Photography News Issue 47

Photography News | Issue 47 |

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Canon EOS 6DMark II More and more camera users are looking to going full-frame as their next step and here we get to enjoy Canon’s latest offering


Price £1999 body only Sensor 26.2 megapixels CMOS Sensor format Full-frame 35.9x24mm, 6120x4160pixels, with optical low-pass filter and EOS integrated cleaning system ISO range 100-40,000, expandable to L50, H1 51,200 and H2 102,400 Shutter range 30secs to 1/4000sec plus B Drivemodes Single, continuous L, continuous H at 6.5fps, silent, silent continuous Metering system 7560 pixel RGB+IR sensor with 63 segments. Evaluative (linked to all AF points), partial (6.3% of screen), spot (2.7%) and centre- weighted. Same in live view except Evaluative works in 315 zones Exposuremodes PASM, Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Special scene (portrait, landscape etc), Custom C1/C2 Exposure compensation +/-5EV in 0.5 or 0.3EV steps. AEB 2, 3, 5 or 7 shots, +/-3EV Monitor 3in Clear View II TFT, vari-angle, touch screen, anti-smudge coating Viewfinder 98% coverage, 0.71x magnification, information available includes shutter speed, aperture value, ISO, metering mode and exposure compensation/AEB scale Focusing Live view Dual Pixel CMOS AF system – possible over 80% area. One-shot, AI focus AF and predictive AI servo AF. Working range of EV-2.5 to 18 Focus points In viewfinder: 45 cross-type AF points (45 cross-type at f/5.6, 27 at f/8 with nine cross type). Working range of EV-3 (centre point) to EV18. Auto selection 45 point AF. In manual, single/spot AF, zone AF (9) and large zone (15) In live view: 63 AF points (fixed location in 9x7 grid). Auto selection with 63 point AF, manual selection via touch screen, single/smooth zone AF (9 points in 3x3 grid) Video Full HD, HDR movie, 4K time- lapse movies only Connectivity USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, HDMI (type C), external microphone Other key features 28 custom functions, GPS, dust and drip resistance Storagemedia 1x SD, SDHC, SDXC Dimensions (wxhxd) 144x110.5x74.8mm Weight 765g body only Contact

Words and pictures byWill Cheung

While many photographers are attracted by the weight-saving opportunity of going mirrorless, there remains strong interest in full-frame cameras and the potential image quality benefits they offer. DSLR market leader Canon is well represented in the full-frame market and the EOS 6D Mark II is its latest introduction. It’s priced at £1999 body only so is Canon’s least expensive full-frame DSLR and features a newly developed 26.2-megapixel CMOS sensor among many other tempting features. The sensor has a native ISO range of 100 to 40,000 and that can be expanded further, down to ISO 50 and up to 102,400. Until the EOS 6D Mark II’s arrival, Canon’s entry-level full-frame model was the EOS 6D, a model that has been around for nearly five years so getting on in digital terms. A quality of the EOS 6D that had great appeal was its compact size – for a full-frame camera – and this quality has been inherited by the EOS 6D Mark II. Indeed, put them down side by side and there’s not much to choose between them in terms of looks and size. The most obvious difference is around the back with the new model sporting a vari-angle monitor which means the body is a few millimetres deeper than its predecessor. The new model is just 10g heavier. The EOS 6D Mark II’s tiltable monitor works well so suits over-head or low viewpoint shooting. The live view image is bright enough to allow accurate composition in all but the brightest sunlight. Touch-screen functionality is something you would expect of leading cameras nowadays and you get that with the EOS 6D Mark II. Accessing menu items you can do the usual way with the front and rear input dials but the touchscreen makes the process even faster. The touch feature, which can be

Above The look of Canon DSLRs don’t change massively from model to model, which is a clear sign that the layout and control design were good from early on.

deactivated if preferred, also helps when previewing pictures so, for example, swiping and pinching makes critical checking of your shots very swift. Of course the EOS 6D Mark II is an SLR so there is a first-rate optical viewfinder which provides a bright image and, out of the image area, plenty of camera setting information. The viewfinder also displays AF points. Here’s there’s a 45AF-point system, the same as that in the well- regarded APS-C format EOS 80D. All 45 points are cross-type sensors and are positioned in the central

area of the viewfinder divided into three sections of 15. There is the choice of five AF options on offer. You can leave the decision of where to focus to the camera in auto selection AF mode and all 45 zones are active. For greater control there is the option of picking one of the three banks of 15 AF zones or zone AF where a section of nine AF points is active. For more precise control single zone can be picked and if you want the camera to focus on an even smaller area, spot AF is also available. For smaller subjects or when you want to be very specific

There is a first-rate optical viewfinder which provides a bright image and, out of the image

area, plenty of camera setting information

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