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    Canon EOS R6

    I have used the camera for 2 days and have tried it in various styles of photography. Image quality is excellent and colour rendition is accurate. The handling is good and the additional thumb wheel is very useful. I did find adjusting the AF point position a bit awkward using the multi controller, my hands a large and using the multi controller while using the viewfinder wasn't that easy. Thankfully Canon have kept the menus in the same style as previous cameras and the quick menu works well. I use a battery grip on all my cameras and the BG-R10 grip is first class and very comfortable to use. The viewfinder is clear but using the smooth rather than the power saving mode may prove detrimental to battery life. I have used the standard dumb adapter with all of my lenses and they have all performed well. So all that is good. Having read very good reports on the 'kit lens' the 24 - 105 STM , bought that lens as part of the kit. The performance of this lens is surprising given its low price. True it isn't 'fast glass' but the images are sharp and the lens is great value for money.

    Now for the negative points. Opening the box was very disappointing, no manual, no cables just the body, a battery, the charger, a neck strap and, in my cast the STM lens. My 5D Mk IVs came with cables, a clamp device so that the cables won't pull out and full set of manuals.as well as disc full of software. If you are mad enough you can buy the Canon USB C interface cable for the princely sum of 50.99 (they are having a laugh, surely).
    The battery grip is extortionately expensive 429 and doesn't have one feature that it's stablemate, the BG-E22, for the R has, namely a PC socket to allow you to sync with studio flash. As 50% of my photography is done with studio flash it's a good thing I use radio triggers. My TC-80N3 remote doesn't fit the R6.

    My overall feeling is that the camera is a very good example of a mirrorless camera. I will enjoy using it now that I have turned off some of the clever features that are of no use to me. It is a bit lighter to carry than my 5D Mk IVs and the easy handling, vari-angle screen, well laid out controls are a joy to use, as is the clear viewfinder. It is a good camera and I am glad that I bought it. Will I be getting rid of my two DSLR 5D MK IVs, not at present. They still offer superb performance and I have the lenses that match them. Would I recommend the R6 to someone looking for a mirrorless camera, yes I would. I look forward to the future developments.

    One final point, Some RF lenses do offer performance advantages over other lenses but some are a disappointment. Their biggest drawback is price. In a recent side by side test the RF 70-200 was the most expensive lens on the test and it was not the best on performance. 2,729 is a hell of a lot of money. I cannot see how such a price can be justified when a Sigma 70-200 OS HSM DG Sport programmable lens can be bought for 1,179.
    Last edited by SpringfieldPhoto; 26-06-2021, 00:56.
    Alan

    2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3, Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

    http://www.springfield-photography.com/

    #2
    I’ve had the R6 for a month now and concur with you.
    in selecting focus point I’m using the touch screen which can be set to use a limited area ensuring you can reach far enough with your thumb even when using the viewfinder.
    Brian Vickers LRPS

    brianvickersphotography.com

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      #3
      The TC-80N3 remote fits the R5. I was using it yesterday, why should it not fit the R6
      Last edited by Trev B; 26-06-2021, 17:41.
      Trev

      Equipment - According to the wife more than a Camera Shop got

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        #4
        The TC-80N3 remote fits my 5D Mk IVs using an N3 connector, but the R6 has an E3 jack socket. There is an adapter lead available from Canon at 44.49 (that is an absolutely farcical price for a cable).
        I tried your method for moving focus area with limited success, it proved impossible in portrait mode with the battery grip in place. I have been practicing with the multi controller and hopefully I will master the technique.
        Last edited by SpringfieldPhoto; 26-06-2021, 11:22.
        Alan

        2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3, Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

        http://www.springfield-photography.com/

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          #5
          I spent the afternoon in my studio testing the operation of the R6 with all my EF fit lenses. First off my third party lenses lenses
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          Alan

          2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3, Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

          http://www.springfield-photography.com/

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            #6
            Then my Canon lenses (Both are old lenses especially the 85mm)
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            Alan

            2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3, Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

            http://www.springfield-photography.com/

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              #7
              For comparison the RF 24-105 STM
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              Alan

              2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3, Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

              http://www.springfield-photography.com/

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                #8
                Everything works fine, auto focus is slower on some lenses but still acceptable. So the R6 with an adapter has passed with flying colours. I should add that I did update the firmware on all the Sigma lenses to the latest versions.

                Still struggling with moving the focus area when using the viewfinder. I find the multi controller a bit too sensitive for my large and slightly arthritic thumb.
                Last edited by SpringfieldPhoto; 26-06-2021, 15:31.
                Alan

                2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3, Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

                http://www.springfield-photography.com/

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                  #9
                  In the Menu......AF....number 5.

                  you can adjust the sensitivity from centre (0) to left (-1)

                  makes the focus point move slower and smaller, much better in my opinion
                  Canon EOS R6, Canon 5d mk iv plus the usual suspects ......

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                    #10
                    Just tried that and it is much better. Thank you.
                    Alan

                    2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3, Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

                    http://www.springfield-photography.com/

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                      #11
                      Y’re welcome
                      Canon EOS R6, Canon 5d mk iv plus the usual suspects ......

                      https://www.flickr.com/photos/bo_fo_to

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                        #12
                        I’ll set that too….thanks Bo!
                        Brian Vickers LRPS

                        brianvickersphotography.com

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                          #13
                          I will report further on the camera after I have taken more pictures. I am intending to use it on a shoot in the studio next week which will show how easy or difficult it is to live with in full manual mode in a studio with studio flash.
                          Alan

                          2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3, Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

                          http://www.springfield-photography.com/

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                            #14
                            After overcoming my initial handling problems, thanks to the excellent advice of lunarbo, I have taken lots of pictures. I was pleased to find that Canon have maintained the same menu structure as the DSLRs. In fact I have had to make little reference to the manual in order to use the camera. I have got it set up to suit my way of working and I now feel confident using it. Personally, I don't find the exposure simulation useful for much of my photography, too many years not having it and often using the camera in a studio make it unnecessary but I can see that many people would find it useful. The control layout is very good and I actually find it easier than my 5D Mk IVs. The EVF is very much better than previous ones that I have seen and the power saving mode works for most situations but I have switched to smooth mode when tracking moving targets. I thought I would miss the top plate display, but I haven't. The viewfinder information display is excellent.

                            Working in the studio with studio flash or fixed lights is fine although I do slightly prefer the 5D Mk IVs in this situation. Loosing 10 mp isn't a problem as I am not one those people that craves a massive number of pixels. I have always maintained that 20 mp is about right for most photography. The performance of this particular sensor is very good indeed. Noise is very well controlled and the images are very good with excellent dynamic range.

                            Despite my initial reservations, I have to say that this is a very good camera. I do feel, however, that the prices of lenses and accessories for the R system are excessive.
                            Last edited by SpringfieldPhoto; 04-07-2021, 14:11.
                            Alan

                            2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3, Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

                            http://www.springfield-photography.com/

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                              #15
                              Further work in the studio has thrown up an interesting problem with the R6. There are certain situations when it will not focus. This is irrespective of the lens fitted. It's due to the subject matter and the underlying technology of the focusing system. The 5D 4s will focus when using the viewfinder but will also fail in live view which is where they are using the same technology as the R6. A second problem occurred on a location shoot using ambient light and flash mixed. Several images were under exposed despite the flash firing. The camera can be confused on occasions, depending on the subject matter and pass incorrect information to the flash (580 EX II).
                              I shall continue to explore the options and see if I can work round these problems. I still like the camera and do see it as a good long term choice.
                              Last edited by SpringfieldPhoto; 07-07-2021, 15:27.
                              Alan

                              2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3, Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

                              http://www.springfield-photography.com/

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