Some of you will notice that I have a FF lens thread ongoing as well. I now need to finalise what body I will use, and am now just in favour of the 6D. I can afford and would prefer the 5D Mk3, but am struggling to rationalise the extra £800 which would allow me to buy additional lenses or even keep my current 7D.
On the face of it, my needs suit the 6D more. Do very little action, sports, videography. Prefer portraiture and travel photography. Don't make a living out of it. My biggest issue with the 6D used to be the loss of the joystick to change AF points and having to use that horrible looking and badly placed pad, but as the centre one is the only crosstype point, I guess, my use of the others with be very limited, and I won't be changing points very often if at all.
So the crunch points on the 6D for me are:
- Portraiture autofocus with very shallow DOF. My understanding is that the centre focus point on the 6D is the only really reliable one, and so focus and recompose is predominantly used. But with shallow DOF , focus and recompose may change the plane of focus and make you miss that crucial eyeball sharpness. How do people handle this? Manual focusing? My eyes aren't so good, I do rely on AF heavily. Is it better in live view?
- Lo key-strobe portraits. Not a game breaker, but I quite like doing low key work, which often gives better results at fast shutter speeds like 1/250. Yet the 6D only goes to 1/180. Has this caused people any issues?
- Walkaround / Street Photography. Haven't seen much about how good the camera is for this. Does the limited AF cause issues, or does it just make things simpler? Centre point, focus, recompose, click. Do people bother with the other AF points?
Decision time is tomorrow when the sale I am looking at ends.