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Old May 18, 2010, 9:10 PM   #31
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How does the 55-250mm f/4-5.6 compare to the 70-300mm f/4-5.6? About how much range would I lose by getting the 250, would I still be able to take macro shots?
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Old May 18, 2010, 9:57 PM   #32
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How does the 55-250mm f/4-5.6 compare to the 70-300mm f/4-5.6? About how much range would I lose by getting the 250, would I still be able to take macro shots?
The 55-250 is slower to focus than the 70-300 IS USM, so it's not very good for sports/action/wildlife. The 55-250 also has more vignetting wide open at any focal length. The difference between the angle of view at 250mm and 300mm is about 20%.
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Old May 19, 2010, 1:59 AM   #33
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...would I still be able to take macro shots?
The 55-250 has a minimum focus distance of 1.1 m or 3.66 ft with a scale
of 1:3

The 70-300 has a minimum focus distance of 1.5 m or 5 ft with a scale of 1:3.8

So for macro shots, the 55-250 is the better option (IMO)... if you want you can take a look at some of my spring shots, all taken with the 55-250!
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extension tube, get you to 1:1 with either lens
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Kenko doesnt work on 55-250. May be other extension tubes will
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with the 70-300, it become a very fun lens with the extension tube. But the canon EF 25 II is compatible with ef-s lenses. So with the ef 25 II I think the 55-250 would be a heck of a fun lens also.
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