Since I’ve been participating in the Flickr Project 365 circa 2013, I found the desire to improve my skills and equipment quite pressing. I’ve been using a Nikon D90, a crop-sensor camera, so the next logical step up was a full-frame. However, full-frame cameras have traditionally been very, very expensive. As luck would have it, both Nikon and Canon introduced an entry level full-frame camera in late 2012.
Naturally, my gaze turned to Nikon because I was moderately invested in the Nikon line with a few tasty lenses (including the incredible 50mm f/1.4D) but I wasn’t really committed. When I began doing research on the Nikon D600, I found references, complaints, and concern over an issue with sensor dust. Based on research, videos, and empirical documents, the camera seems to have a manufacturing flaw — so bad, in fact, Nikon is actually offering free sensor cleaning to anyone complaining about the problem. Not a good sign so I considered switching my brand to Canon.
The 6D is Canon’s full-frame offering and it has some significant differences (both disadvantages and advantages) over the Nikon product. Fast focus, amazing low-light capability, and simple ergonomics interested me. The final decision was made when I saw BestBuy had a kit for sale which included a 24-105 f/4 L IS USM lens. Normally, kit lenses are slow, ponderous and crap (quickly sold on Craigslist or eBay for a pittance) but Canon decided to pair a great, mid-range, high-quality L glass zoom lens with the 6D and I was sold.
I’ve been rocking the Canon now for about a month and I’ve been stunned at the image quality and low-light ability. It took me a while to become accustomed to the very different shutter noise (which is a design choice by Canon) but now it is normal. I have to say the 24-105 f/4 kit lens has been a fabulous introduction to the professional L series and I’ve pulled the trigger on a couple more L branded lenses because the glass is just that good.
I have zero regrets about shifting from Nikon to Canon. I love the ergonomics of the 6D, how easily setting changes, speed of zoom, the available lenses, and the overall look and feel. Canon, for my money, is allowing me to take some pretty amazing shots, to improve my skills, and enjoy the moment more and more. Allow me to offer the following shots, taken by yours truly, as a testament to the camera’s abilities.
Hawthorne Bridge at Night (click on image to see original on Flickr.com)
Looking East Toward Mt. Hood (click on image to see original on Flickr.com)
Cauldron of Folding Fire (click on image to see original on Flickr.com)
The Dictionary Provides Clarity (click on image to see original on Flickr.com)