Which one is best for you and your Canon t4i?

What lens should I get for the Canon T4i?

UPDATE 12/11: The price of the T4i with 18-55 lens has dropped, I expect this is the last price drop we will see this year and if the T4i is like the T3i last year it will actually increase in price again during the new year.    T4i with 18-55 is now $599 (Lowest Price on Amazon) | T3i with 18-55 is $599 (Lowest Price on Amazon) The savings are now small enough that I believe the T4i is the best value for all.  If you want to shoot easy video with the T4i buy the T4i with 18-135 for $799 (this includes free SD Card and backpack) Bundled deal with 55-250 is also possible. Ask me if you have any questions.

The new 18 – 135 STM lens is excellent and when purchased with the Canon T4i, a good value, that makes the T4i with 18 – 135 kit the best value If you are the type that desires one lens to do most of your shooting.  If your budget is tight go ahead and get the 18-55 kit, the kit lens is fine to start with and as you shoot you will learn what is important to you and you can begin to look for lenses that will fill that gap.  Recommended Canon Lenses

I have more information on each of the Bundles here  Canon T4i, which bundle should I get

And spend some time learning about lenses and what all those acronyms mean.

Question: Can I use L lenses on the Canon T4i?

Answer: Yes – L lenses are Canons professional level lenses and are EF mount.  All EF and EF-S lenses work on the Canon T4i.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Definitely would love to hear about the correct lens for the T4i that I plan to order soon. Found a new body only for $759. That about as inexpensive as I can find you think? I plan to do some photography, but lots of video. So 18-135 you speak of, that still the best for the job? (no idea what the 18 or 35 means btw) Any idea of price? Also, don’t think the body comes with a flash…suggestions? Thank you!!

    • Hi Tarek, I would be very wary of any prices MUCH lower than Amazon, B&H or Adorama – And that price is a good bit lower and I think you will find trouble – here is one report on lots of these upseller/scammers https://sites.google.com/site/grumman5812/camera-scam-stores. The 18-135 does look excellent – I think you should take some time to watch my http://photorec.tv/2010/09/all-about-the-lenses-simplified-comparisons/ the 18 and the 135 refer to the focal length. How wide and how much zoom the lens is capable of. When you say do video, tell me a little more about the type of video you plan to do- kids in a play? Wedding videography? Those are quite different and I would probably recommend different lenses based on your answer – there is no one size fits all. In any respect you will need to learn manual focus for video, the cAF still is not fast or reliable enough to use consistently. I hope this helps. Give me some more information about you and how you plan to use and I can provide a better recommendation.

    • Hi Tarek, I would be very wary of any prices MUCH lower than Amazon, B&H or Adorama – And the price you list is a good bit lower and I think you
      will find trouble – here is one report on lots of these upseller/scammers that tempt you with a low price https://sites.google.com/site/grumman5812/camera-scam-stores. The 18-135 is excellent – I think you should take some time to watch my http://photorec.tv/2010/09/all-about-the-lenses-simplified-comparisons/ the 18 and the 135 refer to the focal length. How wide and how much zoom the lens is capable of. When you say do video, tell me a little more about the type of video you plan to do- kids in a play? Wedding videography? Those are quite different and I would probably recommend different lenses based on your answer – there is no one size fits all. In any respect you will need to learn manual focus for video, the cAF still is not fast or reliable enough to use consistently. I hope this helps. Give me some more information about you and how you plan to use and I can provide a better recommendation.

      FYI – Tarek and I emailed back and for to get him all set on the best setup for his needs.

  2. Hello Toby, I’m a newbie to the dslr world. Currently looking to buy the t4i for taking pictures of my kids and for vacations and mayb in the near future professional gigs.
    I was looking @ the 18-135 kit, I wld like to get the 50mm 1.4. A friend suggested tamron 17-50mm.
    Of course, getting all these make it so expensive and I’m not sure if there’s some duplication.
    Wld it be better to get the body and the 2 lenses or getting the kit and 2 lens?
    Thx

    • Hi Rita,

      There is focal length overlap which is kind of duplication. However there are still differences. The tamron 17-50 your friend suggested is a nice lens in that it offers constant aperture as you zoom, f/2.8 throughout the range. This is great for lower light situations and taking portraits – if you think you will be taking photos in a professional capacity it would be a better lens to use than the 18-135. But the 18-135 is a good lens too, a nice convenient range and offers silent auto focus during video, you didn’t mention video so if it isn’t important to you don’t get it. The 50 f/1.4 is excellent for small group photos and portraits. Currently the t4i body only is $650, T4i with 18-135 is $850- only adds $200 to the cost. Happy to answer more questions or talk this out an figure out which is best for you.

  3. Hi Toby,
    Thx for taking out the time to respond. I’m in the States so will definitely use the link.
    My husband has a canon camcorder, so I think we’ve got that end covered.
    How good is the zoom on the tamron or shld I wait and save for a canon 70-300 or 70-200.
    Will the 50 f/1.4 and the tamron lens take care of my needs – kids/ travel/party/professional gig or wld I need to get something extra.
    Based on my needs what lens wld u recommend I get with the t4i body
    Thx

    • Rita,

      The tamron 17-50 can be considered roughly a 3x zoom – not much zoom at all. Doesn’t mean it is a bad lens, just not useful for getting closer to far away stuff. You should be saving for the 70-200 – there are several versions and all are excellent. The Tamron, and the 50 f/1.4 are good starts. Wouldn’t be bad to put the 85 f/1.8 on your list if it will be awhile before you pick up the 70-200.

      Here is your shopping list – My links are in there so you just need to click.
      Canon T4i with 18-55 (why with lens instead of body only? It is only $1 more and you can resell lens for $90 or keep it and sell it with T4i allowing you to keep your other lenses)
      Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8
      Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

      Let me know if you have questions!

  4. Hi Toby,
    I stumbled upon your site as I was researching on the Canon t4i. I am an aspiring filmmaker on a really tight budget. This would be my first DSLR. I was wondering what would be your recommendations? 18-135mm STM kit? Or begin with a body and purchase the 40mm STM? Or can I still make films and just rely on manual focus using the free standard 18-55mm Lens? In that case I can get a separate mic for audio. I’ll probably be a one man crew in the filmmaking department. If I’m able to start with 1 lens until I’m able to purchase extra lens, that would help. Also, I am interested in doing Actor’s headshots for possible extra income as I get more familiar with the Canon t4i. Sorry for all the questions. But basically I could use a lens that I can start making films with and also do headshots at a very affordable price. I really appreciate your advice!

  5. Hi Toby,

    I plan on making short films and have already established that I want the T4i body as the price difference is so insignificant from the T3i but my question is about kit lenses. Would it make more sense to buy the 18-55 or the 18-135 STM? I will most likely be manual focusing for video and plan on buying a 50mm prime shortly afterwards. I’m just wondering if this would make sense from a stills standpoint and also having a larger focal range covered as a first lens.

    Thanks,
    -Teddy

    • Hi Teddy, THE 18-135 STM is a better lens all around and it makes sense to go ahead and pick that up if your budget affords it. It is a wonderful lens to use and travel with. When you grab the 50 prime if you can get the f/1.4 version you will be much happier. Happy to answer additional questions.

  6. I ordered the t4i, 18-55, 55-250 and 40mm pancake on amazon today. I am going to start the long savings climb again to get a macro lens.
    What are your thoughts on extension tubes to hold me over until I can afford a macro?

    Are their any that will work for the ef-s lenses other then the high priced canon one?

    • Congrats on the big order. The 40mm will get you pretty close. I have a set of really cheap extension tubes I used them exactly once, didn’t see much difference honestly but I haven’t found the time to try again. Bug me a bit and I will try to do some semi scientific tests to determine if they actually do anything :)

  7. Looking to buy the t4i however I need advice on getting a lens that will work best for me. Looking to do portraits and a lot of baseball action shots. Also trying to figure out if the t4i is drastically different from the t3i since the price can be.

    • Devin,

      There is a good bit of junk in that package – I generally recommend that folks grab the camera, lens and SD card to start. You can add a tripod and a spare battery but nothing else is critical. The zoom lens and those “wide angle” lenses listed with the above bundle are really not great. I have a list of the recommended lenses and extras here . The T4i isn’t drastically different but it does have increased number of higher accuracy focus points which will be helpful in capturing baseball action shots. The t5i is actually expected to be announced tonight(midnight ish) and at the moment doesn’t look like it offers much more than the t4i.

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