What Camera Do You Use? (Canon R6 tips below!)

What Camera Do You Use? (Canon R6 tips below!)
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For me, I was a Canon 5DIII girl till I die… yes I liked the look of the Mark IV, but I was happy with my trusty steed and had no intentions of upgrading anytime soon.

Then the mirrorless bug hit me. 

I switched to Canon R6 last year. Oh my freaking G.

The tack sharpness. The auto eye tracking. The facial tracking. The tilt screen. The dual slots. The touch and drag focus!! (Seriously… that last one?!!) 

I actually took the time to configure this baby how I wanted it for me. Camera configuration settings are almost like fingerprints to photographers… I can’t pick up another photographer’s R6 and have the exact same results. 

I use the mid range focus ring adapter with my old lenses, and set the focus ring to change white balance. I have it set to eye track, BUT by holding down the old back button focus button (AE-ON), it toggles between touch and drag focus and eye focus so that I can still get those shots of inanimate objects even with people in the scene. (As an FYI, I don’t even USE back button focus anymore… the camera is already tack sharp so it seemed a pointless extra step!): 

 

So I’m now a very proud Canon mirrorless mama. 

What’s your camera? And what’s your tips for setup? 

Feel free to ask me ANY questions below!! Thumbnail image was the FIRST shot out of the box with this camera - in a dark kitchen with a child running full pelt! No edits added.


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I am also a Canon 5D Mark III diehard user and very intrigued! How do you like the new camera for low light situations? I shoot a lot of events in dark, cavernous situations where bouncing flash is nearly impossible. Also, as a mother with very little time to learn anything new, I am very intimated by upgrading to any new gear that requires a lot of time to learn how to use. Thank you for your insights!

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@KCP Honestly it’s pretty mindblowing. When I say this picture was taken in a dimly lit kitchen, we typically need to have the light on even on the brightest day! I’ve shot weddings on this camera with just low lighting and it’s been faultless. The ISO threshold is super high so you can really push that without introducing noise too. 

I feel you with the worries over new gear - I am a mama to two little ones, and I needed something that I could easily adapt to. I was able to use it straight out of the box (I set up the custom settings for focusing later!). The actual buttons and dials are almost identical to the 5D3 so it’s a very natural transition. 

I still take the 5D3 as a backup… but honestly, it gathers dust now so I’ll most likely sell it on once I can get a second R6 as a backup for weddings. Feel free to ask any questions if you do take the plunge! 

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That is really helpful! Thank you so much!

 

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Edel, I went from the Canon 7D Mark II (crop sensor) which I had for many of years to the Canon R5 (almost the same as the R6) and I agree with you.  It is a game changer.  I set mine up with two back button focus buttons.  One of the buttons is set with the eye detection and the other is set with just the focus point.  It does not matter which buttons you set for each.  I hold the first button when I am photographing people for the eye detection and when I am photographing a stationary object (wedding cake), I press the “focus point” button.  It is a game changer.

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Edel, I went from the Canon 7D Mark II (crop sensor) which I had for many of years to the Canon R5 (almost the same as the R6) and I agree with you.  It is a game changer.  I set mine up with two back button focus buttons.  One of the buttons is set with the eye detection and the other is set with just the focus point.  It does not matter which buttons you set for each.  I hold the first button when I am photographing people for the eye detection and when I am photographing a stationary object (wedding cake), I press the “focus point” button.  It is a game changer.

@John H  I was so torn on whether or not to go for the R5 or R6 - for me though, I knew the R6 would suffice and I was worried about file sizes with the R5 - do you find that an issue at all? And great thinking with assigning both buttons for focusing - it was this exact scenario (i.e. weddings) that I found it most useful! 

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Hi Edel,  That is about the only difference between the two cameras would be the file size.  They are both great cameras.  For me, the file size of the R5 does not cause any issues.  I do like that I can crop during post processing and still have a nice file size.  With that being said, I would had been just as happy with the R6.  As they say, it is not the camera, it is the knowledge of the photographer (lighting, lens selection, posing, subject, etc.).  Thank you for the nice conversation.  PS:  I am new to Shootproof and I am loving it so far.  

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@John H You’re absolutely right about that - the wrong tool in the right hands will still produce amazing work compared to the right tool in the wrong hands! 

Lovely to have you with us! 

 - Edel 

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I looooove my R6, so pleased I changed over form my MkIII. The eye recognition with kiddie work is a godsend!  Also super handy that a great photographer friend also has an R6, so when mine had a wobble when I’m about to shoot a wedding I was able to borrow hers 😉 (wobble solved by upgrading software - no issues with R6 since!) 

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@JoBuckleyPhotography That must be a great friend to loan you her precious R6!! 😉 (Actually - I think YOU must be a very trustworthy friend for me  - I mean, her - to loan it to you!! 😉

I agree on the eye recognition… such a godsend! Glad the software update solved the issues! 

 

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