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Me too, fabulous cameras for what I do.
Has anyone updated the firmware yet? Mine are both over 2 and 3 years old now..
Not touched the firmware as I the camera seems to work fine as it is and I didn't want to risk changing that situation. Has anyone else updated the firmware and, if so, did it change the look of the photographs it produced in any way, or did you notice any benefits?
 
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I’ve got 2. In no hurry to swap them for anything else :)
well ve done it, got a 6d and 40mm pancake to use as my travel camera for my trip to dubrovik later this year.
any set up tips are welcome .ive set to bb focus and thats about it so far.
mind you i think i better get a spare battery as well
 
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Congratulations, I hope you enjoy using your 6D as much as I enjoy mine. I have the 40mm pancake lens too and it seems to produce nice looking results and makes for a very compact set-up; I like 40mm as a focal length too, 50mm often seems just a bit too 'tight' and 35mm a bit too wide for street type and indoor photos.

As for set up tips, none really - just try it on 'P' and see what the results are like, if you need a bit more or less depth of field then select AE and dial in the f number you think you need. I find the metering is usually pretty much spot on, so I let the camera do the work most of the time, or dial in a bit of + or - exposure comp using the wheel on the back if I need to. I think I've only used it in full manual about a dozen times in the 4 years I've owned it! You can always check out the 'landscape' mode in 'scenes' if you want a bit more 'pop' in your holiday landscape shots. It doesn't seem to do too bad a job. Battery life seems very good too, but I'd probably take a second battery with me just to be on the safe side, as with a used camera you never know how well the original battery has been looked after.

Do you have a flash for your 6D for your trip (bearing in mind there's no image stabilisation on the 40mm pancake lens)? If not, then perhaps have a look at a good, used 430ex II Canon Speedlite. It's smaller and lighter than the 580ex versions and still reasonably powerful, and should cost up to around 50% less than the 580ex II as well. I have both, and as good as the 580 is, I take the 430 if I want to travel light but still need a bit of fill flash or something to knock a bit of light into indoor shots. You can always use it as a slave if you upgrade to a 580ex ii at a later date (or already have one).

Hope this is of interest and don't forget to share some of the photos you take with your new camera. (y)
 
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Congratulations, I hope you enjoy using your 6D as much as I enjoy mine. I have the 40mm pancake lens too and it seems to produce nice looking results and makes for a very compact set-up; I like 40mm as a focal length too, 50mm often seems just a bit too 'tight' and 35mm a bit too wide for street type and indoor photos.

As for set up tips, none really - just try it on 'P' and see what the results are like, if you need a bit more or less depth of field then select AE and dial in the f number you think you need. I find the metering is usually pretty much spot on, so I let the camera do the work most of the time, or dial in a bit of + or - exposure comp using the wheel on the back if I need to. I think I've only used it in full manual about a dozen times in the 4 years I've owned it! You can always check out the 'landscape' mode in 'scenes' if you want a bit more 'pop' in your holiday landscape shots. It doesn't seem to do too bad a job. Battery life seems very good too, but I'd probably take a second battery with me just to be on the safe side, as with a used camera you never know how well the original battery has been looked after.

Do you have a flash for your 6D for your trip (bearing in mind there's no image stabilisation on the 40mm pancake lens)? If not, then perhaps have a look at a good, used 430ex II Canon Speedlite. It's smaller and lighter than the 580ex versions and still reasonably powerful, and should cost up to around 50% less than the 580ex II as well. I have both, and as good as the 580 is, I take the 430 if I want to travel light but still need a bit of fill flash or something to knock a bit of light into indoor shots. You can always use it as a slave if you upgrade to a 580ex ii at a later date (or already have one).

Hope this is of interest and don't forget to share some of the photos you take with your new camera. (y)
tbh ive been using slr cameras for many years and have had multiple dslrs and the thought of using scene or full program makes me shudder:p:D ive had the 40mm with my 5dmk111 and think its great value and quality for the dosh so it was a bit of a no brainer for light travel for me really and ive fancied a 6d for a while.
i tend to use ap mode or full.m. I've no interest in getting a flash tbh been there and dont really want to again. its the focus options within the menu i wasn't sure if to bother changing and tips for wifi/gpu really. will post some of my rubbish up when i get a day or two off to play with it. but thank you very much for replying
 

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I mainly use manual with auto ISO on my 6D, the ISO range is so wide before noise becomes an issue that you can pretty much always have the shutter and f-stop you want for the shot and let ISO take care of itself.
 
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I can’t see the point in M and auto ISO on the 6d.
Like most Canons it removes the ability to set exp comp, which is something that I always use.

Setting a min shutter speed in AV means I almost never have to care about blurred shots, and when SS is critical, then using TV and auto ISO my preference.

Horses for courses, but I don’t understand how anyone can live without exp comp.
 
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I think there's a bit of tosh spoken about using full manual these days (unless doing more specialist stuff like macro and astro), in most normal situations the camera's metering system will get things right a lot quicker and more often than the average photographer will, and in cases where it doesn't a flick of the exp comp wheel on the camera (and/or flash) soon puts that right. The same sort of frowning happens about using 'P' mode, but I bet a lot of good 'grab' shots have been missed or cocked up in recent years by people stuck in the wrong aperture or shutter speed setting. If I'm photographing a certain subject in a planned way then I'll usually be in AE or TV mode with ISO set to auto, however, if I'm just wandering around with my camera as a tourist or visitor to an outdoor event then I'll use 'P' and take it from there as the situation dictates.

As for not living without exp comp, I think that's probably the price Phil pays for spending most of his time taking photos of large white objects with flash or in sunshine! ;)
 
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I think there's a bit of tosh spoken about using full manual these days (unless doing more specialist stuff like macro and astro), in most normal situations the camera's metering system will get things right a lot quicker and more often than the average photographer will, and in cases where it doesn't a flick of the exp comp wheel on the camera (and/or flash) soon puts that right. The same sort of frowning happens about using 'P' mode, but I bet a lot of good 'grab' shots have been missed or cocked up in recent years by people stuck in the wrong aperture or shutter speed setting. If I'm photographing a certain subject in a planned way then I'll usually be in AE or TV mode with ISO set to auto, however, if I'm just wandering around with my camera as a tourist or visitor to an outdoor event then I'll use 'P' and take it from there as the situation dictates.

As for not living without exp comp, I think that's probably the price Phil pays for spending most of his time taking photos of large white objects with flash or in sunshine! ;)
tbh, as its a hobby for me i enjoy setting my own exposure or deciding on the depth i want in focus. i probably could get more grab shots on p mode but these days for grab shots i tend to just use my mobile on p mode!
 
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I've only ever used manual mode no matter the camera, I don't get why it's a thing? Personal preference is all it is. Very rarely I'll use aperture priority but find I'll knock exp comp back a little and never touch it again. Can't see why it's any better than just setting the main trio manually, rarely have to adjust if you're shooting in the same lighting
 
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I can’t see the point in M and auto ISO on the 6d.
Like most Canons it removes the ability to set exp comp, which is something that I always use.

Setting a min shutter speed in AV means I almost never have to care about blurred shots, and when SS is critical, then using TV and auto ISO my preference.

Horses for courses, but I don’t understand how anyone can live without exp comp.
Phil how do you set a min shutter speed in AV?
 
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its in the iso speed settings/min.shutter.spd menu
ah i see he meant he uses auto ISO in AV mode,when he said he couldnt see the point of auto iso in manual i thought hewas saying he doesnt use auto ISO in any mode,hence my confusion,i dont have a 6D now just an M100 but was wondering how he set min Shutter speed in AV mode using a fixed ISO,My bad :)
 
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you can on the M100,but im a bit confused,doesnt this just alter the shutter speed and if so couldnt you just alter the shutter speed yourself?
If you use auto ISO in M, the camera will always centre the meter. Using exp comp you can control the exposure properly.

It should alter the ISO if you use M, the SS if you use AV and the aperture if you use TV.
 
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Just wondering, how many of you 'side'-graded to the mkII? Looking about it seems that camera got roasted by critics! Is it really that bad? Looks to be a bit like a FF 80D - which sounds great, but it's obviously lacking a lot when so many reviewers are slating it
 
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Just wondering, how many of you 'side'-graded to the mkII? Looking about it seems that camera got roasted by critics! Is it really that bad? Looks to be a bit like a FF 80D - which sounds great, but it's obviously lacking a lot when so many reviewers are slating it
the only thing not as good is dr at base iso.
its still a great camera but just not in this area
 
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Just wondering, how many of you 'side'-graded to the mkII? Looking about it seems that camera got roasted by critics! Is it really that bad? Looks to be a bit like a FF 80D - which sounds great, but it's obviously lacking a lot when so many reviewers are slating it
Statistically it hit a raw nerve.
Other than DR at base ISO it beats the mk1, but there’s a desire to slate Canon by the press etc.
The people who bought the mk1 would have bought a 5d3 if the other specs mattered a great deal to them.
I’d happily buy a mk2 but the mk1 does what I need, if I felt the need for an upgrade, it’d be on my shortlist.

Edit: rambling, it might be the sun or the beer.
 
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Statistically it hit a raw nerve.
Other than DR at base ISO it beats the mk1, but there’s a desire to slate Canon by the press etc.
The people who bought the mk1 would have bought a 5d3 if the other specs mattered a great deal to them.
I’d happily buy a mk2 but the mk1 does what I need, if I felt the need for an upgrade, it’d be on my shortlist.

Edit: rambling, it might be the sun or the beer.
Had more of a search and it seems it only having one card slot, worse DR than the first, and no 4k are the biggest moans. I quite fancy it tbh.
 
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Had more of a search and it seems it only having one card slot, worse DR than the first, and no 4k are the biggest moans. I quite fancy it tbh.
As a ‘better’ 6d I don’t think there’s a lot to argue about (didn’t stop the internet slagging it off).
If I was in the market for a 2nd 6d I’d buy it in a heartbeat, but I don’t see it as a necessary upgrade to 6d owners,
 

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As a ‘better’ 6d I don’t think there’s a lot to argue about (didn’t stop the internet slagging it off).
If I was in the market for a 2nd 6d I’d buy it in a heartbeat, but I don’t see it as a necessary upgrade to 6d owners,
I see the AF as its main upgrade really and I would get one also and ignore the press. Half of them probably never even touched the camera
 
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I think the 6D Mk1 was more akin to a 5D III 'light' (with some updated features such as WiFi), and appealed to the 'prosumer to pro' type crossover market, but in my opinion the Mk2, with it's flappy screen seems to have been aimed more at the keen amateur photographer/video maker. Consequently, I won't be getting one and when my 6D finally conks out or totally becomes 'old hat', I'll most likely upgrade to a low shutter-count lightly used 5D4, or the model after that depending on when it happens and if it's any good. However, I'm still enjoying using my 6D at the moment. :)
 
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Hi all. I've plumped for a 6D1 after a period without a camera. Arrives tomorrow, and I'm just trying to get a few accessories together.

I need some spare batteries. I'm anti-Canon here, I'm not paying £60 for a genuine one - I've had no issues in at least 3 Canon bodies and 2 Fuji bodies in the past using ExPro cells, but this time, Amazon UK has a pretty poor rating for ExPro's LP-E6. There's a couple of other brands with a decent number of ratings at a good score (Powerextra anyone?) but none look like an obvious choice.

What cells are you all using? Would prefer to order via Amazon on Prime.
 
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In my experience, the latest charger won’t charge 3rd party batteries, but the earlier chargers do.

That might make a difference to your choices, if the camera is a later one, you might need to buy a charger and battery.
 
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Hi all. I've plumped for a 6D1 after a period without a camera. Arrives tomorrow, and I'm just trying to get a few accessories together.

I need some spare batteries. I'm anti-Canon here, I'm not paying £60 for a genuine one - I've had no issues in at least 3 Canon bodies and 2 Fuji bodies in the past using ExPro cells, but this time, Amazon UK has a pretty poor rating for ExPro's LP-E6. There's a couple of other brands with a decent number of ratings at a good score (Powerextra anyone?) but none look like an obvious choice.

What cells are you all using? Would prefer to order via Amazon on Prime.
ive got an ex-pro for mine-seems fine so far but haven't used it much. give me a nudge in a couple of weeks and I can update you as I am off on my travels so should give it a work out
 
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In my experience, the latest charger won’t charge 3rd party batteries, but the earlier chargers do.

That might make a difference to your choices, if the camera is a later one, you might need to buy a charger and battery.
What a royal PITA.

Hopefully there are some batteries on the market with a chip that fools the camera into thinking it's a genuine Canon.
 
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What a royal PITA.

Hopefully there are some batteries on the market with a chip that fools the camera into thinking it's a genuine Canon.
The camera uses them fine (you need to ok when it suspects it’s a 3rd party battery for the first time), but the charger is more temperamental.
 
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Have you got a recent 6d Niko? Just to help add context to Phil's suggestion.
no idea mate, I got it very recently but it could be older. it works fine with the latest expro but I guess that must have a chip in it as it shows up fine in the cameras menu.
edit; the camera seems to think this is a real one-no message to say otherwise at least
 
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