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| p.6 #14 · 20MP Canon 6D full frame DSLR announced! |
Unlike alfarmer, I actually find the menu and controls of the 60D to be my favorite Canon or Nikon camera. I prefer full frame viewfinder, and overall the full frame imaging, but my only improvement would be touch screen (and larger body).
If I have a gripe with the 6D, it is what most postings here seem to find a ergonomic positive -- I like a bigger body with more heft. 1D-series is great for me, as is a 5D-series with grip. As with everyone, the fit and feel are very personal. But for travel, I do like my 60D with grip, so this would fall right in that category, with better IQ. I don't find that a negative.
I'm mostly in Ralph's camp with regard to use. I always use center AF, so if this is as precise and reliable (or more so) than the 5D, 5D2, or 1Ds2, I'll be very happy. I shoot mostly events (or architecture/landscape), so flash sync for indoors with ambient light is rarely over 1/80 for me at f/5.0 (my average is 1/50 @ f/5 @ ISO 1600), so the 1/180 sync is no big deal -- I started with Canon film bodies that had 1/60 or 1/90, so it's all gravy for me!
I almost never approach 1/4000 shutter speed. In recent shooting with Pentax 67II, I did feel hamstrung with 1/1000 as the top speed shooting wide open with f/2.8 lenses in daylight -- it was right at the max, slightly over-exposed. But being negative film, I was able to do okay, although it wasn't fun. Sometimes my M4/3 limit of 1/2000 can be a problem, but not a serious one. So, the "added" EV supplied by 1/4000 seems like a bonus in comparison. I realize this isn't a completely satisfactory spec -- I loved my Nikon D1X with 1/16,000 shutter speed!
For me to be interested, it would all come down to the IQ, and by that, I mean the DR -- is it better than the 5D2? No banding, less color and luminance noise at low ISO.
I like most of the other features, and if it's around 1/2 the price of the 5D3, and if it approaches that IQ, I think it's a bargain.
Regarding all the negativity about Nikon having walloped Canon with its latest models -- it is true that Nikon has some great imaging gear right now, and the best price points. But that is now, not the trend of the last dozen years. I understand Canon owners disappointment -- now they know how it felt to be a Nikon owner all those years! But the wheel turns, and I have no doubt both companies, and Sony, are in it for the long haul.
Another issue with Nikon -- it's fine to have nice gear, but what is their production output like? If the gear isn't readily available, isn't it likely that buyers will take Canon if its specs are even close? And how about all that market dominance and resulting production capacity that Canon has built up over the last dozen years -- those owners are most likely to buy more Canon product if it isn't wildly overshadowed by Nikon.
I just don't see Canon losing on these prospect of the new full frame bodies. I can understand this forum is not the market segment that the 6D is primarily directed to -- that's plain from the comments. But the 5D3 and 1DX are well regarded here, so it seems Canon has simply not fulfilled some wildly inflated expectations from many forum members.
Personally, I am looking for Canon to produce a high MP and improved DR model at a reasonable price. But this 6D isn't really off beam for an improvement over the 5D2 on a cost-effective basis, at least I'd consider it as an interim model provided the DR is better and the AF point is accurate.
Like most people on this forum, I'm hoping Canon will unveil some awesome body(s) in the next year, or two at the most.