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Old 01-25-2013, 08:58 AM   #1
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Default d5200 kit vs t4i w/18-135 STM kit

I have been out of DSLRs for a little while (Sold my 7d, 50d, and all my L lenses last year to buy my wife a snowmobile), but I am wanting to get a new one since we have a baby on the way.

Video is going to be important, but the vast majority of the cameras use will be photos.

The d5200 is more expensive and right at the edge of my budget, and I do have more experience with canon - but I do not mind learning a new platform at all since I have no canon lenses left out of my old kit.

I like aspects of both cameras, but since I plan on only having a few lenses this time (the kit lens, and a 50mm prime of some type down the road is the current plan), I am wondering if the slightly cheaper STM lens kit with the t4i is the way to go. I have no idea on how the kit lens is on the Nikon, as I have never owned a Nikon before.

The D5200 is so new all I have are a few reviews to go by.

I guess I am just wondering if the d5200 is worth the higher price for the 18-55 kit than the t4i with the STM lens kit?

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
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i have the t4i with that 18 to 135mm stm and love it!
video is super slick! continuous auto focus is sweet and super silent. will use it for a wedding in March.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:27 PM   #3
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If you're willing to learn a new platform, checkout Sony cameras. For video, the Sony A57 will be superior (1080p60 with manual exposure controls and phase-detection autofocus). For stills, the 12fps might come handy to capture action. Focusing with LCD LiveView would be just as fast as with the viewfinder. There are more benefits to SLT, as long as you're willing to compromise ~0.3EV of light.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:19 PM   #4
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If you do go the Nikon route, you may find yourself investing in an external microphone for video. I've got a D5100, and I can definitely hear the auto-focus motor working when playing back video.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:14 PM   #5
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Thanks for all of your input.

I decided on the Canon this evening and placed the order.

Other than the 18-135 STM kit, I also ordered -

Canon 50mm F/1.8 II
Canon LP-E8 battery
Crumpler Industry Disgrace neckstrap
Crumpler 3 Million Dollar Home
67mm hoya pro 1 digital UV filter
32mm B+W multi resistant UV filter
Sandisk Extreme 32gb memory card
Lens Pen
Small Air Blaster


That should be a good kit for getting back into it. I dont think I am forgetting anything anyways.

I wish I still had my 70-200 F/2.8 IS lens though.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:33 PM   #6
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If it isn't too late, you may wanna swap out that 50mm 1.8 for the 40mm 2.8 STM. The sample photos on POTN are pretty impressive and obviously for video it will be much easier than the 50mm.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:08 AM   #7
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Both D5200 and T4i are capable cameras, however I would go with the T4i because the learning curve will be shorter.

Knowing your equipment is much more usable than having an expensive camera that you are not well verse at.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:39 AM   #8
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If it isn't too late, you may wanna swap out that 50mm 1.8 for the 40mm 2.8 STM. The sample photos on POTN are pretty impressive and obviously for video it will be much easier than the 50mm.
Thanks for the tip, just ordered one. Too late to swap it out though, amazon doesn't mess around, especially when you have prime.

I can always keep the f/1.8 around for just photos, as it is a bit faster. Otherwise, I can just return it. Both lenses do use the same filters though, which is nice.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:39 AM   #9
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return the canon battery pack.
get the generic version. works just as good! and for the price, you can get 10 generic vs 1 genuine.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:23 AM   #10
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Nikon because the zoom rotates the correct direction
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:33 PM   #11
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too bad you already ordered. the panny gh3 is becoming available and it is industry leading in the video category amongst all dslr's and mirrorless cameras. stills IQ is also quite high, and you get the enjoyable small and light lenses of the MFT family.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:37 AM   #12
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return the canon battery pack.
get the generic version. works just as good! and for the price, you can get 10 generic vs 1 genuine.
Thank you, I did notice those after I ordered and got a generic one coming. Supposedly it lasts longer too according to the reviews on amazon .
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:59 PM   #13
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Good choice! The 18-135STM has gotten some pretty good reviews. Not a L lens by any means, but it's a really good walk-around, and blows away the mediocre previous 18-135.

Concur on the generic batteries - never had an issue with my P&S or my XSi. I do need to get some for my T3i though - do you have a link to the generic ones you got? (Same battery)
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I haven't purchased from them in a few years, but Sterlingtek were considered some of the best aftermarket batteries you could get. Personally, I wouldn't trust any random generic batteries.

http://sterlingtek.com/
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:21 AM   #15
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Good choice! The 18-135STM has gotten some pretty good reviews. Not a L lens by any means, but it's a really good walk-around, and blows away the mediocre previous 18-135.

Concur on the generic batteries - never had an issue with my P&S or my XSi. I do need to get some for my T3i though - do you have a link to the generic ones you got? (Same battery)
This is the aftermarket battery I ended up getting, based on the amazon reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o05_s00_i06

I havent really used it much since getting the camera, still using the first charge on the stock battery.
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