The Canon T4i (body only) will be arriving sometime  +tomorrow. The first thing I plan to do is snap on the 40mm f/2.8 pancake and test the continuous autofocus function, listening carefully to video playback for any kinds of noises coming from the lens. I’ve noticed whirring sounds when using the 40mm on my 5D mark III but the internal mic positioning is different on the 5D. This shouldn’t be a problem for serious film makers, given that they’re likely using an external mic on the 5D Mark III rather than the on-board mic.

The second big feature I will be looking closely at is the touch screen – all reports I’ve read so far say it’s quick and responsive, similar to what we are used to from our smart phones.

Other things I will be looking at and testing are – Image quality, especially at the higher ISOs, wireless flash control (also available in the T3i), self-timer continuous shooting – what’s the way to make SURE you have a good group shot photo?

I’ll be shooting video at 1920p, 30fps – The general rule is to double the frame rate to get the proper shutter speed, so in this case 1/60 of a second and what ever aperture I need for proper exposure. ISO as low as I can go in multiples of 160 – there was a test a few years back that determined that ISOs 160, 320, 640, 1250, 3200 produce the lowest noise levels. Ideally one would use a neutral density filter if filming during a bright day, this would cut the light and allow the film maker to shoot at larger apertures (smaller numbers, remember aperture is expressed as a fraction) that gives you that shallow depth of field. You can cheat and crank up the shutter speed but your video might look a little unnatural to the discerning eye.

This post was a little hodge podge but I wanted to get some ideas down before I was distracted by the new smell of the Canon T4i. If you have any questions please leave a comment – i’d be happy to address them in the next post and or video.

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