Hi ladies! I used to post on here a while back, but you know the story...mama to 3 little boys and no time for myself! Last year I got lots of practice doing photo shoots for friends, and I feel like I have grown a lot! I'm sort of stuck in a rut though (could be the fact that I'm pregnant again and feeling VERY tired) and I'm seriously considering upgrading my camera because I now feel like it limits me, and maybe a new camera and lens will help rekindle that shutterbug within! I have a Rebel XSi, and my lenses that I use are Canon 100mm macro 2.8 and Canon 50mm 1.8. I am considering the 6D with the 24-105 lens. It's terribly expensive though, and with the new baby coming we are on a tight budget. I've saved a measley $200 and would make another $300 if I sold my XSi/50mm on Craigslist. I know there are lots of cropped sensors to choose from, but I figure if I get the 6D I won't need to think about a new body for quite some time. Please share thoughts and advice! Oh and here's a link to my most recent pics, it's about 6 months old but it's the best I can do right now! Hoping I can slowly rejoin this awesome group again soon!
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Your photos look great, Kaci! It certainly does appear you've outgrown a Rebel! Good to see you again, and congrats on your pregnancy!
Our decisions are all budget-based, and either we wait for what we want or we take a step down, so for me it'd be a question of which is more important: waiting a (long!) while for the 6D, or going with a crop-sensor in the meantime. Stephanie recently upgraded and looked a lot at the 6D, perhaps she can give some good advice at least on that side of things. I love my 60D, though having tried my brother's Mark II, I sure would love to upgrade sometime too. There's nothing like a full-frame, that's for sure. But the 60D (or the new/upcoming? 70D) is a fantastic mid-level crop-sensor camera, if you don't have the $$$ for a full-frame and can't wait to upgrade from the Rebel.
Or you could consider going used on a Mark II now that the Mark III's are out. I'm not sure what they're going for, but our 60D is used and it was so lightly used, we haven't had an ounce of trouble with it at all.
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
I wound up with the Mk III. It was between that and the 6D. The 6D was a fabulous camera. I played with it in the camera shop. It's not as fast as the Mk III, but there really shouldn't be comparisons done on the 2, since you're not considering a Mk III. Is going up to full frame something on your list of wants? Not everyone NEEDS a full frame camera. I'm very happy that I have one. I'm able to get wider shots inside the house, and I'm able to let more light into the camera. My girlfriend has a 7D and still has trouble getting light into the camera when she's in her house. The bigger sensor can help out with that, allowing you not not have as high of an ISO, and risk introducing more grain.
My upgrade was from an XTi, so I went from almost exactly the same upgrade. With what I have read, the 6D is VERY similar to the Mk III. I'm happy with my upgrade, though it was a HUGE learning curve, and I'm still learning since I got the camera in March. If going full frame isn't high on your list, I would probably save some money and go with the 7D. It's also very similar to my Mk III, in terms of the focusing system. I look at mine compared to my girlfriend's 7D and they are set up very similarly. Crops definitely have their advantages. With a long lens, you're able to get up nice and close from a distance away. It would have been nice at Carson's t-ball games to get in close without going into the field. None of my lenses on my full frame would allow me to get very close (I have the 24-105L that comes with the 6D and Mk III).
I say, if you can swing the price, go for it! It's a great price for a full frame camera!!
Thank you girls for your input! The BIGGEST issues I have with my current body are the ISO (I never go higher than 200, it's seriously THAT bad) and the need for way too much light, especially since I usually have my 100 on there. My biggest reason for wanting the full frame I would say are those two factors. I tried to satisfy my need by getting a 50mm 1.8, and it was fun for about 2 weeks, because it did enable me to shoot indoors, but the quality of the glass/motor is just too low. So now, with the new baby on the way, I really want to have that capability without compromising quality. The 24-105 seems like a great lens for my needs too...I'm a portrait/close-up girl, I LOVE detail...so I really need something sharp! Thanks again, I think I have some persuading to do.
Thanks on the congrats too! The Lord is soo good, I "accidentally" prayed ONE time that I wanted a baby girl (we were thinking about being done with having kids) and I got a BFP 3 weeks later! He answered my prayer immediately! She's due 10/28.