Jun 7, 2008

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

It have being long time i looking for a zoom lense for my 350D . Although i might not able to travel alot in year 2008 but i am sure 2009 is another travel year for my family.

Optical construction12 elements in 10 groups inc. 1x UD element
Number of aperture blades7 (rounded)
min. focus distance1.1m (max. magnification ratio ~1:3)
Filter size58mm (rotating)
Hoodoptional, barrel-shaped, snap-on type
Other featuresIS (Optical Stabilizer)

Further check on review result.

Technically the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is a tiny lens with a great performance potential. The resolution is very good across the range. Chromatic aberrations are basically a non-issue. The level of distortions remain moderate. The most obvious flaw is, unsurprisingly, vignetting at large apertures. The build quality is fine for a lens in this class and it is one step up from the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS that we've seen here recently. Regarding the target market you may surely forgive the plastic mount. The AF (micro-) motor is pretty fast and silent. So's everything cool here ? Well, the AF accuracy didn't really convince in the field - specifically at the wide-end of the zoom range - but to be fair this is much better on an EOS 40D (e.g.) with its improved AF capabilities. I had some trouble with the image stabilizer in the field but according to early reader feedback this impression seems to be an exception to the rule. If so the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS has certainly the potential to be another hot seller.

I believe i can live with some of the disadvantages.

Optical Quality:
Mechanical Quality:

Checked on US site amazon , price is around US 279.95 approx = RM 895 . and i hear that pertama complex at Kl is selling at RM 800 (April 2008).

Maybe it is time for me to check it out..
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