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Sam Elkins is portrait and commercial photographer from Salt Lake City Utah. Here is the camera he uses:

Canon EOS 6D

Features

20.2MP full frame CMOS image sensor: the 20.2MP provides high resolution for capturing high detail and quality images. The sensor has new photodiode construction, gapless microlens array, and on-chip noise reduction. Therefore, with this sensor, images are kept clean and clear even during high ISO and long exposure.

ISO expandable to 102400: this camera features flexible ISO settings. This allows the camera to shoot in any kind of lighting whether in low light indoors or in bright outdoors.

DIGIC 5+ image processor: it works with two 4 channel analog to digital converter front end processing circuit. It also provides noise reduction when shooting in high ISO.

Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS: with Wi-Fi, images can be transferred fast and easy to a PC or smartphone. It is also possible to print photos with PictBridge-enabled wireless printers. Using EOS remote, a user can remotely control the camera’s shooting modes, focus and take pictures from a smartphone. A user can also tag GPS coordinated to an image which helps in recalling locations.

4.5fps continuous shooting: this camera shoots at 4.5 frames per second.

SD memory: this camera supports SD memory card.

1080p Full HD video: this feature makes video recording very clear and can be great for making amateur movies. It is capable of up to 1080/30p in the All I-frame or IPB compression and the standard H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec.

11-point Auto Focus: This feature ensures that images are captured accurately even in difficult to shoot areas. The metering system features color measurement properties that reduce exposure and focus errors.

3-inch LCD monitor: It also has 1,040,000 pixels for fine details shooting. The LCD monitor is smudge resistant, anti-reflective and water repellant. It makes easy to access settings such as ISO and Auto Focus point selection.

Image stabilizer technology: this feature reduces camera shake resulting high quality images.

Pros

  • Full frame camera
  • High image quality
  • Great dust system

Cons

  • No 4k video recording
  • Less accurate outer focus points

Frequently asked questions

Q: What are the benefits of a full frame camera compared to one with an APS-C sensor?

A: The benefits of a full frame camera are: larger sensor, higher image quality, uses high ISO, easier blur background, no crop factor, and such cameras have lots of features, better design and are more expensive. Bottom line is, there is no point in buying an expensive camera if you are beginner. An APS-C camera is a good place to start (and it costs less) and once you have had enough practice and experience in photography then you can move up to a full frame camera. Remember that what matters most is the photographer not the camera. Full frames cameras require high quality lenses for best performance.

Q: What is the cheapest Canon EOS DSLR that has a full frame camera?

A: An old 5D model that is used or a 6D used or new.

Q: Does this camera have an adaptor for EF-S lenses?

A: No. because of the size of the sensor, you do not require EF-S lenses. There would be a vignette much smaller than the sensor even though there was an adaptor. A large black circle would appear on your image.

Q: Can the lenses on an old Canon Rebel work with this camera?

A: The Canon 6D works with EF lenses only. It does not work with EF-S or EF-M lenses. I do not think EF-M lenses would have worked on your Rebel. So you can check which lenses you have and if it is an EF lens then you can use it on the 6D.

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I got the 6D and I have taken about 25,000 shots. With today’s price range, the price of the 6D is such a great bargain. I went with one that has no Wi-Fi for a price cut although the original price is decent for a full frame camera.

I was previously using a 5DII/5DIII so it has taken some time to get used to the 6D. The buttons are placed differently and I found that the 6D’s buttons were not as conveniently placed as those of the 5D. The build is great though.

The body is great for shooting stills but you will not a tripod for shooting videos because it only does this in live view.

The 6D has a wide auto-bracketing, custom white balance and AF setting options. The 6D’s Auto Focus is great and you can customize the settings to your liking. However, this camera’s outer focus points are less accurate than the 5DIII’s.

The 6D shoots both RAW and JPEG images. With JPEG, you can shoot more images that in RAW (RAW tends to be slow). The image quality generated by this camera is great. The ISO is also really great although I shoot at 6400. The dynamic range of 6D I not as good as that of other brands such as Nikon and Sony. This camera allows micro adjustment with a number of setting options.

I recommend micro adjusting the lenses for great results. The dust system works really great. I did not have to clean the sensor after a safari trip and I won’t be doing so any time soon. Additionally, the manual focus is great in live view and it has a 2-axis meter for leveling.

At this price, 6D is a winner in the Canon family. Furthermore, its high image quality gives it a huge advantage. I would choose the 6D over the 5DIII any day. I recommend this product.