So I just received this lens 1 week before they announced the new 18-200IS from Canon and now I am even happier about not waiting. I now have the 18-55IS and 55-250IS combo (along with the nifty 50/1.8 ). There are three reasons I like this choice: Weight, portraits and macro which Iâ€™ll lay out now.
1. The 18-55IS and 55-250IS combo weighs 5 grams less than the 18-200IS. My wife really likes the lightweight option of just using the 18-55 with my 350D/XT and on my small rebel 350D/XT I agree that more lens would feel too front heavy.
2. With the 55-250IS, I get the 55-70 f4 boost. A lot of people who have shelled out the big bucks for the 17-55/2.8 and 70-200 series say they donâ€™t notice the 55-70 missing window. Well for me I would. When I was shooting film, I used the 90-110 focal lengths a lot. With the 55-250, I find that most of my shots are55-70 (ie 90-110 on crop sensor) or they are over 230. I donâ€™t know what the f stop layout is going to be for the 18-200IS, but the Nikon version goes to f4.8 @50mm and Iâ€™m guessing the Canon will jump f stops just as fast. F4 is good for keeping all of the face in focus and still doing a decent job of blurring the background.
3. This lens does a good job at macro too. With a reproduction ratio comparable to what Sigma labels â€˜macroâ€™ and with IS, this means if you are walking around and spot a macro shot you want to capture and didnâ€™t bring your tripod and a 1:1 macro lens, you are still not SOL. Iâ€™ll post some hand held macro shots below. ( I have a close up filter for it, but that lowers the DOF so much that you pretty much have to use a tripod with it)
So anyhow here are the images:
250mm f5.6 1/1000â€ iso 100. I boosted vibrance and sharpened the image a little in PS elements and well as cropped about 20% out to get rid of a yahoo standing to the left that didnâ€™t work in the frame.
(The Democrats are in town for their convention. While this picture does not necessarily reflect my political view, the anarchists are just so photogenic.)
65mm f4 1/1250â€ iso 400. I boosted vibrance and sharpened the image a little in PS elements as well as added 1/3 stop exposure. (On this one and the next one I forgot to lower the ISO to 100 BTW after shooting some macro shots in a little wind)
70mm f4 1/400â€ iso 400. straight out of the camera.
Now for some macro shots and these are all hand held to show the IS abilities:
250mm f5.6 1/125â€ iso 200 straight out of the camera.
250mm f5.6 1/100â€ iso 200 straight out of the camera.
250mm f5.6 1/60â€ iso 200 straight out of the camera.
250mm f8 1/25â€ iso 200 straight out of the camera. This is pretty much the lowest hand held limit I would want to play with but still not bad. Practically I wouldnâ€™t go below 1/60â€ with out expecting a 50% miss rate with my hands.
I love this lens for the price. It does good with macro and portraits, but I will be getting the 60/2.8 macro to improve both those areas once I can budget it. Although I see a 28/1.8 or at least a 35/2 as my next lens purchase.
Canon 7D/350D, Î£17-50/2.8, 18-55IS, 24-105/4 IS, Î£30/1.4, 50/1.8, 55-250IS, 60/2.8, 70-200/4 IS, 85/1.8, 580ex II, 430EX II, 270EX II.