Canon has announced an updated version of its 55-250mm image stabilized telephoto zoom. The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II is a cosmetically refreshed version of the existing 55-250mm IS, launched in 2008. A consumer-grade tele zoom, it will be available on its own or alongside the recently updated 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II as a two lens kit with the EOS 550D (Rebel T2i), EOS 600D (Rebel T3i) or EOS 60D.

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Canon unveils the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II – the ideal telephoto lens for aspiring photographers

London, UK, 13th June 2011 – Canon today announces the launch of its latest high quality telephoto zoom lens. The new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II is a compact and affordable lens, offering powerful telephoto performance combined with high image quality, making it ideal for photographers wanting to get closer to the action.

The versatile new lens enables photographers to shoot a variety of subjects due to its variable focal range. It's ideal for shooting anything from portraits to longer-distance subjects, such as wildlife, sports, or even features within a landscape – ensuring the moment is always captured in impressive detail.

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II will be available separately and also as part of a double lens kit, bundled alongside the recently-announced EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II with EOS 550D, EOS 600D and EOS 60D bodies, providing beginners with a fantastic start to their photography system, all in one box.

Designed and manufactured to exacting standards, the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II reflects Canon's premium design philosophy, with an enhanced exterior design and a number of premium technologies to ensure leading image quality. Canon's four-stop Image Stabilizer (IS) counters image blur during low light and handheld shooting, and the inclusion of an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens element and Canon's Super Spectra Coatings also ensure beautifully crisp, high contrast and glare-free images. The latest EF-S lens to be added to Canon's range is ideal for photographers seeking an affordable and versatile lens for general-purpose telephoto photography.

The new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II will be available from July 2011.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II specifications

Image size APS-C
35mm film equivalent focal length 88-400mm
Angle of view  • Horiz: 23º 20' - 5º 20'
 • Vert:15º 40'- 3º 30',
 • Diag:27º 50' - 6º 15'
Lens construction (elements/groups) 12/10
No. of diaphragm blades 7
Minimum aperture 22-32
Closest focusing distance (m) 1.1
Maximum magnification (x) 0.31 (at 250mm)
Distance information Yes
Image stabilizer 4-stops
AF actuator Micro Motor
Filter diameter (mm) 58
Max. diameter x length (mm) 70 x 108
Weight (g) 390
Magnification (With Extension Tube EF12 II) 0.6-0.05
Magnification (With Extension Tube EF25 II) 0.47-0.11
Options: ET-60 Lens Hood, LP1019 Soft Case