"Different views of the awesome Canon 6d"
The Canon 6d is an entry level full frame camera that has moved my photography on to the next level. A full frame dslr camera was on my wish list for many years, however they were so damn expensive that I couldn’t justify the cost on one. Well………… that was until Canon released the 6d.
Having owned and used the Canon 6d for several months now, I thought I would share what I consider to be its pros and cons.
Pros of the Canon 6d
Cons of the Canon 6d
1) It hasn’t got an articulated screen. I never really appreciated the use of an articulated screen until I bought my Canon G1X. With an articulated screen you can hold the camera high in the air, place it on the ground and use it in loads of positions and angles and still see what the lens is seeing. The canon 6d doesn’t have an articulated CD screen, which is a real shame.
2) It’s not weather sealed. The Canon 6d does not have the tough magnesium alloy body of other Canon cameras (including my 7d) and it is not fully weather sealed. The Canon 6d’s body is still tough and durable, it just not as tough as it could be.
3) It’s got a low burst rate. The burst rate of the Canon 6d is low and is 3 – 4 frames per second. If you are in to your motor sports photography, bird photography or fast action photography the burst rate may not be enough for your needs.
4) You lose the crop factor. When you shoot with a 6d you lose the crop factor, i.e. the longer effective focal length. This means that if you use a 100mm macro lens you will be shooting at 100mm and not 160mm like you would if you were using, say a 7d. It means that if you use a 400mm lens you will be shooting at 400mm and not 640mm like you would if you were using, say a 7d. This loss of crop factor is not unique to the 6d, and it happens with all full frame cameras.
5) It’s small. The small size of the Canon 6d is a disadvantage as well as an advantage. Photographers with larger hands may find the 6d a little cramped and the dials and buttons a little on the small side. Even though my hands aren’t huge I do find using a battery grip makes the 6d a lot more comfortable to use, although this won’t solve the issue of small buttons and dials.
Overall the Canon 6d is a great camera, but it does have its limitations. Given the fact the 6d is full frame and has awesome image quality, and considering all the features of the Canon 6d it is easy to see that is affordable, great value for money and makes full frame photography more accessible to more photographers, which can only be a good thing.
Should you buy a Canon 6d?
The answer to this depends on what you want to use it for. If you like to shoot motor sports, wildlife, birds, outdoor sports and action the Canon 6d is not really for you. The loss of crop factor, the low burst rate and the fact the 6d is not made from magnesium alloy means you would be better off with the Canon 7d. If you want a full frame camera made from magnesium alloy and with a high burst rate you are going to have look at the Canon 1d and be prepared to part with some serious cash.
If you like to shoot landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes the Canon 6d is definitely a camera you should consider, and in these situations the full frame sensor will improve your photos no end.
If you like to shoot people (headshots, portraits, school, senior, party, fashion) the Canon 6d may be the camera for you. The Canon 6d is great where the models are standing still or slow moving, but if you need to fire off several shots in quick succession (like you do in fashion photography) you may find the 3 – 4 frames per second burst rate in adequate. That said, you may find 3 – 4 frames per second more than enough. Only you can answer that question.
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