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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, reviewed by alexvtr

 
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Jun 26, 2015 15:53 |  #1

I'll keep it short since I just bought it. It's more my first impressions than an in-depth review.

Context: I used to own the non-STM version of this lens so I can compare both. My camera body is a 60D.

1- Build quality (zoom ring / barrel): Surprisingly smooth when zooming, really no play when extending.

2- Auto focus: Pretty quick, noticeably quicker than the previous version. I guess it takes a little to get used to it as it's almost too quiet.

3- Manual focus: Although it's nice to have full time manual focus, the fact that the ring can turn indefinitely is disconcerting. Never too sure if there's more to focus or if you already reached the end of the range... Weird. Another characteristic to get used to I guess. Doesn't spin as freely as the previous version (which is good; makes it feel better built) but I'd like it to be a little more dampened (especially since it's STM, there's nothing to feel as it's not mechanically linked to the lens).

4- Image quality: Surprisingly good. I haven't had time to do a full range of testing, but so far, it's very sharp. Corners and centre, doesn't matter, it's clean.

5- IS: Super effective. Give it 1/2 to 1 sec to get up to speed. Once active, the effect in the viewfinder makes you think you're a hero at hand holding a telezoom!

6- Plastic mount: I couldn't care less... It mounts securely and stays super stable on the body.

7- Balance on a 60D body: Feels great, well balanced. The 60D has a decent grip for the right hand and with this lens, the grip on the left hand feels balanced to the other hand.

That's what I have in mind for now. I'll update if I discover anything else. If there's something I haven't covered you're interested in, let me know!




  
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Jul 03, 2015 22:10 |  #2

Sounds good to me, i also used to have the original mk 1 "nifty two fifty" supposed to be darn good at 250 as well, so all is good.


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Jul 05, 2015 19:05 |  #3

Good review.;-)a


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Jul 23, 2015 07:34 |  #4

Thanks for review, I will buy this or Tamron 70-300 VC version.




  
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Jul 23, 2015 09:09 as a reply to  @ chaturanga's post |  #5

Since the first post, I found some time to put the lens through its paces, mostly at a junior soccer game.

The conditions were quite demanding since it was in the evening (7:30 - 8:30 PM) and the field was not lighted.
IS is REALLY good on this lens. Obviously at 1/1000 + shutter speed, it's fine.

But I was looking to induce some motion blur in some panning shots and managed to get surprisingly good results around 1/80 @ 135 - 250mm. (despite not being the sharpest shooter and having very little practice in the last months).

Flare was also a non-issue.

I did the whole game using exclusively centre-point focus point and focusing speed was great.

It's never going to compare to a 70-200 2.8 IS II (which is my all-time favourite lens) but I don't think I'll ever rent the 100-400 ever again (which I did on a few occasions). It doesn't have as much reach, but IS being massively superior, my keeper rate has been better on the little 55-250.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask!




  
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Jul 23, 2015 15:20 as a reply to  @ alexvtr's post |  #6

Did you have the non STM version now or before this one?

Wondering what improvement you saw.

Impressive though for sure..


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Jul 24, 2015 08:33 |  #7

HogansHeroes wrote in post #17641943 (external link)
Did you have the non STM version now or before this one?

Wondering what improvement you saw.

Impressive though for sure..

I used to have the previous version (sold it +/- 1 year ago).
Agreed, it's not scientific or anything... testing side by side would be much more conclusive.
But I never liked the feel of the previous version and I never enjoyed the results I got like I do with this new one.

For the price, I say this is hard to beat. And being a relatively new lens, it should keep its resale value for a while.




  
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Jul 24, 2015 10:03 |  #8

alexvtr wrote in post #17642678 (external link)
I used to have the previous version (sold it +/- 1 year ago).
Agreed, it's not scientific or anything... testing side by side would be much more conclusive.
But I never liked the feel of the previous version and I never enjoyed the results I got like I do with this new one.

For the price, I say this is hard to beat. And being a relatively new lens, it should keep its resale value for a while.


Yep and price wise at just the other side of £110 over here, thats a Bargain:-)


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Jul 24, 2015 20:46 |  #9

Here is a pic from this great little lens, take no notice of the pic exposure it was one of my first in my 7d, and I really messed up the exposure - way to low and in the wrong ISO - that taught me a lesson about not relying on auto ISO.
Anyway I had to bring it up the best I could in post - It does show how sharp the lens is and how accurate the focus is - this was just a grab shot and I was not really paying much attention to the gull or tracking it.


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Jul 27, 2015 19:35 |  #10

I agree with most of your comments on this lens.
It's definitely better than the non-STM version both optically and as far as IS and focus speed are concerned.

For my applications, there's no way this lens could fill the void of the 100-400L v2, which has vastly improved IS over the older version.
I just rented one for about a week and found the optics to be superior to the already good 55-250 STM, but it's out of my price range for now.


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Jul 29, 2015 12:40 |  #11

wizzells wrote in post #17646644 (external link)
I agree with most of your comments on this lens.
It's definitely better than the non-STM version both optically and as far as IS and focus speed are concerned.

For my applications, there's no way this lens could fill the void of the 100-400L v2, which has vastly improved IS over the older version.
I just rented one for about a week and found the optics to be superior to the already good 55-250 STM, but it's out of my price range for now.

Right... when I mentioned the 100-400, I was referring to the MK1... I never had the chance to try the new one. It certainly is much improved and I have no problem believing it beats the 55-250 STM hands down. But then, it's like 10X the price, so there's that! :-)




  
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Jul 31, 2017 05:03 |  #12

Bought the STM version a couple of week ago and have to say for the price it is astounding.
This is a perfect lens for those who cant afford the more expensive alternatives or wouldn't want to risk very expensive lenses in certain situations.




  
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Dec 10, 2017 10:05 |  #13

Really looking forward to owning this lens.




  
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Mar 04, 2018 05:52 |  #14

I have one of these and a 70-300 f/4-5.6 L. (..and about 10 other of C's). 80D body.
Sure the L is sharper, if you look hard, but not all that much. I can do a comparison of something specific if someone is interested.

When I bought the 70-300L, it was better than the 100-400L at 300mm, though the later "II" version of the 100-400L later beat it by a little. (Things move on, the current Sigma beats the 100-400"II" L, who would have expected that?)

The lens in the title beats or is close to the first version of the Canon 100-400 L . See HERE (external link). It depends what you care about.
The old 100-400L was never considered a very sharp lens, despite the cost, but not "bad".

So yeah, the 55-250 IS STM is a very good lens. Mine came silly-cheap as a kit lens. If I'm going round the park and just want to take one lens, that's the one.




  
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Mar 06, 2018 13:16 |  #15

Excellent review. My 55-250mm is my favorite lens.


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