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

Here we have a review of Canon’s EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens. 

If you’re looking for a bang for your buck telephoto zoom lens then this might be the one for you. 

This lens covers a wide range of focal lengths and sells for about $250. It’s designed for EOS DSLR cameras that use the EF-S lens mounts with APS-C sized sensors. Not sure what the difference between an APS-C sensor and a Full Frame sensor? Read This.

  • Out of the Box

First impressions are that this lens is smaller than other comparable zoom lenses (2.8 in. x 4.3 in.). Another big plus is how lightweight it is, only 13.8 oz.


  • Focus Ring

The focus ring is surprisingly smooth and quiet which is what you need when shooting video with this lens. It features a minimum Focus Distance of 3.6ft.

  • Auto Focus

The auto focus is fast as long as there is ample light. I prefer to use this lens outdoors because of it’s focal length and it’s need for light with a variable aperture of f/4-5.6.

  • Zoom

The 55-250mm (88-400mm 35mm Equivalent) focal range has been packed into this compact lens.

Affordable Canon telephoto zoom lens

The manual zoom isn’t quite as smooth or quiet as the focus ring but the wide rubber ring is very comfortable to use. The zoom is a little sticky giving video zooms a slight jumpy look. It also makes a friction/gear sound when rotating the zoom ring. 

UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens element
  • Aperture

The maximum aperture is f/4 which changes automatically when the lens is zoomed. At 55mm the lens can be used at f/4 but it quickly creeps up to 5.6 as it gets closer to 250mm.

  • Image Stabilization

There is an on/off switch built into the lens for the Optical Image Stabilizer. This is a great feature for reducing image blur and is a must have for any handheld video shooting with a long lens.

Sometimes I will switch the Optical Image Stabilizer off when I’m shooting with a tripod but other than that it is always on.

  • Image Quality
55mm focal length with Canon EF-s 55-250

It features a single UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens element which reduces color fringes and halos throughout the zoom ranges. Sharp images with fairly good separation considering the maximum aperture is f/4.

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

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

This is a solid lens that packs a ton of zoom into a little package. Images are sharp and crisp though not as sharp as most prime/fixed zoom lenses.

The f/4-5.6 aperture isn’t ideal for most indoor shooting but it is manageable and is a non-issue when shooting outdoors in the daylight.

The focus ring glides smoothly into position and is very quiet.

The zoom ring isn’t smooth enough for professional looking video zooms but the focal length can be changed very quickly.

The optical image stabilization is a great feature and is a necessity for this telephoto lens. 

  • Overall

Great bang for the buck zoom lens. Solid construction and all functions are easily accessible. At around $250 it’s nice to have a lens that I don’t worry about taking hiking or to places where I wouldn’t want to take a $1000 + lens. Visit for more info and where to buy the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 II.