Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens

Product information

This compact Canon 55-250mm, f/4.0-5.6 telephoto lens is ideal for photographers seeking an affordable, versatile lens for general-purpose telephoto photography. It features a focal length equivalent of 88-400mm in 35mm format.

To combat the effects of camera shake, the lens incorporates a 4-stop compensation Image Stabilizer technology. This allows you to use shutter speeds up to 4 times slower with virtually no blurring.

You’ll enjoy crisp, high-contrast images without fringing thanks to an ultra-low dispersion lens element. A Super Spectra coating will also help combat ghosting and flare.

For use with Canon digital SLR cameras.

Auto Focus Motor
Yes- Micro Motor System
Diaphragm Blades
L108 x Dia.70mm
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Equivalent Focal Length Information Focal length when viewed through cameras with a cropped sensor
88-400mm (APS-C 1.6x crop factor)
Filter Thread (mm)
Focal Length
Image Stabilisation
Lens Elements
Lens Groups
Lens Mount
Canon EF-S
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focus Distance
1.1m (3.61')
Sensor Format
Canon APS-C
Weight Information Unpackaged weight


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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens 4.8 5 5 5
Great additional lens at a reasonable price. I bought this lens to supplement my existing 18-55mm lens for a recent holiday and I am very pleased with the close-up pictures that I was able to take, particularly of wild-life. John Lewis was able to provide the lens off-the-shelf at the lowest price of main-stream suppliers. 08 July 2014
Successful purchase - Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS Lens I bought this lens this week and I have been using it with my Canon 300D as my first additional lens to the one that came with the camera. I am very pleased indeed with the lens. I have taken some great bird photos and one or two others this week. The images are sharp and clear. It is prompting me to attempt more manual shots rather than just relying on the automatic settings. I have also joined Flickr which is a wonderful photo sharing website. 23 June 2012
Fantastic lens This lens is really fantastic and completes my kit, which includes the 18-55 mm lens and Canon 550D body. The 55 - 250 lens gives me greater flexibility, operating from a standard 55 to a magnificent 250 mm telephoto, which captures most of the images I will ever need to take. The lens is small, not much larger than the 18-55 lens, lightweight and fully automatic. It focuses very quickly and the image stabiliser ensures that I have no fuzzy images! The photographs taken are exceptionally clear and even when magnified several times on the computer they are still clear and not pixelated. This is an item I would recommend to anyone wanting to have the functionality of zooming in on things that would otherwise remain as a small dot in their image. 08 August 2011
Excellent budget companion to the basic kit lens I'm by no means a photographer, I bought this lens as part of my first DSLR kit and it is the natural partner for the 18-55 lens that came as kit with the body of my EOS 550d. The Image Stabilising (IS) is amazing for a lens in this price bracket, and the focus is very sharp, even at 250mm. This is the best budget zoom lens around if you own an EOS camera. 15 July 2011
Easy to use basic telephoto Image quality great for the price and has IS too. Great second lens to the standard 18-55mm. 10 July 2011
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