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Canon Rebel T4i - A Digital SLR For The Common Man (or Woman)
The Canon Rebel has been a fantastic camera for those who are looking for an affordable digital SLR camera from day one. The T4i is my 4th Rebel, and so far it is the best.
I had a T3i before this, and it was pretty amazing too. But the T4i has proved to be an excellent choice for my needs. My intention was to get a more "professional" camera as I learned how to use the Rebel with proficiency, but as I progressed in my photography skills, I realized that the little Rebel was taking pictures that matched the quality of more expensive models. Sure, the pro models feel pretty darn good as I have tried them out, but my circumstances just have not warranted moving up to one of them.
I love the articulating LCD screen. In fact, that is the most useful benefit of this camera for me, by far. I take lots of macro (close up) photos, and many of those are from angles that don't allow me to get my eye to the viewfinder. That's where the movable LCD screen is helpful.
The other feature I use constantly is the 5x and 10x zoom while in Live View. Zooming in while in manual focus lets me fine-tune the focus on exactly the right spot. Auto focus does not always get it right, but manual focus with the zoom feature in Live View nails it every time. ( I have included a video of the method I developed on my T3i below - it works just the same on the T4i.)
I have included a few photos below that I took with my T4i:
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Unless you already have a storage card or two, you will need one of these. Prices have come down over the past couple of years, so now you can get this huge storage card for under $30.
Shooting lots of video and tons of stills? Need to take vacation photos without running out of space? This card is a great buy to fulfill your picture storage needs.
The Canon 50mm f1.8 is the most popular lens on the planet, but this telephoto zoom lens is second. It is a fantastic "second lens" for Canon owners. It gives a very useful range at a reasonable price.
This is a very useful technique for taking super sharp macro photos. In the video, I was using my Rebel T3i, but it works just the same with a T4i.