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so im getting the T4i this month (first slr cam/self b-day present)

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    so im getting the T4i this month (first slr cam/self b-day present)

    my setup will be as follows

    Domke F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Black)

    EOS Rebel T4i Digital Camera Kit with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

    Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip

    Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens

    now i want to add a fish eye lens in there but this is almost at $1300

    are there any good fish eyes i can use confidently with the T4i that will keep me under 1500

    or should i just wait on even buying one and use the setup i already plan to buy because its good enough for now

    any advice or suggestions is appreciated

    also do you think windows 7 is good to edit on or should i just rip my pockets a new one n go for a mac lol

    don't buy a fisheye! you should buy a decent wide angle later imo.


      A better way to spend your money would be to go with a T3i. Its photo/video quality is the same as the T4i, it's cheaper, but more importantly, you can run Magic Lantern (a free firmware upgrade) on it, which will give you a ton of useful features. I wouldn't film with a Canon DSLR without it. The T4i does have autofocus during video with STM lenses (like that 40mm), but it's not nearly fast or accurate enough to work with moving subjects (like skating). So there's not much reason to pay the extra money.

      For a fisheye, go for the "korean" or "manybrand" fisheye. This is an all-manual f3.5 fisheye that is sold under various brands like Samyang, Bower, Rokinon, Wallimex, Opteka, and Vivitar. Each brand labels the focal length differently, as 6.5, 7, or 8mm, but they're all the same lens so just get whichever you find cheapest.

      The 18-135mm is ok, personally I would probably go for the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 VC. It's faster and sharper than the 18-135, and most importantly, it's constant-aperture, so the image won't lighten or darken if you zoom in or out. You could also save money by getting the non-VC (non-stabilized) version, so as long as you get a good tripod.

      That 40mm is small, but without the T4i or T5i the AF isn't going to work in video. I would go for the "nifty fifty", the Canon 50mm f1.8 II. Cheaper, faster, sharper, still lightweight.

      Get a good or at least decent tripod, with a fluid head. The Weifeng 717 series is affordable and performs well.

      You're going to want a loupe/LCD viewfinder. Carryspeed makes one for about $40 that I've been very happy with on my 60D.

      Bags are all preference, personally I would definitely go for a backpack style though. There's a green Canon bag that's usually around $40 that will carry all this nicely.

      I wouldn't spend the extra money on the genuine Canon grip. The Meike ones are solid and way cheaper.

      Batteries, I would probably also go for a quality aftermarket brand. Make sure you get "chipped" versions that will communicate their remaining life to the camera.

      I would also consider saving up for a mic as the Canons' on-cam audio sucks. I'm a big fan of the Rode VideoMic Pro. It's small and sounds good with DSLR's as it has a built-in pre-amp.

      Cards- don't fuck around with anything but Sandisk, it's not worth losing photos/footage or having your video stop constantly. You want at least class 10, and 16B is a good size/price ratio. The Sandisk 45Mb/s 16GB Class 10 cards are rarely more than $22 each.

      Handle- the X-grip is the default. It's far from the best option but it's cheap and it'll work until you can afford or rig something better.
      Last edited by al dolega; 16.04.2013, 20:59.


        Be grateful that The Great Al has spoken and told you what your lazy ass could have researched yourself on the internet.

        To add to that: I have a T3i and the Tamron Al mentioned. It's a good setup, get the VC version so you will be able to do some of the filming handheld.

        Get the 50 1.8 if you want to take photos with it, I wouldn't bother for video. I own one and use it for photos only, Tamron is not great as far as sharpness goes but unless you take photos to look at 100% crops on the monitor it's ok.

        I don't feel the need to use a LCD viewfinder or a battery grip. You can decide later if you want one (unless you're getting some kind of bundle pack).

        If you're asking if "Windows 7 is good for editing" you need to research computers more. Depends of the specs of your computer. As for a PC, if yours isn't too crappy but needs a little boost, look into enabling Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration in Adobe Premiere. You may be able to do it with your graphics card, or you will need to upgrade just the card. I've bought one of the cheapest suitable cards (GeForce GT240) and it really makes a difference. You will find all the info here
        Awesome thread


          Congrats on ur first dslr man. I'm just making the switch to dslr filmmaking after using camcorders for so long and so far I love it.