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Will The Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4.0-5.6 Is Do?

Mon May 11, 2009 1:31 pm

I was browsing Amazon.com and came across the Canon EF-S 55-250mm lens. I haven't got a telephoto lens for my Rebel XSI yet and was wondering if this lens will cut it for aviation photography (A.net quality).

I'm a bit concerned about the 5.6 maximum aperture at 250mm though, but then again, I'll use it mostly at MEX where get intense sunlight most of the time.

This lens will act as a 400mm right? So. Do you guys have experience with this particular lens? I'm just learning the ropes and I'm hesitant on getting an L series at this point.

(Disclaimer: I'm aware that the crop factor compromises light capture and image quality.)
 
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RE: Will The Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4.0-5.6 Is Do?

Mon May 11, 2009 3:36 pm

Hi,

Almost any lens will get results worthy of this site - it's actually more to do with the person behind the camera than anything else. The 55-250 is an extremely cheap lens, especially when you consider it has IS. Whether this constitutes good value is debatable. It is very poorly built in my opinion (lots of plastic!) but what do you expect for such a low price?

To be fair, the reviews I've seen highly recommend it - apparently it's pretty well-behaved for such a budget lens.Surprisingly sharp but obviously falling away at the long end. Of course bear in mind that if this lens was to cost £400 the reviews would perhaps be different!

You get what you pay for, and although in this instance I think you're getting quite a bit of lens for your money I'd still recommend saving a little more and going for something better. The 70-300 F5-5.6 IS USM (not to be confused with the cheap 75-300s) is second only to the L and DO ranges in Canon's telephoto line-up and a few hundred dollars cheaper. It is a very sharp lens indeed between F8 and F11. Of course if you have the cash I'd recommend the 70-200 F4 L at the drop of a hat, but the lack of reach bothers some people.

Finally, the 55-250 will still only act as a 250mm at the long end. The 1.6x crop factor is just that, and will never extend the maximum focal length of a lens. The results may look similar to 400mm but at the end of the day the depth-of-field etc. guarantees that a 250mm lens will always remain a 250mm lens.

Karl
 
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RE: Will The Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4.0-5.6 Is Do?

Mon May 11, 2009 7:50 pm

I thought the EF-S lenses were made for crop frame cameras and therefore don't need the conversion factor.
 
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RE: Will The Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4.0-5.6 Is Do?

Mon May 11, 2009 9:41 pm

The crop-factors are in the bodies and therefore an 18-55 lens will never be anything but. Similarly, a 55-250 will always be a 55-250. If the focal lengths were differential it wouldn't say clearly on it, "I am a 55-250mm EF-S lens".

Karl
 
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RE: Will The Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4.0-5.6 Is Do?

Tue May 12, 2009 12:12 am



Quoting Cvervais (Reply 2):
I thought the EF-S lenses were made for crop frame cameras and therefore don't need the conversion factor.

EF-S lenses are designed to fit Canon's crop camera bodies. The difference between EF and EF-S is in the mount. Something to consider is whether or not some day down the road the OP wants to upgrade to a full-frame camera. EF-S lenses do not work on full-frame cameras. However an EF lens will work on both crop and full-frame cameras.
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RE: Will The Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4.0-5.6 Is Do?

Wed May 13, 2009 2:37 am

I had this lens for a week. It was pretty good. I don't have images accepted with it, but it wasn't the lens's fault. It has a nice reach and was fairly sharp for the money. I think the price on this is around $199-250, which I believe a good value. Ultimately I decided to return it for the 70-200 f/4 L for $550 though.

If you need examples just send me an email and I'll send you some.

Ron
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RE: Will The Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4.0-5.6 Is Do?

Wed May 13, 2009 2:39 pm



Quoting RonS (Reply 5):
I had this lens for a week. It was pretty good. I don't have images accepted with it, but it wasn't the lens's fault. It has a nice reach and was fairly sharp for the money.

Thanks for the feedback. I ordered the EF-S, just to learn the ropes. Reviews claim that IS on this particular lens does work. Hopefully I'll get better glass when my skills grant it. Big grin

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