cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

6Dmk1 vs 80D? Upgrading from a T5i.

tomhillmeyer
Contributor

Hello!

 

I've been going back and forth the past few days between getting a 6D(mk I) or an 80D and I'd love some help. I can get either and glass for about the same price I've found and now I can't decide.

 

The biggest thing I'm debating is full frame. The 6D is so tempting with full frame, but I feel that buying a 6D would just make me want the 5DmkIII (or IV) even more, especially if the AF is as bad as I've heard. If I go with an 80D, I can have a lot of great features, most of which the 6D lacks (better AF, more MP, 60fps at 1080p, etc.). From reading reviews, it seems that the 6D just isn't worth it and a lot of people just jump to the 5D line. Would a 6D vs 80D be like a subpar FF camera vs. a really good crop sensor camera?

 

A little about me, I'm a portrait/still-life/landscape photographer and videographer. I've been using the T5i for about 4 years now (laugh all you want, I know it's a Rebel and I need an upgrade). Not doing anything crazy nor am I a snob for cameras, but I'd like to get some informed opinions (thus the post).

 

In conclusion, in your opinion would the full frame capability of the 6D outweigh the features/capabilites of the 80D even though it's a crop sensor? I will eventually go for a 5D probably around the Mk V or VI in the coming years and hop into 4K/full frame, and I think the 80D will give me some time to collect some good FF glass to make the jump.

 

Again, they're around the same price (from my sources), so it's really down to full frame vs features like quicker AF and smaller size and more MP and whatnot. I also recognize the 80D is a newer model than the 6Dmk1, so that's also makes me lean towards it.

 

Let me know what you think! Thank you so much!

45 REPLIES 45

Good to know, I was hoping to hear from an actual 6D owner! Part of the reason I posted here is because I know absolutely nobody who owns a 6D! All I kept hearing from people was "5Dmk3 you gotta buy the 5Dmk3" and I was trying to hear someone recommend it.

Went with the 80D, the 6D was too big of a step if eventually I'm going to get into the 5D territory. Seemed like a great camera other than the (apparently bogus) crap about the AF. Thanks for replying! Great to hear a 6D owner's perspective.


@Bryston3bsst wrote:

I own a 6D and I will say that 98% of the AF system bashing is simply regurgitation of the crap written on the internet by people that don't even own the camera.

 

I use mine a great deal for birds in flight and wildlife and I don't miss much. It locks and tracks beautifully. I will say too, coming from a 600D that it took a while for the 6D and I to get used to each other. And that, to a degree, is true with any equiment change.

 

My point being, don't listen to the garbage you read regarding the 6D's 'poor AF' system because it is just not true. To those that have used the 6D and still say the AF system is poor I would say they don't know how to use it. If you have to depend on AF points all over your viewfinder to be able to shoot any kind of action then I guess you just need to become a better photographer.


I agree there is nothing wrong with AF of the 6D. It's biggest lacking especially for birds in flight and wildlife is frames per second and the 1.6X hit you take on long lenses. It seems like you never have a long enough lens even with a 1.6X crop much less without it.

tomhillmeyer
Contributor

Thanks for all the suggestions, I went ahead with the 80D for the price, video capabilities, and newer model.

 

Thanks again!


@tomhillmeyer wrote:

Thanks for all the suggestions, I went ahead with the 80D for the price, video capabilities, and newer model.

 

Thanks again!


You won't be disappointed, either.  Not quite the low noise of a 6D, but it easily has lower noise than a 7D2.

--------------------------------------------------------
"The right mouse button is your friend."


@tomhillmeyer wrote:

Thanks for all the suggestions, I went ahead with the 80D for the price, video capabilities, and newer model.

 

Thanks again!


Good choice, enjoy your camera. 
 

ebiggs1
Legend

I didn't read all the replies but from your post consider this 'kit', the EOS 80D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon.  It'll blow the doors off anything close to the price point.

 

BTW, there is no 6D Mk I.  There is a 6D and a forthcoming 6D Mk II.  Neither of which I was or am impressed.  Check out the 80D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!

I looked at that lens, and I think that might be a future purchase but I went ahead and just got the body from B&H. Came with a bag, SD card, some batteries, and some other goodies.

I understand the 6Dmk1 how it's not called that, but considering the mk2 came out just thought I'd discriminate that a little better. Tried to not confuse people.

Planning on just skipping to whatever the 5D offering is there in a few years after my 80D runs its course. Thanks for the suggestion!

ebiggs1
Legend

" I've been using the T5i for about 4 years now (laugh all you want, I know it's a Rebel and I need an upgrade)"

 

Gee, now I feel bad too.  Smiley Sad  I made a living using Rebels.  Five of them in fact.  Smiley Wink

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

" I've been using the T5i for about 4 years now (laugh all you want, I know it's a Rebel and I need an upgrade)"

 

Gee, now I feel bad too.  Smiley Sad  I made a living using Rebels.  Five of them in fact.  Smiley Wink


There is nothing at all wrong with the T5i. The performance of any camera depends almost entirely on who is pressing the shutter release button.

 

I have gotten tremendous results from the 500D and 600D that I had.

 

I shot this with my 600D. We were both pretty happy with it.

 

IMG_0756 PS 2.jpg

Respectfully, I'm not getting a new camera because I think the T5i is terrible. I love the camera and have been shooting with it for years now. It's just time I get a bigger body with more updated specs, and the 80D even throws in WiFi with 1080p/60fps video.

Pic looks great, trust me I'm right on the "equipment doesn't matter, it's how you use it" train, it's just time I upgrade. Thanks for your thoughts. Keep rockin' that rebel 😉
Announcements
11/22/2022: New firmware available for EOS R3, EOS R7 and EOS R10
11/16/2022: We're thrilled to be ranked among the Best Employers for Veterans in 2022 by Forbes.
10/14/2022: Help ensure your autofocus is properly aligned with a Canon Precision Alignment
09/19/2022: New firmware version 1.0.4.1 is available for EOS C70
08/31/2022: New firmware version 1.1.1 is available for RF 70-200mm L IS USM
08/09/2022: New firmware version 1.2.0 is available for CR-N 300
08/09/2022: New firmware version 1.2.0 is available for CR-N 500
07/28/2022: New firmware version 1.2.1 is available for EOS-R3
07/21/2022: New firmware version 1.6.0 is available for EOS-R5
07/21/2022: New firmware version 1.6.0 is available for EOS-R6
07/21/2022: New firmware version 1.1.0 is available for EOS-R7
07/21/2022: New firmware version 1.1.0 is available for EOS-R10
07/14/2022: New firmware version 1.0.1 is available for CR-X300
07/01/2022: New firmware version 1.3.0 is available for PowerShot PICK
06/10/2022: Service Notice:UPDATE: Canon Inkjet Printer continuous reboot loop or powering down
06/07/2022: New firmware version 1.3.2 is available for PowerShot G7 X Mark III
06/07/2022: New firmware version 1.0.3 is available for EOS M50 Mark II
05/31/2022: Did someone SAY Badges?
05/26/2022: New firmware version 1.0.5.1 is available for EOS-C500 Mark II
05/26/2022: New firmware version 1.0.3.1 is available for EOS-C300 Mark III
05/10/2022: Keep your Canon gear in optimal condition with a Canon Maintenance Service
05/05/2022: We are excited to announce that we have refreshed the ranking scale within the community!
04/26/2022: New firmware version 1.0.1.1 is available for EOS R5 C
03/23/2022: New firmware version 1.0.3.1 is available for EOS-C70
02/09/2022: Share Your Photos is back!
02/07/2022: New firmware version 1.6.1 is available for EOS-1DX Mark III
01/19/2022: READY FOR ANYTHING EOS-R5 C
01/13/2022: Community Update. We will be retiring the legacy profile avatars on 01/20/2022. Click this link to read more.
01/05/2022: Welcome to CES 2022!