Canon 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS is an Auto Focus (AF) Telephoto Zoom lens with APS-C / DX max sensor coverage. When mounted on a APS-C / DX sensor camera, it will give you an FF equivalent focal range of 82.5 - 375mm. With a max aperture of f4 at 55mm, we can not consider this lens fast on wide end and neither at tele end with its f5.6.
This lens features on optical image stabilization which helps capturing sharper images at lower shutter speeds. Canon 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS is not a weather sealed lens, so you have to be extra careful against rain and dust. Canon 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS was replaced with Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS II. Follow the link to read our comparison of these cameras: Compare Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS vs Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS II