Getting the best out of your 6D

Started May 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Timbukto Veteran Member • Posts: 4,988
Re: Getting the best out of your 6D

ianbrown wrote:

Having had the 6D for a couple of months and taken about 4000 images I can say (for me) its a good but not great camera. Now to make it a great camera it may need better lenses and a better technique, tripod, mirror up etc.

I went to Vegas and Grand Canyon with 6D and 24-70 F4 and Tamron 70-300 VC. I got some pleasing images but to be honest maybe no better than a high end APS would have got.

I know that RAW may produce better images, but in the real world when you visit places of interest you are limited to almost snap shot techniques. Yes you can do the best of a bad job, ensure composition etc is good but when it comes to maximising the FF sensor  I guess you really need the prime lenses, RAW and tripod, mirror up etc. By this time your family have moved on and you are in the bad books!

I suppose this is where compromise and a second camera comes in?

I always like to think I have the best camera with me at all times but ensuring you get the best image is a different matter.


If you don't print big or push limits of apertures, shallow DOF, or low light, than technically speaking yes you aren't doing anything you can't do with a MFT camera.

On the otherhand here are some bonuses of having a 6D.

1.  Great OVF and VF black-out performance.  It has a slower burst than what I get out of my MFT, but if I burst on my MFT I get *no* visual feedback of what I'm shooting anymore nor will it ever track movement against the plane of focus.  My MFT has better burst but it also needs it because 1 out of 3 shots have shutter shock issues or poorer stabilization due to form factor or LCD shooting.  Great OVF is not to be underestimated...there will be opportunities in your life where you can view and take stills of live performances or action with friends and family and your DSLR now acts as a decent quality monocular with good telephotos (which Canon has no shortage of).  Being able to view a live performance TTL of a quality telephoto and FF OVF is no petty EVF or liveview is as enjoyable.  It allows you in real-time to get closer to the performance!

2.  Smallest/lightest OVF DSLR with FF sensor.

3.  Wifi/GPS

4.  Top-notch high ISO stills/video

5.  Shallow DOF and good quality with even cheap primes.

If you are not enamored by the OVF, shallow DOF capability, or low light, or large print requirements...than yes no reason to buy a FF DSLR.

To be honest I don't need the 6D and the body will out cost the lenses I prefer to use (40mm f2.8 and 85mm 1.8)...but I can afford it and it would do better for low light situations, so why not.  Later on when I need to shoot telephoto, shooting Canon will have me covered.

I also could have just bought a Nikon D5100 actually for most of the purposes, but the 6D also has some of the best balance of handling/ergonomics to me.

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