Has anyone bought the Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D vs. new Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Anyone who has been following my blog for a little longer knows that I can be enthusiastic about photography in general and camera technology in particular, but I try to remain critical and do not agree to the praise of many photo magazines and bloggers that new camera models are in Praise the sky and give the impression that you always have to buy the latest equipment. So let's take a critical look at the new addition to the Canon family:

Like all major camera manufacturers, Canon strives to continuously develop its model series. With the Canon EOS 7D, which has an APS-C sensor, it took about 5 years to get to the Mark II.

Also the new full-frame camera Canon EOS 6D Mark II was about as long in coming. Now one should assume that a lot will happen in the field of digital photography in 5 years. So it is exciting to compare the "old" Canon EOS 6D with its successor with the additional abbreviation "Mark II".

The 6D, released in 2012, was priced between the "semi-professional" APS-C SLR cameras and the "professional" full-frame cameras and should help Canon open up a new market segment for amateur photographers who were looking for an inexpensive entry into the full-frame camera class.

What is the difference between the new and the old 6D and what thoughts should someone think about

a) who already owns the 6D and intends to switch to the new 6D II or

b) who would like to buy a high quality but affordable full-frame DSLR?

So let's take a closer look at both cameras first. I deliberately do not go through the long list of technical details, but limit myself to features that an amateur can "experience" in practical use:

The "old" Canon EOS 6D (from 2012):

The Canon EOS 6D has a 20.2 MP full frame CMOS image sensorhaving a sensor sensitivity up to 102,400 ISO owns. The DIGIC 5+ Processor allows her 4.5 frames per second to shoot at full resolution, which is not particularly fast. It has a built-in one 3 inch display and a Magnesium housingthat is protected against dust and splash water. It is used exclusively as a storage medium SD cards (UHS-I). The 6D also has 11 autofocus areaswhat at first seems little.

The The last new price was EUR 1,300. However, it is no longer available in stores. Used you get them in good condition for about EUR 900 (As of 09.2017).

The "new" Canon EOS 6D Mark II (from 2017):

The new EOS 6D Mark II from Canon has a slightly higher resolution of 26.2 MP in full format with the same sensitivity up to 102,400 ISO. The faster one DIGIC 7 Processor ensures a higher speed of 6.5 frames per second (For comparison, the EOS 5D Mark III "only" manages 6 frames / sec.). She also has one 3 inch touch display, which can be swiveled, and, like her old sister, has a Magnesium alloy housing with a seal against dust and splash water. Unfortunately, the only storage media used in the new 6D Mark II are SD cards with the UHS-I standard is used, which allows write speeds of a good 90MB per second. Why Canon didn't finally install a much faster UHS-II card reader here is a mystery to me. This is a technical innovation new "Dual Pixel" autofocus system with 45 autofocus cross-type sensors represent. The New price of the body is EUR 2,100.00 (As of 09.2017).

Now for the evaluation, what does that mean in concrete terms?

I was always close to getting the "old" EOS 6D, but then I bought an EOS 5D Mark III. If you compare the two models, you can see that the 5D Mark III does not have a higher ISO sensitivity or a better processor than the EOS 6D. The noise behavior is about the same. The difference between 4.5 (6D) and 6 images (5D Mark III) per second is already noticeable, but who photographs car races every day? The slightly higher resolution of the 5D Mark III also hardly plays a role. - On a superficial view, the "old" 6D ​​is therefore definitely comparable to the 5D Mark III, but currently only costs a little more than half when used.

Now to the innovations of the 6D Mark II: Although the two cameras are 5 years apart, only two features of the new model stand out: The new "DIGIC 7" processor and the new "Dual Pixel" autofocus system with 45 cross-type sensors. It can therefore be assumed that the camera's noise behavior will be better and that the autofocus will perhaps be a bit faster and more precise. In my experience, the significantly higher resolution is negligible in practice. Everything that is above 18 megapixels today is more than sufficient and the previous model was already above that.

In addition, I don't leave the choice of focus to the camera, that is, I only ever use one autofocus measuring point and then prefer to pan the camera so that I would only use one (!) Of the generous number of 45 autofocus measuring points (the one in the middle) . I can only understand the hype surrounding the new autofocus system to a limited extent. - Well, what then remains as the main advantage of the Mark II?

Conclusion: A switch from the 6D to the 6D Mark II would have to be prepared to spend around EUR 1,200.00 difference between the new price of the 6D Mark II and the used price of the 6D in order to get better noise behavior and 2 more images per second by switching . The batteries can still be used, but a new battery grip is required because the housing is slightly different. - Hmmm, is it worth it or should you invest the difference in a good lens ?!

But what about someone who doesn't have a 6D yet?

Let's be honest, the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II is positioned exactly like its predecessor back then: it is basically one "5D light" represent. The current Canon EOS 5D Mark IV its performance parameters are similar to the 6D Mark II, but costs around EUR 1,700 more when new (the models are still too new on the market to determine a used price).

So if you are considering buying a full-frame camera, you should think twice about whether you are willing to spend so much more for a few technical improvements between the 6D and the 6D Mark II. Those who prefer not to buy used goods should consider whether the same argument can also be applied to the 5D Mark IV and the 6D Mark II. Here, too, there are technically no worlds between these two new models - but the price is!

The difference in price should be invested in a good lens! This thought is certainly not that easy to wipe off the table, especially since a good lens is demonstrably more important for a good photo than the body. Anyone who fears buying a decrepit camera should be told that so far I have mostly seen cameras with 5,000 to 15,000 exposures as used ones or have bought them myself. Canon designs the shutters for over 100,000 releases, so that even with an older camera you should still have enough buffer until the technology might fail.

In my experience, used cameras are usually available from specialist dealers at fair prices, especially since you usually get a one-year guarantee on the used cameras, which of course looks very different on ebay. It is not uncommon to buy a pig in a poke here. To get a feel for the used prices, you can of course have a look at ebay; however, the following is more reliable Used price list from a photo equipment insurance provider.

All statements without guarantee.

Addendum on 09/28/2017: A few days after this blog post I bought the Canon EOS 6D used for EUR 890, - and am currently testing it with a Canon EF 24-105 L f / 4.0 IS USM for EUR 600, which was also bought second-hand. -. I find all of my assessments from my article confirmed. The "old" 6D ​​is a solid full-frame camera, and I don't miss anything that a current model could offer.