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JPEG Tone Curves / dynamic range

Our Dynamic Range measurement system involves shooting a calibrated Stouffer Step Wedge (13 stops total range) which is backlit using a daylight balanced lamp (98 CRI). A single shot of this produces a gray scale wedge from the camera's clipped white point down to black (example below). Each step of the scale is equivalent to 1/3 EV (a third of a stop), we select one step as 'middle gray' (defined as 50% luminance) and measure outwards to define the dynamic range. Hence there are 'two sides' to our results, the amount of shadow range (below middle gray) and the amount of highlight range (above middle gray).

To most people highlight range is the first thing they think about when talking about dynamic range, that is the amount of highlight detail above middle gray the camera can capture before it clips to white. Shadow range is more complicated; in our test the line on the graph stops as soon as the luminance value drops below our defined 'black point' (about 2% luminance) or the signal-to-noise ratio drops below a predefined value (where shadow detail would be swamped by noise), whichever comes first.

Note: this page features our new interactive dynamic range comparison widget. The wedges below the graph are created by our measurement system from the values read from the step wedge, the red lines indicate approximate shadow and highlight range (the dotted line indicating middle gray).

Cameras Compared

The EOS 6D's tone curve is very similar to that of the EOS 5D Mark III (which isn't any great surprise) but also very similar to that of the Sony SLT-A99. The Nikon D600, by comparison, has a much straighter tone curve above middle grey, giving a fraction less contrast in the brighter tones and a slightly less of a smooth transition to the very bright highlights.

The 6D, in common with Canons DSLRs going back several years, has two features that can help respond to high dynamic range scenes. The first is Auto Lighting Optimizer, a JPEG-only feature that will brighten the shadow regions of an image if it thinks it's necessary (usually in response to significantly backlit scenes). This isn't triggered by our dynamic range test scene, so makes no difference here. The other option is Highlight Tone priority, which will be explained in more depth further down this page.

Color Modes

The Canon has two different tone curves associated with its different Picture Style color modes. The majority use a standard tone curve, with just 'Faithful' and 'Neutral' taking a lower-contrast approach to the highlights - much in the way we saw the Nikon perform in the first comparison on this page.

Highlight Tone Priority

The Highlight Tone Priority option offers a method for capturing more information in the brightest parts of the scene. It does this by applying less amplification to the signal coming from the sensor, then compensating for it by using a different tone curve to ensure the correct brightness in the final image.

Because it works by using a lower-than-usual signal amplification, HTP cannot be employed at base ISO - the minimum value that can be used is ISO 200. When used at ISO 200, the effect is the same as underexposing an ISO 100 shot by one stop, then pulling up the midtones and shadows to compensate. The result is an image at a 'normal' exposure but that retains the extra highlights you've captured. This approach - common to many other manufacturers - comes at the potential cost of increased noise in shadow regions.

ISO 50

The EOS 6D's lowest standard ISO is 100 but it can offer ISO 50 as an extended mode. Essentially this is doing the opposite of Highlight Tone priority mode - it's increasing the exposure by a stop, then using a different tone curve to pull the image brightness down to compensate. However, whereas HTP mode attempts to protect the image from highlight clipping, switching to ISO 50 makes it far more likely.

Because it's all-but impossible to recover over-exposed highlights, we'd recommend not using the camera's ISO 50 unless you have a specific reason - in everyday shooting you'd generally be better off using a neutral density filter if you need the longer shutter speeds. That's not to say that it's useless though; if you're shooting under controlled lighting and can be confident of retaining highlights, it should give the best quality.

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grandmasterphill

I have owned a the EOS 6d for around 4 months now and overall I find it to be a great camera. Image quality is top notch even in low light. What canon has done here is allowed people to fully exploit the full range of canon lenses and accessories in a way that was not really achievable with an APSc sized sensor.

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QuantumPhysics

12 months after buying a Canon 6D, being disappointed with Canon, I bought a Sony Alpha 7 MII and LOVE IT!

Economy is not achieved by hobbling the video, autofocus, HDR and other features as Canon has done. I feel as if Canon punished me for not buying the more expensive rig!

Having taken my licks, it's time for some fresh air. With Sony, so far, so good. Video is definitely pro quality. It does everything well. Native 16:9 delivers the same size image as a 6D and is nearly a 2X panorama. Image quality is sumptuous at 24 MP and the kit lens, contrary to my expectations, delivers excellent contrast, color, and resolution.

Using a Metabones adapter (fairly expensive) my Canon EF lenses are all image stabilized by the body. I can also use my old FD lenses, including an FD 300mm f/2.8L lens, and Sony is on the right track with clear 2X zoom, which is more than a sales feature--it draws on CPU power to interpolate pixels by unique algorithms.

6d has fallen into disuse.

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TallTommy

Is the AF on the A7 faster than the 6D? I have the 7D and am considering the 6D for improved AF speed. I don't need multiple AF points or tracking, just one, quick, central point. I was under the impression the 6D had this...

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OmarCCX

In low light, the 6D will definitely focus faster. In good light though, it's sort of about the same.

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thincrust88

TallTommy, re AF: The Canon 6D is quicker than the Sony A7ii, but i doubt if it'd be quicker than the already fast-focusing Canon 7D. Among Sonys, fastest still is the A6000.

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Midwest

Chances are the new 7D2 would beat all those cameras at AF speed, and it is able to AF in very low light as well. And not just AF speed but tracking as well. Canon is not 'punishing' anyone for not spending more than the entry level model costs any more than Toyota 'punishes' you for buying a Corolla instead of an Avalon. If the Corolla isn't good enough for the money, you find something else that is.

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mattgoblue

I use a 50D for my high school sports work but wanted a full frame for portraiture. I purchased the 6d and am happy with it but can't seem to figure out how to get to the low ISO's (100 & 50). I set the ISO range to 50-1600 in the menu but the lowest ISO I can select still only goes to 200. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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evogt500

If you have Highlight Tone Priority turned on, the lowest ISO speed will be 200. For lower ISO, turn off HTP.

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JOPhoto

Basically upgrading my 60D. I can only afford the 7D Mii or 6D. I know they are completely different but, for a more all around use.....does one beat out the other?

Is the 7D Mark ii good for weddings and portraits? I understand its forte is sports and nature. Just wondering.

Also, is the 6D good at action shots? I understand it forte is weddings, portraits and being a ff camera.

I have a 60D and looking to move up. I shoot a bit of everything. I have only one efs lens, so, that is not an issue.

I have researched and feel like I still don't have a firm grasp on my question.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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mattgoblue

As far as sports go I would say the 6D lacks the burst rate needed for most action sports. I have both the 6D and the 50D and shoot mainly high school and college sports with the 50D because of the faster continuous burst speed. However I have used the 6d with success in lower light situations such as night football, indoor basketball (where flash is not permitted). I have had good results with both cameras but prefer the 6D more for portraits and weddings it's a great camera (IMHO)

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DaveyBaby1950

I found your comments interesting. I am seriously interested in buying the 6D but I am concerned about reports of AF deficiencies. Probably 40% of my shots are of action sports. I currently have a 60D with a maximum burst rate of 5.3 that I rarely use (generally opt for "low speed continuous). Therefore, 4.5 fps sounds reasonable to me. Any comments you may have about any problems caused by the AI system on your 6D in the gym or night football would be very much appreciated. I would also appreciate comments from any other users who have something to offer on this topic.

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EDWARD ARTISTE

I can say as an owner of one year who has shot landscapes, portraits, and fashion/style, this camera is not particularly suitable for anything that moves, and the non cross type points are even further problematic. You CAN use it as such, but know that you will miss a LOT of critical focus situations. Regardless of my lens selection- from the 50 1.4 to the 70-200mk2, my hit rate ends up around 60%. The bad part about that is that the subjects are NOT moving.

For sports, your only option is to use center point, as relying on the non cross points would be crazy.

It's a shame too, because the body itself is great and easy to use. And wow, the iso performance is utterly spectacular. I took this body to japan last year, and while it did well overall, the 6d hates my 24-105. I landed many usable photos, but just off in the focus in too many basic situations. I was sad that the IS didnt help more, and I dont exactly have shaky hands.

However ill walk to the store and by a 5d3. Ah well,

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EDWARD ARTISTE

No action.

In the studio with some strong lighting, the results can be incredible. However, that also goes for aspc.

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DPReview007

No exposure comp in Auto ISO irks me. Why? Seriously?
The WiFi app blows. It's not worked at all for months since Android Lollipop came out. For months now. It's a piece of junk anyways with very little control over shooting parameters.
And there is the one point auto focus system. the central point is great. The rest is complete garbage, as if it wasn't there. One autofucus point is very '80s...
Most of the issues with the 6D, of course, could be addressed via a firmware update. A firmware update that will never come. Hey, Canon is not Samsung, it's more like Apple... They don't care what the customer wants / thinks.

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shotokun16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c41BRrmJDL8

For the skeptics and the nitpickers on the 6ds' video capabilities, check that video out. By far one of the best wedding videos i've come across. Most of the couple moments were taken with the Canon 85mm F1.2 ($2k lense) and the chapel moments were taken with the 70d(2:29-2:42). But the dancing with father and bride&groom moments near the stream was filmed with the 6D.

Then this wedding video was entirely filmed with the 6D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1GG9rUAYvA

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GRAVITATE ME

Great post, it really helps having some footage shot with a good lens and exposed / framed properly. I'm not so concerned with how well the camera does under a hazy streetlight at midnight.

I hardly noticed any moire in your link, and the flesh tones were rendered beautifully.

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Chrissy4605

I used to own a Canon EOS 50D and I shot great photos with that as well as the first DSLR I had the Canon EOS 10D. It isn't the camera that does the work getting great photos, but rather the photographer him/herself. Now that I own the Canon EOS 6D I am quite impressed by the improvement of the picture quality.

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mattgoblue

I agree, I started with a 40D, now use two 50D's (mainly for sports) a 6D (mainly for portraiture & Event photography and an SR1 (my walk around camera) The 6D is really a great camera IMHO for the price

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QuantumPhysics

Stills are excellent with a 6D. Good sensor. I don't care for the video capabilities (clumsy) or the video quality (artifacts). Another problem with the 6D is integration of features. For example you can shoot for high dynamic range, or RAW format, but not both. Every time I try some feature, other features are turned off without notice. When I called Canon about video moire' they played it dumb, as if my call was the first they've heard of it. Great way to instantly lose a customer!

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Chrissy4605

I own this camera and am very happy with it. Being a mostly still photographer I also do video but with a video camera. About the only thing I can complain about here is the lack of focal point for the Automatic Focus. Otherwise it is a great camera that takes great photos. The 6D is not a good sports camera. But for portraits and outdoor photography it is a decided winner in my book.

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capturedbykae

I have a rebel t2i and do LOTS of portrait and outdoor photography. I love my t2i but have been wanting to upgrade as I have had it since it came out. Does anyone have any recommendations or experience with the 6D vs the rebels?

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reinertjake

I have the canon rebel XT (i think) and the 6D. There is a noticeable difference in performance and final image even whilst using the same lens. The 6D is deffinitly a solid camera at a good price.

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Chrissy4605

Very comprehensive review. The most thorough review that I have ever seen. I commend you for such great documentation. I look forward to other reviews when I have the time.

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Chrissy4605

I am very happy with the Canon EOS 6D camera. I purchased the kit with the 24-105 mm f4L IS USM lens. The quality and fit is exemplary of the 6D. It is more than a Pro-sumer camera. I will keep using this camera until I can replace it with the Canon 5D MkIV.

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Cezar Tabac

I have a 5Dmk2 and i want to change my camera for a Canon 6d. I want to ask you, if it worth for wedding photography. It is just for photos, movies are occasionally. I know it is better on ISO and focus on the center AF point on low light, and it is what i want.

It worh to make the exchange ?

Thank you!

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Chrissy4605

I am going to tell you that I have shot weddings with a Canon 50D successfully. Is the 6D up to the task. I certainly think so. I recently upgraded to the Canon 6D and I can say it is quite worth the moderate expense to move forward with the Canon 6D. The only limitation would be the 11 point AF system. But hey, you need to ensure that everything you want is in focus in the first place. Good shooting!

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Jeffa4444

jzami69
Ive been taking photographs for 45 years and work in cinematography. Personally I think digital has surpassed film for color photography but NOT for black & white photography where film grain adds to the medium.
I bought a Canon 6d because Im invested in Canon and have been since 1972 (although I also have Olympus Pen cameras) I didnt want to pay the cost of the 5d MKIII for amateur use but wanted full-frame the 6d was it.
The pictures consistantly impress me from this camera far outstrip my 7d in IQ and the only weakness is limited focus points otherwise as a travel & landscape camera it hits the mark perfectly.

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deltaskyking

Just rented the 5d MkIII, 6d and Sony A7r. The 6d had better low light performance, slightly sharper than the 5d MkIII and better controls and autofocusing than the A7r. I've also owned the Nikon D600. I'm so impressed with the 6D that I'm going to get one this week, it's bang-for-the-buck rating hits the mark for me. Well, at least until the 5d MkIV.... ;)

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Mangoman232

I'm just believing there'll still be that $200.00 rebate by the time I have enough saved to get one.

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CityHunter

Any info about Canon might announce 6D Mk II during Photokina 2014?

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jzami69

Okay, someone explain. Don't compare the 6D to its peers, compare it to a camera 2, 5, 10, 50 years ago when people were creating beautiful images. The ratings annoy me because they're based on current technology and not historical technology. They're not even based on picture quality. You're nitpicking, pixel counting. Except for a lab analyst, your reviews are totally useless.

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fuzzywazzy

I actually agree with you and would like more reviews comparing current digital technology to the old SLR cameras of the years past. Great suggestion, I hope they listen!

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Mangoman232

Since they're totally different mediums, wouldn't that be comparable to the apples/oranges thing? I think in some ways it would be, and in others, no. Again, the beauty of a photo is always subjective; I probably lost a contest because of the judges, who knows? Some contests I didn't bother to enter back then, 'cuz you had to use Kodak film, and I saved a lot of money by buying Fujifilm at Sam's Club; A LOT of money! But, I'm getting off the subject here - this is a truly remarkable camera for the price. I've used one for a weekend, and can't wait to own one!

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jgg1013

welll.. a camera is a box that captures light. Comparing the cameras is all well and good, but the thing that captures the light is the film.. or sensor.. or glass negative.. or whatever the "film" medium is. The glass-which lets the light in is comparable today to anything you used in the past- superior even.. so the question is.. are the final prints from your digital sensor as good as the final prints from your film days? Answer to that.. well yes i agree that there are BW mediums that result in fantastic images. Whether you can duplicate that printing process -- and what about that- Traditional enlarger and papers? Inkjet? Laser? == even in the days of film: Ansel Adams classic books.. the first serious books I ever read about photography: The Camera - The Negative - The Print. .. if you are only talking about one of these- the camera, you are leaving a whole lot out of the discussion.

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QuantumPhysics

I think artists are generally low on money and put themselves at risk with expensive items--so we have sites like this to get some idea of the strengths and weaknesses of various cameras.

As for historical technology, my Kodak #1 view camera, a 5x7 wood camera, really rocks. My enlarger will handle negatives this size (Omega E) and nothing in the world of digital even comes close to this level of detail. This camera was made about the time Ansel Adams was born, but I use Fuji glass and modern film.

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Mohsensh

I want to buy 6D for filming. I don't know what's the problem. it says that 6D have morie or something like that. What is it? someone plz answer me

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Esrold

Moiré patterns are visual interference patterns that can occur in high resolution digital cameras. Anti-alias filters are designed to reduce or eliminate moiré patterns, but have been left out of some recent cameras in order to attain the highest possible resolution. I'm not sure whether or not the 6D has such a filter. Dpreview explains moiré patterns at this address...
http://www.dpreview.com/glossary/digital-imaging/moire

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futuretro

The BIGGEST WORST thing Canon did with the 6D,
is the omission of a headphone jack.

It's just UNFORGIVABLE.

Anyone who is interested in the 6D,
will end up getting a 6D,
simply because they can't afford (or justify the price of) a 5D3.

So why would you give them a handicapped tool?!

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Ben in Black

Call me old-fashioned, but I use an SLR to take photographs. The ability to shoot the odd video is merely a useful extra. I can understand the advantage of a headphone socket but it is hardly a deal-breaker for a still photographer.

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Zolton

I use my 6D primarily for video, but I record proper sound with an external recorder and only use the camera recorded sound as back up or for synching.

If that is the worst thing you don't like about the camera - you must really like what it was designed for ;)

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Zolton

Additionally, the 6D uses exactly the same digi video processor as 5D3... so no I considered the 5D3 but couldn't justify the addition $k for no functional value given how I planned to use it.

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BGTY

For my needs, the 6D really fell into a nice little niche. I don't shoot video, so the headphone jack was a non issue. I don't shoot sports, so the AF system wasn't a big deal.

It saved me a lot of money by omitting features of the 5DIII that weren't of huge (or any) importance to me, personally.

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taurinh

As someone who has shot numerous videos with DSLR's (5D mk2, Mk3) and a canon c100 i personally dont think the headphone jack is that big of a loss. Most of the time anyone really serious about audio for a production will use external recorders and HD processing for audio as the DSLR compresses audio a bit. There have been a handful of times I use the internal audio for the final edit, even with external wireless or boom mics. I prefer separate source, slate it and combine in post. But that's my personal preference after 12 years in the biz.

So, all that to say for the price different between it and the Mk3, I am getting the 6D for my stills and 2nd video camera on set.

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QuantumPhysics

An interesting question to ask is why didn't Canon detect video artifacts in design and testing? The moire is pretty bad and there is loud criticism from 6D owners, who see it immediately.

It has been suggested Canon hobbled the 6D deliberately for marketing reasons, to steer artists towards the more expensive 5DMIII. My solution was to buy a Sony A7II which provides excellent video!

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Karmamba

Anyone ?
Why would I ever bother about headphone jack if I am not interested in taking video at all ?

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PRohmer

This rating of the 6D is weird to say the least. Almost every reviewer out there rated video capabilities of 6D as definitely better then Nikon d610. How on earth here it gets much lower video rating then d610?? Yet focusing is rated relatively high? What's going on? What am I missing?

Thank you.

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hdr

Does anyone know if the wi-fi on the 6D supports the Pictbridge printing interface? I'd love to get the camera if it does.
Thanks much.

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Chrissy4605

Yes the 6D does support Pictbridge printing.

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Ahgre

Only 22 comments on this popular review???

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Sad Joe

PLUS: Solid likeable camera with decent performance. CONS: That you know its the least they could get away with for the maximum money (roll on the MK2).

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Mar 13, 2014)

I bought this camera 7 months ago and I absolutely love it for what I use it for. I live to shoot Lightning, astrophotography, long exposure etc. and the 6D shines beautifully due to its amazing low noise sensor up to ISO6400. The standard kit lens 24mm-105mm f4 L series is amazing. So sharp and accurate.

Where it lets me down is in the studio. In the field I manual focus everything, in the studio however I prefer to use autofocus at times. The autofocus on this camera sucks. Yes it can focus on the light of a full moon, but for everyday use it’s about 3 years behind the market. My guess is that the 6D came out after the 5dIII and Canon had to make sure that people still bought the 5dIII even though the 6D sensor is better in low light hands down. The 5DIII focus system is great!

With regards to the multiple exposure and HDR modes. Both are features that I think all serious SLR cameras should have moving forward. They are fantastic!

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l_d_allan

> And as is Canon's wont, they have opted for the allure of familiarity and consistency

Am I living on a different planet? I have a 5d2, T3i/600d, and now a 6d. With just the 5d2, I got familiar enough with the user interface to work in the dark.

But the three cameras turn on/off differently. The LiveView works differently. The Mode PASM works different. Many controls are relocated. Magnify is different. Re-assign buttons is different, etc. etc. etc.

I get it that the UI has to change with fewer thumb wheels on the 600d, and missing the joy-stick on the 6d However, the on/off changes, Mode, etc. seem like poor choices.

I really didn't expect to have a re-learning curve from the 5d2 to the 6d. If I forget a head-lamp, it really slows me down at night.

Seems more like "change for the sake of change" rather than compelling improvement. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

Am I the only whiner that feels this way?

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siggo

Does the 6D lack an anti-aliassing filter?

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l_d_allan

It has an anti-aliasing filter. AFAIK, I'm not aware of any Canon camera that doesn't have the AAF (aka OLPF?)

BTW: the reviews I read on the Nikon cameras is that lack of the AAF is over-rated. The 800e implementation seems like a joke ... pay more to have them put a compensating "something" over the existing AAF.

Seems kind of like a lens having a UV filter built-in, then paying to have an anti-UV filter on top of that ?

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Machinemad

hahahaha! well said! @l_d_allan.

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tallguy600

Used to own a D600, sold it, prefer the 6D by a margin and love the Wi-Fi implementation.
No clue about that DP review of the D600, I find it misleading as the D600 was clearly a camera released too hasty without proper quality control.
Using Lightroom 5, does everything I need, never touched the Canon software CD.

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Just Ed

I have a very similar experience. Love my 6D and the Canon L lenses. Really enjoy how the Canon cameras capture the colors of nature. I was always fiddling with the greens on my Nikon images from both the D600 and D90 it replaced.

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westerner

You can fix the green tint with one click in the white balance menu...set one click towards magenta, and the green goes away. Forever. That's ridiculous to switch brands for that. Better yet, shoot RAW, and who cares what the white balance looks like? Fix it in post.

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cadby

Finally ready to make the jump to full frame after 8 years with Olympus DSLR's. After considerable research and gnashing of teeth I pulled the trigger on the 6D. I really wanted to go with the Nikon D 600 based on DP Review and various other reviews, based on features, output quality and MP, but the ongoing concerns over the sensor dust and oil spots and Nikons recalcitrant PR approach to these issues pushed me to the 6D. I just could not imagine investing $3k in full kit only to experience ongoing sensor issues. I am excited to experience the full frame format and take my amatuer photography to the next level.
How is Canon's photo management & editing software? Should I look into purchasing another package, and what does the forum recommend?

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Sten298

Fully agree with your comments! I was about to go to Nikon D600 but was so much disappointed with their no-customer (snob) oriented approach that eventually decided for the 6D. I couldn't be more satisfied for such a decision. I liked Nikon so much in the past (before digital era) they made so beautiful film cameras, but this is the past...the present looks different.
As for the software: I always shoot RAW and develop with Capture One and that's excellent for other cameras, particularly for Fuji X raw files, but for 6D RAW files I found out that Canon software (Digital Photo Professional) gives better results. The only drawback of DPP is that it is very slow.

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robogobo

After a long deliberation, I decided to upgrade from my 5Dii to the 6D. Some may call it a sidegrade or even a downgrade, but for me, image quality is everything, and the ablity to focus and shoot in low light is paramount. I'm very happy with my decision, and so far I don't miss any of the 5D line features. I'm getting shots I wouldn't have gotten with the 5Dii (maybe not even with the mark iii), and most importantly I can afford to upgrade every one or two years with the current price point of the 6D rather than three or four with the 5D. I'd rather have more frequent updates of sensor technology instead of being left with a better built, feature packed but obsolete camera for the same money.

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LongerVogue

Anyone tried eos 6d with 12mm lens. How is it?

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l_d_allan

Well, it is ultra wide. What info are you looking for?

Sharpness? Vignetting? Which 12mm lens? Electrical connectivity? Focus speed?

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Ruud Wilschut

@ Alwynj:
The difference is more obvious when you look at the brown fibers right on top of the color chart with the lady's face. Also the black and white squares in the corners are a lot sharper with the Canon, but perhaps the used Canon lens performs better resolving detail in the corners than the Nikkor used with the D600 what might explain the difference in detail.

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Alwynj

I don't understand DP Review. Compare the Canon 6d and Nikon D600 and they'll have you believe that the D600 edges ahead in the high ISO dept, but to my eyes the 6d wins when I use the comparative tool. Images appear slightly cleaner and sharper (in RAW). Move the box to the face of the lady and see for yourself

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l_d_allan

Some of that may be because the comparison may be on a pixel vs pixel basis. A single Canon pixel may have lower noise than a single Nikon pixel, but there are many more Nikon pixels.

And I tend to get fuzzy when comparing crop cameras to full-frames. It can be "apples and oranges".

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Segaman

Great camera the 6D, so far I get great pics at high iso, so for a live show its a must, sure the Nikon as great qualities, but at high iso....Canon wins hands down, by 2 stops......
If you are a Canon user stick to Canon, if you are a Nikon user stick to Nikon, they are both great cameras, depending on what you intend to shoot

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Buck_Lovell

Please quaitfy the autofouce performance in video mode....fast, medium, slow? Continuous autofocus is what I need....fats continuous....

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l_d_allan

I am mostly ignorant about video and the 70d, so "consider the source". My impression is that the Canon 70d is the only Canon camera with decent auto-focus.

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MABurney

"The EOS 6D is Canon's attempt to entice DSLR owners who are looking for the benefits of full frame shooting - including shallower depth of field and wider-angle lens coverage, but can't afford the EOS 5D Mark III."

". . . Canon's compromises have turned what could have a been a truly great camera into merely a very good one. "

This is interesting. Do we want 6D to be like the 5D Mark III? Then why not buy the $3,500.00 camera.

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l_d_allan

> then why not buy the $3,500.00 camera

Seems like you've answered your own question ... the 5d3 is a Lot More Expensive, especially if your photography equipment isn't a write-off.

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WillieG

The 6D would never be considered a great camera compared to the 5DMk3. More than likely the compromises that make the 6D "merely a very good one" are those with respect to the D600.

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QuantumPhysics

How is the 5DMk3 compared to a Hippo?

I switched to a Sony A7II and get a sumptuous 24MP image with any lens under the sun, including Canon FD series lenses. It's a small, light rig with attractive retro styling. I'm happy.

At 61, there's no way I'm going to buy a heavy camera!

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Thomas Karlmann

DPR: Can you please insert a photo in ALL your reviews showing the AF sensor array? Thank you.

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Maddrew

Assuming we are looking into the camera's OVF horizontally, the vertical coverage of the 6D's sensor array is about 1/3 the height of the OVF, spreading from the centre AF point. The diamond shaped array is slightly wider, almost covering 2/3 the width of the EVF, but just almost. Shooting vertical portraits with extreme DOFs (like using the 50mm F1.2 L wide open) can be tricky, because the furthest points of the diamond AF array misses the subject's eyes (under normal compositions) a little too much. But to be fair, the 5D Mark III's high density AF array is not that much spread out either, especially when compared to Canon's APS-C EOS bodies.

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