UPDATE: 12/05/12 – The $150 instant savings on the Canon 55-250 is gone.    The remaining freebies – backpack, SD Card and training card are still available.


UPDATE: 12/01/2012 – T4i price has dropped making the entire bundle now $1,047 and with an additional 2% back in Amazon Rewards (no sign up necessary). This is going to be the lowest holiday price we see and the camera will likely go back up slightly after the Holidays, that is what the T3i did last year. UPDATE: $100 instant rebate ends today, it is likely that tomorrow all bundles with the T4i will increase $100.


I rarely get excited about bundles, usually they contain a bunch of junk that you don’t need or don’t actually want!  However, Amazon is currently offering the T4i and 18-135 STM with the 55-250 thrown in for only $70 more, this is more of an inclusion and less of a bundle.  And a free 16GB SD Card, Backpack and Training Card.  This is a really good value – the 55-250 IS lens is a solid budget zoom and is a decent buy at $200, now at a 1/4 of that price it is a steal.      Note that it is not STM though so will not focus silently during video like the 18-135 but does let you get closer to the action.    The next zoom lens up that I recommend is the excellent 70-300 IS USM currently selling for a bit over $400.


Canon T4i with 18-135 + 55-250 Zoom Lens = $1047



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    • I called with the same question. While they wouldn’t refund the difference, they said could just buy the one at the discounted price and return my other that I purchased last week.

  1. The 70-300 IS USM is on sale for $424, but you get a $250 rebate… so it turns out to be $174! With the T4i and 18-135 STM at 1119.00, I think I found my bundle that will give me the most for my money.

  2. OH wow. Thanks for the heads up. I wasn’t really looking at another zoom given that I was gonna get the 18-135 bundle but i wouldn’t mind paying 50$ for a that lens.

  3. What do you think of the bundle deal that Adorama has for
    Canon T4i with EF-S 18-55 lens and EF-S 55-250 telephoto lens together for $699

    Or are there better bundles out there ?..

    I tried t4i camera with the EF-S 18-55 kit lens, and loved the pictures, but the slow noisy video auto focus drives you insane. So I took the camera back and wanted to wait for a deal with an STM lens.

    I am thinking sell the 18-55 lens and get the 40mm pancake STM and use that as my default lens around the house to take pictures and video of our 2 year old. Would that work ?..

    • Sam,

      That deal is a great price if you won’t be doing much filming but as you found out the non STM lenses are no fun to video with. How about the deal at B&H that is currently selling the 18-135 AND the 40 for $899 The pancake would work well as an everyday lens and to record your daughter. You do get a little noise from the focus mechanism – will that bother you? Your only other option is the 18-135 for video work- buying the package above would get that for you. Happy to answer followup questions.


  4. Thx Toby, I will get the B&H deal from your link. Couple more questions..

    I saw on your t4i vs t3i video, that canon dropped the zoom in zoom out feature while shooting video on t4i… Are you talking about digital zoom ?.. Cause optical zoom seemed to work fine with the kit lens.

    My question was, how do I reduce the file size of the pictures without compromising too much on the picture or video quality. (I still love the pictures that come out of our old duct taped canon 2mp camera.. Painfully slow but once you manage to take a picture it’s spot on.).. I tried dropping the MP count on t4i to 10 or 8mp.. But I thought the quality took a hit.

    • Sam,

      Yes – The digital zoom is gone. It was a nifty feature though I still am not sure how much use it really got and that is at least part of the reason they dropped it.

      Sam – do you want to reduce the file size in camera or after? Personally I take 99% of my photos on full RAW, occasionally I will also shoot JPEG if I have the Eye-Fi card in and I am sending the photos to my phone. Once you get the photos onto your computer you should be able to greatly reduce the size for sharing online – Most of the images I put here and on the facebook page have been reduced down to 1000 x 1000 pixels and look just fine. Let me know if I am not really answering your question, I am not quite sure I am.


      • Thx Toby, yes looking to keep the jpg file size small on the camera itself and not needing to edit the pics on the computer. guess i have to play around with the settings a bit..
        Should have my kit delivered by next week.

        • Sam – Ah I see. If you shoot JPEG you can resize after(in camera) but you are limited to the same sizes that you pick in the first place and quality is likely to be virtually identical to taking the photo at the size to begin with. I take al my shots on RAW at full size (except timelapses) you never know when you might get that shot that would look good printed as a posted 🙂 Storage is cheap enough these days that it is worth it for me.

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