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
Slightly cheaper $139.99 vs $331.00
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The best price we've seen is $191 cheaper (2.4x less)
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
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
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM$139.99
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM$331.00
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

$1,019 - $1,199

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Length Longer
Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Wide angle lens

$199 - $1,349

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Length Shorter
Max focal length Significantly worse telephoto
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

$304 - $399

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Zoom range More zoom
Max focal length Worse telephoto

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

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Travel lens

$400 - $699

Zoom range Much more zoom
Min focal length Better wide angle
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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

Telephoto lens

$1,019 - $1,199

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
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

$436

Zoom range Much more zoom
Length Shorter
Wide minimum Much wider aperture

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