which T4i kit
I am a complete beginner with DSLR cameras trying to make a decision. The lens choices are overwhelming. I'm finding the T4i bundled with these bundles kits, and occasionally some pretty good sales:
EF-S 18-55 and the 55-250
EF-S 18-55 and 70-300 USM
EF-S 18-135 IS STM.
The 18-135 STM gets rave reviews and seems to be the best for videos, but videos are the least of my interests. Which kit would be the best for a beginner? If I get the cheapest kit, the 18-55, I know I will eventually need some type of telephoto lens.
I like the 18-135mm. It's a great lens, with a very handy focal length range. I would get a 70-300 or a 55-250 also. Even though the focal lengths ranges will overlap a little you will probably find yourself changing lenses a little less often than if you had an 18-55.
Check out the Lenses section of the unofficial Rebel Talk FAQ. If I were where I imagine you are now, I'd go for an 18-55 + 55-250 kit, but if you can get the 18-135 instead of the 18-55 for a good price and can afford it, go for it.
Thanks for the input and the links. Just sounds like the STM lens is more beneficial in video as opposed to stills. If it is truly better glass I'd like to know. For the same cost I can get a couple of the other kit lens. Maybe future research will show different.
The EF-S 18-135 IS STM in my opinion is the best choice for the T4i.
For other Rebels like the T2i and the T3i, I agree with the 18-55 IS and the 55-250 being a better choice as they do not benefit from the STM focus motor like the T4i does.
The EF-S 18-135 IS STM has outstanding image quality, it released with and designed for the T4i.
If you ever decide you want to explore the video capabilities of your T4i, it can focus silently.
Also as part of the kit it is an outstanding value. Right now on Amazon you can buy the T4i with the EF-S 18-135 IS STM and add the 55-250 for only $50.
I just recently purchased the T4i with the 18-135mm lens. Amazon at the time was offering the 55-250mm lens for $150 off the original price of $247, if purchased at the time of the camera purchase. That brought that lens down to $97 for me. The 18-135mm is an STM (Stepper Motor) lens, where the 55-250mm is not. (I believe that Canon is trying to get rid of these lenses and replace them with an STM equivalent.) I also purchased the Canon Pancake STM lens. I find that for the majority of the time, I just use the 18-135mm zoom lens with the camera. As someone mentioned, if you go with the smaller lens kit, you'll eventually want to buy a zoom lens. I find that the three lenses I now own are sufficient for my simple needs.
I also have the 18-135 STM and it's really a good lens. It is my first IS lens and I find it amazing!
I bought it mostly because of the good reviews, and for future use of STM in video. I find myself not using video much for now.
However, to my surprise, I also find that the focal range is great! I own other lenses, but I don't switch as much as I used to in my film days. For film, I had a 24-85 3.5-4.5, a 50 1.8 and 70-210 3.5-4.5 I used to switch all the time from the 24-85 to the 70-210, and would rarely leave home without those two. The transition point of about 80 was in the way for most of my general or family shooting. Translated to crop sensor, this is about 55. Had I bought a 18-55, I would be switching lenses as I used to.
The 135 end is long enough for general purpose. I just find the 18 end to lack a bit, 15 would have been better.
Even the 50 1.8 and tripods see less use now. The IS doesn't cover all situations, but it really extends the zoom usefullness in lower light situations.
It maybe a minor point for you, but the 18-55 are not supported by Canon Digital Lens Optimizer. This features allows for automatic software compensation of many lens aberrations. The 18-135 STM is supported.
Get the 18-135 STM!