Interesting to read Canon is releasing a new full-size sensor SLR (I'll explain the full-size v cropped design in another blog), the 6D, which sits between the 5D and the 7D. Here's a quite detailed review: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canon-eos-6d
I'd love to have this camera - I much prefer the full-size sensor, I like the idea of the GPS and wi-fi capability and it will make a good upgrade from the 5D I currently use. It's also got a few more megapixels without going pixel overload and is a little lighter in weight although it does have the beginner shooting modes which I don't like. However who is it aimed at?
For some time now, Canon have offered four levels of digital SLR:
- beginner (entry level, getting started) - eg. 600D
- keen photographer (better build camera, faster response, better light metering) - eg. 60D
- professional / prosumer (really keen amateurs or professional portrait photographers) - eg. 5D and 7D
- extreme professional / studio professional where super-fast response, robustness or vast megapixels are needed - 1D family
The beginner and keen ranges are cropped sensors but then at the prosumer level the 5D is full-size sensor and the 7D is cropped. When the 5D was released it was the first "affordable" high-end SLR that had a full-size sensor (really good for landscapes).
I bought the 5D when it first came out and it's fantastic - it's still the main camera I use. Canon has upgraded it twice since so you can now get a 5D Mk III for the best part of £2,500. The 6D is likely to be around the £1800 mark so not far off the price of the original 5D when it first came out. In fact it's a little more expensive than a 5D Mk II which you can still get.
Some reviews are suggesting this is aimed at getting keen consumers off the cropped sensor but I'm not convinced... surely you want those users to buy a 7D and Canon has spent a massive effort getting the EF-S lenses (which only work on cropped sensors) to the marketplace. Nikon has the D600 in this niche which my all accounts is a higher spec so this isn't necessarily the winner for the "new photographer" either. So which current Canon users would want this camera?
For portrait photographers the common choice is the 5D family - it's full-size, reasonably fast (certainly the later versions) and is a good all-rounder. Studio photographers may opt for the 1D series (and in fairness some portrait photographers do as well) but most use the 5D or even the 60D families... there's plenty quality there so long as you have good lenses and know how to get the best out of the camera. However having two 5Ds is expensive - many will have a 5D Mk III and a 5D (having recently upgraded a 5D), or perhaps a 50D. I work with a 5D and a 40D which gives me a good combination in terms of quality but also if the 5D suddenly fails (thankfully it hasn't yet) the spare in the bag will still do the job!
By my reckoning is this is a great alternative replacement to the 5D (rather than getting the 5D Mk III) - you get better performance (4.5fps v 3fps), more megapixels, and yet it doesn't do as much damage to the bank. Some reviews have said that it's not good enough for portraits due to the viewfinder (ie. how much of the image you see in the viewfinder). I disagree with that... it's still better than the 5D (likewise the fps) and I invariably crop images a little anyway so don't have an issue.
So thank you Canon for making the perfect camera replacement for me. It's the best part of £800 less than the 5D Mk III - so apart from actually having to find the cash to buy one... I see no problem at all!
Tue, 18. September 2012
Wed, 8. August 2012
I've decided to set up a blog to share my thoughts on all things photography. I plan to share some of my photos here, try to dispel some of the myths of photography, and hopefully provide some helpful ideas. Being the summer, it's great to get out and take some photos - however, with the weather as it's been recently I'm actually finding I'm doing more post-processing than I would have expected.
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