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6d vs 5d mark III - need help !

 
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Jun 09, 2014 03:44 |  #1

Hi everyone.

I've won a $3000 voucher to spend on a camera and equipment. I've been using a canon 600d only because I couldn't afford any better and really want to go full frame now I've got this voucher. My options are:

- buy a 6d which is $1600 and have lots of money left for equipment and lenses

- buy a 5d mark III body only (uses the whole $3000 voucher) and use my current lenses ( nothing special, the nifty fifty being my main lense) and upgrade assesories as I can afford it. I can probably get about $450 for my 600d which I could put toward a lense too.

I only really use the camera for portraits, do I really need the extra focus points the 5d offer ? Is the difference in speed going to effect me? Not sure what way to go!




  
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Jun 09, 2014 03:56 |  #2

Go for the 6D. It looks like you don't need the 5D at all. The only BIG advantage of the 5D is the AF, which you don't really need. Buy the 6D with a nice piece of glass!


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Jun 09, 2014 04:57 |  #3

Get the 6D, it's capable of taking photos just as good as the 5D3, and you'll be better off with better lenses.


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Jun 09, 2014 05:24 |  #4

I agree, if you don't need the AF of the 5D, go for the 6D.


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Jun 09, 2014 06:57 |  #5

I own a 5D Mark III, and it is a fabulous camera, but I agree with the others: if you are mainly doing portraits, buy the 6D. There are more differences than the AF, but I don't think that they matter for your purposes. Google and you will find lots of comparisons of features, e.g., this (external link).

If I were in your boots, I would get the 6D and then think about which lenses and accessories (lighting, backdrops, a good tripod if you don't have one) would give you the most for your $$.


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Jun 09, 2014 07:05 as a reply to  @ paddler4's post |  #6

I had the same dilemma, I got the 6d and love it.




  
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Jun 09, 2014 08:39 |  #7

New Body or New Body and more glass?
A full frame and nothing special glass is half the battle.
Go all out and grab both the 6D and perhaps a new L lens. Maybe a 70-200 f/4 L IS for example. Just a thought.


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Jun 09, 2014 08:48 |  #8

Hmac23 wrote in post #16960452 (external link)
Hi everyone.

I've won a $3000 voucher to spend on a camera and equipment. I've been using a canon 600d only because I couldn't afford any better and really want to go full frame now I've got this voucher. My options are:

- buy a 6d which is $1600 and have lots of money left for equipment and lenses

- buy a 5d mark III body only (uses the whole $3000 voucher) and use my current lenses ( nothing special, the nifty fifty being my main lense) and upgrade assesories as I can afford it. I can probably get about $450 for my 600d which I could put toward a lense too.

I only really use the camera for portraits, do I really need the extra focus points the 5d offer ? Is the difference in speed going to effect me? Not sure what way to go!

Heya,

6D, easily. You'll get more room from getting great glass with a 6D than getting the 5D3 and waiting to get glass later. Even then, the 6D has the better sensor. The 5D3 just has better autofocus. You're doing portraits. You may do more later. But the 6D will cover it most likely. And you'll benefit way more from good glass now. It's time you grew out of that 50 F1.8 II. Get yourself a Sigma 35 or 50 ART and a 135L.

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Jun 09, 2014 08:51 |  #9

6D + 24-105 kit and you're good to go. It's a terrific camera, especially for your intended use.




  
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Jun 09, 2014 08:59 as a reply to  @ svarley's post |  #10

buy two nice primes. :rolleyes:




  
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Jun 09, 2014 09:45 |  #11

If you're primary purpose is portraits, there's absolutely no reason to buy a 5DIII. Spend the money on primes instead. Seriously, you're asking if you should shoot with a nifty 50 & a 5DIII or a 6D and a 135L. It's not even remotely a hard decision.




  
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Jun 09, 2014 10:10 |  #12

I'm probably one of the only guys who is going to say this, but I'd go for a 5D3 with an EF 85mm F/1.8 USM lens (sell your 600D to pay for the lens). Why? I like compositional freedom and hate to place the subject in the center of the frame. The 5D3 has more AF points to choose from than the 6D, so it's more likely that an AF point is directly located on the eye of your subject while framing the shot as opposed to using the focus & recompose technique which will throw off the focus if the depth of field is narrow enough. Another solution would be using the center AF point on the 6D and cropping in post until you get the right composition, but cropping is throwing away pixels which means you can't print as large anymore.


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Jun 09, 2014 10:21 |  #13

Go into a shop immediately and try them both in your hands. I did that very thing, and had my heart set on he 6D until I felt how imbalanced it was with the 24-105L on it. I then swallowed my own testicles in case my GF kicked them up into my ears and bought the 5D3.

Now in hindsight I might have put my desires to one side and got a 6D and a good lens. Owning a 5D3 and just a 24-105L is extremely boring after a while. I don't use the 400mm cause its for sale.




  
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Jun 09, 2014 11:43 |  #14

Hmac23 wrote in post #16960452 (external link)
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I only really use the camera for portraits, ...!

I'd strongly suggest 6D and more stuff with the remainder!

I am a very happy 5D3 shooter, but I need the AF and some of the other advantages it has.


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Jun 09, 2014 11:59 |  #15

Not many people get the opportunity to splash out like this…if you want the best in autofocus and features get the 5DIII.


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