YOU’LL never see problems from a new camera in your hands in the first few tries. The feeling of excitement simply overrides your judgment. It’s only when you fuse it in your workflow that it will start to show differences against your expectations. That’s the time when you can really assess a camera.
I recently upgraded to a 6D full frame camera body from Canon, and like any other photographer, I was excited to test it. The image quality was great, the ISO is just amazing, and the buttons were a lot better. So I used it in my next project and realized how much I have to adjust to make it work for me.
First stop is the LCD preview. When I’m shooting products or interiors, more often than not, my camera is mounted on a tripod and I work using live view. Unfortunately, 6D has a fixed LCD display, so for difficult angles, you’ll have to do a live view tethering your camera to your laptop.
I also got confused at one point from what I was seeing in my LCD. The color was totally off. I normally tweak my picture style according to the effect I’m after, but this time, it came out saturated. After a lot of testing, I realized the camera preview is quite faithful in terms of colors, so I tried using neutral settings. I have never used neutral colors ever since, but surprisingly, it works.
Don’t leave home without an extra battery. The 6D, with all its features, is nothing when you’re out of juice. Like the 5D MK3, the 6D drains your battery like a pack of Zesto. You might also want to tag along the battery charger all the time.
The 6D’s tones are quite different if you’ll compare it with 60D and 5D MK3. I’m not getting much detail in the highlights. I noticed the difference since I normally add a few nudges on my highlights to make the image sparkle a bit, but when applied these to the shot taken from 6D, the highlights were just blown out.
This means that there’s not much captured details in the highlights. I also noticed the added contrast in my images in 6D compared to shots taken from 60D. As to the highlights problem, I fixed it using “Highlights Priority Toning.” When this setting is checked, the lowest ISO is 200 and Automatic Light Optimizer is disabled.
You might also want to get an ND filter, since the 6D is only up to 1/4000 shutter speed. Generally, I’m quite happy using 6D. It’s just a matter of few adjustments in my workflow.
Keep on shooting, everyone!