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Tamron 70-300 VC 4-5.6 vs Canon 55-250 IS II

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Tamron 70-300 VC 4-5.6 vs Canon 55-250 IS II
Aug 14, 2012

Which one of the two:

Tamron 70-300 VC 4-5.6
Canon 55-250 IS II

is better? Tamron has ultrasonic AF motor, but Canon is Canon... also, the 55-250 is almost 50% cheaper, but the Tamron performs much better in 251-300mm range... etc. Can't decide for the life of me.

I've got a T4i (650D), want a light-ish lens for hiking and other forms of travelling. The only piece of L glass I could realistically afford is the 70-200 f/4, but it's almost two times the price of the Tamron and doesn't have IS. (IS version is way outside my budget.)

Canon EOS 650D (EOS Rebel T4i / EOS Kiss X6i)
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