A Bit of Everything (EOS 6D Mark II, G7X II, EF 24-70mm f/4L, EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro, and more)

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L review by Photographic Central

Nothing is more satisfying than using a lens like this in real life. Practically speaking, handling is superb- the lens design will not frustrate you when relying on it counts the most. Image stabilization is very effective if you prefer to rely on it. If you don’t mind a constant f/4 aperture like me, you should try one out, but  just be prepared to part with your money. This lens has consistently put a smile on my face, before, during, and after the exposure process.

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM by LensRentals

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Sample Images by Photography Blog

Rental Camera Gear Destroyed by the Solar Eclipse of 2017 (LensRentals)

Canon 6D Mark II Camera Review (Richard Bernabe)


This photographer took a dancer to Iceland to test out the Canon 6D Mark II (DIY Photography)


Review of the Canon C200 Cinema Camera (The Slanted Lens)


Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Review (Photography Blog)

The new Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a versatile walk-around lens with a fast maximum aperture that consistently delivers great images. It’s very sharp throughout most of the zoom and aperture range, even at the edges of the frame, with sharpness only falling off a little shooting wide open at f/2.8. The new SP 24-70mm G2 also produces very nice bokeh effects thanks to the 9-blade iris diaphragm, although there’s some very obvious vignetting and some barrel distortion at 24mm, plus slight pincushioning at 70mm. Overall, though, there’s little to complain about in the image quality department.


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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Review (Photography Blog)

Despite the fact that the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens is not an “L” series lens, it is still capable of producing excellent images.

Thanks to its relatively small size and light weight, it would make an ideal companion for photographers who want to have a long telephoto length in their bag, perhaps while travelling, or on shoots that involve a lot of walking.

It’s ideally suited to subjects such as wildlife and sport, but as it has a versatile focal length, you could also use it for other subjects such as portraits and still-life shots, making it a good all-round option that you could potentially get a lot of use out of.


Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review: Hands-on, What I love, What I don’t about the EOS 6D Mark II (PhotoRec TV)


Canon 6D Mk II Review (vs T7i/80D/a7R II/D810/5D Mk IV/GH5/EM1 II/XT2) – Tony & Chelsea Northrup


Canon EOS 6D Mark II | Dynamic Range Examination – Dustin Abbott


Canon 6D Mark II “Real World Review”: Does it SUCK? – Jared Polin

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II sensor has great color and ISO performance, DxOMark says

Canon Eos 6d Mark Ii Deal

Canon EOS 6D Mark II: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

Image sensor authority DxOMark benchmarked the much discussed Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Canon seems to not have hit the mark with the 6D Mark II. There is a lot of discussion about dynamic range and ISO performance.

DxOMark has some good words for the EOS 6D Mark II, though the 6D2 can’t really hold up to competition or to what people was expecting:

Its sensor performance continues the upward trend for Canon chips too, although it doesn’t quite hit the dizzy heights of Canon’s best sensor to date in the 5D Mark IV. This is a result of notably lower dynamic range recorded by the 6D Mark II at base ISO, which is a concern for photographers after the best image quality in good light. From ISO 800, dynamic range is much closer to the performance of semi pro rivals such as the Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II however, and with good color sensitivity at all settings and well-controlled noise the 6D Mark II lends itself better to low light photography. Read the review at DxOMark.

From an engineering, sensor-wise point of view there is measurable data that suggests ISO noise and low light performance are ok, at least.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II review by Photography Blog

Canon Eos 6d Mark Ii Deal

Canon EOS 6D Mark II: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

Photography Blog reviewed the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

From the conclusion:

The positive points of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II include its improved AF system, the fantastic articulating touch-screen and a new processor which facilitates a better high noise performance. However, there are sadly a few downsides too. Having a single SD card slot is disappointing at this price point, while 4K video is starting to become so standard that to see it left out of a £2,000 camera is definitely a let-down (though that’s less of a concern to people not interested in video). A viewfinder which only offers 98% coverage is also something which you usually find in cheaper models.

Read the review at Photography Blog…

Canon EOS 6D Mark II video tutorial and user guide

Canon Eos 6d Mark Ii Deal

Canon EOS 6D Mark II: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

1 hour and 20 minutes of video tutorial and user guide for the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II by Tony & Chelsea Northrup. This video should definitely cover anything you might want to know about the EOS 6D Mark II.

Table of contents:

0:00:49 Battery
0:02:23 USB Battery Charger
0:02:58 Lens
0:03:41 Ports
0:04:25 SD Cards
0:06:12 SD Card Readers
0:07:06 Lightroom Mobile
0:07:27 Green Auto vs Program
0:07:58 Taking a Picture (Live View)
0:09:47 LCD Brightness
0:10:29 Taking a Picture (Viewfinder)
0:12:29 Q Button
0:13:11 Diopter
0:14:26 Taking Video
0:15:21 Digital Image Stabilization
0:17:42 Microphones
0:18:25 Video Timelapses
0:21:06 Raw Timelapses
0:22:50 Trigger
0:23:57 GPS
0:26:48 Bracketing for Dynamic Range
0:30:55 PhotoMerge in Lightroom
0:31:06 Reviewing a Picture
0:34:03 Q Button (Rating)
0:34:44 Aperture Priority and F-Stops
0:37:23 DoF Preview
0:39:04 Practice
0:39:51 Shutter Priority
0:41:48 Practice
0:42:37 Manual Mode
0:43:50 Practice
0:44:03 Bulb Mode
0:45:41 Stunning Digital Photography
0:47:00 Shutter Modes
0:50:21 Focusing Modes
0:52:00 Focus Points
0:53:17 Tuning Focus
0:54:00 Manual Focus
0:54:55 Metering Modes
0:55:34 Changing ISO
0:56:45 Allowing Extended ISO
0:57:45 Exposure Compensation
1:00:18 Lock Switch
1:00:40 Custom Settings 1 and 2
1:02:23 White Balance
1:03:08 Mirror Lockup
1:03:39 Formatting a Memory Card
1:04:32 WiFi
1:10:12 Recommended Settings
1:10:16 Disable the BEEP
1:10:44 Raw vs JPG
1:11:23 Back-button Focus
1:13:49 My Menu
1:15:09 Copyright Info
1:16:15 Software Suggestions
1:16:53 Lens SuggestionS
1:22:26 Filters
1:22:38 Tripod

1:23:27 Flash
1:23:50 Strobe

Canon EOS 6D Mark II firmware update coming September 2017?

Canon Eos 6d Mark Ii Deal

Canon EOS 6D Mark II: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

We have been told (thanks) that Canon will soon release a firmware update for the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

I doubt the firmware update will solve the alleged issues concerning limited dynamic range and poor high ISO performance of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, though I’ve been told that it will. Most likely it will be a bug fix.

I have a hard time figuring out how a firmware update could solve what appears to be limits of the sensor itself, i.e. of the hardware. While it is true that you can correct some thing via software (firmware is software), I guess the limits of the 6D Mark II sensor are here to stay.

It seems Canon did well in disappointing many reviewers and potential customers. The lack of 4K video likely is the most criticized aspect of the EOS 6D Mark II, followed by the supposedly “poor” sensor performance at high ISO settings and a somewhat reduced dynamic range at low ISO.

One thing is sure: the firmware update will not bring 4K video to the EOS 6D Mark II.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II high ISO performance appears worse than original EOS 6D

EOS 6D Mark II

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

More bad news for Canon’s new EOS 6D Mark II.

Alan Dyer posted an EOS 6D Mark II review on his site of The Amazing Sky, with an eye on the performance for night photography, i.e. “nightscapes” shot with long exposure and high ISO settings. What he found out is pretty disappointing.

According to Dyer’s tests, you are better done with the original EOS 6D when it comes to high ISO settings. Dyer photographed the same scene with both cameras in RAW at ISO 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, and 25600. He used the same lens and same aperture, and applied no noise reduction. As you can see in the pictures below, results are not exciting (picures shared by PetaPixel on Flickr, where you can dowload the original files).

Canon EOS 6D

Canon 6D Noise Comparison at 5 ISOs

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon 6D Mk II Noise Comparison at 5 ISOs

Writes Dyer:

Comparing the sets, the 6D MkII shows a much greater tendency to exhibit a magenta cast in the shadows at very high ISOs, plus a lower contrast in the shadows at increasing ISOs, and slightly more luminance noise than the 6D.

While this is not a scientific tests, the results are never the less worrying. After the debacle caused by the lack of 4K video and a slightly reduced dynamic range (both exaggerated in my opinion), this report will add new passion to the already heated discussion about the EOS 6D Mark II.

Dyer also made some tests on the ISO invariance and the noise reduction, Unfortunately, the EOS 6D Mark II didn’t perform very well here either. Read the full article to learn more.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II is now available everywhere: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

 

[The Amazing Sky via PetaPixel]