cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

IS vs IS II? 55-250 vs 75-300?

Kingcreek
Contributor
I'm looking at adding the next lense. Currently have t3i with the 18-55 kit lens. I'm just a hobby photog and want more reach. I was ready to buy a EF-S 55-250 but it is listed w IS and others are IS II for a few dollars more. Also looked at some 75-300 but some folks aren't too impressed with them. Looking to stay under 250 bucks. The 55-250 that does is IS can be bought for about 150 dollars. I know you get what you pay for but I'm just starting out and if I progress beyond my current hardware I will probably keep it anyway or pass it along to the daughter and family.
Thanks
1 ACCEPTED SOLUTION

Hi Kingcreek,

 

As long as you purchase your lens new from an authorized dealer (keep your receipt) in the United States or Canada, your lens has a one year limited warranty. 

Did this answer your question? Please click the Accept as Solution button so that others may find the answer as well.

View solution in original post

3 REPLIES 3

Skirball
Authority

The II means that it's the second version of the lens, not related to the IS specifically.  A quick look online suggests that the Mark II version is another case of Canon peddling the same old sh!t with a pretty new bow (see also: the 700D).  I don't see a single performance increase mentioned.

 

That said, I had the Mark I version and used it for many years, and it was fine.  It's not some amazing lens, but as you said, you get what you pay for.  I can't speak to the 75-300 from personal use.  Looks like the IQ is about the same.  The 55-250 is smaller and lighter and won't leave a gap for you between 55 and 75.  The 250 also has a closer minimum focus distance.  Obviously the 300 gives a bit more reach.

Thanks. I am finding these advertised online with atleast 3-4 different part numbers and some sellers just copy and paste so I don't really know if thats even accurate.
So is it fair to say any new in box w warranty 55-250mm is essentially the same? Cost is in the 160-170$ range for new

Hi Kingcreek,

 

As long as you purchase your lens new from an authorized dealer (keep your receipt) in the United States or Canada, your lens has a one year limited warranty. 

Did this answer your question? Please click the Accept as Solution button so that others may find the answer as well.
Announcements
12/08/2022: New firmware version 1.0.5.1 is available for EOS C70
12/07/2022: New firmware version 1.7.0 is available for EOS R5
11/22/2022: New firmware available for EOS R3, EOS R7 and EOS R10
11/16/2022: We're thrilled to be ranked among the Best Employers for Veterans in 2022 by Forbes.
10/14/2022: Help ensure your autofocus is properly aligned with a Canon Precision Alignment
08/31/2022: New firmware version 1.1.1 is available for RF 70-200mm L IS USM
08/09/2022: New firmware version 1.2.0 is available for CR-N 300
08/09/2022: New firmware version 1.2.0 is available for CR-N 500
07/14/2022: New firmware version 1.0.1 is available for CR-X300
07/01/2022: New firmware version 1.3.0 is available for PowerShot PICK
06/10/2022: Service Notice:UPDATE: Canon Inkjet Printer continuous reboot loop or powering down
06/07/2022: New firmware version 1.3.2 is available for PowerShot G7 X Mark III
06/07/2022: New firmware version 1.0.3 is available for EOS M50 Mark II
05/31/2022: Did someone SAY Badges?
05/26/2022: New firmware version 1.0.5.1 is available for EOS-C500 Mark II
05/26/2022: New firmware version 1.0.3.1 is available for EOS-C300 Mark III
05/10/2022: Keep your Canon gear in optimal condition with a Canon Maintenance Service
05/05/2022: We are excited to announce that we have refreshed the ranking scale within the community!
04/26/2022: New firmware version 1.0.1.1 is available for EOS R5 C
03/23/2022: New firmware version 1.0.3.1 is available for EOS-C70
02/09/2022: Share Your Photos is back!
02/07/2022: New firmware version 1.6.1 is available for EOS-1DX Mark III
01/19/2022: READY FOR ANYTHING EOS-R5 C
01/13/2022: Community Update. We will be retiring the legacy profile avatars on 01/20/2022. Click this link to read more.
01/05/2022: Welcome to CES 2022!