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

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

Canon has launched a new lens the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II. Primarily designed to be the second lens in the companies popular twin zoom kits of the EOS 600D and the updated partner for the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens launched with the EOS 600D.

I think that this is one of the lenses that is often missed by the folk who own it or those who are looking for their second lens for their APS-C sensor cameras. The 55-250mm focal length translates to an 88-400mm lens that’s a lot of power to make distant subjects bigger in the frame. If you look at the photographers at airshows with their big white lenses, many of them are using EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lenses, this new lens covers a similar range at a similar aperture. In addition when I have used the predecessor model it produced crisp clear images, actually better than I expected. The cosmetic changes to the lens are to bring it inline with the latest look & design of the Canon lenses.

With a four stop Image Stabilizer unit you can hand hold the lens at shutter speeds around 1/30s, and the use of an Ultra-low Distortion (UD) glass element all point to great quality results. If you were looking for a lens to carry all day when out shooting summer sports or wildlife this could be the one for you.

Canon UK press release:

The new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II is a compact and affordable lens, offering powerful telephoto performance combined with high image quality, making it ideal for photographers wanting to get closer to the action.

The versatile new lens enables photographers to shoot a variety of subjects due to its variable focal range. It’s ideal for shooting anything from portraits to longer-distance subjects, such as wildlife, sports, or even features within a landscape – ensuring the moment is always captured in impressive detail.

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II will be available separately and also as part of a double lens kit, bundled alongside the recently-announced EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II with EOS 550D, EOS 600D and EOS 60D bodies, providing beginners with a fantastic start to their photography system, all in one box.

Designed and manufactured to exacting standards, the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II reflects Canon’s premium design philosophy, with an enhanced exterior design and a number of premium technologies to ensure leading image quality. Canon’s four-stop Image Stabilizer (IS) counters image blur during low light and handheld shooting, and the inclusion of an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens element and Canon’s Super Spectra Coatings also ensure beautifully crisp, high contrast and glare-free images. The latest EF-S lens to be added to Canon’s range is ideal for photographers seeking an affordable and versatile lens for general-purpose telephoto photography.

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II will be available from July 2011, priced at £329.99/€369.99 RRP incl. VAT.