Canon 6D with 24-105 or Nikon D610 with 24-85?

Started May 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
dpr4bb Senior Member • Posts: 1,290
Re: Canon 6D with 24-105 or Nikon D610 with 24-85?

RicF1979 wrote:

Good afternoon community.

As we are preping ourselves to go to Australia and New Zealand, we decided to upgrade our t2i to a different/better camera.

I'm very indecise between the 6D and the Nikon d610.

I read a few things around here but still can't make up my mind.

It seems the lens that comes with the Canon kit is better but the Nikon AF is better.

Please help... I'd like to make my decision by this weekend

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/892354-REG/Canon_8035b009_EOS_6D_Digital_Camera.html

or

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1008287-REG/nikon_d610_dslr_camera_with.html

Thanks a lot!

Ricardo and Nicole

One ergonomic feature of the 6D that I find extremely useful is that you can configure the magnify button so that a single press after taking a shot displays a 100% magnified view of the selected focus point to instantly check for critical focus. I don't know about the D610, but the D600 that I bought, but returned, before I bought a 6D did not have this capability. I can't over-emphasize how useful this feature has been for me.

Another thing to consider is that Canon and Nikon have different approaches to rendering skin tones in their JPEG engines, so you might want to look into this and see which you prefer. There is a very good review on YouTube, comparing the Canon 70D and the Nikon D7100, that illustrates this difference really well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOM4r1gxsbs

What is particularly useful about the above video is the blind A/B test starting at minute 23, where he compares Canon vs. Nikon skin tones in portraits. He presents a sequence of portrait pairs (one from each camera), and you select A or B. He reveals the answers at the end. In every single instance, my chosen portrait turned out to have been from Canon, so there is a very clear difference between the two manufacturers in terms of how they render skin tones in their JPEG engines. You might find that useful.

Having owned both the 6D and the D600 (same camera as the D610, minus the older debris-spewing shutter), my recommendation is for the 6D for both image quality and ergonomics.

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