Over the last year alone, I have bought and sold A LOT of cameras. I can’t keep track of how many within my head, so I thought I would write it down. Now it’s a blog post.
This is a list of all the cameras I have owned. This list only includes dedicated cameras (so no smartphones) and doesn’t include GoPro’s or similiar action cams. Basically, it’s all the digital Canon cameras I have owned.
Beware, this post is filled with a lot of my very biased opinions. It’s also roughly in chronological order. Some models I have owned and sold a few times.
My first DSLR. I think I bought it around 2012, and it came with a 50mm 1.8 – the perfect beginner lens. I then bought a Sigma 10-20mm for it. While I wouldn’t touch one these days, this is the camera that made me fall in love with photography.
I jumped straight from my 550D to a full frame to achieve better low light performance with the urban photography I was obsessed with at the time. This later became a great landscape camera, and will no doubt be the model of camera I will have owned for the longest period of time.
Bought this camera for $50 to play with. I don’t think it even shot RAW. I’m not sure what happened to it.
These were being promoted at the Sydney Vivid Light Festival. It was the second camera to employ Dual Pixel Auto-Focus (DPAF). It had an amazing vari-angle touch screen, and GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, and bluetooth built in (which meant I could connect it to my phone).
The sensor performance was great, the LP-E6N battery lasted forever and was the same as what many pro cameras (5D, 6D, 7D) used, and it had Full HD 60 FPS. All features that we now take for granted, but were huge leaps in 2016. All reasons why it became the go-to camera for YouTubers like Casey Neistat.
Unfortunately, I have been spoilt after using the autofocus on the recent mirrorless cameras. While the 80D is still great, can it track an animal’s eye? I am in the process of flipping the last of my 80D’s, and these will be around the second hand market for a while. If you’re looking for a first camera that is a bit bigger and stronge than the mirrorless cameras I recommend below (M50 & RP) then this is what you want (or a 90D, but I rarely see good deals for them).
I’m not sure what happened with this camera. I remember owning an EOS M and an EOS M3 just to see what all the fuss over mirrorless was about. One of theme was bright red, and I gifted it to my uncle. It was such a solid piece of metal. Good to play with but ultimately convinced me Canon was a few years away from having a polished mirrorless product (I told you so).
Great camera. Pretty much an 80D, but you trade away durability and battery life for less weight. Good first camera if you can find one cheap, especially for vloggers or foodies. Flipped for a small profit.
As per the EOS M , bought to play with. I have no idea what happened to it, to be honest. Probably flipped it.
This is the best value camera on the market right now (early 2021). It’s one of the best selling Canon cameras of all time. It only has a few downsides, most importantly its LP-E12 battery, no USB-C, and no weather sealing. The M6 II addresses 2/3 of those concerns… but for twice the second-hand price. Neither are full frame, obviously.
If you’re looking into getting your first dedicated digital camera to play with, this is what you should get (unless you really need a full frame, then get an RP).
Probably the best value-for-money full frame camera available. The only camera that is better value at the moment is the Canon M50. This camera convinced me that Mirrorless is the future.
I was planning on using it alongside the M50, but then I found out the M50 uses an LP-E12 while the RP uses the LP-E17 battery. I decided to sell both and use the 80D and the EOS R since they both used the LP-E6N battery… until I decided to buy the M6 MK II.
I bought this because it came with a 50mm f/1.4 and a 24mm f/2.8 for $400. I coupled the 50D with a 50mm f/1.8 and sold it on.
Canon 5D MK III
I saw this come up on Gumtree for about $350 with a 50mm f/1.8 and a CF card. It is in pretty poor condition, but I am replacing the mode dial, tidying up the pain, putting on a screen protector, and covering it in a silicone casing. Hopefully I can flip it for a few hundred dollars profit.
It was good to own and play with this camera as it was the go-to professional camera for most of the last decade. It’s starting to show it’s age now though. If you’re not worried about USB-C charging, touch screen, dual pixel af, etc, then these are still great cameras for all types of photography.
This is easily my favourite camera I have ever used. The going rate was about $2000 second hand, but I picked mine up for $1500 because it has a small gash in one corner. I cannot fault this camera in any way. Obviously there’s always room for impovement, but never have I used it and thought to myself “I wish it could just…”.
I am now planning to sell this camera to downgrade back to the Canon RP. Hopefully I can make a bit of profit in the process, but the reason I’m selling it is for the same reason I bought it: I want all my cameras to have the same battery. Since I decided I want the LP-E17 powered M6 MK II, I have decided to get the RP which has the same battery.
I love how much cheaper and lighter APS-C lenses are. Since I was getting rid of my 80D’s I thought I would get a cheap Canon M10 for Cass to use, and then I can borrow for when I want something light-weight for landscapes. Sold when I purchased and M6 MK II.
Canon M6 MK II
I found a good deal which included a 11-20mm (18-32mm Full Frame equivalent) and the Electronic View Finder (EVF) which are typically sold separately. This camera is absolutely amazing. On paper, it beats my favourite camera (the EOS R) in almost every way.
I have coupled it with a EF to EF-M 0.71 Speed Booster (as opposed to a regular adapter) so that I can use full frame lenses much closer to their full potential. I then leave the regular EF-S to EF-M adapter attached my Tamron 16-300 super zoom, and then I use the 11-20mm EF-M lens it came with for wider shots. Now I have a mirrorless crop camea and don’t have to worry about messing around with adapters too much. I’m also considering the 22mm f/2 EF-M pancake.