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Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« on: December 29, 2012, 09:51:05 PM »
More time with the EOS 6D
When I brought the EOS 6D to Costa Rica as my only camera body, I honestly didn’t think I’d like the camera all that much. I’ve had the luxury of using some great cameras like the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III. However, after a little over a week with it, I must say that I’m very impressed.

The Good (So far)

  • The image quality is top notch, I find colour rendition and dynamic range to be terrific.
  • Build quality, the camera doesn’t feel cheap.
  • The ergonomics are  better than I thought they’d be.
  • The center AF point is quite good.

The Bad (So far)

  • Battery life is terrible if GPS and WiFi are on.
  • There was the odd time 1/8000 would have been nice.
  • The outer AF points, while better than the 5D2, aren’t as accurate as the center point.
  • I have big hands and the control pad inside the dial can be inaccurate if not pressed perfectly.

I still don’t like the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on the EOS 6D. Mainly because of the bulk of the lens compared to the body. The results are terrific, it just doesn’t balance well. I wouldn’t use a battery grip on a small camera, however it may feel better if you do.

I will continue to evaluate the camera during my stay in Costa Rica and work towards a full review of the EOS 6D.

Below are some images from San Jose, Costa Rica taken yesterday.

San Jose, Costa Rica | EOS 6D, 24-70 f/2.8L II - 50mm ISO:100 30s f/6.3

The Skyline of San Jose, Costa Rica | EOS 6D, 24-70 f/2.8L II | 50mm ISO: 100 30s f/6.3

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Security at Museo Nacional – San Jose, Costa Rica | EOS 6D, 24-70 f/2.8L II | 70mm ISO:1600 1/60 f/2.8

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Streets of San Jose | EOS 6D, 24-70 f/2.8L II | 24mm ISO:400 1/200 f/5.6

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Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« on: December 29, 2012, 09:51:05 PM »

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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2012, 10:13:43 PM »
I would love to hear about your overall feelings on the trip as well…


Thanks so for the 6D review!

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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2012, 10:29:43 PM »
Get the battery grip... It makes all the difference in the world with respect to how this camera feels in my hand.
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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2012, 10:54:40 PM »
Nice shots. Enjoy your trip and post more pics!


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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2012, 11:11:39 PM »
Yup.  Mighty capable camera.
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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2012, 12:25:05 AM »
Battery life seems most effected by the WiFi.  I used the GPS extensively traveling over the last week, and I didn't have any problems.  I had to charge my batter every night, but it wasn't draining my battery fast enough for me to worry about.
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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2012, 12:43:10 AM »
<p>I still don’t like the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on the EOS 6D. Mainly because of the bulk of the lens compared to the body. The results are terrific, it just doesn’t balance well.

I played with the 6D for 2 days, from 1st patch copies....I shared the same thoughts with CRs members about the 6D chassis with L lenses. Some members didn't take it very well. They thought I was being negative on the 6D over 5D III. Especially people from crop to 6D....oh well

Still...it's a great FF entry camera
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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012, 01:42:41 AM »
The IQ of the 24-70 II is amazing.
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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2012, 02:24:46 AM »
<p>I still don’t like the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on the EOS 6D. Mainly because of the bulk of the lens compared to the body. The results are terrific, it just doesn’t balance well.

I played with the 6D for 2 days, from 1st patch copies....I shared the same thoughts with CRs members about the 6D chassis with L lenses. Some members didn't take it very well. They thought I was being negative on the 6D over 5D III. Especially people from crop to 6D....oh well

Still...it's a great FF entry camera

Handled one with battery grip, it feels much better even with a heavy lens like a 100mm macro usm.  If I eventually buy it, i'll be sure to add a battery grip immediately.  Try it... You might like it.

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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2012, 03:29:37 AM »
I would be interrested in your opinion of the AF function and the performance in photographing animals and something that moves fast.
My 6D is on repair (the shop assistant told me to do so, if I am not satisfied, I can hand it abck later ). But I am not happy with the pictures, maybe caused by the malfunction of the AF and exposure system.


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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2012, 05:29:42 AM »
<p>I still don’t like the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on the EOS 6D. Mainly because of the bulk of the lens compared to the body. The results are terrific, it just doesn’t balance well.

I played with the 6D for 2 days, from 1st patch copies....I shared the same thoughts with CRs members about the 6D chassis with L lenses. Some members didn't take it very well. They thought I was being negative on the 6D over 5D III. Especially people from crop to 6D....oh well

Still...it's a great FF entry camera

Handled one with battery grip, it feels much better even with a heavy lens like a 100mm macro usm.  If I eventually buy it, i'll be sure to add a battery grip immediately.  Try it... You might like it.

This sounds like a camera body with a lot of compromises....so at this price level it would seem to make sense to save a little more money and find a bargain 5DIII on eBay...then there are no regrets. Unless you just have to have battery-draining wifi and/or GPS.
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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2012, 07:37:10 AM »
Hi, thanks for your review and comments.
I think that internet camera specs cause many to look at camera and figures and judge purely on those numbers. In my opinion, it's how a camera performs is more important. A good camera is more than the sum of it's parts. For years I have used a 5DII to good effect, using the single point and recompose method and eg-s view screen. Who needs 61 points when a really good central point and a bit of honed skill work great.

When I looked over the 6D's specs I thought to myself that many photographers will dismiss this fab camera purely on paper specs, which is a pity because I think that often a "back to basics" approach can re-awaken one's photography. A good photo always takes a bit of effort, having a machine which causes one to work at a photo I think is a good thing and helps one to pick their shots and not the all too often seen "pray and spray" approach of the modern generation.
This camera appeals for it's small size, price point and unencumbered features list. I hear what the reviewer says about lens balance with f2.8 zooms. Might I suggest the new 24-70 f4 L IS and 70-200 f4 L IS would be a better suit? Or even the fantastic (and sorely misunderstood) 70-300 L IS. 

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« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2012, 08:35:15 AM »
I'm very pleased with my 6D so far...  Going out to do some external shots now
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Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2012, 08:53:00 AM »
Hi, thanks for your review and comments.
I think that internet camera specs cause many to look at camera and figures and judge purely on those numbers. In my opinion, it's how a camera performs is more important. A good camera is more than the sum of it's parts. For years I have used a 5DII to good effect, using the single point and recompose method and eg-s view screen. Who needs 61 points when a really good central point and a bit of honed skill work great.

When I looked over the 6D's specs I thought to myself that many photographers will dismiss this fab camera purely on paper specs, which is a pity because I think that often a "back to basics" approach can re-awaken one's photography. A good photo always takes a bit of effort, having a machine which causes one to work at a photo I think is a good thing and helps one to pick their shots and not the all too often seen "pray and spray" approach of the modern generation.
This camera appeals for it's small size, price point and unencumbered features list. I hear what the reviewer says about lens balance with f2.8 zooms. Might I suggest the new 24-70 f4 L IS and 70-200 f4 L IS would be a better suit? Or even the fantastic (and sorely misunderstood) 70-300 L IS.

Quite funny.

I specify that this is not a personal attack to the author I quoted, and that I'm quite sure the 6D is capable of delivering outstanding IQ.

There's one thing that I would like to highlight though.

I remember the time when the D800 proved to have better IQ than the 5D3. Back then many many people swore that a camera is not just the sensor, and that the 5D3's ruggedness and superior AF were unexpendable and very well worth the premium over the D800. They even threw in the rear LCD, just as icing on the cake.

Now the same people say the 6D is a great camera because the sensor's IQ is all you should care about. One-point AF? Not a tragedy. Plasticky construction? It's called light weight. Poor performance? Well, it encourages people to be more interactive with their photography. No fun if the camera does all the effort of focusing at things.

Now I wonder how it would be if the D600 and 6D's specs were swapped... if people would have the same opinion about this camera once the Canon engraving had been removed.

I think not.

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