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I did some more tests today with the Canon 6D, and one question I was most interested in was the low light ability of the Canon 6D's central focusing point.

The summary is this:

Between 0 --> -3EV, the Nikon D600 is about 10-15% faster than all of the Canons.
Between 0 --> -7EV, the Canon 6D is almost twice as fast as the 5Dii, ~20% faster than the 5Diii, and the Nikon D600 couldn't achieve any focus at all in extreme low light without it's AF illuminator.

(Note: Here "0" EV was an even exposure at 1/60, 2.8 ISO 400).

For those of you interested in the methodology and actual testing, as well as the specific results, you will want to check out my blog article on the test http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=2577&canon-6d-vs-5diii-vs-5dii-vs-nikon-d600-low-light-focus-speed-comparison.

I also tested the top center, and far right center focus points.

- While the Canon 6D's other focusing points are not nearly as impressive as the other focusing points on the 5Diii and Nikon D600, the 6D's center point is in fact very, very good in low light.

- The Nikon D600 and 5Dii's Central focus points felt much quicker, and snappy. The 5Dii, actually did very, very well in 0-> -3EV range. The 5Diii's & 6D's feel like there is a 2 step process to the focusing.

- The more I play around with the 6D, the more pleasantly surprised I am with it. (When I initially heard the specs I was seriously underwhelmed).

While I certainly wish there were more cross type focus points on the 6D, I think that with the low light focusing and relatively low ISO noise, the Canon 6D is going to be a very solid performer in low light situations.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D Wifi Linking with iPhone 5
« on: December 06, 2012, 03:17:38 AM »
Hi Rienzphotoz- Thank you so much for your post and support, I really appreciate it!  I'm so busy with production that I cannot always come into Canon Rumors Forums as much as I would like, but I feel like Im most compatible with users here in terms of levels of interest, questions and knowledge. Ive learned quite a bit from just reading posts. Its one of the only ones I come to for that very reason, but I also like to share what Im learning as well. Nice to meet you! M

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D Wifi Linking with iPhone 5
« on: December 05, 2012, 06:38:14 PM »
I love that I can have my camera in my bag and review/rate/delete images on my phone. Maybe not a big deal, but its pretty cool to think I can start working on my workflow without even having my camera in my hands.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs 5D MKII (Focusing?)
« on: December 05, 2012, 04:16:58 PM »
@ Chuck- I am doing some low light focusing testing today and will verify what you are asking. My gut impression is that the 6D seems to be better geared between the higher ISOs (which are also a little "soft") and low light focusing, which as you know will be fantastic for shooting receptions and low light events. Ill post the info as soon as my tests are done, should be later today or tomorrow.

If anyone else wants any comparisons done let me know, I have a 5Dii, 5Diii, & Nikon D600.


EOS Bodies / Canon 6D Wifi Linking with iPhone 5
« on: December 05, 2012, 04:01:30 PM »
Hey guys, yesterday I put together a quick video on how to wirelessly tether your Canon 6D to your iphone (should be the same set up for iPad and similar for Android devices).

I had a few issues getting it set up and getting some of the features to work initially, but once I followed these steps it is painless.

Wireless wifi shooting is super cool and I demo some of the features in the second half.

In review Mode you can-

- Review Images
- Rate Images
- Delete Images
- Email 2.5 MP size images
- Import 2.5MP images to your device (cant seem to get this to work)
- Supposed to be able to video video, but Im only seeing thumbnails now, Im probably doing something wrong.

(You can do all of the above while your camera is in your bag!)

In the Shooting Mode you can:

- Preview Exposure
- Change Exposure Settings (Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO)
- Preview shooting info
- Focus
- Change Focus location

No video triggering or wireless video shooting...yet.

The app is pretty stripped down but shows some absolutely tremendous potential. I just LOVE this feature.

EOS Remote App | Canon 6D | Wifi Wireless | Set-up & Basic Shooting Small | Large

Ill be posting more reviews & images on my blog this week.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs 5D MKII (Focusing?)
« on: December 04, 2012, 11:15:45 PM »
I now own all three cameras, the 5DIII, 5Dii, and 6D.

The 6D's optical focusing system is significantly better than the 5Dii's, but it the 5DIII is ridiculously good. Even the outer points did very, very well in my first tests. Will try to do some low light testing on the 6D tomorrow.

5DIII > 6D > 5Dii

Let me know if you guys have anything specific you want me to test out!


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D High ISO Noise Tests
« on: December 04, 2012, 11:09:45 PM »
Hey Everyone- To answer your questions:

1. These are all SOOC. To really appreciate what you are seeing you really need to see the full size images on the blog. I own a 5Diii, the 6D's high ISO noise is cleaner. Ill be doing some side by side tests tomorrow.

Did some head-to-head high ISO portrait tests vs the D600, and the 6D wins, but I did notice something: The higher the ISO, the softer the image appears. Will be posting samples probably tomorrow on the blog: http://www.michaelthemaven.com

2. The Wifi feature is really awesome, I will go as far to say a game changer. There are a lot of creative things you can do with this, street shooting for example, wear your 6D around your neck, play with your iphone, and no one would know you are taking pictures. Self Portraits? Family pics? No problem. Tethering and most remotes are officially obsolete. One thing I dont like is there is no timer! Im sure it is coming.

The lag is about maybe a half second or so, pretty quick. The EOS Remote App that operates it seems a little bare, but you can preview exposure as well as change you Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, and even touch focus from your iphone. Very nice.

More to come


EOS Bodies / Canon 6D High ISO Noise Tests
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:59:11 AM »
Got my Canon 6D today (from Profeel.com, I think they still have them in stock). Ran it down to the beach to do some test shots, just messing around. As it got darker I started bumping up the ISO, and even got a few in the 25600 Range. I am more than a little impressed. Will do some head to head tests against the D600 soon.

the pictures are posted here http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=2573&canon-6d-high-iso-noise-tests-impressive

Ill be testing out the Wifi Features tomorrow (from what I saw tonight...they are impressive. Say goodbye to tethered shooting!)


This boat was about 2+ miles away, I was shooting it handheld with the 100-400 zoom on the 6D.

Not at all pretty, and I am sure there is some motion blur between my holding it and the waves...but as far as the noise itself goes...wow

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX in Stock and Shipping at Profeel.com
« on: July 26, 2012, 03:33:44 PM »
Just wanted to give all you guys a heads up that www.profeel.com has the Canon 1Dx in stock and is shipping immediately. I got my 5D3 from them before any other store even had them in stock, so I know they are legit. Tell them "Michael" sent you.

here is the direct link: http://www.profeel.com/cameras/pc/Canon-EOS-1D-X-Digital-SLR-Camera-5253B002-3p693.htm


EOS Bodies - For Stills / T4i Touch Screen Review
« on: June 27, 2012, 08:31:08 PM »
Hey Everyone- Just posted my review on the Canon T4i's Touch Screen Monitor. Its just a quick run through of all the neat things you can do with it. I would be willing to bet we will be seeing the touchscreen on most of Canon's DSLRs in the future, its a really, REALLY nice addition.

When the 5Diii came out, I was a little irked that the zoom button was moved. I don't even look for the zoom button now, I want to play with that monitor.



Small | Large

If you really want to save yourself a lot of time and trouble, I would definitely recommend the Canon 5Diii Crash Course Training Video: http://www.canontrainingvideo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=41. As far as I know it is the one of the only training videos available for the 5Diii, and it will take you through everything from very basic stuff, to advanced topics, including video shooting. It should save you about 2-3 years if you were to try to learn everything on your own, especially as a new photographer.

Best wishes


Hey guys, I thought I would throw this out there because many of you are so knowledgeable. I've been doing some tests on the ISO Noise reduction and am noticing something strange between ISOs 500-640, the file size gets smaller. (Significantly). This only happens with ISO noise reduction on, doesn't happen in RAW or video.

First of all- Are you guys able to reproduce this?
Second of all- If it isnt compression, what the heck could it be? (As far as I know and as discussed on an earlier thread, file size should get larger with more ISO noise, not get smaller).

I posted some of my results and thoughts on my bloghttp://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=2287&why-canon-5diii-owners-should-save-jpegs-if-shooting-with-isos-over-500 but thought I would throw this out here.

Thanks for the help!


EOS Bodies / Re: I am done with B&H
« on: April 12, 2012, 05:07:19 PM »
BH is very busy, and like many of you who have already mentioned, the newer, hotter items are hard to get through BH, simply because that is where everyone else is looking. I also agree that smaller stores are often better to deal with when ordering something like the 5Diii. Ive had mine for nearly 3 weeks now.

That said, BHphoto is still a GREAT store, its one of the few places you can buy a lens, test it out for 2 weeks and return it for a full refund no questions asked. I was invited on a tour of their NY Store and they also asked I not take pictures inside, so I dont think they were trying to be mean, it's just their policy.


EOS Bodies / Re: Sleeping Joy Stick
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:23:18 AM »
Its a good question for 5Diii users who haven't already done so. Go into your button customization screen, select the last option (The joystick) and turn it to AF Active Direct Selection. Im not sure why this isn't on as default.

BTW- For those interested, my Crash Course DVD on the Canon 5Diii is now available here:

http://www.canontrainingvideo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=41. It covers pretty much everything, including the menus and focusing systems. It is available for immediate download.

Best wishes!


5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5Diii ISO and Portrait Tests
« on: March 31, 2012, 04:42:12 AM »
@ TCapp- Its there, you just have to turn it on:

--Magenta Tab, 5th (last) sub menu- under "VF Display Illumination"

Best wishes


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