Old 01-08-2009, 05:07 AM   #1
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I just purchased a Canon EF-S 55-250mm lens for my Canon XSi Rebel. Does anyone have any comments on this lens? Just curious, I should have a few test images by this weekend..

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Old 01-08-2009, 05:13 AM   #2
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I was considering this lens down the road for the said camera. I can't wait to see some results, Chase.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:40 AM   #3
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http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/19...review?start=1

The above is the site I use when ever I purchase a lens. Looks like its a low level consumer lens and performs as such. Of course with a range of 55-200 I could have told you that without looking it up.
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Built cheep but takes good photo's, its the lens you buy starting out or don't know if a long lens will get used a a lot.
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http://forums.railpictures.net/showt...ghlight=55-250

I'm happy with it - good value for the money.
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Another happy customer here. Cheap, but if you're steady with the manual focus, it's sharp enough for these eyes...

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Thanks guys for the feedback, if all goes as planned, I'll have decent weather tomorrow, which will allow for me to test out the new lens.

Again, thanks guys, and I hope to have a couple of test images to pass along.

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Thought you may enjoy reading this.

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Thanks, some positive feedback is always helpful! I suppose I need to start checking DP Review more often.

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It just goes to show you, what one site says is exactly that, just one site's opinion. Best to look around instead of sticking with one source.
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It just goes to show you, what one site says is exactly that, just one site's opinion. Best to look around instead of sticking with one source.
That wasnt the sites opinion, it was a group of peoples opinion just like this thread. Fredmiranda.com is also a great forum.
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That wasnt the sites opinion, it was a group of peoples opinion just like this thread. Fredmiranda.com is also a great forum.
Sorry I wasn't clear. I was talking in regards to John's post about Photozone.de.
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Sorry I wasn't clear. I was talking in regards to John's post about Photozone.de.
Ahh ok. On that note the-digital-picture.com is also a good lens review site! Fredmiranda also has a great review section!
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My intent before, and as I was walking into Ritz was, I need to go wide. What did I walk out with? The 55-250. The IS turned me onto it. It still hunts a bit in low light (If you're using AF), but dang it's actually pretty sharp. I figured if I'm doing good using a tele, just upgrade from what I got, that crap quantaray 55-200mm. Soft shots, bad contrast, etc. With this lens I'm seeing much sharper photos, better contrastl, a slight better color and the IS. Not the greatest, but certainly a nice upgrade if you're on a mild budget.

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I figured if I'm doing good using a tele, just upgrade from what I got, that crap quantaray 55-200mm. Soft shots, bad contrast, etc.
I know what you mean I used the 70-300 version of that lens on my Nikon for a few months and it was just ridiculous. Never seen so many chromatic aberrations, and it was horribly soft.

I guess it was worth the 150 bucks at the time.
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My intent before, and as I was walking into Ritz was, I need to go wide. What did I walk out with? The 55-250. The IS turned me onto it. It still hunts a bit in low light (If you're using AF), but dang it's actually pretty sharp. I figured if I'm doing good using a tele, just upgrade from what I got, that crap quantaray 55-200mm. Soft shots, bad contrast, etc. With this lens I'm seeing much sharper photos, better contrastl, a slight better color and the IS. Not the greatest, but certainly a nice upgrade if you're on a mild budget.

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So what do you have to shoot wide with at this point?

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Absolutely nothing. I have the kit lens, which is really not that bad of a lens. It does the job, not the job I'd like it to do, but it'll do. I figured when i was in the shop, upgrade to what I'm good at, and learn to compose wider with the kit then upgrade. The 40D has gone down in price quite some bit, after paying off a few things the Xti is going on sale (look for another rebel on sale here pretty soon) a new body is in order. I took the advice here and upgraded glass and it helped, but I'm quite a tall person with large hands, the XTi just feels funny. I've held and used the 40D from a co worker and, wow. Very big difference, a difference I like.
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Absolutely nothing. I have the kit lens, which is really not that bad of a lens. It does the job, not the job I'd like it to do, but it'll do.
I'm also quite satisfied with the 18-55mm kit lens that came with the XSi. I was surprised of the sharp images it can produce. Quite a good lens, overall.

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Old 01-13-2009, 10:16 PM   #19
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I'm also quite satisfied with the 18-55mm kit lens that came with the XSi. I was surprised of the sharp images it can produce. Quite a good lens, overall.

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I think it's a good lens but then this is my first DSLR so I don't have much to base it off of...
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I think it's a good lens but then this is my first DSLR so I don't have much to base it off of...
Same here as well, this is my first SLR, but I just wasn't anticipating a kit lens to be this sharp with images. I wish I would've switched over to DSLR's a few years ago.

As far as the test images with the new 55-250mm, I'm still awaiting a decent day.

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I got the Canon 55-250mm lens on January 2, 2009 and it works very nicely. The images might be very, very slightly soft at full telephoto zoom, but other than that, it is excellent. Well worth the money, the $249.99 spent for it. It is the good choice to make. I like it better, and think it takes better photos, than my Canon 18-55mm lens.
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I got the Canon 55-250mm lens on January 2, 2009 and it works very nicely. The images might be very, very slightly soft at full telephoto zoom, but other than that, it is excellent. Well worth the money, the $249.99 spent for it. It is the good choice to make. I like it better, and think it takes better photos, than my Canon 18-55mm lens.
I don't see the problem here?! Just sharpen in post if it is a little soft and be done with it.... Buy this lens and stop worrying about it!

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I don't see the problem here?! Just sharpen in post if it is a little soft and be done with it.... Buy this lens and stop worrying about it!

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No kidding! Of course sharpen it! Notice how much I emphasized how very little softness there is. And also, no need to tell me to buy it, I already have bought it. It is my favorite of my two lenses. In terms of quality.
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I got the Canon 55-250mm lens on January 2, 2009 and it works very nicely. The images might be very, very slightly soft at full telephoto zoom, but other than that, it is excellent. Well worth the money, the $249.99 spent for it. It is the good choice to make. I like it better, and think it takes better photos, than my Canon 18-55mm lens.
Where did you get it for that price?
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Where did you get it for that price?
B&H had it on sale for $249.99 about a week ago when I purchased the lens. It's up to $255 now.

B&H- Canon EF-S 55-250mm Lens

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