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
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
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
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

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Canon EF-M

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Canon EF-M

Portrait lens

$499

Zoom range Much more zoom
Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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

Telephoto lens

$1,000 - $1,099

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Length Longer
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

$338 - $449

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Max focal length Better telephoto
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

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

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

$250 - $268

Nikon Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

Nikon Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

Travel lens

Zoom range Less zoom
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

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

Travel lens

$539 - $699

Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Max focal length Better telephoto
Lowest price Slightly more expensive

discussion Which do you think is better?

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