"The Canon 6d is an awesome camera, there are no doubts about that, but it does have its limitations"
The Canon 6d is a great camera and I put it on my “camera wish list” from the day it was launched. I have owned my Canon 6d for almost a year now, and whilst it is an awesome camera that has pushed my photography on, it has only done so in some aspects and not others. Yep, I have found the limitations of the Canon 6d and whilst I was aware of these limitations I didn’t think they would be such an issue or I thought there would be a workaround or fix to sort them out. It appears that I was wrong, and there are no fixes for these limitations, and I simply have to put up with them.
Don’t get me wrong, the Canon 6d is a great camera and it is everything I hoped it would be (and more) for taking photos of landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. The Canon 6d is also perfect for head shots, wedding photography, portraits, school photography, boudoir photography and senior photography. The Canon 6d is also a superb camera for macro photography, product photography and still life photography. In fact, if the subject is stationary or moves very slowly the Canon 6d is awesome, can easily deal with it, and I have no complaints or issues using it whatsoever.
When the subject is fast moving, far away or you need to fire off several shots in quick succession to get the shot the limitations of the Canon 6d become all to evident and are easy to see. Basically, the Canon 6d struggles, and I mean really struggles, with these situations which is a real shame.
I like motor sports photography and I like wildlife photography, and these are two areas where the Canon 6d struggles. You can use the Canon 6d for capturing photos of motor sports and wildlife, and I have done so and captured a few photos that I am very happy with, it’s just that the Canon 6d isn’t suited to this type of photography and the keeper rate is very low. When I used the Canon 6d for motor sports photography and wildlife photography I found that I missed way more shots than I actually managed to get, which was very frustrating. So what was it that made me miss the shots with the Canon 6d?
The biggest problem with the Canon 6d is the low burst rate of 3 – 4 frames per second. I appreciate with the full frame sensor and all there is a lot of data to write per shot, but if the 6d had a faster processor it would keep up. As it is, and with the processor in the 6d it simply isn’t fast enough to deal with lots of frames per second. I know there are many photographers out there reading this saying “of course 3 frames per second is enough” when shooting motor sports and wildlife, and there are times when it is but more often than not I like to know that I can get 6 – 7 frames per second so I can be confident there are a couple of tack sharp ones in there. When shooting wildlife and motor sports you often only get one chance so it is better to take too many shots (and bin the ones you don’t need) than not take enough.
As well as missing shots another issue with using the Canon 6d for motor sports and wildlife photography is the build quality of the camera. Don’t get me wrong, the Canon 6d is tough, durable and well-made, but it isn’t made using the super strong magnesium alloy that the 7d is. Wildlife photography and motor sports photography are brutal on a camera and the environments will test it to its limit therefore the ideal camera needs to be as tough as possible. Scratch that. The camera needs to be bomb proof, and the 6d doesn’t fall in to this category.
I would love to capture full frame photos of motor sports and wildlife however it isn’t going to happen with the Canon 6d, and I am aware the only way to achieve this is to buy the flagship Canon 1d. The problem is, I don’t have the deep pockets required for the 1d and even if I did have the spare money laying around doing nothing there is no way I could justify the cost of such an expensive camera. Whilst I do make money with my camera it is not my full time job, although one day I hope it will be. Besides, I don’t make any real money from motor sports and wildlife photography. I do make pocket change but nowhere near enough to survive and nowhere near enough to justify the cost of a Canon 1d.
Because of the limitations of the 6d when it comes to wildlife and motor sports photography I don’t bother using the 6d in these situations. Instead, I revert back to my trusty old 7d, which serves me very well.
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