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Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: February 08, 2013, 02:12:31 PM »
Many of you know that I recently acquired a Canon 6D, and I have been asked by multiple posters both in the forum and by email to give my reasons why I made the decision I did.  I have wasted far too much time doing just that today  ;D

Here is the link to my website where I shared my findings:  http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/02/why-i-chose-a-canon-eos-6d-over-a-5d-mkiii/

Also, if any of you are interested in adapting old M42 lens to the new 6D, here are my findings with my little kit of vintage glass:  http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/02/the-new-canon-eos-6d-and-classic-m42-lens/

Disclaimer:  I have no intention of starting a flame war.  I believe that the 5D MK3 is overall the better camera and I intend to upgrade my MK2 to a MK3 down the road.  I came to the conclusions that I share for myself and felt those conclusions and hands on experiences might help others making a similar type decision.
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Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: February 08, 2013, 02:12:31 PM »

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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013, 03:25:27 PM »
I have a 6D and a 5D2 in my kit right now as well. The photo quality on the 6D constantly astounds me, especially the noise performance like you mentioned on your site. It's also worth mentioning that the 6D has a much softer shutter sound than the 5D series. For a lot of people, the reduced shutter sound is very beneficial when shooting in quieter situations where you don't want to be a distraction.

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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013, 03:25:38 PM »
Hey, what matters is that you are happy with your choice and the 6d does what you need it for.

Happy shooting :)
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 03:57:02 PM »
Hey, what matters is that you are happy with your choice and the 6d does what you need it for.

Happy shooting :)

Absolutely.  But I also know that a lot of people like to know other people's opinions before investing their cash.  I've simply offered mine.
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2013, 03:57:42 PM »
I have a 6D and a 5D2 in my kit right now as well. The photo quality on the 6D constantly astounds me, especially the noise performance like you mentioned on your site. It's also worth mentioning that the 6D has a much softer shutter sound than the 5D series. For a lot of people, the reduced shutter sound is very beneficial when shooting in quieter situations where you don't want to be a distraction.

The point about the silent shutter is a good one, and one that I neglected to share.
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2013, 04:05:25 PM »
Wonderful review, Dustin. Thanks so much for taking the time to write up your thoughts! Much appreciated!!
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2013, 04:19:49 PM »
Wonderful review, Dustin. Thanks so much for taking the time to write up your thoughts! Much appreciated!!

Thanks.  I am a writer, so it seems like a worthy blend of some of my talents.  I haven't quite gotten to the place where manufacturers are sending my samples to test.  Now that would be fun  ;D
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2013, 04:30:51 PM »
The 6D sounds like a great camera and that is a great review, but I prefer the 5D3 for the AF points, larger body, dual cards, multi controller joystick (especially on the grip) and most ergonomics in general.

As far as the center focal point, I can't remember the last time I used the center focal point. The 5D3 with all the those cross types spread out is really sweet.

There's really only one thing I'm envious of on the 6D and that is built in wifi. I have to use and Eye-Fi card for that.
I've never really run into a situation where the 1/2 DR would have made a difference. Therefore the banding issues of the 5D3 aren't an issue either. During test I do know the banding is considerably better than the 5D2.

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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2013, 04:50:08 PM »
Without reading your review, the number one reason people pick 6D over 5D III is the PRICE TAG.

Samething for Tammy 24-70 f2.8 VC over Canon f2.8 II
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2013, 04:53:51 PM »
Thanks very much for your review Dustin!

I am a storm chaser and I just upgraded from 2 550Ds to a 6D and a 550D for lightning/backup work. I have done some basic tests and have found the 6D IQ to be astounding. I tested at iso1250 and f8 on a dark, low contrast sky. I was amazed by the low noise and how well it cleaned up in post without losing any detail. I cannot wait to use this camera on chases. I will be using my new EF 16-35 f2.8 II and EF 50 f1.4 lenses with the 6D.
Bring on the storms!!!

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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2013, 05:07:20 PM »
Thanks for the great review. When I have saved up enough I will have to make the decision myself.

I must say that you have some beautiful images on your site. Great stuff.
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2013, 05:36:44 PM »
Awesome review, thanks.  My situation was quite similar.
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2013, 05:53:03 PM »
Without reading your review, the number one reason people pick 6D over 5D III is the PRICE TAG.

Samething for Tammy 24-70 f2.8 VC over Canon f2.8 II
Don't be so sure. I've seen many who picked the 6D because it has better IQ (dynamic range, high ISO noise) than the 5D3.

Think about it - not everyone is fond of shooting sports and weddings. If "super duper AF" and FPS is not important, then why pay 1000 bucks more for a bigger and heavier camera, with less IQ? :) Yes, even if it is just marginally less.

To a lot of people (me included) IQ is the highest of all priorities.

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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2013, 06:13:27 PM »
Without reading your review, the number one reason people pick 6D over 5D III is the PRICE TAG.

Samething for Tammy 24-70 f2.8 VC over Canon f2.8 II
Don't be so sure. I've seen many who picked the 6D because it has better IQ (dynamic range, high ISO noise) than the 5D3.

Think about it - not everyone is fond of shooting sports and weddings. If "super duper AF" and FPS is not important, then why pay 1000 bucks more for a bigger and heavier camera, with less IQ? :) Yes, even if it is just marginally less.

To a lot of people (me included) IQ is the highest of all priorities.

Better IQ and higher ISO? that what current 6D owners want&wish to hear  ;D
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2013, 06:17:32 PM »
Without reading your review, the number one reason people pick 6D over 5D III is the PRICE TAG.

Samething for Tammy 24-70 f2.8 VC over Canon f2.8 II

I'm sure you are right about that.  It certainly was a factor for me, but I wouldn't have even considered the 6D if the other facts about image quality, etc... had not emerged. 
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Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2013, 06:17:32 PM »