Friday, January 14, 2011

Christmas gift review - Telephoto Zoom Lens

For Christmas I got a new lens for my Canon Rebel Xsi: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 Telephoto Zoom lens.

To test it out, Jon and I went outside to throw the ball to Cailey.

It's her absolute favorite activity.

She could fetch for hours.

But we try to keep it to about 20 minutes.  Anything more usually makes her legs wicked stiff and she ends up falling over.  It's pretty funny.  But also mean.  That's why we don't do it (anymore).

A little about the lens:

It is amazing! Obviously I'd prefer to be able to afford the EF 70-200mm f/2.8, but for the dollar, this one's pretty darn great.  It has the capability to take action shots that my EF-S 18-55 f/3-5.6 lens couldn't even imagine doing.  The zoom is also pretty ridiculous, allowing me to capture my little family running all over our yard from the safe comfort of my front steps.  The shots come out sharp regardless of the action or distance of the object.

Some things that aren't great is...I don't know yet.  I'm still learning but I think for someone starting out in photography that wants a little more than the starter lens, this is a great purchase.  I'm very happy.

As always, this review is not sponsored by anyone.  I just like to brag share about my gifts.


  1. Ooooo NICE! I have the Nikon version of that for my Nikon D80 and I LOVE it. Same aperture and unless you're shooting in really dark environments the outside shots you can take with that is GREAT. My advice to anyone starting out with photography is just to play, really explore the camera. The Pioneer Woman has some really great tutorials as well!

  2. so JEALOUS!!! How much did you get this one for, if you don't mind me asking? I am DYING to get some lenses for my Canon! I really want a telephoto and a wide angle...among others, but those first! haha

  3. I agree. This is a nice lens! However I don't use it nearly as much as I could. I find it too heavy to drag around all the time ... unless I'm shooting sports or cute animals at the zoo. (Oh, I also used it to take my sister's senior portraits and was really happy with how the shots turned out!)

  4. Way to make me jealous! Can I get a super cool attachment for my iPhone?!?!?

  5. Um, I have a non-technical question. WHERE IS YOUR SNOW? Why am I buried in FEET of it, and you seem to have ground and not a flake in sight? Do you have some secret I don't know about?

  6. I have been wanting a new lens for my camera for years, but it just isn't practical on a college-student's salary. I will definitely keep this in mind, though, as birthdays and next Christmas approach!

  7. Way to make me jealous! Can I get a super cool attachment for my iPhone?!?!?


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