peevee1: Strange camera. On the one hand, it is clearly aimed at a non-professional - GPS, Scene modes, light weight, simplistic AF system... On the other it drops articulated screen and built-in flash... what's Canon's problem?
You know what's better than an articulated screen? Live view on your phone via WiFi. You know what's better than a built in flash? A speedlite. The 6D isn't for everybody but when it comes to a camera, I prefer it have what I need and not what I don't. I'd rather the camera not take video at all and be 5 bucks cheaper to be perfectly honest. As an enthusiastic hobbyist, the 6D is exactly what I am looking for. If I shot Nikon and had Nikon glass and gear, the D600 would also fit my needs quite nicely.
I think half the people here should thank whatever power they believe in that we aren't back in the film days. Articulated screens and built in flashes indeed. lol
xiod_crlx: Low DR, lack of Flash, really outdated AF system, no second card option, impossible to use EF-S for upgrading users (e.g. no "cropped mode") - nice move Canon!
D600 with the same price has everything plus all of features 6D doesn't have.Still, army of Canon followers WILL buy it (good experience about existing gear, not to betray old good friend, etc...). And in most cases nice Canon lenses will "do the rest" to produce excellent results!
As for 2013 it is "OKAY".
What will be in 2014 when D800's matrix will fall into new Nikon's budget FF model with the same price as D600? :)
Currently Nikon has a number of nice FF sensors for different tasks - it means it can make cheaper versions of FF cameras out of PROs very quickly and inexpensively (12-16-24-36Mp) = total line up, in a long run it seems Nikon is way far ahead and those upgrading to FF (from Canon, Sony, - whatever) should think carefully about it
Lack of flash? Anyone looking at a $2k FF camera should know a flash is a separate piece of kit that you attach to your camera, not something that is built in. My 430EX will work a treat on the 6D. If you neglected to buy a proper flash, I don't think you can hold Canon responsible.
Sad Joe: Well, as expected what the 6d does it does well, but the AF system is the massive let down we all knew it would be. Buying a FF camera even one at a reduced price sticks in my guts knowing that the AF system from much cheaper APS-C cameras are much better. Canon should be thankful that Nikon have cocked up their new FF camera just as badly - the D600 has images with a green cast on images and dirt/ muck on the sensor.....seems that despite waiting most of us hard pressed camera users will keep their hands deeply inside their pockets. 6D MK2 anyone?
You don't have any galleries or challenges under your profile so I don't know for sure, but I assume you must do sports photography, and something close and fast like hockey at that? I've taken photos of a TARGA rally event with a Canon 450D and had zero problems with focus. For the bulk of my photography (landscape, astro, a little portrait/pet shots) I use manual focus or when I do AF it's center point only.
If you need 47 AF points to get your photos in focus, the problem isn't with the camera.