Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Here's our review of the affordable Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Built solely for Canon APS-C DSLRs, the 55-250mm offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 88-400mm. While this is a highly versatile telephoto zoom range, other lenses in our round-up can zoom in over twice as tight. Weighing just 375g, it’s the lightest and smallest of all on test, making it ideal for travel. Internally, there are 15 elements in 12 groups, with a UD (Ultra low Dispersion) element designed to combat fringing and Super Spectra coatings to minimise ghosting and flare.

The affordable Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon's 55-250mm features 3.5-stop image stabilisation 

Focusing is fairly fast and quiet with the Stepping Motor technology (STM), and there’s also an Image Stabilisation system that allows shutter speeds up to 3.5 stops slower than normal to be used, without the effects of camera shake. With the lens zoomed to 55mm our test images suffered from some barrel distortion. At f/4 the corners were soft, with some vignetting and coloured fringing, but results improved as we stopped down. At the long end of the zoom, these issues were less noticeable. 


Small and light
Image stabilisation
Attractive price


Limited maximum zoom
Image quality
APS-C only


  • Minimum aperture: f/22-32
  • Elements: 15/12
  • Filter size: 58mm
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.85m
  • DxH: 70x111mm
  • Weight: 375g
  • Find out more on the Canon website