Canon EF-S 55-250mm f 4.0-5.6 IS

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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f 4.0-5.6 IS

Postby DanielD » Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:59 pm

Hi All,

Couple of people ahve asked me to submit some sample images of the Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS. So here they are. If anybody has any "special requests" I am more than happy to oblige.

If anybody wants bigger versions of the pictures please see my flickr page here (except the sports ones, these I will e-mail to people)

187mm f5.6 1/100 ISO 800

194mm f5.6 1/20 ISO 100

154mm f5.6 1/125 ISO 400

208mm f5.6 1/100 ISO 200

194mm f5.6 1/125 ISO 400

250mm f5.6 1/100 ISO 200
Last edited by DanielD on Sat Jul 05, 2008 6:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Postby AudioXceL » Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:18 pm

Wow, the image from the lion is awesome :D

Postby DanielD » Sat Jul 05, 2008 6:16 pm

Thanks Audio.
It was taken at Taronga Zoo (Sydney) and this guy was a real poser, sat there very Regal like as everybody snapped away!!!!! (I think he enjoyed the attention!!!!) 8)


Postby AudioXceL » Sat Jul 05, 2008 11:18 pm

haha, yeah, some zoo animals adore attention 8)

the 4th image is also very good, the effect youve done gives it a motion atmosphere, maybe it was a mistake :) , but ended up with a good image

Postby DanielD » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:56 am

Thanks audio!

The action shot was taken while panning with the subject (a technique I learn't from this website :wink: ). Basically I was stationary and had the camera focused on the man carring the ball. His support player was running at the same pace (and direction) as him so as I snapped away both him and the support player were "frozen" whilst anybody not running at the same pace or same direction were blurred. I also slowed the shutter speed to allow for blur (and get more light in as it was getting quite dark)


Postby AudioXceL » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:33 am

Well, most of my pannings are mistakes :wink: , when you do it on purpose you feel a lot better with the outcoming shot :D

Postby csnaus » Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:15 am

I wonder if the ZOO pictures were all hand held? Or have you used some sort of support? Seeing focal lengths and related shutter speeds I am not sure if:
a) you have incredibly steady hands
b) you have used tripod
c) IS of this lens works well
Anyway, I think that IQ is very good considering that this is a budget lens.
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Postby Enche Zein » Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:01 am

can you post 100% crop?
Enche Zein

Postby DanielD » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:08 am

Hi Cnaus,

I'm flattered 8) all the zoo shots were hand held (ie I did not use a tripod). I did however use what ever was around as support for my shots. The echidna (that hedgehog looking thing) is a good example. I actually rested my elbows on a wooden panel that formed a railing to steady the shot. The lion one, I actually leant against a pillar. The one of the bird was purely handheld as are all the sports action shots. The hand held technique I learnt from a few books is to bring the elbows as close to the body as possible and be as ridgid as possible. There are probably other techniques but this seems to work for me. The IS on this lens is fantastic and i'm sure had a large deal to do with the steadiness of the shot.

Enche Zein
I will post some 100% crops for you as soon as I can.


Postby Wonda Boy » Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:10 pm

I am really interested in getting the telephoto lens, alot of magazines and reviews said it was an "Average" lens at best. Looking at these shots I beg to differ. And taken with a 400D.......

Can you give any more shots if possible.....plz.
Wonda Boy

Postby Bob Andersson » Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:24 pm

Hi folks,

Lots of comments but no more pictures since the initial post. As this is a Gallery has anyone any more images they would like to share? :wink:
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Postby DanielD » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:08 am

G'Day everyone,

I have spent my monthly flickr quota and am in the process of upgrading to full membership so as soon as I do I will upload more pictures plus the 100% crop.

Thanks wonda for the compliments 8)

About the magazine reviews...I have personally found that alot of these magazines do not use context based comparisons. Ie they review a product through the glasses of a seasoned photographer with an eye to detail, used to the quality of the Canon's "L" series lenses (or their eqivalant in other brands).

This lens is a budget telephoto designed for:
* people just starting out (indeed it is an option for inclusion in the kit for the EOS 450D),
* for people on a really tight budget who would like a telephoto lens
* people who are into macro and landscape photography and have invested a significant amount of $ into that field and want a telephoto for those odd moments they need one.

Reviews that I have seen which compare this with other budget lenses in the same category (ie Nikkor Lens - AF-S DX VR Zoom 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED) and the Canon came out on top (though it can be a little subjective)

The pictures from my point of view and requirements are satisfactory and the lens has performed above what I expected it to do (for the moment). Would I recommend this lens to people looking for a telephoto lens? depends.

If you have a larger budget and are mainly interested in sports/action or wildlife photography, I recommend one saves up their bickies and gets a L series lens (prob the 70-200 f/4L IS or the 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS)

I am fairly sure that the 55-250mm IS is the cheapest telephoto zoom lens in canon's range with IS (at least in Australia)

Hope this helps :)

I will get to posting more pictures when I can and since I have recently purchased the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS i will attempt some side by side comparisons (be gentle I have never done this before 8) )


Postby Wonda Boy » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:29 am

Many thanx for the reply no get posting......hehe .... :twisted:
Wonda Boy

Postby jonlord » Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:54 pm

Thanks. The bird picture looks nice.... I know that its not a macro lens but how good is it on macros @ 250mm?

Postby jitteringjr » Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:08 am

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 I’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 don’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 don’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 I’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 ‘macro’ and with IS, this means if you are walking around and spot a macro shot you want to capture and didn’t bring your tripod and a 1:1 macro lens, you are still not SOL. I’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 1/1000” 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 didn’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 1/1250” 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 1/400” 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 1/125” iso 200 straight out of the camera.

250mm f5.6 1/100” iso 200 straight out of the camera.

250mm f5.6 1/60” iso 200 straight out of the camera.

250mm f8 1/25” 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 wouldn’t go below 1/60” 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.
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