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Re: 5D MKII or 6d/mkiii for portrait/people photography. Anybody here use both?
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2013, 05:52:28 PM »
I am a portrait photographer, and I love the 6D.  I find the increased dynamic range (over the 5DII) huge for smoother transitions on faces, and the AF is much more accurate for nailing those sharp eyes. 

Plus, the Wi-Fi capability enable me to do this : http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/02/i-believe-i-can-fly/, which would be near impossible with the 5DII by myself because of nailing the razor thin depth of field of the 135L wide open.

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The WiFi is really awesome.   To respond to the OP, I feel this is a such a subjective question that everyone is likely to have a different option here.  All the best portrait photographers are likely to be using their own custom color profiles and tone curves.  Since the 5D2 has been a favorite of portrait photographers for years, it's likely you are sampling their best work on flickr, and for the 6D you are just seeing the initial results - possibly from people who don't edit much or don't edit well - and aren't compressing the extra DR that the 6D offers.   Also I find that the lens can have far greater effects than the sensor in terms of color rendition.

Honestly the biggest thing I'd be worried about with the 6D is the max x-sync speed.  When using studio lights and a radio trigger, you are stuck at a max of 1/160.  Which is a fair bit off of the 1/200 on the 5d2.

However, at the end of the day, I still chose the 6D for it's better DR, color depth, and overall more modern functionality (including its auto-focus and support for the Canon RT flashes). 

I do find the images can be a little flat out of camera, but with a touch of post-processing they are quite nice.
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Re: 5D MKII or 6d/mkiii for portrait/people photography. Anybody here use both?
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2013, 05:52:28 PM »

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Re: 5D MKII or 6d/mkiii for portrait/people photography. Anybody here use both?
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2013, 06:06:05 PM »
I have not found the flash sync limiting so far.  With my triggers the flashes automatically switch to High Speed sync over 180 (I don't know where the 1/160th is coming from - max sync with the 6D is 1/180th).  I rarely use flashes at full power, so, to be honest, I never even notice the difference.
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Re: 5D MKII or 6d/mkiii for portrait/people photography. Anybody here use both?
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2013, 11:54:22 PM »
Get the 6D, it has lower noise and better everything (especially if you also buy a high speed sync flash unit and a 1 stop ND filter) ;-P

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Re: 5D MKII or 6d/mkiii for portrait/people photography. Anybody here use both?
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2013, 04:41:54 AM »
Thanks for the responses!

how do you work the 5diii/6d files once you've shot them to make them pop?

by the way, I don't think the 5dii images I saw were more foreward-looking because of post processing etc.  having looked at literally hundreds I can say that it's just the overall look of the files produced.

the old 5dc has even more of a foreward quality but it lacks resolution and sensitivity etc.


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Re: 5D MKII or 6d/mkiii for portrait/people photography. Anybody here use both?
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2013, 04:49:29 AM »
I am a portrait photographer, and I love the 6D.  I find the increased dynamic range (over the 5DII) huge for smoother transitions on faces, and the AF is much more accurate for nailing those sharp eyes. 

Plus, the Wi-Fi capability enable me to do this : http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/02/i-believe-i-can-fly/, which would be near impossible with the 5DII by myself because of nailing the razor thin depth of field of the 135L wide open.

Good work!

Could you point-out any other favourite portraits that you have shot with the 6d?
 

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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2013, 04:49:29 AM »