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May 13, 2013

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That's a nice write up. I'm looking to upgrade my now ancient Canon 40D and hadn't really thought about going full frame but I like the idea of a quiet shutter and it's certainly more reasonably priced than other full frame bodies.

I know I'll have to replace my old lenses too but my Sigma 18-200 zoom is practically falling apart now as I've had it since the days of my Canon 20D!

It's actually quite easy to find those APS-C wide angle primes you speak of. They simply are all in Pentax mount (the lovely DA Limiteds) or in mirrorless mounts from Sony, Fujifilm or Samsung (and of course Olympus & Panasonic if you are willing to look at micro4/3rds)

Note also that in terms of single-shot AF, an Olympus OM-D or Panasonic GH3 will outperform the 6D and the D7000 in both accuracy and speed. It's only AF-C/Ai Servo modes where the Micro-4/3rds bodies fall down and my the sounds of things that's not a feature you regularly use.

If you like compact, street-friendly cameras with great glass and IQ comparable to the D7000 I'd strongly recommend taking the OM-D for a spin, paired with one of the great m43 primes (probably the 17/1.8 or the 25/1.4)

Nice shots, Gordon. When street-shooting, are you letting the camera choose the AF points or are you choosing them manually?

>>are you letting the camera choose the AF points or are you choosing them manually?

I generally let the camera choose the AF points. When you're shooting outdoors with a wide angle lens set to f/8 or f/11, depth-of-field covers a multitude of focusing errors. Exceptions are when the main subject is not in the foreground or is well outside the AF area, or when I have limited depth-of-field.

- Gordon

I like your style of camera review Gordon. But now that you've opened that small can of worms... how about you rent a D600 with, say, a 35/2 or so and give us the lowdown? It's only a couple of bucks less than the Canon at B&H. And sometimes comparing apples to apples reveals those subtle but significant differences in taste.

>>how about you rent a D600...?

No problem. Just send me a check for the cost of the rental and I'd be happy to oblige. I already own a 35mm f/2 Nikkor, so when you think about it I'd be saving you money. : - )

Thanks Gordon... I would've sent you my own Nikkor to save money, but now I can save on that postage too!

Seriously, though, you made me think that a week rental (as opposed to weekend) is a sensible way to evaluate the various wunder-cams that come and go faster than money in the bank these days.

Looks like the camera that maybe Nikon should produce.
Less complicated for starters and not as possibly troublle plagued D600 & D800 full frames, noth much heavier and
far more complicated.

Finally! An honest review that isn't too extreme! I've owned the 6D for over a month and have taken just over 1000 shots so far. I moved to FF because I had some old manual glass lying around, and it adapted well on the canon. The DOF was really the biggest motivator for me. I had an APS-C with a great zoom range, but the bokeh wasn't as pretty as I liked, and my pictures didn't have that "professional" look that I wanted. The 6D gives great DOF because of the FF sensor, and the low light performance is perfect. I can't even manually focus in the dark by eye, and it can still take shots. Also, you highlight an important aspect - the camera is quite large. There's no need for a FF like the 5D III or D800 to be bigger. And the 6D weighs just a little more than the new Leica M, which is considered to be a small discreet camera for street photography. The control layout on one side is convenient and the shutter is so snappy and quiet. Time for me to go take more pics and stop reading/posting to forums!

So, Gordon, have you bought one yet?

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