Canon 55-250 IS vs. 70-300 IS

Started Apr 27, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP DoctorPDA Regular Member • Posts: 106
Re: Canon 55-250 IS vs. 70-300 IS

PhilipY wrote:

Get the 55-250mm IS. It's a decent lens for what you're doing. I bought one several months ago and have had no regrets. The butterfly picture was taken handheld, with a Canon Speedlite 320EX to fill in the shadows.

Thanks for all of your replies. It seems that many are happy with both of these lenses and there's not a whole lot of bad things to say about them.

I'll probably get the 55-250----what the 55-250 has going for it for me is:
1) Smaller / lighter

2) Only $100 (vs $300 for the 70-300 IS) (these are the prices I'm getting because of rebates)
3) Better minimum focusing distance for "macro" (1:3).

Looks like the 70-300 IS might be sharper in the longer end, but I'm not sure how significant that will be for my use (daytime use: for occasional outdoor wildlife in my backyard, the trip to the zoo, or taking photos of family outdoors from a distance).

I could always spend the $200 toward another lens in the future in the lower FL's that I'll be using more.


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