differences

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

Better telephoto 250 mm vs 135 mm
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Around 90% more reach, less perspective distortion
Slightly smaller diameter 70 mm vs 77 mm
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Around 10% smaller lens at the end
Slightly cheaper $139.99 vs $318.99
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The best price we've seen is $179 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Reasons to consider the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Much narrower aperture f/22 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM goes 3.9 f-stops narrower
More zoom 7.5x vs 4.5x
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More than 60% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/4
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At its widest, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Better wide angle 18 mm vs 55 mm
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3.1x better wide angle
Slightly shorter 96 mm vs 111 mm
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More than 10% shorter
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similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
Canon IS
Zoom range Great zoom Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM4.5x
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM7.5x
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
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-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM18 mm
Weight Light weight Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM375 g
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM480 g
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM$139.99
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM$318.99
Length Short Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM111 mm
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM96 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM70 mm
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM77 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 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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

Wildlife lens

$332 - $399

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Max focal length Better telephoto
Length Longer
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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

Telephoto lens

$999 - $1,099

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Length Longer
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Low light lens

$60

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Prime lens Is a prime lens
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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

Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Wide angle lens

$419 - $599

Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Canon EF

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Canon EF

Wide angle lens

$320 - $369

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Aperture Wider aperture
Zoom range Significantly less zoom
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Travel lens

$269 - $497

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