Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens for Digital SLR Cameras USA

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vimalr Aug 01, 2012
I got a new Nikon D5100. If this lens was for Nikon I would have got it.
praveensapkota Aug 01, 2012
This is a great price for 200 mm lens, i would definitely buy if it had been Nikon. cause I am a nikon guy
DealDarwin Aug 01, 2012
I have this lens and $149 is a great price (most won't need to consider tax as well).

One thing to keep in mind with focal lengths is that you need to multiple by a factor of 1.6 for an accurate field of view on digital (since this is an EF-S lens, it won't fit full on full frame SLR's like the Canon 5D). So effectively you're getting 400mm at the long end with image stabilization which makes this a very compact and useful tele to have around.

Image quality isn't up to L standards of course, but it is quite acceptable for the price and much better than average. I prefer it over the normal Canon 70-300 IS lens which I sold after getting this one. Pick up the Canon 50mm 1.8 while you're at it and along with the kit lens, you'll have quite the versatile setup.
maven3 Aug 01, 2012
Great clarification, and I agree, the 18-55mm IS kit, this lens and the 50mm 1.8 is an excellent starting set. The same that I recommend to people starting out.

I also agree that this is a better choice than the 70-300mm IS. This one is just as good optically, lighter, and has better IS. The only plus of the 70-300 IS is beefier build quality and full frame compatibility (but you'll likely get and L lens with full frame).
Tordawgg Aug 01, 2012
That's funny, I just bought a 70-300 lens.... but it was a Tamron so it wasn't yours haha
rd995 Aug 01, 2012
to bad i dont have a dslr camera yet but this looks like a good price
erick99 Jul 31, 2012
That's a great price for a telephoto. This one goes from 55mm which is more or less a normal lens out to 250mm, a nice telephoto. Around 130mm is what is considered a portrait lens. Good price for a Canon. Plussed.
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maven3 Aug 01, 2012
Yes and no. 50mm is considered a normal lens on full frame cameras, but this is a crop-frame only lens (EF-S).

For those used to film cameras, this lens has an effective focal length of 88-400mm. The ~80-130mm effective range is great for portraits, but you may find yourself using this lens at 55mm a lot.

I have owned/used this lens, as well as most of Canon's zoom lenses, and this one is the best bang for the buck that I know of. I highly recommend it.
erick99 Aug 01, 2012
I didn't take cropping into consideration, thanks for pointing that out. I know 50mm is a normal lens but 55mm (in a film camera) would be pretty close. Thanks for the extra info :)
maven3 Aug 01, 2012
Glad I could help :)