Hate my T6i... help me downgrade G7x?

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  1. FurBabyZ

    FurBabyZ TPF Noob!

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    Hi--First post! Need help!

    I had a Rebel T4i which I loved. I suddenly became an amazing photographer. But after a couple years of heavy use it eventually broke and wasn't worth fixing. So I bought a T6i and I have had nothing but woe.

    About me: I'm just your typical Mom with a blog... it's not a blog for the public, just for family. But I was taking really good pictures straight out of the box with my T4i, and even better after a few classes with a pro. I can't for the life of me get decent pics with the T6i. I was on the phone with Canon for an hour and they assured me the camera is fine but if it's fine then it SUCKS. So much grain. So much blur. I sometimes get good pics but only if it's in the morning or late afternoon outside and the subjects hold still (and I have 2 kids, 8 & 5, and a dog so.... that never happens).

    So I really have two questions:

    1. Is this piece of **** T6i a piece of **** camera? Or is it usually a good camera and I got a lemon (and should send it in to Canon for repairs?) Or should I be willing to entertain the possibility that I am the problem (which was what the Canon guy basically said), except I am working really hard to take these crap photos and I took great photos with my old Canon so... I don't think an "improved" camera should make it harder to take pictures. I'm an amateur, but a skilled one.

    2. I'm thinking of getting something a little simpler and was thinking of the G7x Mark ii. Is it the right camera for me? Basically here is what I want:

    * Beautiful portraits of my beautiful children, with possibility of blur/bokeh and NO washed out faces, no fuzzy lines, no grain EVER outdoors. And to be able to take indoor shots too with reasonable expectations for decent lighting etc. without grain, blur, yellow.

    * I liked being able to switch back and forth between One Shot and AI Focus. I want to capture the subject, even if it's moving.

    * Decent amount of zoom so that I can get facial expressions even from across the yard or in an audience. I know with a compact zoom I can't expect much, but is it at least usable for school events?

    * Decent battery life, portability, durability? Even if the f---g T6i worked like it's supposed to (in my mind) I still would leave the thing at home half the time because it's such a brick. And it eats up the battery within hours (unlike my T4i which could go weeks between charges).

    Like, I seriously hate that camera and Canon was NO HELP.

    If there's a better camera please offer suggestions, though I'm likely to stay with Canon just cause that's what I learned on even if I kind of hate them right now too.

    Insider tips on how to get Canon to help me if you think this T6i is a lemon appreciated too.


     
  2. zombiesniper

    zombiesniper The camera takes the Pic. I just point the way. Supporting Member

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    From what you have given us I would bet that your specific camera is a dud and needs to be returned or fixed.
     
  3. Tomasko

    Tomasko No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well, there's really no way for us to tell for sure though. Can you show some examples and give us more details on your settings etc?
    Based on this description it can be anything between a faulty camera and a human error. We just learned what you want to take pictures of.
     
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    jaomul Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Assuming you knew how to work well with the t4i it seems you should get desired results with the t6i.

    Are you using the same/different lenses. Can you borrow a lens from someone to see if maybe the lens is defective (maybe it got a knock and isn't focussing properly or the aperture blades are out of whack)
     
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    Sounds like a dud. I had a dud Nikon D7200. I had a few sigma lens that we're ok on a D3300 but couldn't hit the broadside of a barn on the D7200. I raised the white flag and dumped it all for a Fijifilm XT2, never looked back.
     
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    I feel you frustration, your story sounds so familiar we could be twins. I went through a terrible time when I upgraded my Pentax. Despite the similarities I was having serious problems learning to use the new camera., so much so I was ready to chuck it. Finally solved my problem by going to square one, and turning off every single feature in every single menu until I was at the most basic level of operation. Then as I used the camera I started exploring the features one by one until I knew how each would affect the image. Now I wouldn't trade my current model for my old one as there is no comparison.

    To find out if it's the camera or the person behind, I would suggest you do the same. Read your manual, and find out how to take it to the most basic manual level. Then set it up on a tripod, set the shutter to timer and take some test shots with both auto focus and manual focus. Here's some good information Jeffrey's Autofocus Test Chart

    It could also be a bad camera/lens but the only way to determine that is to eliminate as many variables as possible.
     
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    That's the chart I downloaded and found it wasn't me but the camera. Then painstakingly went through several lens to calibrate them to the camera only to find it didn't work as advertised, I then raised the white flag. What a nightmare that was.
     
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    Yup, sometimes that's the case. Me, it was the operator fighting with the camera. I knew what I wanted to do, but the camera was giving me what it thought I wanted. In both cases until we took it down to the basics there was no way of knowing for sure.
     
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    Thank you for the AF chart suggestion! I will do that first before proceeding with mailing to Canon (sadly, there are no camera shops in Central PA), buying new, or smashing the mofo and filing an insurance claim lol.
     
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    to me it sounds like an equipment issue since you were capable with the previous model and happy with the results. Seems that Canon customer service is not stepping up. Have you passed the return date for the camera? What about getting help from the store where you bought it? I've found that asking a company for help via social media, Twitter or Facebook in particular, will sometimes get better results than a phone call. Don't give up.

    If you're looking for something smaller/lighter than your current gear, definitely consider Fuji. My Xt2 fits in my medium size purse and weighs half what my old Nikon dslr weighed. It takes gorgeous photos.
     
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    Did you do a factory reset of the camera yet? There may be some setting changes that have happened that you don't know about. Done by yourself, or even kids playing with the camera. I believe it's a menu item on your camera to reset it to factory default settings.

    Do a reset before trying any focus tests or other functions on the camera.
     
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    The easiest way is to get a set of used T4is for cheap and be happy ever after.

    The other way is to book your pro and let him help you find the settings that magically turns the behaviour of the 6i into the behaviour of the 4i.

    The hard way is to learn how to make any camera take the pictures the way you want them, but I am not sure if you want that
     

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