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| p.4 #11 · DP Review's 6D Review Is Up |
I believe I am Canon's target market for this camera, a relative amateur coming from an older crop sensor looking to upgrade to full frame but not willing to shell out $3000+ for a 5DIII.
I will say though that I've used the popup flash perhaps 5 times since I've owned my camera and have made the investment in off camera flash. Its more of a comparison note with the D600 rather than an actual need. Sure there are times where it may be needed in a pinch but the high iso, low light quality probably negates much of that need. I would think that many people who are spending $2000 on this camera would already have some type of flash unit if that was how they typically shoot. They would have noticed how handicapped the onboard flash is long ago.
I am still mulling the 6D and its shortcomings or pulling the trigger on a 5DIII, even if it exceeds what I want to pay by a decent amount. I normally buy what I want rather than sacrificing whether its with clothing, cars, furniture or cameras and this case is the same but cost is a factor. I'd hate to regret a purchase in the future since being an amateur I don't buy new bodies every couple years, for me they have to last a long time and at this point I want a body that can grow with me.
I'm in the same boat. After a long time away, I've recently reignited my passion for photography in the last few years. I upgraded from a Rebel XT to a T3i a few years ago and was happy overall. In that time, I've soaked up information like a sponge and have increased my knowledge and skill to the point where I've hit the limits of that camera body.
When it came time to think about upgrades, my only choices at the time were a 5d mkII or the newly released 5d mkIII. While I would LOVE to have the mkIII, I just couldn't swing the price tag. Then when I heard the announcement for the 6D, I was excited, yet skeptical. The spec sheet was a bit underwhelming, but the more I looked at it, the more I realized that the features fit me quite well.
I shoot primarily portraits and architecture. The only real time I shoot moving subjects is when I am chasing my 2 year old around the house, so the lack of 50 cross-type points and FPS isn't a huge deal for me. When/if my daughters decide to play sports, I figure I can always pick up a used 7D for that task.
I do some light studio work, so I would actually prefer a faster sync-speed, but it is not a deal-breaker by any means.
For me, the price and image quality were the biggest factors and the 6D fits the bill right now. In the future, if the mkIII drops in price or a new full-frame wonder comes along, I might consider upgrading again. In the meantime, I'll be waiting by the door on Friday for the UPS driver to deliver my new toy.