55-250 STM vs. 70-300 non-L, 70-200F4

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maxxjr
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55-250 STM vs. 70-300 non-L, 70-200F4
11 months ago

In the review of the original 55-250 IS at the-digital-picture.com had a comment that the original 55-250 IS and 70-300 non-L are fairly similar in terms of IQ, and both were a step below the 70-200/4 non-IS.  There is no similar comparison/comment when reviewing the 55-250 STM.

With the improved optics of the 55-250 STM, does this mean it is now a bit better than the old lens and the 70-300, and reaching toward the IQ of the L?  Or is it still in the same ballpark, but still that same step below the 70-200/4?

Lastly, how is contrast on the new lens?  (This is one aspect where I would like to see improvement vs. the old lens)

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55-250 resolves better ...
In reply to maxxjr, 11 months ago

maxxjr wrote:

With the improved optics of the 55-250 STM, does this mean it is now a bit better than the old lens and the 70-300, and reaching toward the IQ of the L?

based on the MTF charts, the newest 55-250 resolves better at the wide end than either the 70-300 or the 70-200 f/4. at the long end the 55-250 resolves better than the 70-300 and is equal to (slightly better than) the L, give or take ...

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_s_55_250mm_f_4_5_6_is_stm

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_70_300mm_f_4_5_6_is_usm

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_70_200mm_f_4l_usm

i'm only basing this on the canon MTF charts ... my opinion does not account for lens copy variation ... nor does it take into consideration that the 55-250 is only intended for aps-c cameras ...

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Re: 55-250 resolves better ...
In reply to confyushis, 11 months ago

confyushis wrote:

maxxjr wrote:

With the improved optics of the 55-250 STM, does this mean it is now a bit better than the old lens and the 70-300, and reaching toward the IQ of the L?

based on the MTF charts, the newest 55-250 resolves better at the wide end than either the 70-300 or the 70-200 f/4. at the long end the 55-250 resolves better than the 70-300 and is equal to (slightly better than) the L, give or take ...

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_s_55_250mm_f_4_5_6_is_stm

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_70_300mm_f_4_5_6_is_usm

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_70_200mm_f_4l_usm

i'm only basing this on the canon MTF charts ... my opinion does not account for lens copy variation ... nor does it take into consideration that the 55-250 is only intended for aps-c cameras ...

Good but keep in mind that there is more than resolution in a lens, CA, PF, contrast, distorsion, vignetting, buit quality ......

There is also lens design is getting better also and the 70-200mm/4L is an old design, but i like mine even if i only bought it in December

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Re: 55-250 resolves better ...
In reply to leopold, 3 months ago

Absolutely right ... it's not only about resolution. The 70-200 is an outstanding lens. I owned it once, and now I have the 55-250 MkI. The 55-250 is more versatile because of the size/weight and the IS, but IQ-wise it's far from the 70-200/4L ...

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