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Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:48 pm

Hi All,

Need a light, compact telephoto lens for my crop bodies (to get around Ryanair's cabin bag policy!) and the performance of the above lens is continually lauded — is it as good as they say? I've an all-L collection at the moment — while I'm aware that it probably won't match that quality I would require something that isn't too far off and this seems like it could be it. Would I be disappointed with this lens?

Thanks,
Karl
 
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Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:42 pm

I have the older non STM version, and since the results that I get with the non STM version are pretty good, I’d imagine that the STM is even better.
 
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Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:13 pm

I have used the non STM version as well, while it is solid and you can get good results until 200mm, it is nowhere near any L lense I have used. Honestly mate, I get your problem, but I would struggle having to use it again. Knowing that you are quite picky with your shots as well, not sure if it's made for you. :-)

For my previous "non-L" Standards it was okay though within its limitations.
I don't see why the STM should make the image quality much better. But again until ~ 200mm you should get decent results.
Generally I always thought and still think that it does offer great value for money.
 
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Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:57 pm

Hi Karl, I used this lens four quite a while before I upgraded to a L-lens. If I was you I would definitely buy it. Very good quality, cheap and light. Only some vignetting at 250mm at F8 and higher. But I got hundreds of photos accepted with this lens easily. Good luck. Stefan
 
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Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:05 am

Stefan, for what's it worth I think you can get acceptances / acceptable shots with every DSLR lense outthere. I don't think it's the point for Karl, that does not even upload at the moment.
The question is more: will these shots have sufficient quality for someone that is used to an L-Lense quality for long years? I would doubt that..

As soon as I had my first L Lense I did not want to shoot with my other lenses again, so unfortunately for my wallet I had to buy more.
Otherwise I have plenty of shots with the 55-250 in the database as well. I also think it might is possible to get a decent shot at 250mm,but the success rate won't be high.
 
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Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:07 am

Thanks guys. It's worth noting that the new(er) STM version is an optical redesign and is praised for being much better than the two original versions (IS I & II). The reviews really are quite astonishing but at the same time a little ambiguous, for the fact that the phrase 'for the money' frequently pops up. Additionally, not a one compares the results directly to an L lens, so the reader/viewer doesn't really have a clue as to what the true image quality is like.

All that said, I can get one for £100 (or EUR120) so if it's crap I can sell it on with only a negligible loss.

Karl
 
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Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:04 pm

JakTrax wrote:
All that said, I can get one for £100 (or EUR120) so if it's crap I can sell it on with only a negligible loss.


Honestly, just go for it.

The older version (I know it's a different design) was "OK" up to about 200mm. If the newer version is significantly better, you'll be fine.

Or you could rent one and try it out, but I imagine you'll end up paying nearly the cost of the lens.
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Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:20 pm

JKPhotos wrote:
Stefan, for what's it worth I think you can get acceptances / acceptable shots with every DSLR lense outthere. I don't think it's the point for Karl, that does not even upload at the moment.
The question is more: will these shots have sufficient quality for someone that is used to an L-Lense quality for long years? I would doubt that..

As soon as I had my first L Lense I did not want to shoot with my other lenses again, so unfortunately for my wallet I had to buy more.
Otherwise I have plenty of shots with the 55-250 in the database as well. I also think it might is possible to get a decent shot at 250mm,but the success rate won't be high.

I understand what you mean Julien. But I was trying to say the quality is still very good for a not L-lens. Karl already mentioned he did not expect the same quality as a L-lens. The 55-250 shoots very good at 250mm as well, just watch out for some vignetting.
 
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Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:51 pm

Thanks guys, encouraging stuff!

To clarify, I don't expect L quality in most areas but I want something that's not far off sharpness-wise. Many cheap lenses when used to their strengths can produce results comparable to the L series, but often with a bit more distortion and/or CA. And of course you tend to get narrow maximum apertures fairly quickly into the zoom range with the cheaper telephotos.

I'll not be using it beyond about 150mm.

Karl
 
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Re: Is the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM as good as the reviews claim?

Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:58 pm

Thanks for all the help, guys, however in the end I bought a new (smaller) case to put my gear in, that adheres to Ryanair's cabin baggage limits. I'm sure the 55-250STM would have produced acceptable images but I think Julien is right — there's no going back from L lenses.

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