There have been several of online reviews and discussions about the new Canon 6D Mk II. I personally take more stock on the reviews that show samples of raw or tiff images as this gives me a better idea I of the image quality of the camera. DP review does a pretty decent job of reviewing Digital SLR’s in my book. The new 6DMk II boasts a full frame sensor that tips the scales at 27.1 megapixels which is impressive when one takes it’s moderate price tag into consideration at $1999. Being a betting man, I would venture a guess the price will drop once the 6D Mk II has been available for a few months. The camera has just started shipping from retailers now and Canon is offering a rebate of $400 dollar Amex card with the purchase of the 6D MkII which is good through 8/31/2017. I definitely prefer a full frame camera with dual card slots, one respectively for a CF card and the other for an SD type card. This was one of my chief complaints with the the 6D Mk I as it only has one card slot. The new 6D Mark II has a Digic 7 processor and according to Canon can capture 6.5 frames a second with a Canon 300mm F4 lens set at one shot with out image stabilization. One cannot help but wonder if the 6.5 frames per second would be consistent with the 6D Mk II in Servo Focus mode with image stabilization activated ? The auto focus capability has 45 cross type focus point supporting an F5.6 aperture and 9 cross type focus points at F8. This is a far cry from just having one center focusing point like the earlier flagship cameras such as the 1D Mk II and the 1D Mk III. Focusing speed and accuracy is critically important for Nature Photography especially for Birds in flight images. As of this date there are no one has accurately demonstrated the focusing speed and accuracy of the new 6D Mk II so it remains in question. It would be great if someone who is well known and respected in the nature photography community put the pedal to the metal and field tested the focusing capability of the 6D Mark II .
Noise reduction across ISO settings is another major consideration in my opinion the 6D MkII does have superior performance when compared to the 6D MkI. Truth be told I had hoped the 6D Mk1 had all the features of the 6D Mk II when it was originally issued. In my opinion, Canon has been a little behind the development curve especially when it came to introducing a moderately priced and competitively featured full frame SLR. Image samples that are available online here https://www.dpreview.com/samples/5865039367/canon-eos-6d-mark-ii-sample-photos . Even though these samples are an improvement over the 6D MkI I would have expected better performance from Canon considering the lapsed time between the two models. The noise levels of the 6D MKII at higher ISO settings fall short of the 5D MkIII which has the older Digic 5 processor. Would I say the 6D Mk II is too little too late, probably not ? Bottom line I am glad to see the 6D Mk II has finally emerged from rumor to fact.
The 6D MKII focusing system
The Canon 6D MK II spot focus mode inherits the appearance and functionality from its predecessor the 7D MK I. The drawback to this focusing feature is Canon does not specify how many degrees wide the spot function is, making it difficult to use with any predictability.
The Canon 6D MK II single focus mode uses a wider degree of focusing area and borrows functionality from its earlier cousin the 7D MK I. I found this focusing mode to be much more useful in the field when not tracking focusing fast moving subjects like wading birds.
I found the zone focus function in The Canon 6D MK II’s arsenal the most useful for fast moving wildlife subjects when framed through a long lens. You need to pay attention to how your subject is framed so the neighboring focus assist points work to your advantage.