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

for photography enthusiasts to capture details both near and far.
– Maximize details with new affordable telephoto lens.

, 23 September, 2011 – Canon today revealed the new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II telephoto lens, with an extensive zoom range that allows photographers to get intimately close to the action from a safe distance. Nature, wildlife and sports photo enthusiasts will enjoy the benefit of the crop factor to get maximum detail at long distances.

 “Photographers are constantly seeking to learn about the various genres of photography,” said Andrew Koh, Senior Director & General Manager of Canon Imaging & Information Products Group. “The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens is a good starter lens for photographers interested in taking up telephotography with its compact form factor, extensive range and affordability.”

 A Higher Image Quality
The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens allows users to take picturesque long-range photographs. Photographers can expect sharper shots with the inclusion of an Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) lens element, which allows the user to maintain high image quality across the entire zoom range.

In addition, Canon’s four-stop[i] Image Stabilization technology lets photographers  take pictures in low light settings with ease, and with automatic panning detection, users need not miss high speed shots anymore.

Portrait-oriented photographers can look forward to creating unique images with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II’s new 7-bladed circular aperture capability that creates a smooth out-of-focus effect for pleasing and professional-looking pictures.

Enhanced Mobility and Environmentally Friendly
With a long zoom range yet weighing in at only 390g, the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II is ideal lens for photographers seeking an affordable and versatile lens for general-purpose telephoto photography.

Environmentally conscious users will also be pleased to know that all of the glass elements used in the lens’ optics are completely lead-free.

Price & Availability
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II will be available from early October at authorized Canon dealers at the recommended retail price of S$499.

-Four-stop image stabilization: Hand-held images that require a shutter speed of 1/250 to eliminate camera shake can now be taken hand-held at a shutter speed of as slow as 1/15.

Editor’s Note
This consumer targeted lens is in its 2nd incarnation since the previous version. Although it is expected that Professionals will shun this lens opting for the better built “L” brethens to the likes of  EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM II or the long serving EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, this EF-S 55-250mm is really targeting at beginners who wish to have access to super telephoto range without breaking their bank. As the competition heats up with replacement lens models, Canon had updated their “Kit Lens” with the new EF-S18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II and had given a better quality lens with good image quality recently, this EF-S55-250mm will be the “Partner lens” that was expected to be updated. And Canon did just as expected.

The EF-S 55-250mm has the 35mm equivalent range of 88-400mm on a typical Canon APS-C (1.6 crop). This is value for money in any sense. I am unable to comment on the image quality and handling at press time as I have not personally tried the lens, but based on the specs, asking price and expected improvement, I am sure this another Fantastic Plastic.

Will be back with a review if I manage to lay my hands on one of this. 🙂 


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