Only days after using the Canon XSi/450D, it became apparent that I sorely missed a telephoto lens. Before buying the XSi, I used ultra-telephoto compact digital cameras including the Panasonic FZ18 and Canon S2 superzooms.
I needed more reach than the 80mm equivalent zoom the kit lens provided.
About a week later I bought the Canon EF-S 55-250mm, an Image Stabilized telephoto zoom lens. At the time of this writing the lens cost around $300.00 U.S., not a lot of money as far as the cost of interchangeable lenses goes.
It is in the same “class” as the kit lens. It’s relatively lightweight for a lens with this reach.
I have not been disappointed in the 55-250mm IS or the kit lens. Between the two, I have a lens range equivalent to 28mm to 400mm, enough to cover many wide angle and telephoto shots.
While I still long for more zoom, the quality of XSi images is so good that with 12 megapixels I can crop images closer giving the effect of a longer zoom.
Because I love photographing wildlife, I will get a super telephoto lens some day with a greater focal length. I just have to save enough pennies.
Visit our Canon 55-250mm Lens Photo Gallery for sample images taken with this lens.