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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

Review Date: Dec 21, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $190.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Wide-zoom-range: 55-250mm (x1.6) = 88-400mm Size: Small-compact and light-weight Price: Very low, New under $200 and ... it has IS
If I am being picky, the front-element-rotate is the only thing I can think of. I strongly disagree with other reviewers putting poor-image quality as Negative aspect when we are only paying $200.

This is my first review after being a follower of FM for a couple years ... I finally have to leave a comment ... since I can't see this best dollar-to-value lens rated just under 9, when it should be easily a 9.5+ lens ...

There many competitor lenses in this zoom range:
- 70-200 f2.8 IS II USM ($2,500)
- 70-200 f2.8 IS USM ($1,800)
- 70-200 f2.8 USM ($1,300)
- 70-200 f4 IS USM ($1,200)
- 70-200 f4 USM ($550)
- 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM ($550)
- 70-300 f4-5.6L IS USM ($1,450)
- 28-300 f3.5-5.6L IS USM ($2,400)
- 35-350 f3-5.6L IS USM ($2,400)
- 55-250 f4-5.6 IS ($200?? seriously only $200?)
etc ...

Actually, I am sorry I made a very wrong mistake when I am comparing an apple to an orange ...
Because none of them above without costing me a fortune ...
and none of them above can fit in my travel size carrying case ... To me, shooting picture shall be fun ... but when I can't afford or carrying a huge Canon Cannon to travel, the fun just isn't there ... on the other hand, carrying the 55-250 is just a size of a soda can, I can handle it much easier.

and for those who said it is EF-S, it can't be used it on FF ...
then you should not leave a review here ... just like you should not leave a Nikon lens review in Canon session.

Sorry, enough of my disagreement.

Simply, I found myself shooting pictures with a lot of joys when using this little plastic. With the range 55-250 (88-400mm after 1.6), I can reach anything about 6ft away. My 24L 1.4 is my main walkaround lens, since it has 1.4 I can basically catch any pictures with just a little bit of light with no flash. Then, the 55-250 covered the range beyond.

Nothing can be done beyond 150mm when handheld without IS.
The IS works fantastic in this lens. I shoot wild animals or zoo animals, sport players in a game, etc ... SHARP, SHARP SHARP!
oh, and I just shot Lunar eclipse last night, as Sharp as I can clearly draw the texture of Lunar with this $200 piece of equipment.

Front-element-rotate is the only Neg. as I mention, since I got an after-market hood, when I put-on/take-off the hood, I also would turn the front element by force, every time I do that, I am afraid I might hurt the rotor inside.

Thank you Canon for making it with plastic without USM, so it can be priced only $200. I am loving it~ =D