differences

Reasons to consider the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF

Much more zoom 13.9x vs 4.5x
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More than 3x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/4
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At its widest, the 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF 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 89 mm vs 111 mm
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Around 20% shorter
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF Learn more about
the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF

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

Better image stabilization Canon IS vs Sigma OS
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Less risk of blur
Slightly cheaper $139.99 vs $479.39
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The best price we've seen is $339 cheaper (3.4x less)
Slightly smaller diameter 70 mm vs 74 mm
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Around 10% smaller lens at the end
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

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EFSigma OS
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STMCanon IS
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
250 mm
Zoom range Great zoom Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF13.9x
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM4.5x
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Wide minimum Not very narrow apertures Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EFf/6.3
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STMf/5.6
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
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF18 mm
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM55 mm
Weight Light weight Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF472 g
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM375 g
Length Short Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF89 mm
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM111 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF74 mm
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM70 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Canon EF$479.39
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM$139.99
Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
250 mm

competitors

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

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

$199

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Max focal length Better telephoto
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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

Telephoto lens

$996 - $1,099

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Length Longer
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

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

Wildlife lens

$179

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 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

$449 - $699

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Zoom range Less zoom

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