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6d mark ii VS 7d mark ii

First Post Ya'll,

 

I'm an outdoor enthusiast on a budget trying to decide between the 7d ii and 6d ii. I'm thinking better light with 6d, full frame. 

 

I hike alot and backpack... so need it Weather Sealed. I do take some moving animals: geese, owls, deer, bear but not like a sports photographer. Occassionally video but not much. (water falls)

 

Can anyone help steer me in the right direction with my budget for the body being 1000-1200 or so? 

 

Thanks so much!

 

MG

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Re: 6d mark ii VS 7d mark ii

Sometimes when shooting bear *you* become the sport. 8^)

 

I would suggest whatever is smaller, probably the 7D. Crop frame gives your lenses a little more reach.

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Re: 6d mark ii VS 7d mark ii

"I hike alot and backpack... so need it Weather Sealed. I do take some moving animals: geese, owls, deer, bear but not like a sports photographer."

 

I am a big 7D and 7D Mk II fan.  It is my choice for you.  It is built very much tougher than the 6 series line. The fact the 6D Mk II may have a tiny edge over the 7D Mk II in a few specs, it can't match the build quality. Plus in real world daily use these small advantage don't really show up. Being mostly tech paper stuff. The next big advantage for the 7D Mk II, besides built, is the tele factor. Free telephoto for wildlife! 

So we have better build for hiking, tele factor for wildlife shooting but the weather sealed thing!  No camera is water proof.  You get either one wet, it is a problem. The 7D Mk II will take some rain drops pretty well. It will survive better in any comparable wet situation than the 6 series. But it can't really get wet either.

 

Bottom line either will do the job, both fine cameras. I just would pick the 7D Mk II.

BTW, I don't know if you might be considering used but I would avoid buying a 6D. 

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Re: 6d mark ii VS 7d mark ii


@StressLess wrote:

First Post Ya'll,

 

I'm an outdoor enthusiast on a budget trying to decide between the 7d ii and 6d ii. I'm thinking better light with 6d, full frame. 

 

I hike alot and backpack... so need it Weather Sealed. I do take some moving animals: geese, owls, deer, bear but not like a sports photographer. Occassionally video but not much. (water falls)

 

Can anyone help steer me in the right direction with my budget for the body being 1000-1200 or so? 

 

Thanks so much!

 

MG


Having used both of them quite a bit for sports like football and baseball, and hiking the woods in search of hides holes to shoot wildlife.  Given a choice between the 6D2 and 7D2, I would recommend the 6D2, despite the highly advanced AF system in the 7D2.  I think the 6D2 has a much better AF system.  I do not need 6 AF preset case settings.  

 

The main advantage the 7D2 has over the 6D2 is build quality of the chassis.  The 7D2 has a full magnesium alloy chassis, while the 6D2 uses a polycarbonate on its’ top section.  Both bodies are sealed against weather and dust.  The 7D2 has a much higher frame rate, which is good for moving subjects.  The 7D2 also has dual card slots, one of which is a faster CF card slot, which is what plays a major role in the faster frame rate compared to the 6D2, which only has one SD slot.

 

Likewise, the 6D2 has a few advantages of its’ own.  The main advantage is the full frame sensor in 6D2, which is what enables it to have better low light performance.  The 6D2 also has 30% more resolution, 20MP vs 26MP, which almost offsets the natural crop factor of the 7D2’s APS-C image sensor.  The 6D2 has 45 AF points, compared to 61 AF points in the 7D2.

 

When the 7D2 was introduced, it featured Canon’s most advanced AF focusing and tracking system.  The AF system in the 7D2 has been equaled, and surpassed by some ways, by a couple lower tier APS-C camera bodies.  While the lower tier bodies have only 45 AF points, they have a next generation of the AF system.  Canon has vastly improved upon the AF system pioneered by the 7D2.  The newer bodies have more cross type AF sensors for sharper focusing.

 

I think the 6D2 AF system surpasses the 7D2 in all ways except number of AF points and preset AF cases.  Most causal shooters do not make use of the AF cases.  They usually shoot only one or two types of action photography, and only use just one of the AF case settings.

I think the most significant difference between the AF systems in the 7D2 and 6D2 shows up when you use a telextender.  When I use the 7D2 with the EF 1.4x III with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-4.6L IS II USM lens and EF 1.4x III extender, the AF system in the 7D2 is reduced to one f/8 AF point.  And, AF speed takes a significant hit in speed.  Never measured it but the frame rate drops by at least a third, maybe even by half.

 

When I use the 6D2 with the EF 1.4x III with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-4.6L IS II USM lens and EF 1.4x III extender, the AF system will have 27 active AF points, which is GREAT for tracking BIF.  Also, I do not notice any reduction in AF speed with the 6D2 compared to the 7D2.  In fact, the 6D2 feels like it has a faste frame rate.

 

I still carry both bodies, but the 6D2 sees a lot more use.  The only time I will go for the 7D2 is on nice bright sunny days, and I am shooting a sport where the subject pretty much stay in the sunshine.  Woods can have plenty of dark and light spots, so I am using the 6D2, shooting in Manual mode with ISO set to Auto, AI Servo, and Continuous Drive, and all AF points enabled.

 

I set my AF to always begins with the center AF point, and expand to surrounding points as needed for AF tracking of moving subjects.  There nave been many complaints about the 6D2 having its’ AF points cluster in the center of the viewfinder, but I have found that I can put more AF points on a subject, which means more data for the AF tracking system, and the result is EXCELLENT tracking of moving subjects.

 

To sum it all up, each body has undenaiable advantages over the other.  I think the features that matter the most when it comes to  capturing quality images favor the 6D2.

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