I seemed to have skipped a step, as I’ve moved from a triple-digit camera model to a single-digit model.
For over five years, I owned an entry-level Canon DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. Carrying the EOS 450D (XSi) along for the ride, I traveled over one million miles in the air and I made over 75000 exposures.
The shutter finally failed to close properly about a year ago as I stood in front of the television tower in Prague’s Zizkov. I made do with an aging iPod Touch for another five months. When the calendar flipped over to 2014, I’d been missing photography with a camera by a very large mile.
Leaping up to the 6D
I picked up the Canon EOS6D in mid-January under the banner of post-Christmas post-New Year’s sales. I already have the EF 50-prime and EF 70-300 lenses, and I wanted to take advantage of these great lenses with a full-frame camera body; I had the idea of purchasing only the camera body. The bundle with the preferred 24-70mm L-series lens was too far, but the package deal with the more affordable 24-105mm L-glass including an additional padded camera strap, a padded camera carrying case, and an extra battery was a decent compromise.
Happily, I’m no longer concerned with the 1.6 crop factor; that is, a shot with the 450D at 50mm focal length has the same imaging area as a shot with the 6D at 80mm focal length. I’m enjoying the camera and I’m a big fan; here is a shortlist of ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ with the camera.
- GPS, for automatic geotagging of my photographs
- WiFi, for direct upload onto my iPod Touch (or future smartphone)
- Much better low-light performance; higher ISO range
- Large range of RAW and JPG sizes
- Video capability, though I haven’t used video much at this stage
- Body heavier and more cumbersome; already knew this for full-frame camera
- Internal GPS can be slow to connect with satellites
- Battery drains quickly with GPS and WiFi usage
- Could use an extra card slot
- Still no focal length displayed with aperture, exposure time, ISO
At the Digital Photography Review website, you can compare side-by-side an entry-level Canon DSLR with a full-frame Canon DSLR. For example, select and compare the 500D (T1i) against the 6D; the 450D is so ‘old’ it’s unavailable in the listing. You can do your own intrabrand or interbrand comparison(s) here.
8 with the 6D
With this post, I’ve already made in eight months over 9000 exposures with the 6D, edging ever closer to turning over the four-digit image-number counter for the first time. Below are photographs over the first eight months of the year.
“(F)light of the Columbidae”, Vancouver City Centre – 17 January 2014
“C is for Chinatown”, Chinatown Plaza – 23 February 2014
“Caught in a web of TED” (by Janet Echelman), Vancouver Convention Centre – 20 March 2014
“Parking lot in English Bay”, West Vancouver – 13 April 2014
“driveby”, Harbour Green Park – 6 May 2014
“Mother & daughter, sister & niece” – 12 June 2014
“Holiday sunrise”, Burrard Inlet – 1 July 2014
“… at the right price”, Downtown Vancouver – 22 August 2014
What camera are you using? Have you bought a new camera this year or will you be buying a new camera soon? Please leave your questions or comments below!
I made all of the photos above in Vancouver, Canada. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.