Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens Review
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Canon 55-250mm lens returns great lab test results.
- Canon-fit for APS-C sensors
- Image Stabilisation II
- Super Spectra lens coating
- Circular-aperture diaphragm
- Ultra-low Dispersion lens element
Canon 55-250mm lens is unfortunately unsuitable for use on full-frame camera bodies. However it did return great lab test results (MTF figures).
The layout of Canon lens follows a familiar pattern: there is a narrow focusing ring at the front of the lens and a wider zoom ring across the middle of the barrel, with a pair of sliders adjacent to the lens mount to change focusing mode and to activate the image stabiliser. Unfortunately, photographers with larger hands may find it hard to cradle the lens without touching the focusing ring, which rotates in AF mode and therefore needs to be left unobstructed.
Focusing speed is good but the mechanism is clearly audible which can be a distraction, while the image-stabilisation system is quite the opposite: completely silent and very effective in use.
A bayonet-fit lens hood can be purchased separately as an optional item but is not supplied with the zoom.
As mentioned the lab tests (MTF testing) returned some excellent figures for Canon lens, which exceeds 0.3 cycles-per-pixel at both the 55mm and 135mm settings, falling only slightly short of that level at the longest 250mm focal length. Optimum performance was obtained at f/8 for all three focal lengths. However, there is obvious colour fringing right across the zoom range, as was clearly visible on a high-contrast test target. Real-world testing, on the other hand, was much more encouraging.
The Canon 55-250mm zoom produced the most visually satisfying results for all but high-contrast subjects and that makes Canon lens a great proposition for owners of APS-C digital cameras.