Why I chose 6D over D600

Started May 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Timbukto Veteran Member • Posts: 4,988
Re: Why I chose 6D over D600

d3xmeister wrote:

socal4142 wrote:

First post here in the forum, hopefully I'll be around for a long time to come.

Ordered a Canon 6D today, upgrading from my Sony Alpha A57. My primary uses (and this is an odd combination, I know) are corporate video and personal portraits (with some lesser use for landscapes).

5D III, D800, and A99 were all out of my price range, since I had to save some $ for lenses too.

I went through all the reviews, etc. the same miserable process we've all experienced. I thought it might be of value to someone else if I shared why I ended up with 6D over D600:

  • I really am someone who will use the low-light ISO, especially for portraits since I have to shoot natural light almost exclusively. I've had a some cameras that could take great pictures (Pentax K-x, Sony NEX C3, etc.), but I've always been frustrated that I could not push comfortably beyond ISO 800.

I jpeg the 6D is much better. in RAW, the D600 is a little better, but so little I would say they are equal

  • Affordable lenses in the full-frame focal lengths I needed (better than Nikon for me). Even affordable used L-series lenses. 

Yes, Canon has a bit of advantage, especially on the used market.

  • More inexpensive MF lens options, including the very affordable non-ai Nikkors. 

Those can be used on Nikon too.

  • The option of the L 1.2 lenses (at least for rental). 

Yeah that really is beatiful glass.

  • The Canon world has a better video reputation, more resources available, and the possibility of Magic Lantern on the 6D someday is a nice thought. 

Canon is clearly better at video, no question. Magic Lanter will 100% happen for the 6D, but it will never get RAW video or very high framerates compared with the 5D Mark III, becuase it lacks the hardware.

  • There is a clear video upgrade route to the EOS C100. No such thing with Nikon. 

Yes, if you dream of that it can be a big advantage, buy the C camera and use your great EF glass you already own. It is tempting

  • Slight size / weight advantage of the 6D. The smaller the camera, the more willing I am to take it out with me.  

I don't know either but hold them in the store. The D600 seemd a bit smaller to me. But really they are so close that it have 0 importance.

That's all theory right now, until it arrives. Then we'll see what the reality is!

Thanks for letting me jump on board.


It will be a great camera, that's for sure.

It already has RAW video.  It will possibly not achieve the same resolution however (which means it will crop more).  However the results already are *stunning* and a vast improvement over any non-RAW video from other DSLRs.  Besides the 5DMKIII which will have an advantage due to 1000x CF cards, the 6D is also very good.  What is nice is achieving high low light performance + some crop + advantages of RAW (which is better grading and DR utilization, etc).

Latest development here -


Examples are already pretty stunning.

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