My Gear and New Addition ~ Take 2!

It wasn’t long ago that I posted about my current gear and a new addition of a Canon 7D. After a large amount of discussion between my partner and I, we ultimately returned the camera. We were well within the returns period and we had come to the decision it wouldn’t suit my purposes. My photography varies in subject and location and the feature set from the Canon 7D were no less impressive, but simply not appropriate for me. I did a brainstorm about my photographic needs and a few of the key points that came to light were:

  • Travel – Lightweight and weather sealed
  • Indoor event photography – Good Low Light Performance (High ISO performance, ability to focus in low light)
  • Night Photography – Good Low Light Performance
  • HDR – >3 Auto Bracketing
  • Panoramas – Custom Function Settings (For ease of setup and expedience)
Canon 7D Camera Body

Canon 7D Camera Body

The Canon 7D is built like a tank and features included high burst frame rate but ultimately was better suited for those doing wild life or sports/action photography. This is especially so when you pair the high burst frame rates with a good zoom lens like the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 II on a 1.6x crop sensor! The added rumours of a Canon 7D Mk II in the works also means for those who care about getting the “latest & greatest”, the Canon 7D is soon to be a superseded model (though bargain hunters should be on the look out when prices for these drop to clear stock for the Mk II!).

My search continued and I finally decided that the Canon EOS 6D seemed to hit all my criteria. A definite upgrade from my existing Canon EOS 400D (a.k.a Digital Rebel XTi and the Kiss X for American and Japanese readers!).


Canon 6D Front

Canon 6D Front

The 6D is touted as being excellent at low light photography and is my entry into Full Frame cameras. It’s not as heavy (nor as expensive) as the Canon EOS 5D Mk III which makes it far more likely I’ll bring it out! (A camera left at home doesn’t make for good photos! Well… unless you’re doing the whole time lapse thing perhaps!).

Though getting a full frame camera also meant I would also have to replace my Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 lens as it is for APS-C sensors only! I wanted an excellent everyday lens with a similar zoom range and ended up choosing between the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC (Vibration Compensation) and the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II Lens.

The Tamron was essentially half the price of the Canon ($~1000 vs $2000 AUD as at June 2013) and also had the added benefit of the Vibration Compensation, which is an awesome feature when shooting in low light conditions or when I simply forget my tripod! I was actually really stuck on this decision but ended up forking up the extra cash for the Canon for the edge to edge sharpness as I do enjoy landscapes. Most likely this will be one of those things I see on paper but would be relatively hard for anyone other than pixel-peepers to see in the photos!


Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II L Lens

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II L Lens


I was able to get an excellent EOFY deal on the Canon 6D, Canon 24-70mm f2.8 II L Lens and two Sandisk Extreme Pro 16GB cards from Domenic, Chris and Saul at Camera Electronic and left so happy I walked out of the store the wrong way and had to double back to my car!

So I’ve got a few more posts on gear to come and here’s hoping to posting more photos!