larger than the kit lens. You can put it in a jacket pocket lol.
2. It's extremely sharp. Maybe I just have a great copy, but mine rocks at 55m and is still sharp at 250mm.
3. Very low CA. Actually think it has less CA than my friends 70-200 f2.8L is lol. Also it is almost impossible to make it flare.

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1. It's focus can't keep up with fast moving small objects. For example tracking a moving eagle or hawk is no problem, but tracking a pidgin would probably not be doable. Tracking my cat walking around is no problem but if he's running around it won't keep up. I estimate it focuses only like 1/4 as fast as the 70-200L. However I have no complaints with its accuracy.

That said, it's not like you can't take pictures of tiny things with it or anything:

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Oct 19, 2009 17:13 as a reply to  @ woos's post |  #8

Cheers Woos, it certainly seems like a really good lens for the price.

I will be using it mainly for football (soccer) so it should keep up with that seeing as the objects are fairly large. If the AF is faster than my current sigma then it'll more than suffice.

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Oct 19, 2009 17:18 |  #9

I sold my Canon 75-300mm for it. It is much lighter.


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Oct 19, 2009 18:59 |  #10

The 55-250 is an excellent lens. You will love it. My copy is great through the whole range. But on a side note. 55mm on this lens somehow equals 65mm on my tamron.. Great lens none the less.


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Oct 19, 2009 21:49 |  #11

brandon9585 wrote in post #8852335 (external link)
At 200mm+ on mine, I get some moderate vignetting and lower contrast. One of the only things that really bothered me about the lens.

Agreed. Otherwise very nice lens for the price that shoots sharp at 250mm.


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Oct 20, 2009 02:57 |  #12

I'm gonna say "maybe."

I shot football at 1/400, f/2.8, 3200 ISO and was happy with the results - I could freeze action, the shots turned out very nice. I could not imagine trying to shoot with two less stops of light - the players would be blurry for sure and would require heavy PP. Other photographers were strobing with their built-in flashes, but with the players more than 30 feet away, I dunno how well those turned out. I once shot water polo with the 75-300mm, images were blurry, noisy, out of focus.

I once had to process a photographer's hockey images, taken with the D40 and 55-200mm, and again, ugh. Even applying heavy NR in LR2 couldn't get rid of all the noise. Granted, it was a JPEG, but I've had good sucesss with LR2 before.


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Oct 20, 2009 03:19 |  #13

Woos, thats an awesome picture!
I've had this since March 09 and its a nice lens especially for the price. Its light and focuses relatively quick. Its sharp, especially at its sweet spot of f10 and f11 on almost most focal lengths. Don't expect an awesome build quality though. For the money, its a pretty darn good lens!!!




  
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Oct 20, 2009 05:04 |  #14

See my post at the end of this page about its sharpness at 250mm
https://photography-on-the.net …ead.php?t=45956​9&page=135


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Oct 20, 2009 05:13 |  #15

Will be fine for outdoor hockey, but indoor not so much.


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