maybe a good sign for those of us who yearn for a 100-400 IS USM L II...300.00 rebatem down to 1150.00 US Amazon w/2% off. if you don't yearn for a Mark II, this is a good deal on the original.
They sell a lot more of the 100-400's than the 400 f5.6. My contact at Henry's said 20 to 1, if not higher.
I have a Sigma 120-400 and access to a 100-400 at work. The Sigma beats the Canon.... this has to be putting pressure on Canon to upgrade it.
I played a few times with the 400 5.6 and greatly prefer it, except no IS for my shaky hands... I tend to shoot a lot from a canoe so IS is a big thing for me. If a 400 5.6 with IS came out I would be sorely tempted.... or maybe a 500 f6.3 IS? I can't afford the $10,000 chunks of glass so something a bit more moderate would be greatly appreciated.
1. ISO in between settings. T4i only has 400, 800, 1600
3. Do miss the rear wheel dial a bit.
Fyi: Once Magic Lantern is available for the 650d intermediate iso steps should be available (I didn't try though, I've got a 60d) ... that's a plus for the 60d: It runs ml now. Btw, all your preferences are rather individual and according to shooting habits and circumstances - but for me, I'd never want to do without a top lcd and back wheel which I use with every other shot. If shooting a lot, ergonomics matter more and more - just like the larger viewfinder on full frame.
tx for the heads up on Magic lantern. I have never downloaded it and will research it.
I agree completely on individual preferences. For me, weight is now a major feature, it effects all my choices. IQ is most important, and I feel they are equal.
Handling is important and that's where sacrifices are made. I had the camera out all day today and didn't mind lack of the top LCD screen, except that once in a while I was confused as to when I was on the "shooting info" screen vs the "Q" control screen.
The 4 way controllers are smaller and more indented on the T4i than they were way back on the xsi. but I don't change shooting mode, etc that often.
However, I constantly shift ISO and exposure comp. The big ISO button, by itself, actually is easier imho than trying to feel from 4 buttons on top of the 60D. Canon did us no favors by putting a tiny raised dot on the ISO button on 60D. The exp. comp button I found is easy to reach for me..
the 60D viewfinder vs t4i viewfinder size difference doesn't bother you? just curious.