I am probably getting a 6D, but I don't really want one

Started Jan 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: I am probably getting a 6D, but I don't really want one

tko wrote:

I do not like gazing at the world through my viewfinder. I prefer to stand straight and use my eyes as nature intended. I dislike squinting through a box. I find this act shuts me away from the world.

Fine with a 40MM lens. Doesn't work to well w/a 12MM or 300MM, does it?

Instead, I like to see things with my eyes, then lift the camera just as I am about to take the image, fire, and then drop it away again. A single movement, it takes mere seconds.

How do you frame and achieve focus in seconds? How to do you check exposure per your comments below? "Mere seconds" is longer than it takes to chimp, which you complain about. Mere seconds, and that shot is gone.

I really can't visualize your technique. Do you hold the camera at arms length like a zombie, spinning around until you see something you like on the back LCD?

Not for me , the screwed up face and pressed up nose of peering through a peep hole for too long. Not for me, the act of placing a large black box, like a mask upon my face, so people cannot see me.

It helps me concentrate by blocking out everything except what I'm photographing. I'm in the scene. To each his own.

An EVF offers me the benefit of immediately sensing that is all is well with a potential picture. I know immediately if the WB is wonky or the EXP Comp needs a tweak - all BEFORE I fire the shutter. With a 6D I will have to get used to chimping again. I hate chimping. It often brings regret, because the moment has already passed when you realize that something was not quite right.

You're confused. To use a EVF you have to look through one of those little black boxes you hate, only you're even further removed from your subject. Did you mean a back LCD like liveview?

Shoot RAW and you don't have to worry about exp comp as much, and no worries about WB.

I can chimp and get another shot before you get the camera up, focused, framed, and exposed.

Also, the 6D lacks a tilting rear screen. Another regret.
I don't want an EM-1.
I don't want an A7. I already have some Sony gear, but I dislike the loud shutter of the A7's.

Sounds like there's a lot of things you don't want. I highly recommend that you adjust to the tools, and not the other way around. Nothing is perfect.

Only one camera may stop me from the 6D - the new FujiFilm XT-1. It is practically as good as Full Frame and has the EVF I prefer.

Surely I can't be the only one who wishes Canon would make something that embraces some of these excellent developments?

No. I use a wide variety of lenses, and need speed, speed, and more speed. Not seconds to take a shot. Not holding a camera out at arms length. Not squinting to see a screen in sunlight.

Some big assumptions and resulting errors being made in your assessment of my position.

You do not understand my way of shooting.  But thats fine.  I'm way past trying to persuade people on the internet.  Thats the stuff of people with nothing better to do.

I have been shooting for 25 years, some of it professionally.  I remain an average photographer at best, but I think I kind of know what I am doing.

Going back to the context of my original post, I am of course referring to relatively casual, walk around, reportage photography, which is the kind I am most familiar with.  Travel to unusual places to see odd and unusual people was my thing, as was recording what unfolded before me when I got to these places.

After 25 years of shooting, I confess that I have come to prefer the EVF over the OVF.  I do not see the "screen" anymore, it does not appear as some TV image to me. I don't notice the pixels on the screen. But I have learned and adapted to the extent that I enjoy being able to lift the camera to my eye and instantly know how it is going to work out for me.  The in-viewfinder histogram overlaying the image I see with my eyes, inside the viewfinder is very useful.

After adapting to an EVF,  I find that my keeper rate is higher.  I never chimp.  There is simply no need to. It feels good to me to know when I have nailed a shot, to have anticipated a change of light and not have had to chimp to see what I wanted to do.

I dislike post processing.  I guess my old film background tells me to try and get it right first time.

Of course, shooting sports or other specialities is a different thing.  I accept that.  But this particular middle aged photographer has learned the ways of the EVF and I prefer it.

But I am not here to evangelise about the EVF or convert people, so worry not, I am not about to try and threaten anyone with the shock of the new.

I think the main reason why I posted, in hindsight, was to wax lyrical about the Canon 40mm pancake as much as anything.  It is a terrific little lens.  Probably the most interesting lens in the entire Canon arsenal as far as I am concerned.  Not bad for something that costs so little.

That lens alone is enough to make my lean toward the 6D.  That, plus the wi-fi and the very nice image quality.

I do wish more manufacturers offered pancake lenses like the little 40mm.  This lens allows the 6D to hang around the neck on a black rapid strap and lie underneath  a jacket, completely unobtrusively.  I can't imagine using the camera with a 24-70 monster lens.  I stopped hauling those huge beasts around a few years ago.

For my shooting, I suspect the 40mm pancake may well be the only lens I will ever need on the 6D.

As long as I can adapt back to chimping again..  

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