I am buying my first DSLR and have decided on a T4i. I have been using a G-12 for the last couple of years and while I'm pretty happy with what it does I need to upgrade as I will be taking a trip to Africa next year and want more flexibility and range.
What do I shoot? I'm pretty much a recreational photo guy, nothing too specific or fancy. Mostly walk around stuff, vacations, pets, landscapes and that sort of thing.
Initially I was intent on buying the T4i with the 18-135 STM kit lens. I was/am intrigued by the continuous AF feature in movie mode and that is why I was picking the 18-135 STM. Now I'm wondering just how much video I would actually take with my DSLR. I currently use a Canon camcorder (VIXIA HF S20) which gives me adequate results for my short movies so I really wonder if I would actually use the T4i for movies or if it's just a gimmick I "think I need".
As for my trip to Africa I have decided I will rent a 100-400L as it would be a one time deal for me and not sure I'd really have that much use for a lens like that after the trip and frankly don't want $1,600 sitting around collecting dust.
So that brings me to the burning question...if not the 18-135 STM then what? The more I read these forums the more I'm drawn to the 24-105L. Seems to be a great lens for what I do although it's really not so good for much indoors. Frankly I don't take that many pictures indoors so maybe it's not a big deal. Maybe the 24-105 + flash would get the job done. Dunno.
For those who have travelled to Africa do you think the combination of a 24-105 + 100-400 would be adequate? Not wanting to lug around a huge lens but still want some ability to get up close and personal with the animals.
Whatcha think? Thoughts? Suggestions? All appreciated.