Thanks for the suggestion.
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You are correct. I was not at home to double check before i answered that so i went with a safe answer.The t4i shoots up to 6400 iso. It appears with a side job I just landed this morning, the 70-200 2.8 non IS will be in reach.
Actually, it goes up to ISO 12800, with ISO 25600 available as an expanded setting (H). But whether ISO 6400 is actually usable, much less ISO 12800 or higher, is another matter. Just because the setting is available, doesn't mean you should use it - the 1D X has ISO 204800 available, but it's not even remotely usable.
Reportedly, the T4i actually a little noisier than the predecessor sensor (the one in the 7D, 60D, T2i, T3i). That's probably artificial due to some tuning by Canon, since it's sharper than the predecessor sensor, too (noise can be traded for sharpness, and vice versa). Personally, I find ISO 3200 on the 7D to be usable, but only just, and I really prefer to keep the ISO around 800. But, noise tolerance is subjective, so if you're happy with ISO 6400 on the T4i, great!
- Sell your 55-250, and purchase the EF 70-200 f/4L (non IS) $629 today at B&H. For outdoor sports, wildlife, etc. You don't need IS for sports because your shutter speed will need to be approx 1/500 and at that point IS isn't going to add value. This is one of the best value L lenses and one of the sharpest 70-200 lenses.
No. Although the 70-200 f/4 L (non-IS) is really good (I have one), it's not ideal for indoor sports. And more so if you're shooting with a Rebel. Do those still max out at ISO 1600? If so, you're not going to get near enough shutter speed in the average gym. Choir concerts will be even worse.
I'm still saying that a 135mm f/2 L is your best bet for those things, especially if you don't have the coin for a 70-200 f/2.8 L non-IS.
What focal length range do you find most of your photos fall in?I tend to find myself using the 55-250 about 75% or more of the time. when using that lens most shots fall between 116-250.
If I were you I'd sell the 18-55 and get the 17-55 f2.8 is and keep the 55-250.
The 17-55 is a great all rounder lens. I found the focal length of the 70-200 a bit too tight on crop for me, might be useful for indoor sports depending on how big the place is, but then you're left with the 18-55 for general purpose / family event stuff. And also the 55-250 isn't too bad either.