Ilovebelugas
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Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:14 am

What does everyone think about a Canon 55-250 EF-S IS Lens? As I am on a budget- and this lens is relatively cheap- should I get this for aviation? Would images taken on this be accepted on here?
Please give me all opinions- and what you think if you own this lens.

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RE: Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:40 am


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http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/19...250mm-f4-56-is-test-report--review

Seeing as your 13-15 and on a budget, this is probably your best bet.
 
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RE: Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:02 am

Thanks- I see your shots are pretty good- so there is hope for me yet! Out of interest do you spend much time editing your shots?
 
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RE: Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:49 am

For a similar price you can get the Sigma 70-300APO (£140 - cheap and out of stock)

http://www.simplyelectronics.net/mainproduct.php?pid=1283

Or the basic 70-300 a bit cheaper (£124 or similar)

http://www.simplyelectronics.net/mainproduct.php?pid=1268

And the Canon £155
http://www.simplyelectronics.net/mai...8&gclid=CJ6vlfvC-aACFdpo4wodhFFA7w


And there are over 2000 photos on the site with the Sigma lenses

http://www.airliners.net/search/phot..._id+desc&page_limit=15&thumbnails=
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RE: Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:15 pm

Hello there, I have the lens and my opinion is that it's a decent lens, but because it's quite soft, a fair bit of editing is needed for it to be accepted. I don't know about third party lenses, but if you're on a budget the 55-250 is for you.
 
Ilovebelugas
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RE: Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:10 pm

I have heard reports of the 55-250 being "soft"- but is the sigma any better considering it doesn't have image stabilization, so many shots are going to be slightly blurry anyway?
I am also reluctant to do too much editing- as I don't have any time because i still go to school, and it also takes the fun abit out of photography!
 
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RE: Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:44 pm

Quoting Ilovebelugas (Reply 5):
it doesn't have image stabilization, so many shots are going to be slightly blurry anyway?

That's not quite true. IS is only useful at slower shutter speeds. Anything faster than about 1/250th and it's effectiveness is limited. Above about 1/400th (depending on focal length), you'll get no benefit from it. It's the lens optics that will give you the sharpness and providing you use good panning technique and can maintain and appropriate shutter speed, IS isn't essential. If you're on a budget, I wouldn't worry about IS too much. Yes, it's useful in some situations, but I've not used IS lenses now for 4 years and I can't say I miss it. Concentrate on how the lens performs optically and if it comes with IS, that's just a bonus.

Quoting Ilovebelugas (Thread starter):
this lens is relatively cheap- should I get this for aviation?

You need to decide what focal lengths you are going to need. Is the lens wide or long enough for example or will a 70-300 be of more use? Any lens is good for aviation, however the more expensive ones are obviously going to give you better results optically. It's the person behind the camera that makes a good photo, not the equipment.

Quoting Ilovebelugas (Thread starter):
Would images taken on this be accepted on here?

Yes, as long as you know how to use the equipment effectively. Will you use the lens for anything other than aviation? Will the focal lengths suit your needs? A 70-300 for example might be too 'long' at the 'short' end but a 55-250 might be fine. All questions that you need to think about before spending your money.

Quoting Ilovebelugas (Reply 5):
am also reluctant to do too much editing

A well taken photo should only need minor adjustments. If you need to spend more than a few minutes on a photo, your technique wasn't quite right.

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RE: Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:03 pm

I had the predecessor - the 55-200 without IS. And that was very soft. I replaced it with the Canon EF 70-300 mm IS USM, and with that one, I am quite happy. I think it's one of the best lenses you can get below the L series, and it's not that expensive.

If you can afford the 70-300, go for it. I don't have any experience with the Sigma lenses, but most of the users are quite happy with them, so they may be an option as well.
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RE: Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:30 pm

Quoting bravosierra09 (Reply 4):
I have heard reports of the 55-250 being "soft

Compared to what? You're looking at a budget lens here so of course it's not going to be as sharp as one in the £400+ category. Having said that, I believe the 55-250 is quite a bit sharper than some of the competition and it'll be more than sharp enough to get pictures on here.

Another perhaps worth looking at is the EF75-300 f/4-5.6 USM III. It's a tried and tested lens and many here started out with one (myself included). It's pretty sharp up to about 210mm, however after that it's very soft and produces 'muddy' colours.

I've no experience with the low-end Sigmas but I believe they are slightly softer than the Canon mentioned above. Just bear in mind that all cheap lenses in the 70-300 range or similar are going to be very soft at the long end. Even the £400 EF70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM is soft above about 250mm; although not to the extent of its cheaper siblings.

On a final note, your lens choice should be what suits you, not what suits sites such as A.net. Besides, if you're relatively new to the game it may take a good while to hone your technique, etc. in order to get images worthy of being accepted here.

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RE: Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:58 pm

Quoting Ilovebelugas (Reply 2):
Thanks- I see your shots are pretty good- so there is hope for me yet! Out of interest do you spend much time editing your shots?

Not mine, just 2 I saw from the database with that lens.

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/ef_s_55_250_mm_is

5000+ photos with this lens, if you want more samples.
 
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RE: Canon 55-250 Is Lens?

Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:31 am

Hello,

I have the 55-250 IS, and it works very nicely. All of my pictures on the site so far have been with this lens. In regards to being soft, it is very soft from 200mm and up. Other than that, it works relatively well. It is a budget lens, and now that I have the 70-200 f/4 L USM, I can really see the differences in sharpness. For the price, however, it is very nice.

Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 6):
That's not quite true. IS is only useful at slower shutter speeds. Anything faster than about 1/250th and it's effectiveness is limited. Above about 1/400th (depending on focal length), you'll get no benefit from it. It's the lens optics that will give you the sharpness and providing you use good panning technique and can maintain and appropriate shutter speed, IS isn't essential. If you're on a budget, I wouldn't worry about IS too much. Yes, it's useful in some situations, but I've not used IS lenses now for 4 years and I can't say I miss it. Concentrate on how the lens performs optically and if it comes with IS, that's just a bonus.

I agree with the above post, when I bought the 70-200, I got the non-is version, but since i shoot at such high shutter speeds i really don't notice the difference.

In the end its a fair lens for a good price.

-Thomas

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