In mid January I decided to put my old Canon 600D Camera, along with three lenses that I’d purchased during my journey of photographic discovery, up for sale on eBay. The sale was facilitated so that I could put my auction earnings towards another camera from the Canon range.
It’s the second time that I’ve sold to upgrade, so the experience wasn’t too alien, but it did seem to hurt more than the first time round. I guess I’d become pretty attached to the camera, and the memories it had helped capture over the years.
- The sale was a little scary, as payment from the buyer was put on hold by eBay until I had despatched the camera and lenses 390 miles, to Torquay in SW England.
- I can understand why eBay do such a thing, but a huge element of trust had to be applied by myself, in believing that £250 from the sale would end up in my PayPal account. Thankfully it did, one week later.
If you are thinking of upgrading, I’d urge you to do as I did, and sell. If you buy new, your old equipment could be gathering dust while sat in a corner of your home – and that would be a waste. Besides, someone out there might need a helping hand in getting started in photography, so a used camera is an ideal solution for them to begin capturing their own world.
Finding My Style
As you will no doubt know, cameras, lenses and ancillary equipment are all pretty expensive, and those costs can mount up, especially if you’re not disciplined enough. So. Bearing the cost of equipment in mind, and having never discovered my own photography style, I’m aiming to challenge myself for a little while, in using ONE fixed length lens. Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t just about the cost – if it was, I wouldn’t have spent a small fortune on new gear. It’s about trying something completely different. Maybe using one lens will become my style… but, I’ll probably find it impossible to operate that way. I am though, willing to give it a try. Fingers crossed!
- I’m going to pair a new nifty fifty, Canon 50mm prime lens with my new pride and joy, a Canon EOS 6D Mark II.
I reckon a zoom lens stifles creativity. A fixed focal length will mean that I have to think much more about what I’m doing, which will hopefully bring about improvements to my photography. I’d rather be a one trick pony who knows what he is doing, than one who doesn’t. Knowing what I’m doing should help my work going forward. The added benefit is that I won’t have to carry extra lenses around with me on my hikes – at times, the weight can be torturous.
Initially, I was looking to buy the 6D Mark I, having read numerous positive articles and reviews on the camera. The Mark I was released in 2012, and is still a very good camera, seven years later. But, having weighed up my options, and reviewed the upgrades on the Mark II, I took the plunge for what I hope will turn out to be an awesome piece of kit. Some have been critical of the Mark II, mainly over its inability to record 4K video.. but, I’m buying a camera for photos, and not to record a blockbuster movie.
The Mark II allegedly offers fantastic image quality, more control over depth of field, and superb low-light performance thanks to a full-frame sensor. I guess, only time will tell if it can live up to the marketing hype.
First Shots From My New Camera: