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Canon 55-250milimet IS EF-S II (2011-) © năm trước All rights reserved.

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Canon EF-s 55-250milimet f/4-5.6 IS II (58milimet filters, 13.8 oz./391g, 3.6"/1.1m cthua trận focus, about $249, works on Canon APS-C cameras only). I got mine at at Adorama, and you also can get it at Amazon.

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NEWER: Canon 55-250mm IS STM.

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This Canon 55-250milimet IS II is one of Canon"s most popular lenses because it"s super sharp, focuses very cthất bại, has a perfect telephoto zoom range, has Image Stabilization for sharp hand-held photos in dyên light, & is small, light & inexpensive.

You can pay more khổng lồ get a lens that works better while being rained-on or blasted in a sandstorm while being beaten around by a news photographer, or that works on expensive sầu full-frame cameras, but even if you pay more for something like a 70-200milimet f/4 L IS, you"ll have sầu a bigger lens lớn carry around, it won"t be any sharper, và it won"t have as broad a zoom range! There are many reasons this 55-250 is ahy vọng Canon"s best selling lenses.

This 55-250 requires you lớn move sầu a switch on the lens lớn get from auto to lớn manual focusing; you can"t just grab the focus ring.

The reasons you might want khổng lồ pay more than twice as much for another lens with a more limited zoom range are if you shoot a 35milimet or full-frame camera on which this lens won"t work, if you need instant manual focus override (you have lớn move a switch to get to lớn manual focus), or if the plastic lens mount isn"t tough enough for you. Otherwise, this lens is sharp, light inexpensive và works great.

This new 55-250mm IS II lens has the same optics as the previous 55-250mm IS lens, with slightly different cosmetics.


As an EF-s lens, it will only work on Canon"s APS-C cameras.

It will not work on 35milimet cameras, it will not work on old 1.3x cameras, & it certainly won"t work on full-frame digital.


The original version is recognized by its silver-colored focal length scale.

This newest version is marked "II" and is all blachồng, with a silver trim ring, as shown in this Đánh Giá.


Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II. bigger.

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Canon calls this the Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 55-250milimet f/4-5.6 IS II.

EF: Electronic Focus. All modern Canon lenses focus with a motor in the lens.

-S: Only works on newer, small (APS-C) DSLRs.

IS: Image Stabilization, which means no tripod needed except at night. See Why IS Matters. Canon claims 4 stops.

II: Second version.


12 elements in 10 groups.

A UD glass element to reduce chromatic aberrations (color fringes and halos).

Lead-không tính phí glass.

Pumper zoom; the front extends a lot as zoomed lớn longer focal lengths.

Front-group focus; the front rotates and extends slightly as focused more closely.



Front, Canon 55-250 IS II (EF diaphragm not visible).

7 rounded blades.

Stops down lớn f/22-32.

Optical Image Stabilizer

Rated for up to four equivalent stops of shake correction.

Cchiến bại Focus

3.6" (1.1m) at all focal lengths.

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:3.2 (0.31x).

Focal Length


On the APS-C cameras for which it is designed, it gives angles of view similar lớn what an 88-400mm lens would give on a 35mm or full-frame camera. See also Crop Factor.

Angle of View

27.7º - 6.25º diagonal.

Maximum Aperture

f/4 - 5.6.

Lens Mount



2.6" (70mm) diameter x 4.3" (108mm) when set to lớn 55milimet.

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Gets longer at longer focal length settings.


13.785 oz. (390.85g) actual measured.

Rated 13.75 oz. (390g).

Included Accessories

Just caps.

Optional Accessories

ET-60 hood.

LP1019 pouch.


July 2011.

Price, USA

năm trước December: $249.

2013 October: $299.


Box, Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II.

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OverallAutofocus Bokeh Breathing Color

Coma Distortion Ergonomics Falloff Filters

Lateral Color Fringes Macro Mechanics Sharpness


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The Canon 55-250mm IS II is optically superb and handles very well for a mostly plastic lens. The biggest negative is that the focus ring & filter thread rotate during autofocus.

It"s a kit lens sold with many less expensive Canons, và it"s excellent. There is no reason to pay more for a telephoto lens for a Canon APS-C camera.

If you can"t get brilliant, sharp & colorful photos with this lens, you"re doing something wrong.

Autofocus performance top

Autofocus is fast và quiet, making only a soft motorized sound as it focuses.

Video AF is limited by the camera, while regular AF is fast và quiet.

Auto/Manual Switching

You have to move a switch on the lens, by your thumb.

AF Speed

AF is fast, as Canons always are.

This 55-250 can focus from infinity down lớn 3.6 feet (1.1 meters) in less than a second.

AF Accuracy & Consistency

I saw no autofocus error on my Canon SL1.

Manual Focus

You have to move sầu a switch, và then it feels plasticy — because it is. It works fine, but it"s more work & doesn"t feel as nice as lenses that cost five times as much.

Bokeh performance top

Bokeh, the unique of out-of-focus areas as opposed to lớn the degree of defocus, is usually pretty good.

For the softest backgrounds, zoom lớn 250mm, get as cthua kém as possible và shoot at f/5.6.

Focus Breathing performance top

Focus breathing (the image changing size as focused) is mostly of interest khổng lồ cinematographers who don"t want the image changing kích cỡ ("breathing") as the lens is focused amuốn different subjects.

The image from the Canon 55-250mm IS gets bigger as focused more closely.

màu sắc Rendition performance top

The color balance of this 55-250 seems the same as my other Canon EF lenses.

Coma performance top

Coma, or saggital coma flare, is when points of light in the corners turn inkhổng lồ batwing-shaped blobs. This is often a problem with fast normal or wide lenses.

I see none in this lens; it"s super sharp in the corners wide-open.

Distortion performance top

The Canon 55-250 II has no visible distortion.

For more critical use, use these values in Photoshop"s Lens Distortion tool to remove sầu the distortion. These aren"t facts or specifications, they are the results of my research that requires hours of photography và calculations on the resulting data.