Above/featured: Along Vancouver’s Seawall to a partly obscured Lions Gate Bridge – 17 Jan 2014.
I 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 on the 450D failed to close properly in early-August 2013, 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.
Judging by the Canon EOS 450D shutter-life histogram, my old 450D came through pretty well on above-average shutter-life performance.
Up to the 6D
I picked up the Canon EOS6D in mid-January 2014 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.
My first images with the 6D
As of 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.
I made all of the photos in Vancouver, Canada. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5pg.