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deemery
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With the T5i, is now the time to go for a T4i?
« on: April 03, 2013, 04:35:23 PM »

The reviews on the T5i have been relatively underwhelming, saying it's a marginal increase over the T4i.  But of course, a new model will make the older model cheaper.  So I'm wondering if now's the time to replace my T2i with a T4i.  Alternatives are to stick with the T2i (a fine camera) or wait to see if there's a more compelling alternative later this year or next year. 
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Re: With the T5i, is now the time to go for a T4i?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2013, 07:59:49 PM »

There really does seem little advantage to the T5i over the T4i, so if you find a good price on a T4i, I'd go for it.

Later this year? Well, maybe a 70D to replace the 60D. Probably priced around $1200 for the body. You can see my predictions here - http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/digital/Canon_EOS_70D_7D_II_thoughts.html

The T4i is actually a pretty good camera and certainly a step up from the T2i. Right now you can get a T4i with 18-55 IS lens for
In both cases, ignore the price on the page. You have to add the camera/lens kit to your shopping cart to see the actual cost. Canon won't let authorized retailers advertise prices lower than Canon dictates. They can sell for less, but they can't advertise the lower price.

Even if you already have an 18-55 lens, the one shipping with the T4i might be a newer version (it's the MkII). Even if  you don't want it you should be able to sell it for at least $100 on eBay since the new price is close to $200 ($199 at ADORAMA). You might even be able to get $150 for it if you're lucky!

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deemery
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Re: With the T5i, is now the time to go for a T4i?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 07:14:51 AM »

Bob raises some interesting speculation on successors to the higher end cameras.  Of all the features, the one I'd most like to have is GPS, so I don't have to go back later and try to remember where I took that picture. (I'm really bad about cataloging/asset management...)  My primary lens on the T2i is the 15-85 EF-S, so I guess going through the hassle of selling a kit lens would be worth it.

dave
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Re: With the T5i, is now the time to go for a T4i?
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2013, 08:13:40 AM »

I did the very thing you propose.  I sold my two year old T2i Kit for $550 and purchased the T4i Kit 18-55 in January of this year for only $100 more.  I really never use the kit lenses as I have other better with that focal length so when I heard about the T5i and the new STM kit lens I sold the Kit lens from T4i kit added about a $120 and ordered the new kit lens with STM focusing.  I am expecting the new lens today.  I swap out my Rebels every two years or two models which comes first making sure I keep all the supplied accessories and box intact to maximize the resale value.  I have owned the original Digital Rebel, the XTi, the T1i, the T2i, and now the T4i.  I like to keep current.   Grin
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deemery
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Re: With the T5i, is now the time to go for a T4i?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2013, 09:03:36 AM »

Poking around the web and eBay, I've seen gray market new T4i for less than $500 (retail right now is $700).  But a friend suggested I look at the 60D, which is going for about $600 gray market.

So what's the sense of T4i vs 60D?
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Re: With the T5i, is now the time to go for a T4i?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2013, 09:44:10 PM »

The major advantage of the T4I is that it will autofocus while shooting video, plus it's a little smaller and lighter and has 1 stop higher ISO capability.

Otherwise the 60D is the better camera. Faster shutter, better weathersealing, longer lasting battery, larger viewfinder and equal or perhaps slightly better image quality.

You can get a 60D refurb. for $579  Canon EOS 60D - $579
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deemery
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Re: With the T5i, is now the time to go for a T4i?
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2013, 07:19:19 AM »

Thanks!  That's pretty much the same explanation from my friend (who is thinking about selling his 60D to me :-)

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