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

Review Date: Sep 9, 2020 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $125.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Good build quality, very good sharpness and IQ, punches way above its price point
AF is not the best for focus speed

I bought this lens to use with the SL2 camera body to keep size/weight down for carrying around on the camera or in a bag. I didn't expect much from a lens I bought used for $125 but I have been very pleasantly surprised. It has more than met my expectations and is easy to carry, hand hold shoot and does a decent job focusing accurately. The IQ is good and I find most short comings in this regard can be mitigated during post processing. Where I was really surprised is just how sharp this lens is at about any aperture and focal length. Also, the image stabilization of this lens is excellent.

While this is not a replacement for an "L" lens it gets me much closer to one than I should be considering I paid $125 for it. The trade-off for its minor shortcomings is I have a lens that is small and lightweight. I can carry this lens in a jacket pocket or it fits easily into a small bag. If I have a complaint it would be that the AF is not the quickest but it is accurate. Just don't expect to be nailing focus consistently on faster moving subjects.

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Apr 11, 2019 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $195.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great zoom range, fast focus, good color and overall IQ, fairly small and lightweight, can be found for a good price.
Lens is somewhat slow for the price, IS noise shows up in video recording when using the internal mics.

I used this lens off and on several years ago. I found it to be a good performer. I recently had an opportunity to buy one at a great price and jumped on it. I find it to be a great match to the SL2 I own and the performance is as I remember it being. This lens is a little on the heavy side but not as heavy as the EF-S 17-55mm lens I own. Plus, the equivalent 24-136mm range is ideal as a walk around all purpose lens. The IS works very well and sharpness/color is very good for a zoom of this range. Focus speed is very good with this lens.

The variable aperture can be challenging but, once again, the zoom range requires compromises be made in this lens' design. Also, this lens is not the best to use with DPAF on the newer cameras. It focuses well but the IS noise is noticeable in the audio of recordings.

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Review Date: Aug 3, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $225.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good IQ, small, light weight, no lens creep, zoom lock, good auto focus and image stabilization, decent build quality, some macro capability
All the super zoom lenses have compromises and this one is no exception. Just don't expect it to perform as good as a lens with a shorter zoom range or expensive professional lenses.

I have had this lens for quite a while. It is widely known that these type of lenses are full of compromises and this one is no exception. However, I have found this particular lens to be a fairly capable walk around lens when you are wanting the convenience of its range with acceptable performance. I would describe it as having the IQ of a good kit lens with extended range. I use it when I know I will need a wide range of focal lengths without the time to swap lenses. It does a very good job for what it is.