Canon EF-S 55-250mm Telepoto Zoom Lens

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Plastic Build Right Down to the Lens Mount

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom LensPlastic build right down to the lens mount. In fact, there's so much plastic, this lens feels looks and looks af the label should read Playskool and not Canon. but, looks can sometimes be somewhat deceiving. Just get on with using it, and quit pixel peeping already. If you have a need for a metal lens mount, perhaps you are somewhat too violent with your gear and you should look for a Hummer or Catepillar brand camera. Those plastic flanges on the back of the lens hold the lens firmly to the camera, but they do not keep the rear cap fastened to the lens. I do believe this goes way beyond being cheap feel and should be labeled CHEAP BUILD! 

Integrating Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer expertise, the Canon EF-S 55-250mm zoom acquires long range, poor-light images way better than a number of comparable lenses, assisting you to photograph the far-away action movements of athletes and in turn zoom in for an portrait with a blurry background. The large-zoom-ratio of this lens is the 35mm equivalent to a 88-400mm focal length (when used with EOS cameras with EF-S compatible lenses).

Even more significant, the image stabilizer allows something like four stops faster equivalent shutter speed than the identical size lens with no image stabilization.. Another way of saying, that this EF-S 55-250mm lens will allow you hand-hold it with a shutter speed as low as 1/15th of a second when normally the slowest shutter speed a 250mm lens can steadily be held is 1/250th of a second. The lens also lays claim to a UD-glass element to remedy chromatic aberration to capture excellent quality images throughout the entire zoom range. Providing excellent performance at a reasonable price for any photographer, the 55-250mm glass comes with a one-year warranty ✓


The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS zoom lens is a compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens that is specifically designed for the range of EOS digital SLR cameras that use the smaller EF-S lens mount.

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens incorporates Canon's 4-stop compensation Image Stabilizer technology.

Note! Only fits on the EOS Digital Rebel Series or 20D, 30D & 40D SLR (or newer model) cameras

Image Stabilizer - 4 step Image Stabilizer (IS) extends low light options to previously unavailable levels.

Superior Image Quality - One UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens element is used to suppress the effects of secondary chromatic aberrations

Super Spectra Coatings - Optimized Super Spectra lens coatings and lens element shaping, suppress flare and ghosting

Updated 01/02/2011

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size APS-C / DX  
Lens focal length55 250 mm  
Stabilization type Yes (4 stops)  
Camera mount Canon EF-S  
Angle of view 27-6  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.0 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0 - F32.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 7  
Aperture annotations Circular diaphragm  
Total Elements 12  
Number of Groups 10  
Coatings / special elements Super Spectra coatings UD element  
Minimum focus distance 1.10 m (43.31")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.31 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micromotor  
Full time manual focus No  
Focusing method Extending front  
Lens distance scale No  
Depth of field scale No  
Physical features
Overall weight390 g (0.86 lb) 13.8 ounces  
Lens diameter 70 mm (2.76")  
Overall length 108 mm (4.25")  
Construction materials Plastic barrel, plastic mount  
Sealing No  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Power zoom No  
Zoom lock switch No  
Filter thread size 58 mm  
Lens hood included No  
Lens hood code ET-60  
Tripod collar included No  
Optional accessories Soft Case LP1019


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