Canon - EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Select Canon Cameras - Black

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Snap sharp, vibrant photos at a distance with this Canon EF-S 8546B002 telephoto lens, which features a 55-250mm focal length for flexible zooming and optical image stabilization to reduce the effects of camera shake.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Select Canon Cameras
  • Lens cap (E-58II), lens dust cap
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (745 out of 755)

Features


Designed for use with select Canon cameras

Including 7D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D and Rebel SL1, T1i, T2i, T3, T3i, T4i, T5i and XSi/XS models for wide-ranging compatibility.

Optical image stabilization

Provides up to 3.5 equivalent stops of shake correction, helping you capture clear shots of distant subjects.

STM stepping motor

Along with a high-speed CPU, rear focus mechanism and AF algorithm for reliably smooth, quiet and continuous focus adjustment. Supports Canon Movie Servo AF.

55-250mm focal length

Helps you capture distant scenes and subjects.

Telephoto coverage

With a 27°, 50' - 6°, 15' angle of view for long-distance shooting.

f/4-5.6 maximum aperture

Ensures optimal light gathering for image clarity.

15 elements in 12 groups

Include 1 UD element for reduced chromatic aberration, resulting in high-contrast and high-resolution shots. The 7-blade circular aperture creates soft, beautiful backgrounds.


Overall customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get this STM lens if you do stills + video too

    Posted
    TechValueGuy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Lots of retailers are selling the older Canon EF IS-II (non-STM) 55-250mm lens at a reduced price. Sometimes that lens is even included free with the Rebel camera kits. (Canon must be offering these units to retailers at blowout prices.) But in most cases, this lens is worth the extra few bucks. If you want a longer zoom for shooting HD video with your Rebel DSLR, then the STM lens -- with a quieter stepper motor design vs. the older ultrasonic motor -- will prevent any noise from the lens motor from entering into your video. The only case in which I would get the older EF IS-II lens would be if you never shoot video and think you might someday upgrade to Canon's pro line of DSLR camera bodies, such as the EOS 1D, 5D or 6D series. Those are the pricier models that use a larger image sensor and therefore need the EF lenses. EF-S lenses are not compatible with full-frame DSLR cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for good price

    Posted
    MARVAZ1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this lens for my son's high school graduation, and let me tell you it works great. It takes really good pictures at a distance of 200 feet. Good picture quality and has optical image stabilization to reduce the effects of camera shake. Overall I gave it a 5 because it a good product. If you are not sure which lens to buy or if you are a beginner like me, this lens is the answer. Of course there are other lenses out there that do the same, but they cost hundreds more. So if you are not a professional photographer you probably won't need an expensive lens anyway. If you need it only because you are going to take pictures at a party, graduation or family reunion or just for a hobby, this lens is for you. Just remember this lens is not for normal range it is only intended to use at a distance between 55-250mm focal length of zooming. If you are not sure which lens to purchase, check all the reviews first before you commit to buying a one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Next Step

    Posted
    esteebear
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    I have been loving this lens, as I had purchased it for its telephoto properties but am discovering multiple uses for it. It's a great step up from the kit lens (18-55mm) if you think you are interested in a telephoto lens but aren't ready to commit a ton of cash to it yet. I am discovering new uses for this lens every day. It takes wonderful portrait shots as well as great wildlife pictures, though I have noticed the auto focus is a little soft at the furthest distance (which didn't surprise me). This lens even has some decent macro capabilities and is great for basic astrophotography. They say a nifty fifty (50mm) lens is the second lens you should ever purchase, but I'm going to argue that it should be this lens just for the varying things you can use it for. Definitely a great, easy, affordable next step.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    EF-S 55-250mm IS STM

    Posted
    Deutschlandreform
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This consumer-grade lens is designed for use in Canon's APS-sensor based DSLRs (For instance, the Rebel product line). By itself, it normally sells for $300, but as of summer 2017 the lens is selling for only $150 if bundled with buying a new camera. Some might consider the fact that this zoom lens is pretty much all plastic (Barrel, Mount, etc.) as sign of lesser quality. However, one has to keep the price tag in mind. Furthermore, the plastic parts help to keep the total weight of the lens fairly low (13.3 oz./ 377g). The EF-S 55-250mm IS STM is a fast and silent focusing (Stepping Motor) sharp lens with Image Stabilization. Any amateur photographer looking for an affordable zoom lens with great capability should be happy with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    Posted
    RustyCas

    Bought this with a Canon T3i instead of the 75-300 that is usually sold in the 'kit'. His is an upgrade from the 55-250 IS II and I am totally happy with it. Fast lens, takes great photos in low light. Also, the front of the lens does not rotate, so it works well with circular polarizing filters which you need for outdoor shooting in bright sunlight. Another great feature is to manually focus (micro focus), even if the Autofocus setting is set on the lens, you just grab the focus ring and focus - the focus ring is not "locked" in Autofocus mode. Great lens. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite lens

    Posted
    Momof3
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I use this lens most out of the three I own. I love and use it because I'm able to get great shots of my kids playing sports while they are far away from where I'm sitting. Before the pictures I took were of figures in the distance that weren't easily recognizable. I would ask parents with better cameras if they could send me the great shot they got of one of my children. Now I'm the parent with the great pictures of the kids facial expressions when kicking the ball at 25 feet away. It's also not too heavy, although it obviously weighs more than say a 50mm lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for great pictures

    Posted
    Booper
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I started out with a Kodak Brownie camera and held onto my SLR cameras for a long time. Moved to digital cameras 10 years ago. Now own several Canon cameras. Love them. I'm using this camera to teach my daughter. Very versatile camera for all levels. It makes you want to take pictures and while this might be your Brownie...it is easy to learn and is not overwhelming. You will automatically take better pictures than I did with my first camera. So many features for any type of image you want. I have a pro Canon I use...but this one is my go to camera when I just want to grab a camera and have some fun shooting shots for ordinary and special times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great supplement to the normal lens

    Posted
    alibea1
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I wanted a reasonable telephoto lens to supplement the normal lens that was supplied with the Canon EOS T5i. This one links easily to the auto focus function on the camera. Easy to zoom, enables me to do distance shots of the surfers on the waves as well as enlarged "close ups" (really from far away - a sort of imitation macro) that are sharp and clear with ability to do my depth of field arsy stuff with a sharp large flower in a soft background. This lens will let me do all sorts of creative shots. I'm glad I bought it. Expensive but well worth the cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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