X-vision, thanks for posting the excellent AF module picture comparison!
You can customize it in the menu, so that it jumps straight to 100% when you press magnify.
Thanks, I discovered that without much time. Now my main ergonomic/control complaint, is that it doesn’t display file quality/resolution on the top screen (RAW or jpg), but I can live with that. It has a lot of nice customizable functions to the buttons. I was surprised at all the choices which can be assigned to the DOF preview button. The multi-control dial, is far easier to use than I feared. I don’t miss the thumb joystick too much at all. Obviously a joystick better, but it’s just not as big of a deal as I thought.
So far I am the opposite of a 6D cynic/nitpicker. I’m in love with the 6D, and can’t believe how well-designed and elegant the overall package is, and how light-weight the body is. It feels lighter than my 50D, is the same size, yet feels slightly more compact. The grip, the buttons, it all feels better than every other Canon body I’ve held in my hands (especially the 7D and the 5D3…their buttons are too mushy, their bodies too wide for their height…kind of like a kardashian). I’ve held them all (save for bodies older than the 1Ds Mk3). I foresee living with the 6D for 5 or 6 years, at least. I had thought of just keeping the 50D, but am beginning to think I don’t even need it, or any crop camera as a backup, or for birding (at least for now). I will take more time to consider, especially after getting the right TC to use on my long zoom lens…to compare to the crop body without the TC. Of course, it would help if future firmware allows AF at f/8, like it will do for the 5D3. Might not happen of course.
I also can’t believe the low noise of the 6D. With all NR disabled, the RAW files look to be cleaner than I thought they would be. ISO 20,000 is quite usable, 16,000 very usable, and 10,000 is as clean as my 50D at 1000 (all of these require a bit of NR in post, but less than I thought). By comparison, the 1D4 I rented last fall, of course was like a Formula 1 camera in its responsiveness and speed. But it is also obviously large and heavy (unlike an F1 car), and could not AF in low light. Its files at ISO 8000, were about the same noise content as the 6D at 20,000, or 25,600 (depending on exposure compensation amount). Really 10,000 on the 1D4, is about like 25,600 on the 6D.
As for how the noise directly compares to the 5D3, I haven’t done enough comparing, and don’t feel the need to. The luminance noise does seem less than the 5D3 files I’ve edited, around ISO 4000, and that was really my main concern. The AF and extra weather sealing are the reason to buy the 5D3, not the file quality, from where I sit. Both of those aspects are obviously a big deal to many of you, of course. I could just point out that you should sell your 5D3 and buy a 1DX, if those are your main concerns.