I have been dreaming for months now about replacing my outdated Canon Rebel T3i camera body that was my first-ever DSLR purchase from five years ago when I decided I really wanted to pursue photography as a hobby. The T3i has served me well as a beginner camera but, with an increased focus in wedding and portrait photography, I wanted a full-frame body to really step up the level of photos that I am providing to my wedding and portrait clients in Burlington, Vermont and the surrounding New England area.
The first thing I considered in a new camera body was whether I wanted to buy new or used. Canon provides a one-year limited warranty on all new equipment and, as a Canon fan I wanted to stick with the brand. I considered buying a used body but, similar to cars, cameras have a certain "mileage" before they run out (otherwise known as "shutter count"). So, to be on the safe side, I chose to buy new. B&H Photo shipped to me in literally ONE DAY and I got a great package deal that included a nice camera bag and an extra battery, not to mention $700 off the original listing price.
I chose the Canon EOS 6D for several reasons. First, it was within my price range (under $1,000). Second, it has a full-frame sensor with ability for increased ISO in low-light situations. I can tell you that this was the first thing I noticed about the picture quality when taking photos inside my house with very little light. Shooting with my Canon EF 50mm 1.8 Lens in a near-dark room, I was able to get a solid amount of light in to take photos of this adorable 2-month old golden retriever puppy. By opening up the aperture all the way and increasing shutter speed, I was able to capture some pretty decent photos as the little guy ran around.
I am still making my way through some of the camera's other features such as different shooting modes (portrait, night, etc.) and autofocus system (quite different from the T3i that I will have to get used to). Though I don't have a huge focus in video, I was quite disappointed that the 6D did not feature continuous autofocus while filming.
Oh, and I did I mention the Wi-Fi capabilities? This is one feature I am SO excited about! I can directly take or download photos right from my phone! This feature is great for when I want to download one or two images directly to my phone to post on Instagram when I may not necessarily have the time to download and edit all photos right to my Mac.
Overall, I give the Canon EOS 6D a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait to take some more photos as the weather gets warmer here in Burlington, Vermont and wedding season starts to pick up in June.