Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Zoom Lens

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Super-compact and Light

Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Zoom Lens This is an entry-level telephoto zoom. Its build quality feels a lot like that of the 18-55mm, a little shaky but nothing that get in the way with using it. Sometimes the autofocus seems a tad slow, due to the smaller aperture, especially at the telephoto end. The lens has a little softness to it, especially when zooming above 135mm, even when I use a smaller aperture and support it on a tripod. It is plastic construction right down to its lens mount. This thing looks and feels like the label should say Fisher Price and not Canon. However, looks can be deceiving.

If you need a low light lens, this isn't it. If your primary objective is to take pictures in available light situations such as weddings and concerts, then get the 70-200mm f/2.8L USM instead.

Super-compact and light, this zoom lens is compatible with all EOS cameras and ideal for digital SLRs when used on the EOS Digital Rebel, it's equivalent to an approx. 90-320mm lens. The 13-element design's new optical coatings are optimized for digital cameras. It focuses down to under 4 feet (1.2m), and its Micro USM-powered AF is faster than ever, due to new electronics within the lens. ✓


New Exterior design with ribbed zoom ring and ultra compact manual focus ring
Same optics as previous EF-55-200mm zoom lens, but new lens coatings for digital
Thirteen Element design, with front group focusing
Newly-revised lens CPU and electronics for significantly faster AF with new bodies
Close-focusing to 3.9 feet - fill the frame with a subject the size of a postcard
Mechanical design identical to previous EF-50-200mm lens
Accepts optional lens hood ET-54
Compatible with EF extension tubes, and 52mm close up lens

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length55 200 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EF  
Angle of view 43 to 12  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.5 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0 - F27.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 6  
Total Elements 13  
Number of Groups 13  
Minimum focus distance 1.20 m (47.24")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.06 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micro-type ultrasonic  
Full time manual focus No  
Focusing method Extending front  
Lens distance scale No  
Depth of field scale No  
Magnification At minimum focus: 0.21x (at tele-zoom setting)  
Physical features
Overall weight310 g (0.68 lb)  
Lens diameter 70 mm (2.77")  
Overall length 97 mm (3.83")  
Construction materials Plastic barrel, plastic mount  
Sealing No  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Power zoom No  
Zoom lock switch No  
Filter thread size 52 mm  
Lens hood included No  
Lens hood code ET-54  
Tripod collar included No  
Optional accessories Soft Case LP1016


Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Zoom Lens

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