Since the Starlight parade was held after dark, I was hesitant to take my old 40D as my second camera. The 40D doesn’t do well at higher ISO settings. Fortunately, my husband was willing to share his new Rebel T4i, which has better ISO performance and higher resolution than my out-dated 40D.
I had to think long and hard as to whether I wanted to put my wide angle lens on my 5D Mark III or on the Rebel. The last parade I shot, I put my wide angle on my 5D and my telephoto on my 40D. This seemed logical since the 5D is full frame and the 40D is a cropped sensor. If you want to go wide, go wide. If you want to go tight, go tight, right?
But, when I was shooting the parade, I found my 24-70mm lens on my 5D was often too wide and my 70-200mm lens on my 40D was too tight. Plus, when I shot the subject loosely so I could crop to the framing I wanted, I was cropping a lower-resolution image from the 40D. As a result, I concluded I should have reversed the use of the cameras so that I would have had the higher resolution for the photos I was doing the most cropping on and a wider field of view on both.
But introducing the Rebel T4i into the mix was a new problem. It’s lighter to hand hold than the 5D, but not well balanced with the 70-200mm lens, which out-weighs the Rebel by 2 pounds. This makes holding it somewhat precarious. However, by holding it by the foot on the lens, I felt a little more confident I wasn’t going to drop it.
In the end, I decided to go with the same plan as for the previous parade: cropped sensor with telephoto and full frame with the wide angle. The decision was made easier when I realized I didn’t have a bracket for the T4i to attach it to my tripod.
It does look really stupid to walk around with a T4i with a 70-200mm lens on it. I instinctively held my hand over the T4i when I spotted another photography coming my direction.
That said, other than the flip out touch screen on the T4i, which I found annoying, and the imbalance with the lens, I really liked the tiny Rebel. The shutter was quiet and handled rapid fire shots faster than the 5D (probably because of the slightly lower resolution).
The flip out touchscreen will be handy for shooting video and does make viewing images in bright light easier. I just don’t like to put the camera up to my face with the flip screen open and then get annoyed when I have to open it again immediately following a shot to check an image. In the end, I was pleased with the images, although they were a bit noisier than I was expecting.