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Canon 6D Review after 1+ Year of Hands-on [video review]

 
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Jan 15, 2014 14:50 |  #1

Just about a year ago I posted a review of the Canon 6D Review here.

After a year later of consistent use I decided it might be a good time to do something a little more comprehensive. I recently got back from a 3+ month trip to 30+ National Parks in North America, and lots of hands-on experience with the 6D.

Click here for the YouTube review: http://youtu.be/h-2hOV0MaBk (external link) (does anyone know how to embed? :| )

I uploaded 5.6GB of hi-res TIFFs (no watermarks) and quite a few H.264 low-comp videos (unedited). Click here to view: http://www.6dreview.co​m/ (external link)

Just over a year ago the Canon 6D was announced as the smallest and lightest full-frame SLR in the world, and naturally as a landscape and travel photographer I was quite intrigued by the ultralight factor so I got one of the first copies to ship. I had my doubts as the marketing and photography community had words like budget and economy wherever the Canon 6D was mentioned. Price wasn't part of my decision making as I own all the 5D-family bodies and the Nikon D800e, I just wanted it for the lightness and smallness factors.

A super high level overview of my Canon 6D Review:

- I've printed up to 40x60 and the quality is indistinguishable between the 5D original all the way up to the 6D - that is to say, excellent
- It's rated for 100,000 shutter actuations (correction, thanks M_Six), since recording the video I've now put on 250,000. Awesome! But why so many? Star trail and time-lapse, and I'm also writing an article on battery performance and needed to let one of my cameras run until the batteries died
- Autofocus is the Canon 6D's worst and best feature. 11 AF points may not be enough if you shoot 80% or more fast action images. But the -3EV is currently the king of lowlight AF performance. I rely on this for accurate low-light AF with ND filters and long exposures. Great for travel & landscape photography.
- WiFi is essentially useless for photographers who rely on intervalometers. Canon user experience team was fired or something...
- GPS is a game changer for certain photographers, but again, Canon user experience team completely messed this one up by not including an idle shutoff time option = GPS remains on even when camera is turned off = camera dies.
- Of all the different cameras I own this one is with me nearly 90% of the time. I do quite a bit of printing, and at large print sizes I'm seeing the same quality as the other cameras and this one is lighter. I actually prefer the simple AF system on the original 5D, 5D2 and 6D, and the -3EV for AF lock is great and incredibly practical for those who shoot in low-light.
- GPS setting the date and time in and of itself is hugely valuable for me as I travel quite a bit. Remember when you had to manually adjust date and time in Aperture or Lightroom? Well you never have to do that again, and that's a huge timesaver for me.

From my experience with both the 5D3 and the 6D, the only major differences I usually notice are:

- Lower AF points on 6D
- No GPS on 5D3
- No WB displayed in 6D LCD... Canon used the precious real estate for WiFi OFF... they pulled another print button on us :|
- 6D is lighter and has better balance. Once you use 6D for a while, 5D3 seems heavy and bulky, less comfortable in the hands

In addition I also created a Canon 6D PDF review that has tons of information and quite a few hi-res images, which can be downloaded here: http://www.6dreview.co​m (external link)

If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave them below. Alright, to close out I'll post some 6D captured images I've taken in the last 8 weeks or so. Thanks for reading everyone, and if you have questions let me know below! : )

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Jan 15, 2014 15:03 |  #2

:eek: WOW!

Thanks for sharing, I will watch the video as soon as I can.

Watching the video right now... Awesome! Just a note: I think you meant to say the Digic 5+ is 17 times (not 17%) faster than the Digic 4...


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Jan 15, 2014 15:17 |  #3
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From your posted pics I assume you mainly shoot landscape in which 6D is definitely the best tool for the job in Canonland.

However the question remains - if you also own D800E why wouldn't you use that?

Of course the answer is the difference in price. However I firmly believe that D610 is the one to get for landscape over the 6D.




  
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Jan 15, 2014 15:22 |  #4

mgk2 wrote in post #16608397 (external link)
From your posted pics I assume you mainly shoot landscape in which 6D is definitely the best tool for the job in Canonland.

However the question remains - if you also own D800E why wouldn't you use that?

Of course the answer is the difference in price. However I firmly believe that D610 is the one to get for landscape over the 6D.

- 6D is lighter, has GPS and has -3EV on AF, ideal for low-light, star trail, time-lapse, sunset, sunrise
- I own the 610 and I'm doing a review on that as well right now. The aforementioned GPS and -3EV makes it the clear winner for me with regards to landscape photography.

I use the 6D 90% of the time for travel & landscape photography simply because of the GPS. It's that important (for me).

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Jan 15, 2014 15:23 |  #5

gabebalazs wrote in post #16608365 (external link)
:eek: WOW!

Thanks for sharing, I will watch the video as soon as I can.

Watching the video right now... Awesome! Just a note: I think you meant to say the Digic 5+ is 17 times (not 17%) faster than the Digic 4...

thanks!

I also noticed the mispronunciation only after uploading and youtube doesn't allow for changing video files :( :(


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Jan 15, 2014 15:23 |  #6

that damn GPS feature really ticks me off


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Jan 15, 2014 15:24 |  #7

Charlie wrote in post #16608421 (external link)
that damn GPS feature really ticks me off

how is it possible that the canon user experience team just forgot about that, or did it consciously to everyone's detriment? either way it's pretty darn stupid.

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Jan 15, 2014 15:27 |  #8

Excellent video Graham! I can tell you guys put a lot of time and effort into it. Thanks again for sharing. I will definitely check out the website as well.


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Excellent video Graham! I can tell you guys put a lot of time and effort into it. Thanks again for sharing. I will definitely check out the website as well.

thanks! yea, it was a ton of fun for sure!


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grahamclarkphoto wrote in post #16608417 (external link)
- 6D is lighter, has GPS and has -3EV on AF, ideal for low-light, star trail, time-lapse, sunset, sunrise
- I own the 610 and I'm doing a review on that as well right now. The aforementioned GPS and -3EV makes it the clear winner for me with regards to landscape photography.

I use the 6D 90% of the time for travel & landscape photography simply because of the GPS. It's that important (for me).

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Ok, different strokes for different folks.

With the pics you posted, one can easily MF to infinitely or use hyperfocal distance. Therefore -3EV isn't necessary.

GPS whilst a nice feature, I'd take better DR and shadow recovery over it for landscape. But that's just me.

The only real advantage over the D610 is the better high ISO performance for star trails.

Excellent pics regardless!!!




  
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Ok, different strokes for different folks.

With the pics you posted, one can easily MF to infinitely or use hyperfocal distance. Therefore -3EV isn't necessary.

GPS whilst a nice feature, I'd take better DR and shadow recovery over it for landscape. But that's just me.

Excellent pics regardless!!!

TS seems to do fine without the shadow recovery. Probably has to do with being so careful with his work.


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Charlie wrote in post #16608481 (external link)
TS seems to do fine without the shadow recovery. Probably has to do with being so careful with his work.

Well there's really no way to spot the shadow noise at the sizes TS posted.




  
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mgk2 wrote in post #16608471 (external link)
Ok, different strokes for different folks.

With the pics you posted, one can easily MF to infinitely or use hyperfocal distance. Therefore -3EV isn't necessary.

GPS whilst a nice feature, I'd take better DR and shadow recovery over it for landscape. But that's just me.

The only real advantage over the D610 is the better high ISO performance for star trails.

Excellent pics regardless!!!

I find GPS essential not just for accurate-location based images, but also setting the timezone. It also future proofs the images, which I really like.

As for star trails, I use ISO 200 - 400, never higher. For anything other than startrails I use ISO 50 - 160, but never 200 or above.

Owning both I've had a good chance to compare them and I consider them identical in nearly all aspects, except for GPS. Everything else, in my opinion, is marketing.

Thank you!! : )

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Jan 15, 2014 15:44 |  #14

I'm pretty sure the shutter rating is 100,000, but it's good to know they're capable of much more than that. I like mine for indoor event and low light stuff. If it had f8 AF capability, I wouldn't have bought the 5D MkIII. And I agree, it does balance nicer than the 5D MkIII.


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Jan 15, 2014 15:44 |  #15

Just looking at the shots you posted here, they are magnificent!!


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