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Canon 6D vs. Canon 5D mark ii

 
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Apr 10, 2013 21:22 |  #1

I'm needing advice..please.... I have a Canon t1i. I would like to upgrade to a full frame camera. I had thought I wanted the 5d mark ii, then I started researching online. Needless to say, I found the 6D. I'd love a 5d mark iii but that is just too far out of my budget.

So does anyone have advice???? I know that I'm going to have to make the decision myself but advice is so needed. I'm the type of person who second guesses everything I do so I've been stressing about this ALL week.

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Apr 10, 2013 21:28 |  #2

Why do you need a FF? What do you shoot mostly? If you only have EF-S lenses, none of them will work on a 6d or 5d, you will need EF lenses.


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Apr 10, 2013 21:33 as a reply to  @ BrickR's post |  #3

Sorry about that. I added the lenses that I have. I'd like to get an 85mm lens too, I have done a couple senior shoots, a newborn shoot, and I'm doing a wedding in August. I want something that shoots great in low light




  
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Apr 10, 2013 22:00 as a reply to  @ Cindel's post |  #4

Cindel - I have both!

I've owned the 5D2 for two years, I love it. It's been good at everything I've needed it to do. I got the 6D as a replacement for the 5D2 today for its low light performance - less noise at higher ISO and better center point focusing ability; the wi-fi I will occasionally use. However, I don't like the directional pad on the 6D, its awkward compared to the 5D2's joystick. how comfortable you are with the camera means a lot too. go hold both in a shop, do some test shots with each if they'll let you. All in all, the 6D in my opinion is only a marginal upgrade from the 5D2, they both produce about the same quality images given the right conditions with good glass.

since you are asking about the body only, my short answer without getting all technical is, get the 6D. after you get the 6D, buy a good lens! You could also look into a used 5D2 in good condition, that'll save you some cash that you can invest in other places..


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Apr 10, 2013 22:22 |  #5

I recently bought a new 5D MK II, but I was able to get it for just over $1,400 - about what used 5D MK IIs are being sold for right now. I bought the 5D2 for several reasons, one works as a great compliment to my 7D. I have the best two cameras for my type of shooting. The AF is not a big deal, shot for years with a 10D and 20D and very comfortable with the AF performance of the 5D2. I have had zero problems getting the AF to perform for my needs. Layout and feel also played a part, I like the size, feel and control layout of the 5D2 (just what I am use to using). Price was another big reason. I did not want to spend $1,900 for a camera, so saving $500 was big for me.

Other factors for me, I don't like buying used cameras so price and warranty factor a lot in my choices. If the price was within $200 I would buy a 6D, newer technology and better AF and low light ISO (not a big factor for me since I don't plan on using the 5D2 for sports). Also, while I like the control and feel of the 5D2, you can learn a new system so this really should not be a big factor. Now, I will also say I bought a FF camera because I have a lens and accessory lineup that I need for my work. Personally looking at your lens lineup I would recommend spending money on upgrading your lenses and look for a new body in the future. Bodies generally come and go, but lenses generally stay - if you buy quality.

Just my thoughts.


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Apr 10, 2013 23:41 |  #6
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Cindel,

I moved from T1i to 60D. I am still shooting the 60D. Last December, I bought a 5D, the original one, just to play with full-frame. I am liking it. My 60D is getting less use these days. I intend to keep it because the 60D and 10-22 gives me the best UWA setup Canon makes. That and my 100-400L is (apparently) longer on the APS-c body.

On to your issue: 5D2 vs 6D? As stated, I like FF and am considering an upgraded body. Like you, the 5D3 is off the table. That is too much money for an amateur like me. When considering the differences between the 5D2 and 6D, I am left with this. The 6D is newer. Newer processor, newer sensor, newer focus system. The oft listed short-comings of the 6D, 1/180 sync-speed and 1/4000 max shutter are almost insignificant. I went through my photos for the last year or so. I have one at 1/5000 and one a 1/6400. Both of them were wide open on f/1.8 lenses. Stopping down would have improved those shots. HSS negates the less-than 1/6 stop difference is sync-speed. Both of these specs exist solely so Canon's marketing department can upsell the 5D3.

In every other respect, as far as IQ goes, the 6D is superior to the 5D2. At lower ISO, the difference is probably not visible. As ISO climbs, the 6D leaves the 5D2 behind. It actually gets reviews better than the 5D3 at higher ISO settings.

One thing I don't like about the 6D (and the 60D for that matter) is that the top-deck buttons only do one function. The two-functions-per-button of the 5D (and 5D2, 5D3) give me direct access to more settings.

I don't know if the 6D has MFA, but that does not matter to me. I've never needed it. It must be said here that I don't own any f/1.2 or f/1.4 lenses. I have several f/2.8, f/2 and f/1.8 primes, and one f/2.8 zoom, and have never needed MFA.

Add to all this the fact that right now the 5D2 costs $200 MORE than the 6D and I have a winner. If/when I upgrade my 5D, it will be to a 6D. Even if the 6D were $200 more than the 5D2, I think it is worth it. Thank you. Your question has helped ME think this through.


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Apr 11, 2013 01:18 |  #7

I moved from 5dii to 6d 1 month ago. If you shoot at iso 1600 or lower, then the iq is pretty much similar. But anything above that 6d wins hands down.

Also, the af of 6d seems to be more accurate than that of 5dii. My 85Lii used to struggle with 5dii, now is much better.

I also tested the low light af va my friend's 5diii. 6d won in low light. But center point only though.


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Apr 11, 2013 03:19 |  #8

I'd get the 6D. I was having the same dilema, also, and I'm very happy with what I chose now. You're going to love the way the 85mm looks on a full frame.


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Apr 11, 2013 08:25 as a reply to  @ jonrmoore's post |  #9

I was in a similar situation, wanting to step up from a T3i for when I do photography in low light situations and cant use flash. This video helped me make my decision:

http://youtu.be/C5wCSS​Ei3rs (external link)

The one thing that does bug me is the low flash sync. But I think I may be able to boost it up once I do some experimenting with hypersyncing.


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Apr 11, 2013 08:45 as a reply to  @ usdm's post |  #10

I think it really just depends on if you want to spend the extra money on the 6d. Others can correct me but the high iso noise on both cameras are very similiar. What the 6d has that the 5d2 doesnt is gps, wifi and better center point af. A good strategy would be just to keep your eyes out for a good priced used 5d2 and use the money saved for better glass. If you dont find any good bargains and your anxious to upgrade just pick up the 6d.


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Apr 11, 2013 08:53 |  #11

elitejp wrote in post #15815428 (external link)
I think it really just depends on if you want to spend the extra money on the 6d. Others can correct me but the high iso noise on both cameras are very similiar. What the 6d has that the 5d2 doesnt is gps, wifi and better center point af. A good strategy would be just to keep your eyes out for a good priced used 5d2 and use the money saved for better glass. If you dont find any good bargains and your anxious to upgrade just pick up the 6d.

The noise on both are not similar.

5DC > 5DII
5DII > 5DIII
5DIII > 6D (but only by a small margin)


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Apr 11, 2013 09:12 |  #12

I am going with getting the 5D Mk II. I have one and I still don't see the real need for the 6D. Sales I guess? Whatever minor spec increases will not be noticed in wedding photography. I don't use WFT or GPS and I doubt you will either for part-time wedding jobs. Most, no all, weddings do not offer you the luxury of time. So, knowing your equipment and how it works is mandatory.
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Apr 11, 2013 09:48 |  #13

I upgraded from a T3i to a 5Dii. When I got the 5Dii the 6D was still 2 grand, and I got the 5Dii for $1,100 as everyone was jumping ship and it was right after Christmas. Given used prices right now, and what you can get the 6D for in some cases, I would get the 6D for the low light performance. Also, if you start shooting more weddings, you will most likely get the 5Diii and the 6D will still fetch a fair amount for you if you decide to sell. The one thing I don't like about the 6D is the SD slot instead of the CF slot. Having used both, I prefer the CF, even if it is a little more expensive. The speed is worth it.




  
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Apr 11, 2013 10:57 |  #14

im also on the same vote as the op, im planning on getting in to fullframe. i have a 50d now with 24-105, 70-200 and 50mm 1.4 trio. and my 2 choices r 6d and 5d mkii. 6d is around 1800 now in bb while the mkii is around 1200 - 1400 used. cant seem to decide which one is better, i shoot mostly portraits with some occasional indoor fashion shows which is a bit a challenge with the 50d even with a 24-70 2.8.


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Apr 11, 2013 11:13 |  #15

CGsteve77 wrote in post #15814306 (external link)
I don't like the directional pad on the 6D, its awkward compared to the 5D2's joystick.

I have a 7D and a 6D. The 7D has a joystick. I don't like it. I prefer a directional pad. It just shows that different people like different things. Nothing wrong with that.

I've used my son's 5DII and 5DIII. I thought about a 5DII but I bought a 6D. The 5DII is a fine camera but I like the 6D a little more for what I do with a camera. (Landscapes, travel, and architecture.)


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