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Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens

Has anyone here ever used this.?
My son has a 30D and is thinking about buying this lens.
The reviews look good on it from what I can find. The only knock being that it doesn't have USM and is a little slow to auto focus in low light.
Is the no USM anything to worry about?

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In reply to: Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens

If you're shooting fast action sports or birds then it could be an issue, but it's not like it's 3x as slow as the 70-300mm which costs over twice the price. So far, everyone that I have seen writing about their own views of the lens says it's great.

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Thanks kale133

In reply to: depends

He won't be shooting things like that much of the time, so that lens should be fine for him.
The price seems very good for a IS lens and I really didn't know Canon even made a lens without USM as my 4 Canon lenses all have USM.


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In reply to: Thanks kale133

Canon was able to keep the price down and if they had put USM in the lens then how many people would pay double the price for the 70-300? So, they have different lens at different price points. If you need something that the next level has, then you're going to pay for it.

70-300mm IS-
better build quality, has USM, and adds 50mm. Costs almost double the price.

70-200mm IS-
Much better build, better lens, and faster USM than the 70-300mm, constant F4, but it costs almost 4x the cost of the 55-250mm.

If you need the difference then you will pay, but a majority would be more than happy with the output of the's a very good lens.

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Build quality and price

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I know what you mean, you get what you pay for.
I have the Canon fantastic plastic 50mm 1.8 that looks and feels like a toy, but the pictures I get from it are amazingly sharp and clear. I would sure hate to drop it though.


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