Product Comparison: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM vs Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

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General Specifications
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM
About the Product
A compact telephoto lens that takes you closer to the action. An Image Stabilizer prevents blur owing to unintentional camera movement. STM technology delivers smooth quiet focusing when shooting movies.
Close in on the action with the EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM telephoto zoom lens. With a wide zoom range and fast, near-silent autofocus, it can be ideal for anyone looking to capture distant subjects.
Key Specs
Mount Type
Canon EF-S
Canon EF
Maximum Aperture
4 /f
4 /f
Minimum Focal Length
55 millimeters
70 millimeters
Maximum Focal Length
250 millimeters
300 millimeters
Lens Type
Telephoto zoom
Telephoto zoom
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Camera Lens
  • Lens is lightweight, sharp a great focal length.
  • The 55-250 mm focal length is really useful.
  • Great focal range. So far I'm very impressed with this lens.
  • Faster aperture would be nice.
  • The variable aperture is very dark at the long end.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Camera Lens
  • It has a good focal range.
  • It's very sharp and the focal length range is perfect for wildlife and portraiture.
  • At all focal lengths the image centre is excellent.
  • I really like the wide zoom range and fast autofocus.
  • Very good image quality at all focal lengths.
Size & Weight
2.8 in.
3.15 in.
2.8 in.
3.15 in.
4.4 in.
5.73 in.
13.2 oz.
25.04 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Camera Lens
  • The images look great and the lens is small for its focal range and very light.
  • This lens is incredibly lightweight.
  • Lightweight and easy to use.
  • For the range it's really light and compact.
  • Lightweight, compact, silent and quick to focus.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Camera Lens
  • It's not too heavy and doesn't unbalance the camera.
  • Nice weight with a camera.
  • The weight of the lens matches the camera perfectly.
  • It is compact, light and easy to pack and carry.
  • It is heavy so you need padded shoulder strap.
Minimum Focus Distance
33.48 in.
47.28 in.
Field Of View
27°50' - 6°15'
34° - 8°15'
Zoom Type
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Optical Stabilization
What customers say about "Imaging"
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Camera Lens
  • This lens produces sharp, clear images.
  • The autofocus motor is very quiet.
  • Autofocus is snappy and quiet.
  • The build looked great, manual and auto focus work wonderful, and the zoom is great.
  • The build quality is solid and the autofocus is crisp and fast.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Camera Lens
  • This is a sharp and stable lens. The IS (image stabilization) is especially impressive.
  • Very effective stabilization.
  • Sharp and super fast focus.
  • The lens is great, focus quickly and quietly.
  • Autofocus is excellent, quick and precise.
Brand Compatibility
Sensor Type Compatibility
FX Format / DX Format
Lens Groups and Elements
15 elements in 12 groups
17 elements in 12 groups
Number of Aperture Blades
Filter Diameter
58 millimeters
67 millimeters
Stepping motor (STM), Easy-to-use design, 3.5 stops Image stabilizer
Circular aperture, Ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM), UD lens element, Four-stop Image Stabilizer
What customers say about "Features"
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Camera Lens
  • Great Lens, very smooth, very quite. Nice focal length.
  • The Image stabilization is great, and the auto focus blows me away with how quiet and fast it is.
  • The pictures are sharp and have good color separation.
  • Very sharp, focus is dead silent.
  • Zoom range is very smooth. Stabilization works great.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Camera Lens
  • The build quality and functioning of the new lens were excellent.
  • It has a 9 blade circular aperture, so bokeh is really smooth and lends to the background.
  • Image quality is superb considering its price range.
  • Diaphragm with 9 slats for a more circular opening.
  • Low chromatic aberration and very little vignetting.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
299.99 $
549.99 $

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