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Canon 5d MKII or Canon 6D for best low light performance


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#1 00wabbit

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 09:33 AM

Looking to upgrade from my 60d. 

 

I do not use the 60d underwater because at the time I didn't want to invest in a housing for a camera I knew I was going to replace. 

 

My next camera will go underwater. My dive sites are typically darker waters like the great lakes, St. Lawrence River, etc. I have some lights but I mostly like large wide angle shipwreck photos where strobes don't really help. 

 

I also use the camera on land. My main reason for upgrading is poor low light performance. I could pick up a used 5dII and used housing at a good price. My other option is the Canon 6d. I really like the wifi features and connecting to the iphone to shoot and offload photos. This will be a good feature as well. 

 

Anyway, of the 6d and 5dII which has the best low light performance? Or is the difference negligible? 

 

Some other things to note:

I don't need the multiple focus points on the 5dIII

I would like a weather sealed body, but it's not necessary. I can't tell if the 6d is sealed, but I think it isn't.

I already own some L lenses and will stay with canon.



#2 Steve Williams

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 04:42 PM

Hi partner,

Snapsort would say the 6D wins the low light performance contest.  I think that the 6D would also surprise most people and win the auto focus speed contest especially in low light.. It's lighter too by quite a bit.  

 

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From a control standpoint everything you can do on the 5D MKII you can do with the 6D with some judicious use of the reprogrammable controls.

 

Good luck on your decision,

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 10:59 PM

Looking to upgrade from my 60d. 

 

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Some other things to note:

I don't need the multiple focus points on the 5dIII

I would like a weather sealed body, but it's not necessary. I can't tell if the 6d is sealed, but I think it isn't.

I already own some L lenses and will stay with canon.

 

Well, if I ignore some of your criteria, I'd suggest you look at the Sony A7S.  It's probably the best low-light camera in the market today.

 

Regards

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 01:22 PM

Thanks, but I have a lens and strobe investment in Canon. I am happy with them and will stick with them for now. 

 

My underwater camera at the moment is the sony rx100. 



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Posted 08 October 2014 - 02:40 AM

The 6D easily outperforms the 5D2 in most everything you need as a camera.  The difference in noise is more pronounced in the higher ISO from 3200 onwards.  We are talking about a stop difference from 3200-25600.
 


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