Canon releases new digital SLR telephoto zoom lens

New 55-250mm lens aimed at enthusiasts

The new Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II lens.

The new Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II lens.

Canon has announced a new entry-level telephoto zoom lens for its EOS range of digital SLRs. The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II is an upgraded version of the existing EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens, which will continue to be offered in bundles with Canon EOS digital SLR camera bodies.

The upgrades to the Canon EF-S 55-250mm lens are purely cosmetic — a platinum ring sits in front of the lens’ zoom ring, and the body of the lens is finished in a faux-leather texture. Like the previous version of the lens, the EF-S 55-250mm has an internal image stabiliser that floats lens elements to eliminate camera shake during shooting.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II only works on APS-C ‘crop’ sensor digital SLR cameras from Canon, like the entry-level EOS 600D and mid-range EOS 60D. High-end cameras using a ‘full-frame’ 35mm imaging sensor, like the Canon 5D Mark II and EOS 1Ds Mark III, are not compatible.

Pricing has not yet been announced for the new Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens.

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