Update 3/22/2013: The Canon T5i has been announced, with minor upgrades. The T4i with 18-135mm STM is currently a better value and the best price is now B&H, bundled deal with 55-250 is still possible. For serious photographers T5i does not offer any improvements. T5i vs T4i and 18-55 STM Lens info.
The T4i with 18-55 lens is available at B&H or Amazon. If you want to shoot easy video with the T4i buy with 18-135 for at Amazon or B&H. The bundled deal saves $130 over the cost of the same package at Costco, repeat the Costco T4i deal is not as good as the B&H & Amazon deals linked above.
The new king of crop-sensor walk-around lenses?
Holiday Deals: T4i is now selling with 18-135 for $899, additional freebies(SD Card, Backpack and Training Card) added. Last year camera prices went back up after the holidays.
Buy at Amazon: Canon T4i with 18-135 STM Lens $899
Buy at B&H: Canon T4i with 18-135 STM Lens $899 B&H is now including the lovely 40mm lens at the same price. CLICK HERE To buy the Canon T4i with 18-135 and 40mm f/2.8 lens (You will see the price when you add them both to cart)
At first glance I thought the new 18-135 STM lens was just a slight refresh of the old 18-135, a lens that offered a nice rangebut wasn’t particularly sharp. Turns out that the new 18-135 STM lens is more than a refresh, it has been optically redesigned and now not only offers the silent stepping motor (STM) that allows for silent Auto Focus while filming it also offers a good deal more sharpness, even wide open. Take a look at these MTF charts (How to read MTF Charts)
NEW 18-135 STM lens
OLD 18-135 lens
Basically the chart for the new 18-135 shows that it is quite sharp both zoomed (TELE) and not zoomed (WIDE). This really looks to be an excellent lens and don’t forget it also offers the newest version of IS and the STM for silent autofocus during video. It only adds $350 to the price of the kit over the body and $350 is quite reasonable for such a lens giving Canon shooters an excellent walk-around lens on crop sensors that will be lovely for both stills and video. If you are a parent looking for a kit that will allow you to take photos and video of your child playing sports, acting on stage etc – the T4i + 18-135 STM lens has lots to offer, it is pretty much a no-brainer purchase for folks that fall into that category. If you are not sure that the 18-135 Kit will work for you, use the links below to contact me and I’d be happy to share my opinion.
The 18-135 STM lens will be sold separately, no word on when that will be released, Price of $630.00
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