Canon's EF 55-200mm digital SLR lens has an Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast and quiet autofocus and provides an imaging circle suitable for full frame and APS-C sensors.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

80%

Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM

Features:80%
Overall score:80%
Value:85%
Performance:80%
Image Quality:80%
Design:75%

Pros:

  • Quiet, fast AF.

Cons:

  • No focus ring, chromatic aberration.

Product:

Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£189.00

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Canon Compatible 

Canon’s EF 55-200mm has an Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast and quiet autofocus and provides an imaging circle suitable for full-frame and APS-C sensors, so it will work on any Canon EOS camera. If using a model with an APS-C sensor such as the EOS 400D, the lens offers the focal equivalent of 88-320mm.

Fiddly Manual Focus

The lens is constructed of 13 elements in 13 groups and incorporates optimised lens coatings to reduce flare and ghosting. The all-plastic, two-piece barrel, including a plastic lens mount, is lightweight but the zoom ring is quite loose. The USM-driven AF system, however, is quick and reasonably quiet, if a little juddery. What it’s lacking though is a gripped manual focus ring – you need to rotate the inner barrel, which is awkward, especially at 55mm.

Performance

The lens displays reasonable sharpness which, if not the best, is certainly consistent. Apertures up until f/11 maintain similar degrees of sharpness, with a rapid drop in sharpness at f/16 and f/22.

Chromatic aberration is among the worst in this category, with good central control but a consistently high pixel rise at the corners.

Verdict

Really a budget or starter lens, reasonably priced, but lacking the fast maximum aperture and expensive glass of more professional lenses.

Full Specification

Weight:
310g
Minimum Focus:
120cm

Dimensions:
70.4 x 97.3mm
Minimum Aperture:
f/22-32

Maximum Aperture:
f/4-5.6
Diagonal Angle of View:
43-12

35mm Equivalent Focal Length:
35mm
Focal Length:
55-200mm

Lens Mount:
Canon EF