6D Owners' Longer-term Impressions?
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weezintrumpete
Registered: May 18, 2005
Total Posts: 2280
Country: United States

I'm loving mine. I came from a 5Dc, so take that into account reading this below:

-The screen is amazing. SO much better than the 5Dc.
-AF is good, nothing amazingly special. I only use the center point.
-Image quality is fantastic. Love it.
-High ISOs are amazing, more than I could ask for.
-The feel of the camera (size, materials, etc) is great. It is noticably smaller than my 5Dc (although not by much). It feels great in my hand.
-I don't really like how image zooming is setup...I much prefer the two buttons on the 5Dc for zoom in/out.
-Some of the buttons feel a bit squishy. They're fine, but not amazing.
-Silent shutter mode is AMAZING. I leave it on most of the time.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something...but overall, I love it.



Daniel Smith
Registered: Sep 05, 2007
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Country: N/A

What is a 5Dc?



RobDickinson
Registered: Sep 25, 2009
Total Posts: 3576
Country: New Zealand

The original 5d.

Its sometimes called a 5d classic or 5dc just so we know what 5d people are talking about.



tarheelmike
Registered: Oct 22, 2005
Total Posts: 100
Country: United States

Sold my 7D w/grip and picked up the 6D about a month ago. Very happy with the image quality and the high ISO is great. Focusing is very impressive in low light (center point) and it does a decent job tracking subjects. I had a 5DIII loaner from CPS and decided even though the 5DIII was an awesome camera the 6D is perfect for what I need and I saved ~$1,000 at the time. My 1DIII is still my workhorse body but I'm enjoying the 6D for portraits and event type work.

Many people like the smaller body size of the 6D but I plan on buying a battery grip soon. I don't like the balance of the 70-200mm on the 6D without a grip...



Daan B
Registered: Aug 16, 2007
Total Posts: 7591
Country: Netherlands

For those of you who have used the 5D2 and 6D, would you say the 6D is faster when it comes to shutter lag and overall responsiveness? It should be on paper (to some extent), but is it noticeable in real world shooting?



Shutterbug2006
Registered: Jun 03, 2010
Total Posts: 1152
Country: Canada

Daan B wrote:
For those of you who have used the 5D2 and 6D, would you say the 6D is faster when it comes to shutter lag and overall responsiveness? It should be on paper (to some extent), but is it noticeable in real world shooting?


I'm not sure it's noticeable, mind you I haven't had a 5D2 for eight months. Someone who has a 6D and still has a 5D2 could provide the definitive answer.

To my recollection, they feel very similar in responsiveness/lag.



RobDickinson
Registered: Sep 25, 2009
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Country: New Zealand

Yes its noticeable.



Mr Joe
Registered: May 18, 2004
Total Posts: 4155
Country: United States

The 6D is faster and quieter. If I could magically turn my 5D II into another 6D, I would.



Daan B
Registered: Aug 16, 2007
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Country: Netherlands

Good to know it is noticeable faster. Thanks



Oldraven
Registered: Aug 11, 2011
Total Posts: 412
Country: United States

mikegrados wrote:
Oldraven wrote:
RobDickinson wrote:
EOS remote allows modification of flash settings?


Just re-read my post. WHAT was I thinking? The only place I've changed flash settings remotely is in my dreams. To be clear: EOS remote changes camera settings like ISO, aperture, exposure comp & so on, just as you'd expect. Flash settings must be set & changed on the camera, and these settings can then be executed remotely. It's great not to have to walk to the remote flash(es) to change exposure comp, zoom setting etc, but the camera & transceiver handle that, not EOS remote.

I've been field testing so much new gear lately that I inexplicably lost track of what does what. I'll edit the post above to correct the misleading info. Mea maxima culpa.


I'm curious about this...here's the set up that I had: 6D w/ Cactus V5 triggers, speedlites with Cacti (my normal 'studio' set up). What I've found is that when I am connected via remote camera and tap the shutter release on my smartphone, the flashes will not fire. This tells me that my camera's hot shoe is not going hot at shutter release.

If I walk up and manually release on on-camera shutter (still connected via wifi), that the triggers will fire the linked speedlites.

So, unless I'm missing something (I very may well be), remote shutter release will not activate the hot shoe...I haven't tried an on-camera speedlite.

Thoughts, or conflicting experiences?


My hotshoe does activate via remote shutter release. I sometimes have just a transceiver in the camera hotshoe, and other times have a flash mounted in the transceiver hotshoe (with the transceiver in the camera hotshoe) in addition to other remote flashes. In all cases everything fires as it should when the remote shutter release is pressed. Once I make sure that groups & channels are in sync throughout the system it's a glitch free setup.



Oldraven
Registered: Aug 11, 2011
Total Posts: 412
Country: United States

One other thought. Early on I once did fail to achieve remote firing. So with the 6D WiFi turned on I hit the "Q" button, and then the WiFi indicator, and discovered that my channel setting was not what it should have been, and "optical remote wireless" (or some such phrase) had become deselected. After correcting those it has all been good.
We're using the same software/firmware and since my setup works we know that combo is okay. If your WifFi settings and sync are in order, I have to wonder about a hardware compatibility issue here...you know, new camera & all. I was concerned about 6D/Yongnuo compatibility and relieved to discover that they work fine together.



Sayeret18
Registered: Apr 01, 2005
Total Posts: 620
Country: United States

Sounds really promising. I know Canon did not design the 6D for use on BIF, sports or airshows, but if its faster and more responsive than the 5DII, then it would be fine for me.



M Lucca
Registered: Oct 19, 2011
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Country: Holy See

Sayeret18 wrote:
Sounds really promising. I know Canon did not design the 6D for use on BIF, sports or airshows, but if its faster and more responsive than the 5DII, then it would be fine for me.


Even a Rebel T3i responds faster than a 5d2.



Oldraven
Registered: Aug 11, 2011
Total Posts: 412
Country: United States

Sayeret18 wrote:
Sounds really promising. I know Canon did not design the 6D for use on BIF, sports or airshows, but if its faster and more responsive than the 5DII, then it would be fine for me.


The 6D AF performance has turned out to be a big deal for me, so I'll offer up some detail.

I find that shutter lag is improved to the point where it is a non-factor: on a par, I'd say with the 7D. I've already posted re BIF, but where I'm seeing a big improvement is with AI servo on things like ducks & grebes just swimming around. When their movements are more or less random, & they often are, I've previously had trouble really nailing focus. Not talking about almost on, but dead on. Recently in just such a situation I was delighted to discover that the 6D performed better than any camera I've ever owned, including several 1-series bodies. For slowly but erratically moving subjects the 6D is dynamite! Focus acquisition is not all that fast, at least with a 100-400, but accuracy is just outstanding, shot after shot. Note: using center AF point only.



outlawyer
Registered: Feb 27, 2008
Total Posts: 1404
Country: United States

Thanks for the helpful responses.
Minor quibbles aside, it's almost as if Canon made this one just for me



Ralph Conway
Registered: Jul 31, 2008
Total Posts: 3933
Country: Germany

No! Canon made it just for me!



outlawyer
Registered: Feb 27, 2008
Total Posts: 1404
Country: United States

Mein!



e.aland
Registered: Jun 18, 2009
Total Posts: 187
Country: Switzerland

the 6d should be called "6d raptor", so sharp is appearing it's sensor output ... i continue to love using this camera especially with fast primes, even with the 200 f2.8. this 6d and its low light capability plus its central AF plus the silent shutter makes it easy and more discrete to shoot people indoors. but not only. its a perfect walkaround camera. no need for anything mirrorless anymore.



ISO1600
Registered: Jul 06, 2005
Total Posts: 4490
Country: Korea, South

Yeah, the low weight, great AF, and great output make this a wonderful walkaround camera.



a123
Registered: Jan 19, 2006
Total Posts: 289
Country: United States

Is anyone using the 6D for weddings?



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