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

Review Date: Jan 16, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Pocket rocket. It's sharp, cheap and featherweight
front element rotates.

What can I say? it holds up sharpness-wise against anything including my 100-400L. IS is effective, it's so light it can be carried on my bike anywhere. And it beats the 70-300L hands down for sharpness (see my review there). All for 1100 less money. Only thing is - front element rotates, annoyingly including when fitting the lens hood. I guess it will break one day, but lets face it, it costs only about 190 quid to replace!

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Jan 16, 2011 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,299.00

Pros: Solid build, rapid focus
not sharp, heavy.

I use a Canon 550d and a 7d, mostly landscape photography.

Price quote is in UK pounds.

After a couple of years with my little 55-250 and big 100-400L, I decided to try upgrading the 55-250 and got hold of a 70-200 F4L IS - I could not see any improvement, and in fact it seemed less sharp than the 55-250!. So I upgraded to a brand new 70-300 F4-5.6L (at a cost of no less than 1299). I am totally dissatisfied with it. Results at 250-300mm are blurred at 100% - looks like camera shake as it's a sort of 2d blur, which is strange, because the IS certainly helps aim the camera and should stop camera shake. (results at about shutter speed 600-1000). So I tried it against the big old 100-400 - a pig to hold even balanced against the 7d. The old lens is very sharp at 300mm, and even at 400mm. So I said - right - it's going back. Then I thought I would try it once more, this time against the little 55-250 (you can get this for less than 200!) and would you believe it that is also sharper! Have I got a duff one? anyway it's about time someone put this down a peg or two - hence the bad score.