differences

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

Shorter 111 mm vs 142 mm
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More than 20% shorter
Slightly smaller diameter 70 mm vs 76 mm
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Around 10% smaller lens at the end
Slightly lighter 375 g vs 0.6 kg
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More than 40% lighter
Slightly better wide angle 55 mm vs 70 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
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 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Much narrower aperture f/32 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM goes 5 f-stops narrower
Better telephoto 300 mm vs 250 mm
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20% more reach, less perspective distortion
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Learn more about
the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 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 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM300 mm
Zoom range Great zoom Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM4.5x
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM4.3x
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM$139.98
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM$149.00
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
f/4
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

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 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM70 mm
Weight Light weight Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM375 g
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM0.6 kg
Diameter Small diameters Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM70 mm
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM76 mm
Length Short Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM111 mm
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM142 mm

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

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

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

Telephoto lens

$959 - $1,099

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Length Longer
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Canon EF

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Canon EF

Macro lens

$169

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Max focal length Better telephoto
Image stabilization No image stabilization
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

$400

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

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

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Wildlife lens

$129 - $219

Length Slightly shorter
Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Image stabilization No image stabilization
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 More zoom
Min focal length Better wide angle
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon EF

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon EF

Wildlife lens

$400 - $449

Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

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