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70-300 IS vs. 55-250 anyone?

Robert Thommes , Feb 04, 2008; 06:01 p.m.

Does anyone have experience with BOTH of these lenses? I have used the 70-300 IS USM lens and have found it to be a fine lens. But I'm hearing some decent things about the newer Canon 55-250 IS lens, too. Since I seldom stretch longer than 250mm anyway, I was wondering how these lens compare particularly at the 250mm range. I'm considering a two lens combo of the 18-55 IS and the 55-250 IS but only if the 55-250 is as good or better than the 70-300. Thanks for you feedback.


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John Hanlon , Feb 04, 2008; 07:21 p.m.

Review of 55-250 here: (link)

Donald A , Feb 04, 2008; 07:28 p.m.

Why isn't Canon going to market this lens here?

David Manzi , Feb 04, 2008; 07:37 p.m.


Where is "here?" US?

Is the 55-250 a crop sensor lens only?

Leopold Stotch , Feb 04, 2008; 10:09 p.m.

"Is the 55-250 a crop sensor lens only?"

yes, its an EF-S lens, so its crop body only (specifically crop bodies after the 300D). And if by "here" Donald was referring to North America, it is being marketed here. It will be available shortly, and Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for it.

Donald A , Feb 04, 2008; 10:25 p.m.

I don't see the 55-250 on Amazon, but it's on the Canon USA website listed as being available in March. What is the price going to be?

Leopold Stotch , Feb 04, 2008; 10:55 p.m.

Its here, and listed for $299.

Donald A , Feb 04, 2008; 10:58 p.m.

Thanks. Apparently "canon 55-250" isn't enough information to find it using the Amazon search function.

Amol Kumar , Feb 05, 2008; 12:37 a.m.

Amazon lists it released on May 20th. Canon reports March. I wonder which it will be?

So, the 55-250 is $300. And the 70-300 IS about $550.

Seems like a tough decision. I would almost be tempted to shell out the extra $250, for a little more reach (300mm), of course losing the 55mm-70mm range. But mostly, I would buy the 70-300 because it would be compatible with a Full-Frame DSLR, if I ever buy one.

Also, the review from Photozone mentions issues with focusing using a Rebel XT, since I currently own the XT, that is a bit discouraging.

Geoff Mower , Feb 05, 2008; 01:06 a.m.

I think that this thing has the potential to kill sales of the 70-300 (and incidentally to do the same to the resale value of mine!) I really can't see many full-frame users wanting the 70-300 - they'll all be shooting L glass. Nor can I see that the average punter will pay close to double to get an extra 50mm reach. There just isn't enough difference between the two to justify the extra dollars. Now if the 70-300 had a proper ring USM (and all that goes with it, like better AF, FTM and non-rotating front) that might be a different story.

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