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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Fun with a 6D


On a whim I decided to take a break from mirrorless and go back the DSLR experience for awhile. I picked up an old 6D and a 50mm f1.8 just to have a "beater" camera to shoot with. I'm liking it a lot. I never used Canon before and love the ergos and the feeling of a camera that fits my large hands. Not as efficient as my Sony A7III but a nice diversion. The 6D puts out great images. Geez...I could save a lot of money using this old gear.



























Sep 15, 2023 at 06:28 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Fun with a 6D


I bought another 6D couple yrs back after I bought an RP and gave my brother my original 6D. I had the EF 35 2.0, 50 1.8 & 85 1.8 and was using them on the RP. I gave my son the RP and went back to the 6D, then I picked up an R6 later. Both systems are very good and are capable of taking excellent pictures
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Sep 16, 2023 at 12:30 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Fun with a 6D


A decade ago I bought a 6D and it was the first camera I owned with decent low light quality image quality. I could shoot freely during twilight or in building interiors. The center point rarely missed, even in dim light, albeit outer AF points weren't very good. My R6 MK II is only a notch better in terms of IQ but, of course, modern AF tracking and video dance circles around the old 6D. However, if you mainly shoot static images like landscapes, travel, macro, etc., a newer camera won't improve on the 6D much. One thing I miss with mirrorless is the always on optical VF. Modern EVF have a slight hesitation before illuminating, just enough of a delay to miss the moment for an off the hip shot.


Sep 16, 2023 at 05:30 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Fun with a 6D


I really appreciate the love for the 6d
Still have mine, picked up another mint boxed with Shutter count of 510!!
The main downside for me is being spoilt by the 5d3 AF system (got 3 😂👍🏻 ) but regardless I donít envisage selling any of them any time soon. Such robust and dependable bodies.



Sep 18, 2023 at 05:26 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Fun with a 6D


Still have mine. Comparing with the R6 it is a simple easy to use machine. Just have to devise methods to overcome the AF limitations. Usually resorted to focus - recompose and prefocussing on a predicted spot. Image wise I think it is still up there with the R6, especially when the light is good but the R6 is way ahead on AF and Manual exposure with Auto ISO, (Fv setting). It took me a day or so to love the 6D, has taken me a year to appreciate the R6. The 6D joins my Pentax Spotmatic as one of the two cameras I have kept after getting newer models.


Sep 18, 2023 at 06:04 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Fun with a 6D


6D seems to have quite good high iso. Not sure how much better the latest are, probably not too much


Sep 18, 2023 at 11:00 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Fun with a 6D


I still reckon that an optical viewfinder is superior to an EVF, although I no longer have any DSLRs.


Sep 19, 2023 at 08:26 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Fun with a 6D


Gochugogi wrote:
However, if you mainly shoot static images like landscapes, travel, macro, etc., a newer camera won't improve on the 6D much.

This.

And what's even better, all that full frame goodness is available at aps-c prices. It also has that very valuable beginners feature: the ability to set a minimum shutter speed, which Canon is always holding back from lower end bodies.

There's also Build In GPS!
Or an unbeatable battery life (not at the same time, o.k.). For a long weekend you don't even have to bring a charger. Who cares a bout in camera charging?

28mm f/2.8 IS USM (Stabilized!), Tamron 85mm f/1.8 XP VC (Stabilized!), and maybe a 40mm pancake or 50mm nifty fifty or the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 XP VC (Stabilized!) for in between emergencies and you're good to go. 24-70mm f/4.0 is another nice option. Or a Tamron 35-150mm combined with 24mm f/2.8 IS USM. Lot's of great options.



Sep 20, 2023 at 03:44 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Fun with a 6D


Lovely camera. AF dead-on with the central point and slow moving subjects, no matter how dark. Great colors, insane battery life, easy to use, but still comfortable. Sold mine after I got the 5D4, but should have kept it for back up. One downside was not great moisture resistance (almost killed it on a foggy week-end).


Sep 20, 2023 at 04:10 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Fun with a 6D


I had a 6D for a while and loved it. I think the era of cameras from 2012-2016 will be fantastic bargains for years because of how well they hold up to the latest models. Unlike digital cameras from 2005-2010, we have quality, resolution, and battery life in an economical price point.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Fun with a 6D


mcoons wrote:
I think the era of cameras from 2012-2016 will be fantastic bargains for years because of how well they hold up to the latest models. Unlike digital cameras from 2005-2010, we have quality, resolution, and battery life in an economical price point.


And the lenses are basically being given away now. Often 1/2 or even 1/4 the price of RF mount versions. You can often get a whole lens kit of EF lenses for less than the price of a single RF L zoom.



Sep 21, 2023 at 10:06 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Fun with a 6D


In 2000 the 3mp D30 came out. In 2009 the 18mp 7D, and in 2010 the 18mp 60D. A pretty massive improvement in mp and generally iq in that decade

In contrast, the 18mp aps I've used don't seem to be much different than the 24mp aps SL2. The SL2 has better low iso DR (that I hardly ever use, wait did I ever use it?) but high iso and resolution are virtually the same, until the 32mp 90D came out in 2019. Not much advancement in the next decade as far as iq

In ff, the 6D, 5D3, and 1Dx came out in 2012. I don't think you are going to see much advantage past those, 5DsR has 50mp, the R6 might have better high iso (but how much?) But these older cameras are new enough to be at a pretty high level



Sep 21, 2023 at 11:34 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Fun with a 6D


I bought a 6D in 2012 and shot with that as my primary camera, with my5D "classic" as a backup until 2016 when the 5D mk IV came out. I was always impressed with the image quality from the 6D sensor, and I still like the results. My son has the 6D now, so it is still "in the family." I'm sure it will serve us for some years to come.
The biggest penalty with using the 6D these days is going back to DSLR AF. Even the 5D mk IV AF pales in comparison to the AF on the R5.
Kind of ironic, since for quite a while the big impediment to ditching the mirror was AF performance. How things do change.



Sep 21, 2023 at 12:15 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Fun with a 6D


6D was my main camera right until 2 weeks ago. I think it got the best out of the "old" Canon sensors, better than 5D3, 6D2 and RP. Still kinda love it, but the AF still a bit behind my old 1D2N, and now R6/2 runs circles around it.

But I'll keep it, as second/backup camera, especially so as the batteries, chargers and cards are interchangeable. I'm glad Canon didn't force me to go for yet another different battery. Ah the old BP-511 times.

6D+85L:



Sep 28, 2023 at 10:54 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Fun with a 6D


I blasted away happily with a 5d3 for 10 years. It wasn't until my kid started playing sports that I started to wish for something faster. I had an M50 with early eye detection that was cool, but it was really the need for speed that drove me to the R6. Now that I have it, I love the eye AF and other features too. It may be hard to go back, but not for IQ reasons. Its the other creature comforts really.

-Brian



Sep 29, 2023 at 06:53 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Fun with a 6D


Whoa! I just stumbled back into Fred Miranda and this thread. I've been a member since 2013 but have been in active here for quite some time. I think the pandemic had something to do with that.

I purchased my 6D in 2013. My first DSLR since, dare I say, my Canon AE-1. I still use my 6D and I find it takes satisfying images for me. I do lug it around when I travel and that's what I'm wrestling with now. I refuse to rely on my iPhone 12 for photos and really would like to downsize my gear particularly when I travel. My wife occasionally gives me the stink eye when I start packing up my gear for a trip to Europe. Has anyone been down this path and what did you do? I mostly shoot landscapes, cityscapes, family and sports that the grandkids are involved in. I've had fun shooting wildlife and birds with my 100-400. The 100-400 is now used mostly for the grandkids soccer games.




Sep 30, 2023 at 11:20 AM
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6D+85L, last autumn






Oct 01, 2023 at 05:12 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Fun with a 6D


I primarily used a 5D MK3 for years but the 6D did have it's fair share of use. It was the camera that I picked up and brought to places that I wasn't expecting to take photos. I had some really good photos that I would have never got with my phone camera


Oct 02, 2023 at 09:36 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Fun with a 6D


I moved from Canon to Sony about 6 years ago, but I still have my 6D and use it from time to time. It has a beautiful sensor which still shines. Years ago when the 6D II came out, a friend bought it and let me use it. I recall being very disappointed with the performance of the sensor. To this day I prefer the output from the original 6D.


Oct 03, 2023 at 07:35 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Fun with a 6D


JohnKS wrote:
I purchased my 6D in 2013. My first DSLR since, dare I say, my Canon AE-1. I still use my 6D and I find it takes satisfying images for me. I do lug it around when I travel and that's what I'm wrestling with now. I refuse to rely on my iPhone 12 for photos and really would like to downsize my gear particularly when I travel. My wife occasionally gives me the stink eye when I start packing up my gear for a trip to Europe. Has anyone been down this path and what did you do?


I have a 6D and an RP, but take EOS M50 on trips that involve flying. The obvious reason is the size/weight of the body and lenses. Plus the depth of field advantage of the full frame sensor disappears (at least for me) when I shoot mostly landscapes, architecture, street scenes and the like - where shallow depth of field is not often needed. And I travel with my family, which is not conducive to long periods of contemplation on the aperture settings for each shot I would need to have with a full frame body. Of course, you lose the low light advantages of full frame, but for that I always take a prime, e.g. 22mm f2 or 32mm f1.4.



Oct 03, 2023 at 08:43 AM
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