A few thoughts on our new camera, the Canon T5i.
The pilots for Das Beer Show, Local Film Talk, and the Yardcast were shot using three very different cameras - my Canon T4i, a borrowed Canon 7D, and a Canon HV40 that recorded on (shudder) mini DV tapes. This is why these episodes have no consistency in picture quality from shot to shot.
When we decided to move forward on new episodes I knew we needed a uniform image (and storage media) and I was about to pull the trigger on another T4i when I noticed a T5i bundle on Amazon. It came with all the accessories I was planning to buy anyway (spare battery, SD card, etc), some extra crap (screen protectors, instructional DVD) and some cool stuff (white balance cards, ND filter) including a pretty nice 55-250mm lens. I've had some fun getting familiar with this lens and taking some pretty cinematic shots:
As I mentioned in my last blog post we shot our first interview with theT4i and T5i on Saturday and I'm happy with what I've seen of the footage so far. I also shot the entire Yardcast episode later that afternoon on the T5i. I think the footage from these cameras will match nicely.
In fact the only real difference I see in the two cameras are a few changes to the menu system and the ability for the settings dial to spin all the way around. Otherwise they're almost identical.
All in all I recommend the T5i as a great sub-$1000 camera. A lot of people were ticked off that it's basically a rehash of the T4i, but that works out perfectly for us.