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Canon reveals EF-S 55-250 F4-5.6 IS STM kit-friendly zoom lens

By dpreview staff on Aug 22, 2013 at 04:00 GMT
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Canon has released a version of its EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 lens that uses its STM stepping motor. STM lenses are designed for movie recording, with the goal of providing smooth and silent focusing. Unlike its predecessor, the STM version of the 55-250 has internal focusing. You'll be able to pick up the 55-250 STM lens in late September for $350. It's also a safe bet that the 55-250 STM will come bundled with Canon DSLRs in the near future.


Press Release:

CANON INTRODUCES NEW EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS

New Stepping Motor Lens is the Perfect Companion for the EOS 70D, EOS Rebel SL1, and EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Cameras

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 22, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens. Created to be the perfect companion lens for the EOS 70D, EOS Rebel SL1 and EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR cameras, the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens expands Canon’s line of Stepping Motor (STM) lenses to six models – the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 22mm f/2.0 and the new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.  Canon’s Stepping Motor lenses allow for the capture of high-quality still and video images and reduce motor noise from the lens so cameras, such as the new EOS 70D, will capture the sound of the video scene being recorded without the interruption of noise by the focusing motors.

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens offers high magnification in a compact and lightweight EF-S telephoto zoom lens with an Optical Image Stabilizer for up to 3.5* equivalent stops for shake correction. The lens’ stepping motor and newly-designed focus mechanism support Canon EOS Movie Servo AF (available on select EOS cameras) to provide smooth and quiet continuous autofocusing during video shooting, as well as when shooting photos. 

“The addition of the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens to the STM family of lenses strengthens Canon’s support for the growing number of photographers and video enthusiasts utilizing DSLRs to not only shoot high-quality still images but video too,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Noise reduction in movie mode is essential and video aficionados will particularly find the silent and smooth auto-focus capabilities of this new lens outstanding.”

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens features one UD lens element, reducing chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. It features enhanced lens coatings to help ensure superb color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare and a 7-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds. For outstanding performance, a new compact six-group zoom system provides a maximum magnification of 0.29x at the telephoto end. Full-time manual focus is available in AF mode. The front element does not rotate during focus, which is beneficial when using polarizing filters. Minimum focusing distance is 2.79 ft./0.85m. The lens’ rear focusing system, high-speed CPU and improved AF algorithm allow for high-speed autofocusing.

Availability
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens is scheduled to be available in late September for an estimated retail price of $349.99.  For more information about the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens, visit www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup.

* Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using EOS 7D at focal length of 250mm (400mm in 35mm equivalence).

Lens specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length55–250 mm
Image stabilisationYes (4 stops)
Lens mountCanon EF-S
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4.0 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF22.0 - F32.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesCircular diaphragm
Optics
Elements15
Groups12
Special elements / coatingsUD element
Focus
Minimum focus0.85 m (33.46)
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight375 g (0.83 lb)
Diameter70 mm (2.76)
Length111 mm (4.37)
MaterialsPlastic barrel, plastic mount
SealingNo
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockNo
Filter thread58 mm
Hood suppliedNo
Tripod collarNo
Other
NotesWith automatic panning detection
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I own it
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I want it
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Comments

Total comments: 76
Will Yee
By Will Yee (2 months ago)

Hi folks, I just bought a new Canon EOS 70D with 18-135mm STM lens kit and they were offering a discount if you combine this new 55-250mm lens along with the camera. I was torn between the 70D or the Nikon D7100 but opted for the 70D due to I have invested in many lenses for my older Canon 50D and Rebel XSi. The 70D camera focuses more reliably (without Micro Focus Adjustments to the lenses) than either of my older and hardly used 50D and XSi.
So I just got this new 55-250mm STM lens delivered to me tonight from the BestBuy sale deal. I took many test pictures to test for focus accuracy and when I looked over the pictures, I was so impressed I had to get the word out. This lens is excellent! It is dead on focusing throughout its range from widest to Telephoto end. The pictures came out clear and detailed and color was absolutely wonderful. The pictures are sharp and in focus at the point I aimed the one center focus point. I feel I got a great deal on this STM lens. Paid $200.00.

0 upvotes
tabloid
By tabloid (8 months ago)

Having a look on google...it seems that only Canon make STM lenses.

Come on Sigma etc get your finger out.

1 upvote
Rad Encarnacion
By Rad Encarnacion (8 months ago)

Maybe not for a few years. While stepper motor technology certainly isn't proprietary, their specific use as autofocus motors in camera lenses is patented by Canon.

0 upvotes
Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (8 months ago)

This strikes me very much as an STM version of the current very cheap and very good 55-250 lens - the improved STM lead AF is much welcomed - but the HUGE price jump isn't. I'll be sticking to what I have. OK it lacks a white jacket and a red ring, its not super fast AF and it doesn't look sexy but its a cracker - don't believe me ? Get your hands on one - shoot REAL World - not a test chart and you'll begin to wonder why Canon charge so much more for such little quality difference / improvement.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

"huge price jump" of how much?
Estimated Retail Price in the US: 350 / 300 = +17%
MSRP in Japan: 50,000 / 45,000 = +11% (excl. tax)

for this category of cheap kit lenses, the retail price will become as low as 30% of MSRP when stops falling and stays flat, much less in a double zoom kit.

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Elaka Farmor
By Elaka Farmor (5 months ago)

Now when reviews is out there is a clear improvement in IQ in the tele end. It is close in IQ to Canon 70-200mm IS L !! I will buy one.

0 upvotes
Mikhail Tal
By Mikhail Tal (8 months ago)

Why isn't this constant f/2.8 and $200?

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

why should you need constant f-number, for what?

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Mikhail Tal
By Mikhail Tal (8 months ago)

For low light of course?

0 upvotes
Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (8 months ago)

I was doing several overlays of the MTF charts and of course, Canon only publishes theoretical values so this must be taken with a grain of salt.

But based on what I've cross referenced, this lens might actually be a hidden gem.

Wide Open the new lens has better contrast than the 70-200 F/2.8 IS L II and the 70-300L

Tele the 55-250 is about on par with the 70-200 F/2.8 IS L II and almost identical to the 70-300L

This new lens falls off sooner at the edge in the overlay, but if you stretch the overlay to match (to measure the fall off performance at the edges), it actually matches the L glass in optical performance almost identically (some cases better)

I expect what you can produce on full frame with one of the L zooms will be tough to find worse with this one. Almost makes me question my L glass collection.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

I would rather call it "new standard."
it puzzles me why they couldn't do it before.

btw,
same MFT performance means much higher resolution on full-frame than APS-C. also did you compare it against full-frame lenses within 13.5mm radius?

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igor_s
By igor_s (8 months ago)

New standard in its class, I would say. Think of Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 or 50-150 f/2.8 OS.

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
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Reactive
By Reactive (8 months ago)

"This lens might actually be a hidden gem".
You're right. I own the previous version of this lens, and spent ages weighing up the pros and cons of getting the 70-200 f4 L IS instead. But the L glass was simply not worth nearly FOUR TIMES the price of the 55-250. This little gem has a massive zoom range, is tiny, light, and turns in a far better performance than it ever should for the price. Yes, it's plasticky and manual focus is horrible, but it makes the overpriced, heavy and bulky L-series glass look very, very silly.

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TB Rich
By TB Rich (8 months ago)

Kinematic, I really hope you are right. I have really been toying with buying the F4L IS, but concerned 200mm wasn't long enough, and the 70-300L I felt spending £1100+ on a variable aperture extending lens was a bit rude also.

I really hope this is a decent performer because it bridges the gap in focal length nicely, saving £000's of pounds is always good when this is only a hobby. And another point but less so, is I wouldn't feel self-conscious with say the kids at the zoo with a whopping white lens!!

My only criteria is it must perform pretty well optically and with quick AF as I like to take motorsport shots. Mustn't be built like a toy either, so the plastic mount doesn't bode well?

Probably expecting too much for a kit lens? In which case they need a middle quality tele EF-S to sit between the kit and L lenses. Like a 15-85 style lens but of course tele focal length - 55 or 70-250.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

> it makes the overpriced, heavy and bulky L-series glass look very, very silly.

it doesn't.

you lose instantly half value of a full-frame lens mounting it on an APS-C body (cropping image = cutting value).

0 upvotes
TB Rich
By TB Rich (8 months ago)

yabokkie, what do you mean exactly?

You could argue using FF lenses on a crop sensor means you get the best a lens has to offer i.e on crop the edges of an image are actually utilising a more central region of a FF lens because the FF imaging circle is of course bigger.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

you are only arguing that the value you lose may not be propotional to the area you crop which won't change the nature of the problem.

you lose 61% of area which may mean 50% or even 40% of value the exact number we can debate for a specific lens.

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Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (8 months ago)

yabokkie, I did compare both the 13.5 mm radius and also overlaid the FF radius to look at those values.

TB Rich, build quality still justifies the L by a lot. I'm pretty rough on all my equipment, but for the weight, the 55-250 will be great in a light casual gear bag. My biz partner has the 70-300L on a 6D and it's a gorgeous lens but she does get a little disappointed with subject isolation compared to what I can do with my 70-200 F/2.8. The 55-250 on a crop isn't going to be much different than what the 70-300L on a full frame is like (good and bad traits).

I like this direction that Canon is heading. It separates the L glass for more industrial applications, while giving consumers the same level of quality in the crop cameras. I know the Pentax fan boys will jump all over me for saying this, but I just wish they would build the EF-S lenses like they build the Pentax lenses.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

Oly has been doing it right that they test MTF of 20 and 60 lp/mm patterns (should be 19.6 and 58.8 for accurate comparison against 35mm format).

we should use 16 and 48 lp/mm for Canon APS-C which will bring MTF scores lower. this is the reason why we see "lower MTF" 4/3" lenses can resolve as well as "high MTF" APS-C ones.

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CNY_AP
By CNY_AP (8 months ago)

I find that I often shoot it at 55mm also....useful versus 70mm.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

yes, would prefer 70mm equiv. or 45mm something and I can go out with one zoom only.

also sharp at the center at 250mm, it's designed for future high pixel count sensors for longer reach the same way as Nokia Lumia 1020 (40MP, 80MP, 160MP or more).

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zapatista
By zapatista (8 months ago)

Actually Canon USA has it wrong. There are 7 Canon lenses with Stepper Motors. Just because the douche bags won't stock the 11-22mm doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

3 upvotes
Tonkotsu Ramen
By Tonkotsu Ramen (8 months ago)

Serious question, would this be an affordable option to take pictures of the moon? or is there a similarly priced lens that does better? thank you

0 upvotes
Scorpius1
By Scorpius1 (8 months ago)

It's not really long enough.. try to pick up a used 100-400 if you can afford it..

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

it's a dilemma for many of us but consider 400/5.6L if you are going to always use 100-400 at 400 (which is still not long enough for the moon).

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

For the moon, the best affordable option is a telescope with a T-mount adapter.

2 upvotes
Pritzl
By Pritzl (8 months ago)

Non-rotating filter and better IQ? I hope this comes in a kit with the 70D.

I have the mark I of this lens and it's absolutely great for the price. Sharp enough over most focal length/aperture combinations and quite pleasing bokeh for what is after all "just a kit lens". Absolutely the best bang for your buck in the telephoto range. Rotating filter/focus ring were the only major annoyances with it and both seem to be resolved in this updated version. MTFs seem to suggest better sharpness and contrast though the difference between meridional and sagittal lines does hint at possibly worse bokeh.

0 upvotes
DDWD10
By DDWD10 (8 months ago)

Compare kit lenses today with those from a decade ago. We've made some good progress, I'd say.

4 upvotes
igor_s
By igor_s (8 months ago)

Can it be optically as good as the 70-300 IS (non-L) is?

Updated: in fact, it is much better, according to Canon's data
http://cweb.canon.jp/ef/lineup/tele-zoom/ef70-300-f4-56/spec.html
http://cweb.canon.jp/ef/lineup/ef-s/ef-s55-250-f4-56is-stm/spec.html

Bravo, Canon!

///70D is not a big deal, at least the new lens...

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peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

70-300 IS (non-L) is awful at 300mm on APS-C.

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igor_s
By igor_s (8 months ago)

IMHO not exactly awful, and the 50-250 simply dos not offer 300mm reach. Anyway, at its price the 50-250 seems to be a big step forward. Though there is no info yet about its CA, vignetting, distortion, bokeh and build quality after all.

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audijam
By audijam (8 months ago)

yawn~~~

1 upvote
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (8 months ago)

They should also come out with a 17-250mm 3.5-5.6 IS STM lens that would be like the 18-270mm on 1.5x crop DSLRs since Canon has a 1.6x crop.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

I'd prefer one for EF-M instead of EF-S,
especially that we are going to have dual-pixel AF for Canon mirrorless.

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howardroark
By howardroark (8 months ago)

No, they should come out with a 10-400 f/2...no, wait! A 5-900 f/1.7!!!! Yeah yeah, that's the ticket! And no more DSLRs with APS-C sensor because they're dumb! And where's my flying car! Beam me up, Scotty! "What Canon Should Do" guns set to ZAP!

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Steve Balcombe
By Steve Balcombe (8 months ago)

This fixes the one annoying little problem with the old 55-250 IS which is the rotating front element. And the price is only slightly higher. Good move by Canon.

2 upvotes
lazy lightning
By lazy lightning (8 months ago)

Over 3/4 of a pound? DO NOT let the m4/3 users see this thing as it will have them running in terror at the thought of having to "lug" this monster around.

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

Oly got a 40-150 but that's a lens near 0.6 stops slower.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

Not slower at all, same light intensities, just slightly smaller image circle (22mm vs 26mm in diameter), but better utilized due to more square crop. And the 40-150 is also very good optically as kit zooms go, and extremely fast and quiet focusing too.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

> same light intensities

that gives you near 0.6 stops lower image quality.

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zapatista
By zapatista (8 months ago)

Ok yabokkie ya got me. How the hell does a slower lens=lower image quality?

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

@zapatista, for what reason you need a fast lens in the first place if not for better image quality?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

So long and heavy for a slow all-plastic zoom...

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rrccad
By rrccad (8 months ago)

lol'ing at heavy..

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

It's 3mm longer and 15g lighter than the previous non STM version of this lens. And they added internal focusing, to boot.

It's also lighter and only 10% longer than the micro four thirds equivalent (45-200mm Panasonic), so I don't really know what you are comparing too.

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CNY_AP
By CNY_AP (8 months ago)

it's amazing light for how long it is (I have the first version).

I find it odd that stepper motors are preferred...still can't get my arms around that. I'll take it for granted that they are better for video, but for still I'm unsure which is best...I thought steppers are slower.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

MTF shows it gets sharper and more contrasty,

new stm
http://cweb.canon.jp/ef/lineup/ef-s/ef-s55-250-f4-56is-stm/img/spec/mtf.png

old ii
http://cweb.canon.jp/ef/lineup/ef-s/ef-s55-250-f4-56is-ii/img/spec/mtf.png

nikon 55-300
http://nikon-image.com/products/lens/af/dx/zoom/af-s_dx_55-300mmf45-56g_ed_vr.htm

compared with DX55-300, the Canon STM is significantly sharper at the center at 250mm and should be able to beat DX at 300mm for real subject resolution (more detail in the output image).

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

and Oly 40-150/4-5.6 R which is nearly 0.6 stops slower than EF-S and more than 0.7 stops slower than DX
http://olympus-imaging.jp/product/dslr/mlens/40-150_40-56_r/spec/popup02.html

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marleni
By marleni (8 months ago)

The important question for many: has Canon improved also the OPTICAL quality of the new EF-S 55-250mm version ??
The older version is sadly not a very sharp lens, I knew some who turned to this lens as their first tele, but were quite disappointed and gave it back...

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white shadow
By white shadow (8 months ago)

For better image quality, just get the 70-200 f/4.0 L IS and be done with it. Well, you don't even have to up-grade when you go full frame one day.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (8 months ago)

white shadow, $1000 vs a 350 lens is not a fair comparison. Also some people never will "upgrade" to full frame.

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white shadow
By white shadow (8 months ago)

Image quality always come with a price. Its better to pay $1000 once and be very satisfied than to pay $350 and have something to be desired shortly after and have to buy a "better" lens again. One may end up spending more.

The 70-200mm f/4.0L IS would satisfy even the most critical unless he want to go for the f/2.8 version. Moreover, the "L" version will also have better resale value.

Having said that, I think this new lens should perform reasonably well for those on a very tight budget. Just don't expect it to be a top performer optically. Well again, its all plastic including the mount.

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rrccad
By rrccad (8 months ago)

for a 200 dollar street priced lens you couldn't beat the original. however, this version certainly from the MTF's shows a very nice optical improvement.
you get what you pay for .. it's 350 bucks.

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papillon_65
By papillon_65 (8 months ago)

If it's as least as good as the original then most people would be better served buying it over the 70-200mm F4. In the UK the original is a tenth of the price, has a better range, is smaller and lighter and performance is excellent. I'm very satisfied with mine and I do know what "excellent" looks like as well. Never mind the plastic mount, it's never affected the image quality as far as I'm aware.

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hesbehindyou
By hesbehindyou (8 months ago)

Hmmm, the older mark I & II versions were both reputed to be pretty sharp in comparison to all other telezooms under £300.

My copy, and the two other copies my friends own, are certainly sharp.

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (8 months ago)

Are STM lenses slower to focus? Would that be an issue using this lens for sports?

Thanks!

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

as others already said, the lens got a new optical design with rear focusing which enables fast AF. but probably Canon won't make it too fast for this is only an entry-level zoom.

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rallyfan
By rallyfan (8 months ago)

Internal focusing is great to have! That alone is worthwhile.

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5inchfloppy
By 5inchfloppy (8 months ago)

I think there's a typo? In the article it states:

"Full-time manual focus is available in AF mode."

But in the table below, Full time manual is listed as 'No'.

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IceAge
By IceAge (8 months ago)

It will have full time manual focus in AF

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Rad Encarnacion
By Rad Encarnacion (8 months ago)

That's technically correct, due to how FTM works for Canon's STM focus-by-wire lenses. With STM lenses, the user needs to half-press the shutter before the focus motor will respond to any motion of the focus ring. It's kind of like stepping on the clutch pedal of a manual transmission car in order to change gears.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (8 months ago)

Iceage i am not sure you know much about photography. Af = autofocus, mf= manual focus, you can not do both at the same time without destroying the lens immediatly

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dave_bass5
By dave_bass5 (8 months ago)

Iceage knows exactly what he is talking about. Have you never heard of full time manual override in AF mode? Most lenses do this, and the STM lenses are no different.
I think you have things confused.

With the STM lenses you have to engage the motor first, but if you have a rear AF button this can give you full time MF override, and there are other ways as has already been said.

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IceAge
By IceAge (8 months ago)

KariIceland you're a dum..err nvm.
There is a switch on the side AF/MF. In MF you can only manually focus the lens. In AF you can press the AF-Start button and it will auto focus BUT if you keep it pressed down you can twist the focus ring yourself to manually adjust it, without damaging anything.

Curious though, how it works with back button focus? Do you still use the shutter button half way?

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Pritzl
By Pritzl (8 months ago)

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but as I understand it (I don't have an STM lens to check) you just need the camera to be "awake" and sending current to the lens for manual focus over-ride because it is drive-by-wire requiring an electrical signal. Once the camera goes to sleep, no current to the lens = it stops working. Not sure how it works in pure MF mode.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (8 months ago)

again, why use plastic mount on a lens? Metal mount wouldn't add more than 2-3$ to Bill of materials for canon while building a lens.

9 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

Metal mount only provides the illusion of better quality, so it really doesn't matter.

6 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

there shouldn't be problem (except psychological).
actually someone got plastic mount on the camera.

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (8 months ago)

At this price point, it should have a metal mount. Why should Canon get away with using cheaper, less robust, less durable materials and still charge as much or more than other lenses with metal mounts?

And let me guess, no lens hood included.

4 upvotes
Pritzl
By Pritzl (8 months ago)

Unless that metal mount = better IQ, not sure what all the fuss is about?

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rrccad
By rrccad (8 months ago)

@marike6 .. lol "at this price point" .. $349 .. you're acting as if that's expensive ..

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

And as if $349 is actually what it will cost. MSRP of the old one is $250 or $300 and you've been able to get them new for $150-200 since about 6 months after it was launched.

Metal is more durable as an absolute, but remember the mount only needs to be strong enough to perform its function. A plastic mount can take thousands of lens changes and hold the weight of the lens with no problem. So what if a metal mount could take more hits with a hammer?

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

I have some stainless dishes that I bought for less than 10 US each and would trade one for a metal mount on a 100 US lens if it worths it.

0 upvotes
pancromat
By pancromat (8 months ago)

i really like the design of those new STM kit lenses.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

It will be interesting to see if the optics got a noticeable bump.

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Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (8 months ago)

Should be quite a bit different at least.... this new lens has 2 additional groups and 2 additional elements. The UD element (this isn't new) plus new coatings are certainly going to make improvements

Personally, even though I have a tone of L lenses, I also liked the 55-250.

I might pick one up because of how affordable it is and pair it up with my SL1

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