70D or 6D

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Nickwell24, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. Nickwell24 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    Okay everybody, I've been going back and forth between these two cameras (or a used 7D) for the last two months, I've read all the specs on both, so now it comes time I ask for the communities input. Currently I'm shooting with a T2i doing mostly landscape and portrait photography. Eventually I want to get into time-lapse photography including star trails.

    The 70D has many benefits: Cheaper, EF-S compatibility, 19 AF cross-point, touchscreen.
    The 6D's main benefit is the sensor. It has less AF point, not EF-S compatible.

    The main reason I'm looking at the 6D is the sensor, as I'm sure is the main reason for most. I've shot a few night shot already and even at ISO 100 the T2i has noise issues with the crop sensor, I don't want to have similar issues with a new crop sensor.

    Any input is appreciated and valued, especially if you've also debated between these cameras. I have a bit of time before this purchase so I am hoping for a good discussion - the 70-200 f/2.8 is the next purchase.
    A few sample shots:

  2. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  3. AlaskaMoose, Jul 27, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2014

    AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    The digital noise of the T2i you have referred to can be easily removed without significant loss of IQ using the NIK's noise removal plugin. But for the types of photography styles you are planning to get into, the 6D offers you perhaps the best low noise/high ISO sensor out there. The lenses is where most of the money will go, but for night sky photography you can buy lenses that are cheaper than Canon L or Zeiss'. For example, for super wide you could use a relatively cheap lens such as the 14mm f/2.8 Rokinon. It is a manual lens, but this should not be a problem for taking photos of the sky at night since you would have to adjust the focus manually. Then there are other lenses you can use with the 6D such as the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 (for FF cameras). This lens costs around $700.00, but has no provisions for using filters. However, if you don't know how to build a home-made filter adapter, you can always buy a FotoDiox WonderPana filter adapter for around $265.00. Canon just released a UW 16-35mm f/4L, but I imagine that it too would need a filter adapter, which should bring the cost of both to perhaps $1,600.

    For portraiture or weddings where you don't want to use a flash, the 6D and its center focus point is just about perfect, but you will need other lenses for that. Also, about your next lens purchase: that lens is highly regarded as being outstanding and desired by a lot of photographers. If you can afford it, go for it :)

    I use a Tokina 11-16 for my 7D to take pictures of the Auroras in Alaska, and a Tokina 16-28 for my 5DII. Both are wonderful lenses, and very sharp.

    You can see plenty of photo samples taken with the 6D in here:
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Some "out of the box" thinking,.. The 6D is the right way to go but you can leap front that and go up a few levels. The difference between T2i and 6D is noticeable to a skilled photographer but not many clients see the difference.

    For most people the T2i is the best option. but in your case, carefully composed landscape that I assume are being made into large scale fine art print the larger sensor is really going to help.

    The key assumption is that you are making large prints. The noise issue don't show up at all if you look at the images on-screen at normal size because after all, LCD monitors are roughly only about two megapixels and down sizing hides noise. Large prints are different.

    But then why use an SLR? The example photos you showed are not action shots. You would not believe the jump in quality you get with even larger sensors. The difference is greater than the different between full frame and crop frame Canon SLRs. Cost is a huge difference too.

    Back to SLRs: If you can add lighting then the camera body hardly matters. Any old Canon body can do great portrait work if you have light. You might keep your T2i SLR for action and people and move to large format for fine art landscape. You might even find the cost of the large format gear is LESS than a full frame SLR.

    Film scans from 4x5 are about like a 120 megapixel RAW image. MUCH better than anything you can get out of an SLR. Entry cost is about $500 or so. Film cost is trivial because the process is so slow.

    I see by the water marks this is a business. Moving out of SLR to larger format also moves your work up into a different price class. 36" prints because possible. It might even pay and the competitive space you work in is reduced.

    Or just buy the 6D. It will make YOU happy but will client pay double for you work if you swap SLR bodies? Likely not.
  5. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Hi Nickwell24, if your mainly shooting Landscape/Portraits the 6D would be the best way to go,combined with the 70-200 f2.8 II or some nice prime L glass you will be blown away by the results,
    the low light performance of the full frame sensor is worth it alone, why not rent a 6D and 70-200 lens, good luck with your decision ;)
  6. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    You haven't really explained what you need from the camera.

    Are you printing often? You complain about noise but web previews show little noise from the shots you posted.

    You mention the 6Ds inability to use EF-S lenses. What lenses do you see in the lineup that you need to use?
  7. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Noise issues at iso100? Examples please.
  8. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    ef-s 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS is my daily go-to lens :D
  9. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Tamron 24-70mm with VC job done!
  10. mtbdudex macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2007
    SE Michigan
    I was in similar boat as you, 70D vs 6D, went with the 70D as step up from my 5 year old Ti1.

    Now, in those 5 years od Ti1 usage I've upgraded from kit lens to Canon 15-85 and also 70-200 L mkII f2.8. It was not till recently that I felt the T1i was holding me back.

    I do suggest you consider your lens and possibly upgrade from that ef-s 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS to possible a faster zoom like acearchie said.

    What I really like about my 70D over the T1i is the more control and information I have on the top and back screen, as well as the more direct ability to change exposure parameters easily.

    Check out this Canon 70D RAW High ISO Field Test
    If for pure low light high ISO then 6D over 70D no doubt.
  11. suprakc, Jul 30, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2014

    suprakc macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2013
    Ha, I am really glad you said that. It's my go-to lens too (on a T3i), because I think the image quality is quite sharp 18-35 stopped down a 1-3 stops (and I don't like dropping money...) **IS II version.

    What about the rumors of a new 70D? I would wait to buy that one, for sure. 6D is sweet... but the next-gen 70D might be a really sweet crop body, might not. Worth waiting though.

    P.S. a 30 sec. exposure @ ISO 100 does ok for me, especially with noise reduction in LR5 set around 25-30. Very sharp. Color fringing is an issue because of the 18-55, but LR fixes that quite well too.

    Also, compliments to your photography, I am always very impressed. (especially as a compact crop body shooter myself).
  12. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    hi mate and many thanks for the compliments! how about posting in the POTD and contest threads some of your work too?

    Sorry to burst your bubble but I was a bit ironic regarding that lens. I bought a 100D kit with that lens as a present for my grandmother, I can't say I really appreciate it. On the other hand, I really appreciate the 100D, I have one myself as secondary along with my 6D, but most of my photographs are with the 6D. That's not to say great photographs cannot be made with the 18-55, it's really mostly up to the photographer and conditions upon taking the photograph (if not studio photography with artificial lighting)

    Come to think of it, I think the forum needs one more monthly competition.

    The best you can do with the cheapest possible hardware. Maybe even single use film cameras...!
  13. Nickwell24, Jul 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2014

    Nickwell24 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    I'm at work currently so I don't have examples, but I ran into noise while shooting Arrowhead Stadium here in KC for a night shoot. With a full moon and ISO 100 an exposure around 2 minutes still produced enough noise to prevent a large print. I'd honestly say for 95% of my shots I don't run into noise issues with my T2i which has me considering saving the few hundred and sticking with crop body.


    Currently my photos stay purely digital online, however I'm looking to move into prints in the very near future for my landscape shots.

    Glass is not an issue as currently I own: 24-105 f/4 L, 50mm f/1.8

    The only consideration for on going cost as EF-S is normally a few hundred cheaper than EF. Such as a super wide-angle EF-S 10-22 is approximately $650, equivalent focal length for full frame 16-35 $1200
  14. truettray macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2012
    For me the 6D plus a faster crop sensor body (like the 50d, 60d, 7D) is a good combo. You won't see that much of a noise improvement from the T2i on the 70d. Especially if you're pixel peeping.
  15. Nickwell24 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    Eventually that's my goal, to have a good crop sensor such as the 7D (mk 2 when it's released maybe?) or 70D paired with a full frame. It's just a slow process to build up that equipment. In good light the crop sensor's are great and their 1.6x "magnification" offers a nice benefit for wildlife photos, it's just a slow process gathering gear, and funds :).

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