UK Landscapes - Camera Equipment
Specification (in order of importance to me)
Imaging sensor size: 36mm x 24mm
Lens mount: EF
Effective pixels: 20.2 megapixels
File formats: RAW, jpeg
LCD monitor: 3" Clear View TFT, 1040k dots
Live view: Yes, up to 10x magnification
WiFi: Built in
Weight: 679g (without battery)
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC card
This is the camera that has replaced my Canon EOS 5D Mark II. When the 5D Mark III was announced, although many of the specifications were improved, I couldn't see how any of them would improve my photography. A million extra pixels would be unnoticeable, a faster framerate isn't relevant for what I shoot & better high ISO image quality is unlikely to make much difference since I don't generally use much over ISO400. The improved auto focus system doesn't even enter the equation, so I figured I'd save a considerable sum & stick with what I had.
Then, Canon brought out the EOS 6D, which many people would consider a downgrade from the 5DII, with a million less pixels. As with the 5DIII, a million pixels would make no appreciable difference to the quality of the final image. What the 6D does bring though, among other things, is built-in WiFi, which can be used to wirelessly connect to a smart phone. Using an app from Canon, it's now possible to view what's on the camera's LCD in live view mode & control shutter speed, aperture, ISO & focus settings remotely on my iPhone. It doesn't sound like much, but in the mountains, the best viewpoints always seem to be the ones most exposed to the wind. Once the camera's set up on the tripod, there's often a long wait for the light to appear where you want it. Standing still without shelter from the wind can make you very cold, very quickly. Being able to remotely control the camera means I can find somewhere a little more comfortable to sit & take the shots from. Once the light changes, I can return to the camera & make framing & viewpoint adjustments, which generally doesn't take long so isn't such a problem.
Other benefits include the ability to process RAW files in-camera & upload them to the phone. If I have a signal, I can email them or upload them directly to my facebook page.
The 6D also has the ability to take multiple exposures on one frame & save the resulting RAW file. This can be used to show movement in images, such as water & clouds where you wouldn't normally be able to get slow enough shutter speeds without using expensive (& potentially image degrading) filters.
Another plus for me is a weight reduction of about 130g (the weight of my 50mm lens), which is most valuable when walking uphill. Although on it's own it's not much at all, but when other weight savings are factored in, it all adds up to making life a little easier & more productive.
One thing I hear other photographers aren't happy
with is the switch from CF cards to the smaller SD cards for
storage. I can't understand this at all. For me, SD cards
would appear to be more reliable due to not having lots of tiny pins to
bend in the card slot or card reader. Also, SD cards can be
inserted directly into most laptops (mine included), whereas with CF
cards you need a separate card reader & cable. Added
complexity & stuff to lose (or forget) I can do without.