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Author Topic: 5D Mk4, 6D Mk2, 7D Mk2, 80D and 5D Mk 3 compared for Wildlife photography  (Read 5072 times)

Grant Atkinson

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Just posted a side by side comparison of what it is like to use the 5D Mk4, the 6D Mk2, the 7D Mk2, the 80D and the 5D Mk 3 for wildlife photography: https://www.grantatkinson.com/blog/6d-mark-ii-5d-mark-iv-7d-mark-ii-or-80d-which-mid-range-canon-dslr-for-wildlife-photography
The aim of the post is not to declare an overall winner but rather to share what my wife and i perceive to be the different cameras strengths and weaknesses, for our kind of wildlife photography.  With that group of cameras, the 5D Mk4, 7D Mk2 and 5D Mk3 are all similar in their control layout, in their viewfinder autofocus, their dedicated AF multi-controllers, and their grip size.  The 6D Mark 2 and 80D are smaller in the hand, and have reduced size and controls, but make a strong case for themselves with their swivel-tilt screens and their image quality.

We get asked questions often by Canon users about these five cameras, so are hoping that the post provides some useful information.
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I'll go read it now Grant, though I have no interest in any of the cameras if your write up is anything like your previous ones it will a very valuable hands on resource that all of us can get something from. Really appreciated your various reviews and videos in the past, especially the AF set up ones, thanks for the link.

Too often we lose sight of the fact that photography is about capturing light, if we have the ability to take control of that light then we grow exponentially as photographers. More often than not the image is not about lens speed, sensor size, DR, MP's or AF, it is about the light.

Grant Atkinson

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I'll go read it now Grant, though I have no interest in any of the cameras if your write up is anything like your previous ones it will a very valuable hands on resource that all of us can get something from. Really appreciated your various reviews and videos in the past, especially the AF set up ones, thanks for the link.
Thanks for those kind words PrivateByDesign, really appreciate that :)
It was more difficult than usual to write, what with having to write out five different Canon camera names what felt like a million times, but hopefully many Canon readers will find something there of interest or that will start some discussion, or share and add new information to the post themselves that i may have omitted
Cheers
Grant

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Excellent review/comparison, Grant. A real pleasure to read. Thanks for sharing.

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Grant, a superb comparison - but we expect no less from you! It's very useful.

I have worked my way through a 7DII and 5DIII, and now use a 5DIV and 5DSR, with 100-400mm II and 400mm DO II for nature and birds, as you frequently do. My view on image quality may be somewhat different because I use DxO PL as RAW converter. It cleans up noise, especially on the 5DSR, far, far better than Adobe or other software, and I can use iso6400 with the 5DSR. My favourite body is the 5DSR because its resolution is like using the 5DIV with a 1.4xTC added. It's lag is worse than the 5DIV but its AF seems just as good. It can be annoyingly slow for bursts but for static shots it is just so good.
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Grant, a superb comparison - but we expect no less from you! It's very useful.

I have worked my way through a 7DII and 5DIII, and now use a 5DIV and 5DSR, with 100-400mm II and 400mm DO II for nature and birds, as you frequently do. My view on image quality may be somewhat different because I use DxO PL as RAW converter. It cleans up noise, especially on the 5DSR, far, far better than Adobe or other software, and I can use iso6400 with the 5DSR. My favourite body is the 5DSR because its resolution is like using the 5DIV with a 1.4xTC added. It's lag is worse than the 5DIV but its AF seems just as good. It can be annoyingly slow for bursts but for static shots it is just so good.
Thanks Alan
I thought of including the 5DSR as I do sometimes use one (but dont own one)but then thought the post might get even longer  :) it is a good thing you mention it here.  For sure it is still another option, and with better pixel level image quality than a 7D Mk 2 which which is has a similar pixel density.  I also found that the times I used the 5D SR that I really liked the images that I got with it and i found the autofocus to be very good.  I think having the 5DSR and the 5D mk4 like you do is a nice combination and one of the things that I do enjoy about the diversity of the mid-range Canon bodies...you can get different things in terms of the image size/cropping leeway, all from camera bodies that are easy to shoot side by side, share batteries etc 

Grant Atkinson

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Excellent review/comparison, Grant. A real pleasure to read. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Click  :)

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Great article and good read Grant!


 
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Great article and good read Grant!
Thanks Durf, i appreciate the feedback :)

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I agree, that was a good read especially the second half. Not just about the cameras  but Iots of little nuggets of setup and real world usage info and of course cracking images!

Hope you don't mind me saying but there are a couple typos that you may wish to tidy up though...
80D Autofocus image title is wrong
3. 5D Mark 6
6D Mark ? body (reliability)

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Grant Atkinson

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I agree, that was a good read especially the second half. Not just about the cameras  but Iots of little nuggets of setup and real world usage info and of course cracking images!

Hope you don't mind me saying but there are a couple typos that you may wish to tidy up though...
80D Autofocus image title is wrong
3. 5D Mark 6
6D Mark ? body (reliability)

Regards
Hi Zim, thanks for the feedback and also for pointing out those errors, i will get them fixed :-), really appreciate you taking the time to let me know.
Cheers
Grant

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I agree, that was a good read especially the second half. Not just about the cameras  but Iots of little nuggets of setup and real world usage info and of course cracking images!

Hope you don't mind me saying but there are a couple typos that you may wish to tidy up though...
80D Autofocus image title is wrong
3. 5D Mark 6
6D Mark ? body (reliability)

Regards
Hi Zim, thanks for the feedback and also for pointing out those errors, i will get them fixed :-), really appreciate you taking the time to let me know.
Cheers
Grant

My pleasure, at least you know I actually read it !  ;D
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Great article.  And, as usual, I learned new things from it, such as the metering lock on the 6D2.....
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Great article.  And, as usual, I learned new things from it, such as the metering lock on the 6D2.....

I use the touchscreen so much for settings that I can't get myself to learn what the little buttons do. Some of that may be my coming from a Rebel background, where I didn't have all those little buttons.

I still need to practice a lot with the camera so that more controls are in my repertoire. The AE and AF work so well that I get things right (or close enough) in the first try, so I don't do as much fiddling as I need to in order to learn things I might need to know some time.

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Great article.  And, as usual, I learned new things from it, such as the metering lock on the 6D2.....

I use the touchscreen so much for settings that I can't get myself to learn what the little buttons do. Some of that may be my coming from a Rebel background, where I didn't have all those little buttons.

I still need to practice a lot with the camera so that more controls are in my repertoire. The AE and AF work so well that I get things right (or close enough) in the first try, so I don't do as much fiddling as I need to in order to learn things I might need to know some time.

All those little buttons on top can be set to be seen in the viewfinder, once you learn them all by feel you can quickly change them on the fly with the dial wheel without needing to pull your eye away from the viewfinder to use the touch screen; it's much faster this way.
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