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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:54 am 

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can someone suggest me about EF-S 55-250mm or Canon EF 70-300mm?
Is there any great difference?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:12 pm 
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The 70-300 has generally better IQ towards the edge of the frame IMO and with USM, it focuses more quickly too. IF you see yourself moving to a full-frame body, the 70-300 will still be compatible whereas the 55-250 will not.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not writing off the 55-250 as it's a competent lens but for the extra money, you arguably get a better lens with the 70-300.

If you decide to go for the 70-300, you may also want to consider the Tamron 70-300mm as it's reportedly even sharper than Canon's version.

DSLRs: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EOS 70D
CSC: Canon EOS M3
Lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, Canon EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:04 pm 
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This question always worries me in case the 75-300 lens is being discussed.

the EF 70-300 has slightly better IQ and better Auto Focus motor than the 55-250.

Both are better than the 75-300 which to my mind is not worth buying.

I find the-digital-picture provides a good comparison of these lenses

Canon EOS 400D, EF-S 18-55mm, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 MK I, EF-S 10-22mm, EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 135 f/2L USM
Canon 430EX II, Manfrotto 055CXPRO3, Arca Swiss P0
Panasonic GX1, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Olympus 45mm f/1.8
Canon EOS 30/33 and Pentax MX/ME Super
Rollei 35S


PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:34 pm 

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For the money, the 55-250 IS is a very good lens (as well as it's light-weight). Of course when spending more money you'll be getting better and sharper lenses, but then Id rather look at the mentioned Tamron instead!


Panasonic DMC-FZ18, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, Canon G5, Canon 350D, Canon 50D + BG-E2N
Tamron 17-50 2.8, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM,
Canon 18-55 II plus lots of Minolta MD/M42 lenses and bodies

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:25 pm 
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+1 for the Tamron. It's full frame compatible as well. In my opinion the full frame compatibility is getting more and more relevant as the old full frame cameras are getting into a realistic price range. (EOS 5D ~ 650€ / EOS 1D2 Mark II ~ 1000€)

Canon EOS 500D + Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Canon EOS 33v
Canon EF 28-80mm 3.5-5.6 USM + EF 24-105mm 4L IS USM + EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS USM + EF 50mm 1.8 II + EF 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM + Sigma 12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM + Canon Speedlite 580 EX II + Nissin Speedlite Di 466

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