(CW3) Canon EOS 6D Mark II talk (28MP, announcement Q1 2016)

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

New bits about the Canon EOS 6D Mark II were sent in (thanks).

I have been told that Canon’s replacement for the highly popular EOS 6D will be announced not earlier than Q1 2016. In other words, the EOS 6D Mark II will be announced after the EOS 5D Mark IV started shipping (this is not entirely new since it was already murmured on the web). I also got some specs:

  • 28MP
  • 6 fps
  • ISO 100 – 102400 (expandable to 204800)
  • new AF system (but not the same as on 5DS)
  • 98% viewfinder coverage
  • Single SD card slot
  • WiFi, NFC, and GPS
  • small improvements for video features

Contrary to a previous rumor that was floating around some weeks ago, suggesting the EOS 6D2 will have a 24MP sensor, our source stated that it will be a 28MP sensor. The source said that Canon will not sell a full-frame DSLR with the same pixel count as Canon’s latest Rebels. The source was a bit confusing about the auto-focus system, saying that it will not be on the same level as the AF system featured on the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. Still, it is not clear to me what kind of AF is coming. For sure there will be a step forward compared to the 6D, but given the fact the EOS 6D Mark II will be an entry-level DSLR, it won’t probably be a the most advanced AF system. I guess Canon will recycle one of the AF system they already feature on some of their DSLRs.

I rate this rumor CW3. It’s still early for reliable EOS 6D Mark II rumors. However, this is one of the not so weird 6d2 rumors we had so far. We heard pretty amusing things, like that Canon isn’t satisfied with the EOS 6D sales figures, and will hence move the 6D2 upmarket (which is absurd, the 6D was and is a best seller). The source stated clearly that the EOS 6D Mark II will be an entry-level FF DSLR, exactly like its predecessor. The pricing should be around $2,100, same as the 6D when it was introduced.

The EOS 6D was released in November 2012. Stay tuned….

About our rumor rating:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable (less than 15% chance to be real)
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor (20%-49% chance to be real)
  • CW3 – around 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past, high probability to be true (60%-80% chance to be real)
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true
  • Bart Decroix

    Would this mean that no DualPix AF is included in order to improve video AF?

    • canonwatch

      there was no mention of Dual Pixel AF by the source. This is obviously an interesting question. Keep in mind that the 6D wasn’t oriented to video makers, and that the 6D2 most probably also will not be oriented to video makers. Hope to know more soon.

      • whensly

        really? the 6d is great for stills but horrid for video. what about it was made for videographers?

        I hope the next one addresses the god-awful rolling shutter and moire issues the 5D Mk III solved

  • Caerolle

    It’s just sad, at one time I was sooo ready to buy the 6D MkII even if the only real change was to put in a better AF system, and now it is hard to imagine Canon making anything new I would be interested in buying.~

  • DouglasGottlieb

    Minor improvements to the 6D will be a tough sell in a post A7 world

  • John Nolley

    I love the original 6D. For the price, its photos are fantastic. But a SD-only camera and 6fps rate will likely drive me to wait and save up for a 5D IV; the SD-only aspect is just not “upmarket” and the other improvements are too minor. Nothing like the 7D II over the 7D (which was a no-brainer for any 7D owner IMHO).

    • Yeung Tim Ming

      Only trigger happy shooter need rapid fire, why not be a marksman or a sniper instead?

      • John Nolley

        Try shooting for action shots of wildlife or sports and get back to me. If your reaction time is that perfect, more power to you. I’d rather have the option for more shots taken in rapid sequence to select the perfect moment.

        • Kirsty Wilson

          I shoot action (rodeo, horse racing, road racing, wildlife, airshows (even the Raptor is slower than barn swallows to focus and track etc) with my 6D (and my old 40D) and have learned to do a burst of 3 shots. The only issue is that the focus point will disappear altogether and you end up with blurry shots. Hoping the 6D MkII AF changes will fix that.

  • phoebus1A

    Hmmm, this will be interesting. The thing that set the 6d apart from its competitors was its low noise performance at high iso. Sure the Sony A7 has better low light performance, but at a much lower pixel count and resolution. The 6d was amazing because it somehow incorporated a large pixel count and incredible low light performance. It was able to give MUCH better day time quality than the A7 with a low light performance that was still heads and shoulders above most of the competition. However, if the 6d2 goes to a higher pixel count (28 MP), traditionally this has meant a lower high iso performance, unless they are incorporating a new sensor technology or digic6 processing technique. I hope they don’t mess up the niche that the 6d had by decreasing its low light performance. If they can keep the low light performance and incorporate a higher pixel count, I will be very intrigued.

    • canonwatch

      you nailed it! let’s hope Canon favours ISO performance over pixel count.

      • phoebus1A

        Ideally, I hope they can give both. I have no doubt that the pixel count will give a noticeable increase to the photo resolution in optimum lighting which will be nice. If they can deliver this better day time performance without a hit to night time performance, I will be impressed. They have got to know this is the niche of the 6d, so I hope they are designing for it.

      • phoebus1A

        Based on the fact that the standard iso settings is being expanded from a max of 25,000 to 104,000 it would seem that they think the iso performance might even be better. If this is true and I highlight the word “if”, then this is a revolutionary breakthrough to have smaller pixels (more pixels in the same sensor size) with lower noise in a lower energy electron well.

  • The only thing making me hesitant about buying a 6D is the rather basic AF system. I currently use the center focus point alone on my 600D, since it’s the only one that works really well (and saves me the frustration of the camera repeatedly focusing on the wrong AF point). However, this method can be limiting for a number of situations.

    I do want to go full frame (+ stick with Canon, and not break the bank), but I don’t want to upgrade to a camera that will also require me to stick with AFocusing with the center focus point alone in order to focus reliably. With shallower depths of field capable with the larger sensor, I suspect precise focusing with the focus-and-recompose technique necessary when using the centre AF point alone, would be even more difficult to achieve.

    This has my hopes up a little 🙂

    • Moulyneau

      Your suspicion is justified. With deeper dof on your 600D, recomposing is less tricky than with FF. And even more so at larger apertures. I have both 5D3 and 6D and I now use the 6D almost exclusively with the 16-35f/4 which makes it more gentle on AF. Anything else will go on 5D3 which really nails focus in most situations. That said, I find the IQ of the 6D really nice, a tad better than 5D3 as often commented. Great ergonomics too, especially for smaller hands. If the 6Dii comes with at least 21 AF points, this will do. Unfortunately at a cost…

      • Yeah – especially when I do want to be making good use of that shallower depth of field 🙂

        Really? I had no idea the IQ of the 6D was actually better than the 5D III – I’ve been considering the former mostly for its lighter weight, smaller size (for my small-ish hands and to be a bit more portable) and significantly lower price. Better IQ is a bonus I suppose!

        But yeah, a better AF system would indeed push the price up. But it is certainly needed for a camera that really isn’t a beginner’s camera. Probably the fact it will be a newer version would be enough for a price raise (and knowing Canon, it wouldn’t be a justifiable increase for a wee while).

        • Steve

          The thing to keep in mind if you’re going full frame is that the 6D line will always lack some of the most important features as not to steal the spotlight from their main lines (1D/5D). Personally my preference for the 5D III is for the dual card slots, 100% viewfinder accuracy and max shutter speed of 1/8000 which although seldom used, does come in handy from time to time. Of course for any moving subjects the 61/41 cross-type AF system of the 5D III is far superior to the 1 cross-type on the 6D.

          I suppose it just depends on your budget as well, many features are there to provide convenience and often we can do without them. For myself though, nothing beats the 7D Mark II 😉

          • Obviously 🙂 Otherwise the 6D would just be an upgraded 5D wouldn’t it?

            The single SD card slot and max shutter speed are not limiting factors on my current 600D, so I know I wouldn’t mind doing without them on a future camera. Weather sealing is another important feature I would like, and I think the 6D fits that bill also.

            Of course the AF mechanism of the 5D is definitely superior, and it is why at the moment I’m hesitant about buying a 6D. I could definitely do with more of the accurate cross-type focus points.

            The 7D II is lovely too, but I really want the shallow DOF capabilities and great high ISO performance of a full frame c: The only situation I could see myself wanting a 7D over the 6D is (perhaps) if wildlife photography became a big part of what I did with my photography in the future.

          • Steve

            Haha I really do wish sometimes there was a camera that did it all. I started out with a 550D which I still love to use from time to time and felt the same way but once you go with those dual card slots it just becomes so handy!

            One of the scenarios that personally troubles me is when I shoot concerts, I like to use my 5D for the low light performance because it just blows any crop sensor out of the water however it’s really handy having that crop factor to get tighter shots not to mention the faster burst rates and higher buffers. My main joy is shooting wildlife though so that is why my main bodies always remain as crops! I would consider buying a 5DS for the full frame performance plus cropping abilities however I’m broke and don’t want to fill up all my hard drives either with such massive files 😛

          • Or a customizable camera – you pick all the features you want or wouldn’t mind leaving out and then pay accordingly 😀

            What do you find dual card slots useful for, other than the ability of having a backup if one card goes wrong?

            Yeah – at the end of the day it’s all compromising isn’t it? And indeed, I too already overstuff my HDDs with 16mp photos 😛

            I might get into proper wildlife photography if I successfully relocate to Scotland. My equipment suffices only for sheep and highland cows at the moment 😛 Then again, for wildlife photography I wouldn’t mind the 6D and 300mm f/4 combination at all 😛

          • Steve

            2015 and we still don’t have customizable cameras, what are we doing with our lives? D:

            There are a few things you can do with dual card slots, the most common one being to write the same picture to both cards for redundancy. Beyond that you can also have it so that each card takes a different file format, so one for JPEG and one for RAW, this way your buffer clears out faster. Personally I only use this for street photography/portraits where I shoot the RAW to a faster CF card and then a monochrome JPEG to the SD to see how the light is being cast. The other thing you can do of course is to use only one card and once it fills up it automatically switches to the second card to write photos, I feel that this isn’t as important anymore as we have memory cards with a great deal of capacity and more than likely your card will not fill up if you’re only shooting for a few hours, it does come in handy if you’re traveling or shooting video.

            I hear Scotland is beautiful, I have some family living there. My biggest gripe with the 6D though having tinkered with my friend’s a fair bit is how slow and inaccurate the AF can be, I may just be spoiled with the 7D but it really does feel like the 6D misses and takes forever to lock on 🙁

            I will say this, I personally don’t use the dual card slot features to have backups of images but a friend of mine shot a wedding and had his cards set to continue writing after one fills up (no backup) and his primary card corrupted while shooting. Just bad luck I suppose but I say for irreplaceable memories like those writing to two memory cards or backing up your cards during downtime should be common practice, I’d hate to lose someone’s wedding photos!

          • Ah indeed re the weddings – for such events I don’t think you can ever have enough backups!

            That jpeg for black/white in eliminating colour for better analysis sounds like it could be pretty useful.

            Scotland is absolutely gorgeous. The highlands are especially breathtaking, and I especially love the little cute towns you come across here and there when you’re not in one of the big lively cities. The weather changes very quickly though, but even in the rain with the clouds low in the sky… I’d say even then everything just has a magical feel to it.

            I’ll definitely take up proper hiking. Pair that with a decent full frame (hence my fingers crossed for a better focussing 6D) and the 16-35mm f/4L to get some epic shots. Won’t have to worry about destroying my camera in the light rain!

            I’d say it’s a combination. The AF of the 6D does sound extremely basic to be fair (which is why I’m hopeful with this article’s mention of a better AF system) – so I’m not surprised you find it quite rubbish as is. Of course owning a 7D (which must simply rock in that department – fast action is what it’s built for) makes that even more apparent 😛

          • Steve

            Yeah I’d really love to visit Scotland at some point, I haven’t had much opportunity to travel to those parts. I think that’s the beauty of countries such as those, so much has been left untouched, only a handful of cities and some towns. It’s a shame how a lot of the world now is covered in concrete jungles as we slowly eliminate the natural beauty of our planet.

            You know no matter how the 6D performs in terms of AF, I’d take it over a 7D when it comes to landscapes any day. There’s just something fulfilling about shooting full frame for landscapes! Plus for landscapes it’s not like you need to be auto-focusing anyway as you’ll more than likely be focusing at infinity unless you have an immediate foreground subject.

            I just get annoyed sometimes when I take only the 5D out to shoot landscapes and come across some large bird in the mountains or by a lake, wishing I had the gatling gun of a 7D on me 😉

          • Exactly – such vast expanses of land where you don’t see a single house… where it’s just you and nature. Being in such places simply feels like magic. Where I’m from it’s already very much headed that way (and we still have to beg our current government to stop approving plans to built on what little untouched land we have left).

            Hmm… I wonder what you mean by it being ‘fulfilling’? You make it sound exciting!

            Well, thing is if I buy a new camera it will be one, and it has to cater as many of my needs as possible, and compromising in areas which I can compromise on. I don’t think AF is something I’m happy to compromise on, because I know I will be taking pictures of people and animals as well.

            Oh do I know that feeling – it’s usually when I’ve got the wrong lens on and have no time to change lenses, or when I require a certain lens that I’ve left at home cause I thought I wouldn’t need it. If I had a 5D III and a 7D as you do, sure as hell I’d be walking around with both when in the wild though – tele lens on the 7D and a wide angle on the other! Now that would be quite a work-out 😛

          • Steve

            You know what I mean by fulfilling is probably the same as what you mean by ‘magic’, it just feels good 🙂

            I’m going to guess you’re from a smaller country as they usually have limited land and are often forced towards urbanization to fulfill the needs of the population, I’ve seen a similar situation. It’s a shame but I guess we cannot expect them to always build up instead out outwards. Really though what beauty is left in a country when all there is are buildings and remnants of culture?

            Over the past couple of years I’ve been trying to cut down on gear that I carry with me; you ever get that feeling that you’re taking too much? I used to go on shoots carrying two or three bodies and every lens I owned plus speedlights and in the end I would only end up having used one body, one lens and a broken back 😛

            I used to go out to the mountains with a couple bodies, my wide angle for landscapes of the formations/lakes, a tele for birds with a converter, a macro lens for any cool bugs I came across with extension tubes and diopters, a speedlight to illuminate said bugs and then of course a handy dandy tripod. I’d be so weighed down that I couldn’t even hike up the mountain properly so now I just take one body, wide angle, tripod if I plan on shooting landscapes, and if I want to shoot birds then I’ll only go up with one body and a tele, but for macro work I still need to become a pack mule -___-

            What subject do you enjoy photographing the most?

          • Ah c: Looking forward for my first hike with a full frame in the near future then!

            Yeah – to be more accurate a very small and very overpopulated country (Malta). The thing I struggle to understand is that it’s not the population number per se that’s the problem, but in the management of unoccupied buildings. I’ve read that it’s estimated that a third of houses are permanently vacant. Yet we still see so many new building sites and cranes all over the place. Leaves you wondering…
            A lot of typical buildings of some localities have been demolished to make room for multi-storey hotels and apartments. Thankfully they haven’t destroyed everything, and a lot of cultural structures are still standing.

            Haha yeah I know – but it seems like you’ve overdone it more than I have 😛 I suppose it’s only cause I don’t own that much equipment just yet! I would probably try take up a full frame body, 16-35mm f/4 and a 70-200 f/4 (or 300mm f/4… haven’t decided which I’d buy just now). I know I should add tripod to that list but I haven’t felt a dire need to carry one around with me. I would want to take my 100mm macro as well… but maybe three big lenses would be too much. The latter is a good argument for going for the 300mm f/4 – apparently it’s got quite a decent magnif ratio which might do if I saw some gorgeous flowers. (The sad part is it’s only partially weather sealed).

            Ah, difficult question that – I think ‘everything’ covers it 😛 I suppose I focus mostly on flowers, animals, (conceptual) still lifes/macro and self portraits. I want to get into proper landscape photography, but as I said that’s going to have to wait a wee while longer…
            There’s just so much to take pictures of I can never restrict myself to a particular category. At least it’s just my hobby so I’m free to do so c:

          • Steve

            I know often municipal planning chooses to occupy new space rather than reconstruct on previous housing because it’s more cost effective to build new than fix the old and work around it. Of course then there is always the matter of legalities and who owns those vacant houses/buildings. And there will always be those few homeowners that refuse to sell their property so that a new neighbourhood may be planned.

            From my experience having used all of those lenses (I used to work at a camera store) I’d take the 70-200 but the f/2.8 IS USM if you’re able to save up for it. At one point I had two of those puppies since I bought one from a guy who had to leave the country and was selling all his belongings, he sold it to me for $1400 when it was retailing for $2700. They’re just so nice to work with for pretty much anything, and my second favourite workhorse lens after the 24-70 f/2.8. I used to own the 70-200 f/4 USM (v1) before but then I shot some weddings and some animals and realized that I would like to have the IS. So I sold it and saved up for a few months to get the f/2.8 IS USM II which is so much better for getting shallow depth of field and capturing kids running around at weddings or animals, and the autofocus on the 2.8 IS USM feels nearly twice as fast as the f/4 to me, it’s also faster than the 24-70 f/2.8 USM. The only downside to the 70-200’s is that they often don’t have enough range for wildlife unless you throw a teleconverter on there. I sold that second one I had to buy a 100-400 f4.5-5.6 USM which has great range but can be slow sometimes for shooting moving animals, having to bump up the ISO which was not fun on my 550D, it’s actually why I first upgraded my crop body, for better low light performance 😛

            I’d love to see your work sometime! It seems that we share some common interests in what we shoot, besides that the only time I take a self portrait is when I use the front of my phone -____-

            And careful now, you may think it’s your hobby so you’re free to do whatever you’d like but you take that mentality over to PetaPixel and everyone will be sure to tell you what you’re supposed to be shooting with your camera instead 😛
            I was actually out shooting at 2am last night and then a three hour drive home so it’s been a long day at work…

          • Oh yeah – the whole family business with properties is definitely one of the biggest problems leading to buildings just laying there vacant. Oh well – I can’t solve the country, so I’ll do the easier thing and just leave 😛 It’s not like I’m particularly fond of much… save my pet rabbits.

            Cool! I think if I hadn’t taken up medicine, getting a job where I could play with all sorts of lenses would have been among my top career choices 😛 Oh yes the 70-200 f/2.8 IS sounds like a dream – nice zoom range, that aperture… the only thing really putting me off (besides the price :P) is the weight. Being so heavy I feel I might never actually want to carry it around with me :/ Then again I’m not sure just how disabling it is since the heaviest lens I’ve used properly is the 100mm macro (about 600g I think?). That’s why I’ve only really given much thought to the f/4 IS version instead. It’s the same reasons for the 100-400 – price and weight – (for the latter though I’d consider the recently released update, rather than the one you have, which sounds like quite a beast). But yeah, I too don’t think 200mm will cut it for proper wildlife.

            I’m also considering the 35mm f/2 IS for a nice walkaround/indoors lens that would be easy to chuck in my camera bag when I’m out for nothing particularly serious. I’m not sure if for such needs I would be better suited with a 50mm… but Canon’s 50mm options don’t quite entice me (not too good wide open and crap maximum magnification). I could keep using my 40mm pancake on a full frame, but the 35mm IS sounds better than it in every aspect (sharpness, wide aperture, focusing speed, has IS).
            The 50mm would give better subject isolation than a 35mm I suppose, which sometimes seems more suited for the kind of photograph I would be after (mostly for photos involving people, and still lifes). So many debates in my mind – would be so much easier if I had all these lenses to use for a while!

            Well you’re free to have a look at my photos 🙂 Not sure if it’s alright to post links here… but anyways it’s sarah-bk. deviantart. com. If you have a link to share I’d be more than glad to have a look at what you take 🙂 Lol re your selfies – I rarely ever take pictures of myself on my phone myself 😛

            Ah, Petapixel’s comments section is home to some of the world’s most knowledgeable photographers and enlightening individuals 😛 *insert layers of sarcasm*

            Were you after the meteor showers? 😀 2am is an awesome time to be awake. I’d much rather be up at 4am than wake up at 6am 🙁

          • Oh yeah – the whole family business with properties is definitely one of the biggest problems leading to buildings just laying there vacant. Oh well – I can’t solve the country, so I’ll do the easier thing and just leave 😛 It’s not like I’m particularly fond of much… save my pet rabbits.

            Cool! I think if I hadn’t taken up medicine, getting a job where I could play with all sorts of lenses would have been among my top career choices 😛 Oh yes the 70-200 f/2.8 IS sounds like a dream – nice zoom range, that aperture… the only thing really putting me off (besides the price :P) is the weight. Being so heavy I feel I might never actually want to carry it around with me :/ Then again I’m not sure just how disabling it is since the heaviest lens I’ve used properly is the 100mm macro (about 600g I think?). That’s why I’ve only really given much thought to the f/4 IS version instead. It’s the same reasons for the 100-400 – price and weight – (for the latter though I’d consider the recently released update, rather than the one you have, which sounds like quite a beast). But yeah, I too don’t think 200mm will cut it for proper wildlife.

            I’m also considering the 35mm f/2 IS for a nice walkaround/indoors lens that would be easy to chuck in my camera bag when I’m out for nothing particularly serious. I’m not sure if for such needs I would be better suited with a 50mm… but Canon’s 50mm options don’t quite entice me (not too good wide open and crap maximum magnification). I could keep using my 40mm pancake on a full frame, but the 35mm IS sounds better than it in every aspect (sharpness, wide aperture, focusing speed, has IS).

            The 50mm would give better subject isolation than a 35mm I suppose, which sometimes seems more suited for the kind of photograph I would be after (mostly for photos involving people, and still lifes). So many debates in my mind – would be so much easier if I had all these lenses to use for a while!

            Well you’re free to have a look at my photos 🙂 I tried to share a link to my deviantart page but I think they rejected my comment… so I take they don’t like the sharing of external links here. You can try find me as Sarah-BK. Lol re your selfies – I rarely ever take pictures of myself on my phone myself 😛

            Ah, Petapixel’s comments section is home to some of the world’s most knowledgeable photographers and enlightening individuals 😛 *insert layers of sarcasm*

            Were you after the meteor showers? 😀 2am is an awesome time to be awake. I’d much rather be up at 4am than wake up at 6am 🙁

          • Steve

            Oh my, pet rabbits? That’s adorable! I only have budgies but they’re pretty cute themselves, especially when they bob their head if they hear a song come on 😛

            Geez studying medicine? Someone’s a braniac haha, that stuff is way over my league. You know I believe the 70-200 is only twice as heavy as your macro lens which may not be too bad, but I suppose it depends on what you prefer. I personally like to have heavier gear because I feel that provides me with more stablity and my fingers can get a solid grip. The more weight the better for me, I stop just short of a Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 😛

            You know the thing I love about the 100-400 is that it was never really THAT expensive, I mean it’s to be expected with its aperture but for the prices you can get that lens at I find it incredibly useful. The push-pull design of it does take some getting used to however they’ve removed that in the latest version which looks amazing by the way, and at $2200 it’s not overly priced for what it offers. I picked mine up for $1500 and I’d probably had paid more for what it has given me over the years.

            Are you a fan of prime lenses? I love them but refuse to buy any more. My first lens on a digital body was my Sigma 105 f/2.8 macro which I bought along with my 550D body. I actually used that lens for a whole year without having anything else until it became too limiting and I bought a nifty fifty (so good). My friend has the 35 and an 85 f/1.8 which I’ve had to use on occasion, I really didn’t enjoy them :/ I think it’s because I’m so used to being able to zoom, in a lot of scenarios I can’t afford to move around and I also feel like it takes a lot of time away from the kinds of shots that I like to take. If I were shooting still subjects or street I probably wouldn’t care as much but I feel that if you’re shooting concerts, weddings, family events, you simply don’t have the time to move around trying to compose your shot or switch between primes trying to get wider or tighter.

            If I were you I’d probably get the 35mm and a 50mm instead of the pancake, even a 1.8 which I’m sure you must have or have had considering how cheap it is. I find the 35mm range on a full frame is excellent for street photography/walking around and it’s usually the area my 24-70 is set to. The 50mm 1.4 isn’t noticeably different to the 1.8 and the 1.2L is just plain overpriced 😛

            I’ll try to see here if I can find your work online, I assume there’s probably something there that’ll let me put two and two together. Oh and I don’t take selfies very often but when I do it’s like I’m at the vanity fair. 😛

            Also you shouldn’t bash PetaPixel photographers, they’ve wonderful people that love ideas that have already been done and of course appreciate what drones offer us on a daily basis.

            *Ding ding ding* Give the lady a prize! I was shooting the showers, I like to shoot the Perseids and Geminids or at least observe them every year. I got home around 5am and then left for work at 6:30 :((
            I did however end up with some nice shots so it was all worthwhile ;D

          • They are amazingly adorable – it’s really enjoyable watching the babies grow up… from crawling around while still blind to making their first little happy hops! The mum is my darling – she jumps out of anyone’s arms to be in mine if I’m nearby her c:
            I had lots of budgies in the past – went through many generations of them, and at a point we must’ve had about 20! Now nearly all of them have passed away and only one survives.. he’s over 5 years old!

            Haha yeah I am… though I won’t call myself a genius. Just a long term lover of biology and all that makes logical sense 😛 Being able to help others with that knowledge is a nice big bonus 🙂
            Yeah, maybe double my macro might not be too bad. A lot of reviews have people complaining about the weight though (then again sometimes I think it’s just people convincing themselves publicly they couldn’t afford the better option or made the wrong choice). I’m not sure how I’d be able to handle such a bulky lens… the only answer to that is to try it I guess 😛 It does sound like a very ideal lens to own though – I do love wide aperture lenses. And it seems so crisp despite being a zoom lens…

            The push/pull means of focusing is quite ridiculous – glad they changed that! I think I’m more likely to go for a 70-200 initially… if I find I’m doing lots of wildlife spotting and I feel I really need more reach I can always consider it again. I’ll book a safari trip soon after buying it 😉

            Well, currently I am indeed a fan of prime lenses. I’d say the reason is threefold, in the following order:
            1. For my current very limited budget being a full time student, a prime lens costing around €200 is generally a MUCH better performer (and comes in wider apertures) than a zoom lens of the same price that covers a similar range. Eg I’d much rather use the 24mm STM and the 40mm STM rather than the 18-55mm kit lens. True the kit lens has more flexibility… but I cannot get any shots with it like I can with those primes (more so with the 40mm).
            2. For their aperture size they are generally smaller than a comparable zoom (and sometimes the aperture is not available in a zoom at all).
            3. Having a fixed focal length can be a challenge, and also forces me to compose a little better. Some things just don’t look good at a certain focal length, and sticking a prime on means that I have no other option but to move back to get the suited compression for the situation. For example when I’m taking candids of my friends; I find people photos look much better with my 40mm, but often enough I’ll be among them, and if I lift my camera to my face they would be half out of the frame. If I used say, my kit lens, chances are I’d end up at 18mm.

            Of course zooms definitely have arguments in their favour and all well justified, as you have said yourself. (Thankfully I don’t shoot any important events, but I agree those benefit greatly from that flexibility in such spontaneous moments). And, when we talk about very high quality zooms like the 70-200 f/2.8 IS, as in your case, the line between compromising quality for flexibility is very small if not negligible. I suppose the main issue is really money – but I don’t think I’d ever ditch primes for good 🙂

            The 50mm II was indeed my first lens love. For a year it was all I used, till I won a competition that gave me a massive discount on the 100mm macro I’d been dreaming of owning for years. Naturally it stole my heart 😛 I sold the 50mm some time after I bought the 40mm STM because I stopped using the former entirely. I used the 50mm II at f/2.5-f/2.8 anyway, because that’s where it started to perform decently. The 40mm on the other had is great right from f/2.8, plus all the better ergonomics (size, focus ring, speed of focus, quieter, metal mount). The new 50mm STM is an interesting one… combines everything I like about the 40mm into the 50mm focal length. At the moment though on my crop sensor the slightly wider FOV of the 40mm is more comfortable. I might do as you said and swap my 40mm for that 50mm STM when I go full frame. And still get the 35mm as well… 😛
            The 50mm f/1.4 is not that much better I’ve heard as well.. and the f/1.2 is really expensive when you think it’s still not that great after all!

            If you search me up on google – sarah-bk on deviantart – it should bring my page up 😛 If there’s a means of finding some of your work that’d be cool 🙂

            Ideas that have already been done? Come on – all the articles feature exclusively unique and professional content 😛 Jokes aside, the site’s pretty cool (when you ignore certain comments) 😛

            Haha – I try keep myself somewhat updated on what’s going on despite spending more time in hospital trying to learn, than sleeping 😛 Ouch though! Hope you got some good sleep after that – and I hope the photos payed off! I’d love to see what you managed to capture 😀

          • Steve

            You do realize that a few more comments here and we’ll have enough for a short novel right? 😛

            I’ve always considered getting bunnies, maybe I will one day, one as dedicated as your mummy bunny 🙂 I’ve gone through over a dozen budgies myself, currently having 5 they’re all three years old. I used to have 5 before these as well but I had to leave them behind when I moved to somewhere unsuitable for them climate wise, 3 of them are still alive and are on their seventh year while one passed of age and the other of cancer 🙁

            I’m glad to hear you’re pursuing something you enjoy though! It’s much better to do that and have a nice, stable job than work at let’s say, a camera store 😛 However if you did work at a camera store, you could pick up and weigh all the lenses your heart desired! I’ll say that as nice as it is working at a camera store, sometimes you get the biggest headaches, and by sometimes I mean nearly all the time -____- “Can I put this lens on my iPhone”, “Why is this camera so big, don’t you have anything iPhone sized?”, “My nephew takes better photos with his phone”, “Does this camera come with Instagram?”, “Can I use the WiFi to browse the web?”, “The prime lens doesn’t zoom? It’s so useless, even my phone zooms” and of course customer walks in:

            Customer: “Hey man, I have a Leica”
            Me: “That’s great, what can I help you with?”
            Customer: “Oh nothing, just browsing”
            *walks around*
            Customer: “Haha you know my camera is probably worth as much as half your cameras put together”
            Me: “That’s fantastic, anything else?”
            Customer: “No I’m just saying my camera’s better than all of these”
            Me: “What makes you say that?”
            Customer: “Well you can just feel that my Leica, it has soul”
            *I walk out for lunch*

            OR hipster walks in:

            Hipster: “Bro you got any Polaroids man?”
            Me: “No they don’t really make them anymore like you’re thinking, there are Instax now by Fuji if you want instant development.”
            Hipster: “Nah I want Polaroid man it’s the shit”
            Me: “You’ve used one before? Which one?”
            Hipster: “Haha nooo everyone knows they’re sick”
            *walks around, ends up at DSLRs”
            Hipster: “Hey bro are these like professional?”
            Me: “I suppose that depends on what you mean by professional, they’re better than your typical point and shoot if that’s what you’re trying to say”
            Hipster: “Can I see one?”
            *Hand him the 650D*
            *Hipster stares at it* “Nice nice”
            Me: “Yeah that’s the SD card slot and that’s the battery compartment you’re opening”
            *Hipster takes battery out after much struggle and stares at the opening*
            “Oh shit is this where the film goes??”
            *I walk out for lunch*

            I think…I’d rather have customers under anesthesia -____- haha

            Anyway you’re right though, the 70-200 is super sharp just like a prime! 😛 I also like how you listed the better ergonomics of the 40mm pancake over your previous 50mm, that thing is so tiny I can’t even hold it properly. I swear it was probably meant to be one of those body cap lenses but they made it too wide 😛

            I actually did come across your profile on DA and love your work! I figured it was you because it said Malta and I saw your profile picture on there 🙂
            I’m actually working on my website right now so when it’s up I’ll shoot you a link, otherwise the only way of viewing my work right now is if you come over and go through my prints 😛

            And just because you’re wondering, after I got off work yesterday I went out to shoot again, drove out 6 hours because I wanted more shots of the Perseids. Shot for a couple of hours then drove back. Got home around 6am and then left for work right after and here I am! I’ve still got all my gear in my car so I’m hoping to go over it this weekend and see if I managed something decent. But hey maybe all this lack of sleep will land me in your hospital and then I can show you those prints 🙂

          • Hahaha yeah! From the looks of it you can write one alone based on your very interesting (and hilarious) customer encounters! Especially the Leica guy – haha – poor chap has to make all that money he spent worthwhile in some way! I really really laughed reading those!

            Bunnies do make lovely pets 🙂 Thing is in Malta they also make a very nice dish when cooked in wine… and unfortunately I have to admit it is really good 🙁 I couldn’t ever eat my darlings though, even though a lot of my friends joke about me doing so 🙁
            And for your budgies – it’s sad to see them go isn’t it? Especially the ones you would have actually bonded with. They also do live surprisingly long!

            Quite ironic you mention anaesthesia – I have had a massive debate in my mind over the last few weeks as to whether I should go for that or surgery in the future. Sometimes I think it’s little things like this that give me signs as to what I really should do 😛

            The 40mm is tiny enough that it can’t be held – but that’s the awesome thing! You can hold your camera one handed-ly which is quite convenient sometimes 😀 And the combination of camera/’functional lens cap’ is really small to carry. Of course holding onto a bigger lens with one hand, I agree, does give some more stability. Wonder how 1.5kg of lens adds to that equation 😛
            I’m kinda decided now – as soon as I have my first paycheck in my hand, it’s going to be a Canon 6D II (finnngersss crossed the AF is updated nicely), 16-35mm f/4L IS, 35mm f/2 IS USM, 50mm f/1.8 STM and 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM II. Ok, maybe over two or three paychecks 😛 And a 100-400 one day…
            Boy oh boy does that sound like one exciting set of kit though :3

            Yeah looks like you got the right site! Thank you 🙂 Yeah do please! If you pass it on through dA, or even Facebook when it’s done that would be awesome (if you catch my full name and search in on Facebook, feel free to inbox me there 🙂 Just let me know it’s you cause I do get some strange messages sometimes!)

            You’re nuts! Or, let’s call that dedicated 🙂 There’s no way I’d survive that – so kudos to you 😛 Well, if you do end up in the hospital I’m in at the moment, you’ll also get to see Scotland! Aaand added bonus – if you bring one of your customers with you, I’m sure I’ll find an anaesthetist who will keep him/her quiet for a few hours 😛 Wins all around!

  • Alan Short

    One thing ive never really understood is why people invest all their cash on a 5d, if you shop carefully at the moment , you can buy a 7dmkii, and a canon 6d for less than £1500, both of theses cameras cover everything a 5d does, and in my opinion they do it better, plus if your away on a shoot, you have genuine redundancy if one of the cameras breaks. Unless anyone out there can think of a good reason ???????

  • Jay Warshavsky

    6d is the really awesome! The tilt screen, in full frame canon where are you? full frame+tilt screen = winning formula!