Rory Lambert: Secretly the 6D is a PRO camera! The marketing is aimed to increase sales among non-pros, but pro shooters (and smart students) will snap these things up!
Two major markets that people are ignoring here: Serious Photo Students and High-End DSLR Video shooters.
1. Serious Photo Students (or self teaching photographers). Not just any photo student, but the ones that buy a beaten full frame body so they get their image quality and still have money for prime lenses. Lighting is natural or off camera flash. Think landscapes and portraits.
2. High-End DSLR Video shooters. Full Frame image quality is key. When a 50mm lens on a full size chip leans towards telephoto you tend to hate it if your 14, 20, 24, and 35mm primes loose their powers.
Focus is 99% manual. I could care less if the thing can auto focus at all. The amount of pro video work shot on the MKII would shock people. I'm talking Discovery Channel, Nat Geo, BBC, commercial work ect.
Lower-megapixel + full chip = IMAGE QUALITY.
I disagree, Full Frame is great for video.
I've spent parts of the last three years shooting for Discovery Channel and and Nat Geo TV. I am pretty sure the 5D MkII's we carried to Brazil, Spain, France, England and Syria performed exactly how we wanted them too :)
I am fully aware of the technical issues with the cameras. The projects I am involved with demand the BEST image quality at a given form-factor. A good portion of our stuff is shot at 180 Megabits using external Nano flash drives as we don't like the internal codecs that our broadcast cameras use.
Depth of field wise we LIKE that we can shoot wider then a some movie cameras. It's excessive if you don't manage it properly sure.
The 6D is going to give me more dynamic range, less weight, and leave me with more money to have extra cameras on a shot, or better lenses. The 6D is going to sell to serious, working or dedicated shooters all over the world.
Stills wise, it's still an amazing deal too :)
Secretly the 6D is a PRO camera! The marketing is aimed to increase sales among non-pros, but pro shooters (and smart students) will snap these things up!