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About a week ago i bought the Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS. I have had my played around with it now, and here is a beginners thoughts on the lens.
First lets have a look at the lens itself, the 2 shots are the lens mounted on my EOS 400D, first shot at 55mm and second at 250mm.
As you can see it does extend quite a bit, but at 55mm it's actaully not a whole lot bigger than the kit lens. Also it's pretty light wheight (390g) so carrying it isn't a problem. I am however glad that i have a battery grib, because fully it is a little 'big' for such a small camera.
Also if you want the lens hood, it has to be puchased seperatly (shame on you Canon) and it's the ET-60 you're gonna need.
Before looking at some shots, lets have a look at the autofocus. It doesn't have USM, which concerned me a little. However i think the AF is both pretty fast and silent. It might need beat the L-series lenses, but then again, it's only half the price.
The zoomrange is 55-250mm and to show how much that is, here is it at 55mm and 250mm.
Pretty nice zoom range i think, and remember that 55mm is where the kit lens ends.
It also was my first meeting with image stabilisation (IS) and I must say i'm very pleased with it. Below you can see 2 shots at 250mm and both taken with a shutter speed of 1/60 of a second (yes that way too slow, but i wanted to prove a point), first one is with IS off, and second is with IS on. I hope the difference is pretty clear, at least i think so.
As a last thing i took a random landscape shot and did some crops from it as well. However its not a very good shot and i will try to get a better one soon, but for now you will have to look for yourself.
The lens has decent autofocus, image stabilisation and takes pretty sharp pictures (to my eye at least). In addition it comes at a pretty low price compared to other stabilised zoom lenses. All in all I really like this lens so far and i think that it's a lens that everyone who's on a budget should consider. Only downside i can find is that you have to purchase the lenshood seperatly, as i mentioned ealier