differences

Reasons to consider the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Shorter 111 mm vs 173 mm
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Around 40% shorter
Cheaper $126.00 vs $1,019.00
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The best price we've seen is $893 cheaper (8.1x less)
More zoom 4.5x vs 2.9x
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Around 60% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Better telephoto 250 mm vs 200 mm
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Around 30% more reach, less perspective distortion
Lighter 375 g vs 0.8 kg
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2x lighter
Slightly smaller diameter 70 mm vs 76 mm
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Around 10% smaller lens at the end
Slightly better wide angle 55 mm vs 70 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
Slightly more magnification 1:3.4 (0.3) vs 1:4.8 (0.2)
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Take macro shots with subjects around 40% larger in your photo
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Learn more about
the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Reasons to consider the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Much narrower aperture f/32 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM goes 5 f-stops narrower
Has a constant aperture Yes vs No
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Constant aperture lenses offer the same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Learn more about
the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
Canon IS
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM250 mm
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM200 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
f/4

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM55 mm
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM70 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM70 mm
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM76 mm
Weight Light weight Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM375 g
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM0.8 kg

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

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

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Wildlife lens

$420

Max focal length Better telephoto
Zoom range More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Travel lens

$288 - $399

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Zoom range More zoom
Max focal length Worse telephoto
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF

Travel lens

$300

Zoom range Much more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Competitors

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Wildlife lens

$50 - $1,349

Max focal length Better telephoto
Lowest price Cheaper
Fixed aperture Has a variable aperture
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Wildlife lens

$149 - $377

Max focal length Better telephoto
Lowest price Cheaper
Fixed aperture Has a variable aperture
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Travel lens

$149 - $400

Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Length Shorter
Fixed aperture Has a variable aperture

discussion Which do you think is better?

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