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September 6, 2013
I’d like to buy a camera for work, and as much as I’d love to buy a 5D Mark 3, that is a bit out of my price range. The 6D, however, looks pretty appealing, and is more reasonable. My project with it would be stop motion Art projects with kids, not just the art, but shooting the kids making the art (2000-2500 stills or so in 20-30 minutes). We’re working on a new animated series and producing the interstitials (short live action segments with kids). I’ve done stop motion before with an old Nikon D50, which looks okay, but I’d like to graduate to much better quality. And I’d like to step away from the video camera look for these segments.
So, questions – opinions of the 6D? The reviews look pretty good. I want a full frame camera, and the option to shoot video is nice too, because I’ve been wanting to experiment with that for projects (the PBS series Frontline looks almost entirely shot with DSLRS these days, and I know they’re using Canons).
Thoughts? Who do you like to buy from? Lenses? I can’t afford the $1800 lenses now, but would like some flexibility with a zoom lens to start, then maybe buy another later. And I know I can do this with a $1,000 Canon, but want to dive in with the best quality I can afford.
January 31, 2013
First I’ll say I know you’ve had Nikon cameras before. Though the D800 is out of your range, I’m pretty impressed with it. And the Nikon lenses you own now will work with it, even back to the film years with an adapter. The old lenses manual focus which is what you’ll do in video anyway. So that’s a great way to lens up after a big camera purchase. You’ll have to see if there’s a Nikon under D800 that’s full frame. That I don’t know.
But yes full frame sensor is great for reducing speckles in your blacks when you shoot. But so is fast glass. Both Nikon and Canon have 50mm f/1.4 lenses just over $100 new.
Now the Canon 6D is a good looking full frame camera. The one Canon to get if you’re not doing the 5DmkIII. Do check the refurbished deals on the 5DmkIII because it’s wide agreed it’s the better camera (but not by a lot). Especially for some photos with your video.
You’ll need a wide lens for shooting video. There are actually fewer choices for wides for full-frame sensors. I did the Canon 17-40 f/4 L. $750 new. Though F/2.8 and faster is ideal for video, I can pump the 5DmkIIIs ISO up to compensate and still get usable video.
The 6D has wifi but who knows how fast. And “OOOH LOOK AT MY GEO-TAGGING ASS” GPS.
Hey I will warn you of this. The 6D just has a SD card slot, the 5DmkII has SD and CF. It turns out that fast CF cards are cheaper and faster than really fast SD cards. I used to think that Class 10 was all you needed. That had me trying to record video on my Class 10 SD that was transfering 14mb/sec and that with video you should be recording at 30mb/sec or better. So the 32gig 400x CF cards are what I’m shooting my video on.
So if you go 6D find the mb/sec rating tested by users not displayed by the company. People have started posting speed results on Amazon product images.
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