Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom AF Lens for Digital SLR - £144 @ Amazon
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom AF Lens for Digital SLR - £144 @ Amazon

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Found 20th Sep 2011
Great price for this excellent IS lens,a few quid cheaper than the last decent price when posted,sold by Cheeky Camera BUT fulfilled by Amazon so you are going to get the real deal and no grey imports or tax duty to pay.Free delivery too.RRP £329.99.
Manufacturer's Description
Zoom lenses are very convenient. The equivalent of two or more fixed focal length lenses in one unit. The maximum aperture of some zoom lenses changes as you alter the focal length, but through-the-lens (TTL) metering takes this into account to give correct exposure.

The compact and affordable EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS offers powerful telephoto performance. Its 4-stop Image Stabilizer with automatic panning detection effectively suppresses blur in low light.

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is a telephoto zoom lens combining powerful performance with high image quality. With a focal length equivalent of 88-400mm in 35mm format, it is ideal for photographers seeking an affordable, versatile lens for general-purpose telephoto photography.

To combat the effects of camera shake, the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS incorporates Canon's latest 4-stop compensation Image Stabilizer technology. This allows the use of shutter speeds up to 4 times slower with no perceptible increase in image blur.

Automatic panning detection automatically turns off the Image Stabilizer in either the horizontal or vertical direction when following moving subjects.The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS employs a Canon UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens element to suppress the effects of secondary chromatic aberrations - for crisp, sharp, high-contrast images without fringing throughout the zoom range.

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CANON EF-S 4.0-5.6/55-250 IS USM NAFD
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Discontinued product hence the continued price drop,

for just £10 more I would go for the MKII version which has jsut come out rather than this older version

Link to newer version

amazon.co.uk/Can…1-2

Sold by a third party seller so you take your chances as it's not fulfilled by Amazon,Amazon price is £202.52 so for not a lot of difference in spec and £57 cheaper this could be considered a better buy.

flashyphotos

Discontinued product hence the continued price drop,for just £10 more I … Discontinued product hence the continued price drop,for just £10 more I would go for the MKII version which has jsut come out rather than this older versionLink to newer version[url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FCanon-EF-S-55-250mm-4-5-6-Lens%2Fdp%2FB0056E49MK%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fs%3Delectronics%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1316511570%26sr%3D1-2]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-EF-S-55-250mm-4-5-6-Lens/dp/B0056E49MK/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1316511570&sr=1-2[/url]


Amazon don't check that these are not grey imports, do they?

My mate bought a 50mm prime from a third party seller, fulfilled by amazon, and it came in asian packaging.

But if that's the case Amazon will happily refund,that's the difference between buying from Amazon fulfilled than through a third party seller.,

winstonmanc

Amazon don't check that these are not grey imports, do they?My mate … Amazon don't check that these are not grey imports, do they?My mate bought a 50mm prime from a third party seller, fulfilled by amazon, and it came in asian packaging.


Yeh but it's a hassle to send back etc. Also, even if the packaging looks EU, you would probably still have to check with a Canon dealer if the warranty is valid.
This product was £150 from amazon themselves and tesco a few months ago... I was interested in this lens, but now I don't really see a use for it. Spend a bit more and go with an EF instead, the crop factor of EFS compatible lenses would give a 135mm the appearance of having a greater zoom than the product featured on this deal...

toddy888

But if that's the case Amazon will happily refund,that's the difference … But if that's the case Amazon will happily refund,that's the difference between buying from Amazon fulfilled than through a third party seller.,


Haven't got a Canon SLR myself, but this seems a very good price for a genuine Canon lens with IS. Heat added.

I don't think the mkII is any different to the mkI apart from a slightly different finish/colour.

Vin_Dhir

I was interested in this lens, but now I don't really see a use for it. … I was interested in this lens, but now I don't really see a use for it. Spend a bit more and go with an EF instead, the crop factor of EFS compatible lenses would give a 135mm the appearance of having a greater zoom than the product featured on this deal...



55-250mm EF lens (if it existed) would give exactly the same 'zoom' as this EF-S lens. The S just denotes that you can't fit it to full frame cameras. It's crop sensor only.
Phew !,what a difference a few weeks make,this same lens was posted here just six weeks ago for a few quid more and had 54 mostly positive comments and hit 324 degrees.Oh well,the simple fact is if you own a Canon DSLR and don't have shed loads of money for the Canon semi professional lenses then this is an essential piece of kit for your kit bag,i've had it for 15 months to use with my EOS 550D and it's truly hard to fault.
Edited by: "toddy888" 20th Sep 2011
the updated lens is just cosmetic.....made it even cheaper to manufacture

try to get an earlier version!
have this lens. got it for the spare 40D i have kicking around but i think i;'ve only used it twice for a timelapse.

think i paid 160 3 years ago
Superb lens, very sharp, lovely colours. IS is great and auto focus fast.
aircanman

auto focus fast.



The AF is really not fast. That's one of the main reasons to go for a more expensive option.
SaltyCDogg

I don't think the mkII is any different to the mkI apart from a slightly … I don't think the mkII is any different to the mkI apart from a slightly different finish/colour. 55-250mm EF lens (if it existed) would give exactly the same 'zoom' as this EF-S lens. The S just denotes that you can't fit it to full frame cameras. It's crop sensor only.



Correct on both counts - no difference optically between the MkI and MkII lenses. And Vin_Dhir seems to be confused about crop factors. The crop factor on an EF-S body applies whether or not you're using an EF or EF-S lens!
Bought this lens for my wife after seeing it on here, she is over the moon with it. Originally saw it listed on here but one of the commenters stated that they were also available from a dealer on Ebay for £134. White box, brand new (not grey import) with 12 month extendable warranty. If anyone is interested they deal as photodirect on Ebay.
Still a good deal at this price, hot from me.

SaltyCDogg - Sep 20, 2011 22:37aircanmanauto focus fast.The AF is really … SaltyCDogg - Sep 20, 2011 22:37aircanmanauto focus fast.The AF is really not fast. That's one of the main reasons to go for a more expensive option.



Depends on what you call fast, this is a great improvement on her previous lens. She just recently took some fantastic action shots of martins and swifts feeding their young, something she has tried and failed in the past due to slow focus, those little frickers are fast!

I bought the mark ii from that seller. Gen part and not a grey import. Nice lens for the price too.

toddy888

Sold by a third party seller so you take your chances as it's not … Sold by a third party seller so you take your chances as it's not fulfilled by Amazon,Amazon price is £202.52 so for not a lot of difference in spec and £57 cheaper this could be considered a better buy.


steveal1

[Depends on what you call fast, this is a great improvement on her … [Depends on what you call fast, this is a great improvement on her previous lens. She just recently took some fantastic action shots of martins and swifts feeding their young, something she has tried and failed in the past due to slow focus, those little frickers are fast!



Well assuming it wasn't some sort of mid-air refuelling then I imagine it's well within the limits of this lens. But attempting to track a fast moving object using servo mode is beyond it. For example anyone wanting a lens for sport would be advised to find a USM model. It's a nice lens though, great VFM, but you can't expect miracles.
I have this lens, is great for the price. Heat added.
Hmmm, glass isn't that fast, but for the price and a pretty generic range it's fast enough for the average user and will cover a lot of bases, not what I would use, but hot anyway
Just bought this lens from the same seller. Arrived Monday and only glanced over it and taken a few test shots but appears genuine and decent enough for the money.

MkII version is apparently just cosmetic changes.
Great price but its been this price for a while now.
According to the specification, the Mark II has "automatic panning detection", the Mark I does not. Does this make a huge difference to the performance of the lens?
What kind of shots can you get on this? Is it good for weddings and other party functions?
knikgee

According to the specification, the Mark II has "automatic panning … According to the specification, the Mark II has "automatic panning detection", the Mark I does not. Does this make a huge difference to the performance of the lens?



Not true. The Mk1 has panning detection too. Canon spec
Edited by: "andysubaru" 21st Sep 2011
pavsingh

What kind of shots can you get on this? Is it good for weddings and other … What kind of shots can you get on this? Is it good for weddings and other party functions?



Not really, ok for outdoor headshots in good light, but rubbish for indoors in dim light.
SaltyCDogg

Not really, ok for outdoor headshots in good light, but rubbish for … Not really, ok for outdoor headshots in good light, but rubbish for indoors in dim light.



Even using a flash gun?

Sorry to go off topic, but what is a suitable lens for indoor shots, maybe to zoom in on the dancefloor, btw, I cannot afford the red band lens.

Thanks
Great lens, I used it at the RIAT air tattoo last year with awesome results!
pavsingh

What kind of shots can you get on this? Is it good for weddings and other … What kind of shots can you get on this? Is it good for weddings and other party functions?



If you don't know this is a poor lens for wedding photography, you should not be shooting weddings
Edited by: "chrismarriott66" 21st Sep 2011
pavsingh

Even using a flash gun? Sorry to go off topic, but what is a suitable … Even using a flash gun? Sorry to go off topic, but what is a suitable lens for indoor shots, maybe to zoom in on the dancefloor, btw, I cannot afford the red band lens.Thanks



This all depends on how much you want to "zoom" in... if you want the whole dancefloor, and considering you will most probably be limited for space, then you want a wide-angle lens (e.g. 10-22 EF-S for cropped sensors or 16-35 EF for full frame). However, if you just want a "standard" zoom lens then you should be thinking in the 18-55 EF-S territory...

As for the low light... then you will need a fast lens, which has a large aperature (smaller f value). However, if you can't afford the big-bucks lenses, there's no point looking for a fast lens, they're expensive. Best make do with something like the 18-55 IS mk 2 and a flashgun!

But again, if you don't know all of this stuff, please do not shoot weddings...
Edited by: "chrismarriott66" 21st Sep 2011
chrismarriott66

If you don't know this is a poor lens for wedding photography, you should … If you don't know this is a poor lens for wedding photography, you should not be shooting weddings



Its not for a paid services, its of family weddings, which I still experiencing with, my aim at the moment is to get the best of experience. Thanks for your advice and will take on board!
pavsingh

Its not for a paid services, its of family weddings, which I still … Its not for a paid services, its of family weddings, which I still experiencing with, my aim at the moment is to get the best of experience. Thanks for your advice and will take on board!



Oh good in which case, you've probably got the best idea by trying things out, and no-one is relying on you! And if you do get into it, you will soon learn what you need!
Check your pM Chris, thanks!
Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 is a good lens for indoor low light stuff for reasonable money (around £250), anything cheaper and you'd be better sticking with the 18-55mm IS kit lens or the 50mm 1.8 which is posted here once a week...

the 50mm makes a great lens for party portraits with a flash and it's light and not too valuable if you get drunk and drop it :P
SaltyCDogg

Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 is a good lens for indoor low light stuff for … Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 is a good lens for indoor low light stuff for reasonable money (around £250), anything cheaper and you'd be better sticking with the 18-55mm IS kit lens or the 50mm 1.8 which is posted here once a week...the 50mm makes a great lens for party portraits with a flash and it's light and not too valuable if you get drunk and drop it :P



Agreed. The Tamron 17-50 would be your best bet by far for any indoor low-light stuff. The 2.8 will also make for some decent depth of field. Yes the Canon 17-55 f/2.8 is better, but it's also £700! :-)
If your budget can stretch to it, that's what I'd go for pavsingh.

The 50mm is great for portraits as Salty says, but with a fixed focal length, don't be expecting to get any indoor group shots - at least not without running around like a madman!
Edited by: "FatalSaviour" 21st Sep 2011
I'm going to buy this or the MkII. Can anyone confirm whether or not any changes are purely cosmetic? Is there a difference in build quality? Someone mentioned the new version is made even cheaper! Is it worth the extra tenner for the MkII?..
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