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 Post subject: EF-S 55-250
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:02 pm 
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Does anyone know anything about availability and quality of this lens? I can see it mentioned here and there but did not find any reviews.

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According to Park Cameras it was supposed to have been available in the UK last month. :? I don't imagine we will see any proper reviews until the lens is actually on sale, hopefully before Christmas!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:23 pm 
I can see prices on that lens are about EUR 340,00 and availability for late November, both in Portugal and in France.

Kind of a fair price, for a zoom that is of that focal range, that has stabilisation, wouldn't you say?


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Ooops: Portugal and France are "rip-off" countries then! It's only 260€ in Germany (incl. 19% you-know-VAT) and there are many shops listed, but none with an expected release-date :(

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Found one retailer here in Oz showing price AUD359 (EUR227) but it's not available yet. Wonder if it can be any good at this price?

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I'm looking forward to seeing some reviews of this lens. The price seems right.

It's very telling that Canon is coming out with so many EF-S lenses. Once and a while I hear talk about how long the EF-S mount will be around. I'm guessing that it's going to be here for a while with the range of gear Canon is building up. What's the list like now?

18-55
18-55 IS
17-85 IS
17-55 IS
55-250 IS
10-22
60mm macro

Am I missing a lens?

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Steve wrote:
Am I missing a lens?

Nope, same here!

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Hi Steve,

Here's your EF-S lens list but with the aperture etc. included and my own very personal opinions added:
  • EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM - gives cropped sensor owners a decent wide-angle lens albeit with significant vignetting wide open
  • EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM - probably the nearest that EF-S lenses get to an "L" model but also suffers from vignetting wide open
  • EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM - decent but not great upgrade to the kit lens
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - the kit lens in Europe
  • EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM - a very nice macro lens for cropped sensors
  • EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS - no tests yet but has a micro motor AF system
I have left out the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 as the IS version effectively supersedes it.

Despite owning a cropped sensor Canon camera this list really doesn't bowl me over. The 10-22mm is the only Canon choice if you need significant wide-angle zoom capability on a cropped sensor so they really had to offer it. The 17-55mm f/2.8 is a decent alternative for, and similar in price to, the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM; which you choose depends on the value you attach to 17mm and f/2.8 compared to 105mm and f/4. As for the kit lenses, well, kit lenses are kit lenses - 'nuff said. The 60mm macro is good to have - tick, vg. As for the 55-250mm telephoto zoom, optically it may be wonderful (we'll have to wait and see) but the fact that Canon can't even see it's way to including a USM focus motor astonishes me. Hardly a ringing endorsement of its commitment to high end lenses for cropped sensor bodies.

OK - I admit it. I have been a little naughty and provocative ( :oops: ) but only to try and demonstrate that Canon is not really showing much sign of shifting its focus ( :roll: - sorry) away from EF glass. That doesn't mean I believe that the 40D replacement will have an APS-H sensor (1.3x FOVCF), exciting as that would be, but maybe Canon are keeping their options open for the next decade.

Bob.

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