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Upgrade recommendations from EOS 6D

keelymchugh
Contributor

I currently have the canon 6d with a few lenses. I use my camera for nature, wildlife and landscape primarily. However, I tried the Sony alpha 7 and didn't like it so I want to upgrade my canon instead. My budget is roughly £600/700 and my budget for lenses is about £200. Is it worth upgrading and if so what recommendations do people have? Thank you:)

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OK, then definitely save up to be able to afford an R6 or R8.  The other models are of the first generation of R-series and not IMHO up to the level of these units, so if you want some longevity with the new camera, save up the extra.  The R6 is very similar to the R8 but does lack a few features:  The following video, while not my presentation style, does cover the basics of this: 

Definitely the RF 24-240 USM is a great optic and would cover pretty much all you need in terms of focal length and the aperture range is not dissimilar to your current kit.  If you can sell all of your legacy lenses you don't need to invest in a EF-RF adapter, saving more money.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

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johnrmoyer
Mentor
Mentor

What lenses do you already have?

https://www.canon-europe.com/lenses/eos-r-adapters/

 

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rs-eos
Elite

Assuming that you wish to continue to have a full frame camera, your current budget is unfortunately too low (~1,000 to 1150 USD) for a new camera.  The most inexpensive new full-frame R-series camera is the EOS RP, but that's already at $1,000.  About all you could do is add on the Canon EF-to-RF adapter ($130) to use your existing lenses.  But the EOS RP is about 5 years old now.

A better move be perhaps to save up for an EOS R6?

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Tronhard
Elite
Elite

Hi Keely and welcome to the forum:

I have to concur with my respected colleague Ricky that you may have to save up, and/or sell some of your current kit to get sufficient funds for a decent R-series body.

Since you are currently using the R6, John's question about what lenses you currently have is also very relevant, as some may be more suitable than others, and it may be that selling some of those would also help fund your upgrade.

As a photographer with similar interests to you, I can join Ricky recommending either of the R6 bodies.   While the R6II is now the dominant model, the original R6 is still a highly capable camera and you may be able to get one that is still new on sale, or from a reseller site like KEH dot COM that also take trade-ins 

A big question is what you produce: in terms of lens quality and sensor capacity much depends on the output medium.  The demands for social media, digital display and modest size prints are less demanding than for very large Fine Art prints for sale, for example.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

keelymchugh
Contributor

Hi, I have the 28-135mm 35.-5.6, the 28mm 2.8 and the 80-200mm 4.5-5.6. Thank you all for helping.

Hi Keely:
These are quite venerable lenses and I would recommend selling the two zooms, plus the 6D body to fund an R6 variant.   If you got the R6, you would do well to consider the RF 24-240 USM lens, which would take over from both of the zooms and is an excellent optic.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

There are several helpful replies from the people above, but another point you might factor in is how much you would get selling or part exchanging your EOS 6D.

Since you mentioned pounds in your question you might want to take a look at a dealer like MPB in the UK does take old camera gear in exchange for other items they have, even other used items. Selling your EOS 6D and getting a secondhand EOS R6 might not be close to your budget. You would still need an EF to RF mount adapter but all your lenses would fit and give you the same coverage. Also any memory cards and batteries would be usable too. AF performance of the EOS R6 is much better than the EOS 6D especially for wildlife subjects. 


Brian - Canon specialist trainer, author and photographer
https://www.p4pictures.com
I use British not American English, so my spellings may be a little different to yours

Tronhard
Elite
Elite

Hi.   I just looked at the Canon UK sales site and the cost of an R6 is well over £2000 pounds in its own right, and then there is the cost of a lens.   I honestly think you are going to have to do a lot of saving up to bridge the distance from your current £600 - £700 budget.  Another camera that is not so expensive and with the same sensor, is the EOS R8, which lacks only a few features of the R6.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

keelymchugh
Contributor

On the mpb website, it's possible to get an r6 or r8 for £1,200 with the suggested lens (RF 24-240) being £600 so £1,800 total. Would your suggestion be to save up for the r6/r8 or look at a different model such as Eos r, Eos rp, Eos r10 or Eos r50 which are £600 roughly 

OK, then definitely save up to be able to afford an R6 or R8.  The other models are of the first generation of R-series and not IMHO up to the level of these units, so if you want some longevity with the new camera, save up the extra.  The R6 is very similar to the R8 but does lack a few features:  The following video, while not my presentation style, does cover the basics of this: 

Definitely the RF 24-240 USM is a great optic and would cover pretty much all you need in terms of focal length and the aperture range is not dissimilar to your current kit.  If you can sell all of your legacy lenses you don't need to invest in a EF-RF adapter, saving more money.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
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