Canon EOS 6d Mark ii Review

After all the negative reviews about the Canon 6d Mark ii, is it really that bad a camera? Check out this Canon 6d Mark ii Review to find out the truth!

This review of the Canon 6d Mark ii is written from the point of view of a wedding and portrait photographer. We tested out this camera at 8 weddings, 10 portrait shoots and a handful of engagement shoots.

We’ll talk about the focus, the quality, the build, the bells and whistles like the flip touch-screen and wifi.

Canon 6D Mark II

Affordable full frame camera with excellent features and performance. Definitely worth the upgrade!

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We hope this review will be informative for photographers who use different mediums and at any level.

However, we do understand that it might not cover everything for everyone. But we still hope you enjoy it.

(Related: Canon 6D Mark II vs 5D Mark IV)

Canon 6d Mark ii Review Summary

A pro-grade camera at a consumer price point. The 6D Mark II offers a 26.2MP sensor, sharp files, a tilting LCD touchscreen and flawless wifi connectivity. Though it has fewer focus points than its predecessor and lacks dual card slots, there are enough excellent features to make it worth the upgrade.

Our History Before the Canon 6d Mark ii


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  • Great value for money
  • Dust and weather sealing
  • Flawless WiFi connectivity
  • Tilting LCD touchscreen
  • Single card slot
  • Fewer focus points

We met in photography class (some you might remember the dark room days) in college, many moons ago.

Since then, we got married, started a business, had a couple kids and well, we’ve been taking photos together ever since the day we met and it’s only gotten better. Somewhat in part to the practice of our craft but also largely in part to the amazing technological advances in the photography industry.

That said, the photography industry is changing at a staggering pace and to quote Bueller… if you blink, you might just miss it.”

Between the two of us, we used to own and shoot with four Canon 5D Mark iii’s. What’s $3500 x 4? $14,000. Fourteen THOUSAND dollars. And to be honest, half the time, the damn things still wouldn’t even focus.

Portrait of Chiney Ogwumike shot by Stark Photography for ESPN

Portrait of Chiney Ogwumike shot for ESPN. One light set up balanced with the setting sun. Great colors SOOC. Settings: Canon 6 Mark ii, Canon 24-70mm @ 65mm, f/7.0, 1/80th, ISO 100

So we sold them. Sold them all but one.

We bought 3 Canon 6D’s for the price of one Canon 5d Mark 3. As our tax dude said, “That’s a good return on your investment.”

After just a short period of time with our new Canon 6D’s, we became super advocates for this camera. We felt like it was a professional grade camera for a cost we could justify. We’ve shot close to 100 weddings with them. (Critics will now start to mumble things that the Canon 6D doesn’t have compared to the 5D…read on!)

What we love about the Canon 6D is a lot of the same things you will love about the Canon 5d Mark ii, if you choose to get one. It’s quick, it’s light, has awesome ISO performance and of course, that’s one heck of a price tag.

These are the perks of the original 6D. So needless to say, when we heard the Canon 6d Mark ii was coming, we were pretty excited.

A beautiful black and white bridal portrait by Stark Photography shot with a 6D Mark ii

A bridal portrait exposing for strong highlights and still keeping some detail in the shadows. Settings: Canon 6D Mark ii, Canon 35mm, f/2.5, 1/650th, ISO 2000


Cameras are ridiculously expensive. And they’re not getting any cheaper.

We feel like camera companies take advantage of the consumer’s eagerness to want the “latest and greatest”. The thinking that whatever gear just came out will make our images that much better or make taking photos that much easier. We love to use buzz words like “game changer.” Sometimes we think that the camera companies are the ones winning the game and we’re just playing it.

Now, we’re not saying don’t buy professional equipment. Like we said in our back story, the advances in the camera industry have contributed a lot to our success as professional photographers. We just think all photographers and customers need to be aware of what you’re investing in and see if it truly does justify the cost.

Like the expression goes, and for the millionth time, the camera doesn’t make the photographer. But it can help. So now that we got that off our chest, let’s get into this Canon 6d Mk ii review!

Canon 6D Mark ii with f/POP camera strap bottle opener.

The Canon 6d Mark ii featuring the F-Pop bottle opener – an awesome Stark Photography creation!

WHAT WE NEED IN A CAMERA … aka the backbone to this Canon 6d mark ii review.

#1 Focus & shooting: It has be quick and reliable. In all lighting conditions.

#2 Image Quality: A camera that has a full frame sensor, 20+ megapixel count (but not too high), nice color, good dynamic range and high ISO capabilities without too much degradation of the image.

# Function, Feel & Fancy Features: When you hold a camera in your hands, it has to feel good. Something you want to pick up and carry with you. So with that said, it helps if it’s lightweight without feeling cheap.

If a camera has these things, we’re interested. If it’s under 2k, we’re really interested.

Canon 6d Mark ii Review | Focus & Shooting


PLUS: The Canon 6d Mark ii has 45 focus points with a new dual pixel focus system., which we have gathered is just for live view.

The Canon 6d Mark ii uses the light sensitive pixels to achieve focus and achieve faster. While shooting, we noticed it can lock focus quickly and the focus tracking in live view is great too.

We found this to be very helpful during the wedding processional and reception dancing.

Canon 6D Mark ii low lit wedding portrait of a bride and groom.

Low light wedding portrait. Settings: Canon 6D Mark ii, Canon 35mm, f/2.0, 1/1000th, ISO 5000

MINUS: Now, on the flip side, one of the most frequent complaints we hear is about the amount of focus points because it has less than the latest 5D. It’s true the Canon 6d Mark ii has 45 focus points less than the 5d Mark iv has.

Now how did we find this to be in camera?

Simply put, this is not a deal breaker for us. All we really want it just one that works. We’re focus-and-recompose shooters, so we always leave our cameras on the center focus point.

If we wanted exact control over the focus on the outside of the frame, we would just use the live view touch screen.

Canon did make it easy to toggle between 3 focus setting areas. You can keep the focus points within a range in the frame. So if you only want to move it with in a certain smaller area in the frame instead of the entire frame you can do that.

We tested it all out and still just went back to the using the center focus point.


PLUS: The focus does seem faster then the original 6D. Not by a lot though. One of the main reasons why we switched from the Canon 5D Mark iii was because of focus.

In contrasty (new word!) light, it focuses fast and accurately. In backlight, it did ok but we still tried to focus on something that had contrast and then recomposed.

The worst was in low light situations, which is difficult really for any camera. You can nail the focus but it had a little harder time. This is when using the focus assist beam on your flash or switching to live view would come in handy.

Sunset wedding portrait by Stark Photography

Sunset wedding portrait. Natural beam of light coming through trees. Settings: Canon 6D Mark ii, Canon 35mm, f/2.8, 1/1000th, ISO 160

MINUS: Canon could still use a little work on their overall focus system but as far as the Canon lineup goes, it works just as well as any of their other professional cameras.

One major issue: The red focus indicator that let’s you know the camera has achieved focus is VERY hard to see. It was a major complaint with the old Canon 5d Mark ii but was later fixed. It’s brighter in the original 6D but with the Canon 6d Mark ii it’s back to being very unnoticeable.


The Canon 6d Mark ii can shoot up to 6.5 frames a second – 2 frames faster than the original.

But we feel like if you can’t nail your shot in 6 frames in one second than I don’t know how to help you. We completely understand having a fast frame rate for sports, but for weddings and portraits, having 6 is plenty.

Can you imagine shooting film and having to advance the frame by hand? We’ve come a long way.

Only during certain times did we put it on the high frame rate. We actually felt like it was too fast and we hated culling through so many images that were all exactly the same. Most of the time we kept it on single shutter and waited for the moment.

Canon 6d Mark ii Review | Function, Feel & Features

The Canon 6d Mark ii has a great feel for a DSLR. It’s big enough to feel good in your hands but small and light enough so you can comfortably carry it around for an 8hr wedding.

The build is solid. It’s mostly plastic but you can’t really tell. It’s almost identical to the original 6D which is just a tad (we’re talking grams) heavier.

Right when you flip it on, it’s ready to shoot – no lag time. There is only a second lag time when turning it to live view.

Portrait of Kathryn Budig for ESPN shot by Stark Photography

Kathryn Budig, yoga celebrity and best selling author photographed for ESPN. Settings: Canon 6D Mark ii, Canon 24-70 @ 47mm, f/13, 1/160th, ISO 100

The button navigation is simple and can also be customized. The menu layout is also fairly straight forward.

A big upgrade on the body is the weather and dust resistance sealing. We’ve taken the original 6D out in every weather possible and never had a problem but were always still nervous about it. With the Canon 6d Mark ii, we felt more peace of mind.


One of the best things about DSLR’s compared to mirrorless is the battery life. Out of all the years of shooting weddings, we can count on one hand how many times we’ve had to switch a battery during a 10 hour day.

While shooting with the Canon 6d Mark ii, we never had to switch out the battery once. Since we used the touchscreen a lot, we did notice a bigger drain battery but it never died on us.


We didn’t use the video feature much, since we are still photographers primarily but we will say that there’s no headphone jack and no 4K capability.

And now for…


The 3” fully Reticulating LCD Touchscreen is by far our favorite feature, and for this alone, we would upgrade.

Canon_6d_Mark_ii touch screen

Full reticulating touch screen on the Canon 6D Mark ii.

Shooting weddings requires you to be flexible in multiple situations and surroundings. You can be shooting in an expansive field one moment and a cramped bathroom the next.

We shoot from every angle imaginable – high, low, close, far. Having a touchscreen that flips and rotates in any direction makes composing in different angles so much easier.

Daniel’s favorite use was shooting high up during the reception and then having the tiny flip where you can see exactly what you were capturing. Add the touch shutter on live view and you’re on fire. In the image below, Daniel was able to compose a photo with some great leading lines, and a little assistance of the Canon 6d Mark ii to make sure he wasn’t just crossing his fingers with each shot. Both of us are 5’6” tall…thank you flip screen for making life easier on us!

Canon 6d mkii flip screen behind the scenes.

6D Mark ii flip screen made it so easy (and fun!) to compose hard to reach angles.

The touch screen also makes simple functions so much easier, from changing camera settings to scrolling through your images. But hands down, the best thing about it was the Touch Shutter feature.

The Touch Shutter can be activated during live view and all you do is touch on the screen where you want the focus and the camera focuses and automatically captures the photo. It’s pretty amazing.

We also loved the touch screen for instances where it was tough to achieve a focus. Turn on the live view and you can zoom in on the eyes or wherever and tap for the focus.

MINUS: And kind of a big one.

The hot shoe does not work while in live view. It is the weirdest thing. We checked it with the original 6d and it’s the same.

So if you’re shooting with a flash or remote trigger and you have liveview enabled – whatever is mounted to your hotshoe will not work.

*Update FIX: Your hotshoe works by following these instructions on your menu while in liveview – Live View => Menu => Camera Icon =>5=>Silent LV Shoot=>Disable


The wireless communication on the Canon 6d Mark ii is pretty flawless. It’s really easy to connect to your smartphone. It’s even better if you have an android phone because then it’s connected at all times. We used this feature a lot while testing the camera.

Claire Anderson from Koin News 6 in Portland photographed by portrait photographers, Stark Photography.

Fine art studio portrait of Claire Anderson top meteorologist for Portland’s Koin 6 News. Settings: Canon 6D Mark ii, Canon 85mm 1.8, f/2.8, 1/125th, ISO 200

You can use your phone as a remote trigger or to download photos that you just took. If you want to post photos straight away to your Instagram, print or share with guests, it’s easy to do. Pretty swanky for the instant gratification world we’re living in.

If you were a wedding photographer that really wanted to impress your clients, you could fire off some downloads and prints before the night’s end and blow your client’s mind. All with a few clicks on the camera.

DUAL CARD SLOTS (Gassssp, there aren’t any!)

This is by far everyone’s biggest complaint about this camera. It’s what some say separates it from being a professional camera.

This is not a deal breaker for us. Here is why:

There was a time where professionals used to shoot on film and then mail (mail!) their negatives to get them developed. Can you imagine the margin of error? A lot. Believe it or not, we know of a few professionals now still doing that.

99.9 percent of the time cards become corrupt when putting them in or taking them out of the camera.

And by the very off chance your card is corrupt – there are plenty of recovery places that can work wonders. But again, the chance is slim.

Low angle creative portrait of a wedding couple using the Canon 6d mark ii with a low angle lens by Stark Photography.

Another example of where the flip screen comes in handy; getting low to the ground without getting your pants dirty. Creative portrait durning the couple’s rehearsal dinner. Settings: Canon 6D Mark ii, Canon 14mm, f/3.2, 1/2500th, ISO 320

Do you shoot with 2 camera bodies at weddings and shoots? Us too. And there are two of us shooting so that’s 4 cameras working on 4 cards. We got our events covered.

Our advice would be to shoot on high quality cards with a lot of space. Limit taking your cards in and out through out a shoot. Do not delete images in camera (rumors say this creates corruption…debatable but a worthy practice to not delete as you go).

Periodically playback your images to make sure they’re being recorded. And download immediately after a wedding. Then back ‘em up. Then double check it all.

Then still sweat yourself to sleep the next time you format because…you’re a wedding photographer.

BUT don’t stress over not having a dual card slot. We believe that if you’re prepared, you shouldn’t have to.

Canon 6d Mark ii Review | Image Quality

Being that it’s 2017 and iPhones take amazing photos – it’s hard to find a camera that doesn’t have great image quality – especially if it’s a full frame camera with 20+ megapixels. So it’s function and speed that outlays image quality.

With that said, the Canon 6d Mark ii has a new 26.2 MP and Digit 7 Image processor so it can capture amazing photos.

Despite incredible advancements by competitors, the colors are on Canon files are still unbeatable. Even with non L series lenses, files are sharp and colors are rich.

[Editor: check here for a Canon lens review roundup.]

Canon 6D Mark ii creative portrait of a bride and groom by Stark Photography.

Live view focus for low light situations combined with Canon’s color rendering. Settings: Canon 6D mark ii, 85mm, f/2.5, 1/250th, ISO 5000

The detail with the Canon 6d Mark ii is great even at high ISO’s. Which brings us to mention that Canon did a good job with noise performance.

The Canon 6d Mark ii offers 7 picture styles all for shooting JPG along with other contrast and saturation adjustments. These are great to play around with if you don’t do any post processing after you take the image.

We shoot RAW so these picture styles don’t do a whole lot for our finished product. It’s for people who want a finished image straight out of camera and we think it’s a pretty neat feature.

Canon 6d Mark ii Review | Final Words

So…who should buy this camera?

Canon markets this camera towards people who want to get into shooting a full frame camera that otherwise don’t want to spend the money on a higher end one. I don’t completely buy into that.

This camera is a professional grade camera disguise as a consumer camera with a consumer price.

If you’re not a professional but want a professional camera at a good price point – this is your camera.

If you’re a professional who wants a back up camera – the Canon 6d Mark ii is your camera.

If you’re a professional wedding or portrait photographer who doesn’t want to break your bank or your back – this is your camera.

If you already on a 6D and are looking to upgrade – I’d say yes there is enough on this camera to upgrade but it’s not a definite must.

Sue Bird with the WNBA photographed by Stark Photography on the 6d Mark ii

Portrait of Sue Bird WNBA player for ESPN. Settings: Canon 6D Mark ii, 24-70mm @ 70mm, f/13, 1/160th, ISO 100

In summary, if you’re a wedding or portrait photographer who already shoots Canon but debates the worthiness of the Canon 6d Mark ii you’re missing out by not giving this camera a try.

If you think you’re not “pro enough” by owning a Canon 6d or 6D Mark ii, then you need to work on your confidence, not your camera.

This camera rocks and is growing in popularity in droves. We’re not turning back (or switching to Nikon, or switching to Fuji, or switching to Sony, etc.) until Canon comes up with another upgrade.

The Canon 6d Mark iireally is a great camera. Great function and form, beautiful images, nice little perks and truly – you just can’t beat the price point.

Now if Mark from Shotkit would only let us keep the loaner Canon 6d Mark ii we used to write this review…. Never mind, we just bought two. :)

Canon 6D Mark II

Affordable full frame camera with excellent features and performance. Definitely worth the upgrade!

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Build Quality9
Ergonomics and Handling10
Viewfinder and Screen Quality9
Metering and Focus8
ISO Performance9
Image Quality9


  1. Timo on November 27, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Hello! i know this is already an old test. I would be interested to know what lenses you photographed at the weddings l. I have a 35mm f2, an 85mm f1.8 and a 50mm 1.8 lens. should I buy a 24-70f2.8 lens next to them? What do you think.
    Sorry! i speak very bad english and i used google translate.

    Have a nice day!

    Timo from Hungary :)

  2. Andre on January 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The most important thing when looking at a portrait camera is format/sensor size, color accuracy, and dynamic range. This camera has the same dissappointing dynamic range of my 11 year old Nikon D300 which I sold on Ebay for $300. The portrait examples in this article confirm this limited dynamic range. The foreheads and cheeks are washed out of details. Therefore the 6D Mark II is not a professional grade portrait making machine. The best portrait and wedding photography occurred when photgraphers were using purely analogue capture and silver halide based printing. These are the albums people go back into burning homes to retrieve. People dont go into burning homes to get files of the weddings from cameras like the Canon 6d Mark II.

    • jim m on February 8, 2019 at 3:43 am

      I greatly suspect you have not shot this camera. I rented one for a week (try before you buy) and it greatly exceeded my expectations and kept me from jumping ship to Nikon. DR is very good with this cam and your claim of it not being “professional” is laughable and you appear to suffer from camera bashing. There is NO perfect camera but this one delivers the goods easily.

      • David W on March 11, 2019 at 11:21 am

        Jim M – great feedback. We’ve read a lot of comments about Dynamic Range on the EOS 6D Mark II, both negative and positive, estimating an undocumented 50/50 balance. With reference to the poor DR on the 6D Mark II vs. other more costly DSLRs, it seems (again, unofficially, personal perspectives) that there could possibly be a great deal of information omitted from that negative feedback, such as lens specifics, detailed settings, lighting conditions, etc., etc., etc.

        So your rental suggestion is the most rational, reasonable solution for those sitting on the fence. Silly as it may sound, I have a problem purchasing a $3,000 camera, plus accessories (grip, lenses, etc) knowing that $3,000 could possibly drop in price several hundred dollars shortly after buying it. Back on subject, again, best advice is to slow down, put the emotions on hold (which typically run high when considering a new, hopefully improved DSLR), rent and evaluate for individuals’ specific needs and requirements.

    • Jesse on March 26, 2019 at 1:33 am

      “The foreheads and cheeks are washed out of details.”

      You don’t suppose that’s part of the artistic look edited in post? I’ve used a 6D2 extensively and a default image doesn’t look like that.

    • HOWLnorth on September 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      FYI People go back into burning homes for polaroids and disposable camera pictures. Memories are memories. I have had much less of a camera than this for years and have created stunning images for clients; so that last comment is a little dramatic. Equipment does help in many cases but ultimately, you have to be a strong photographer to produce stellar images consistently and we are all always growing and learning (i hope) but you don’t have to have the most professional ever camera in order to produce gorgeous images.

      That being said, Daniel & Lindsay – thank you for taking the time to write this! It was so helpful in my decision to purchase!

    • Thommy Sides on April 12, 2020 at 9:33 am

      You sound like a real snob!!!
      I love my wife and marriage so much that I would go back into a burning house to get my wedding photos, even if they were taken with a 19th Century square box Camera! I guess your marriage doesn’t mean that much to you, but snob’s rarely care too much about anything……other then themselves!!! As for me….I’ve just bought the 6d Mark ii online during “Lockdown” I hope to get it soon, and when I do….I plan on taking some super great pics. Hope the Wuhan Virus lockdown cures your snobbishness…… There is much more to life then 14 on the dynamic scale….lol.

      • Abel Buenconsejo on May 19, 2021 at 8:07 am

        To Thommy Sides, your last sentence: ‘then’ s/b ‘than’. I agree with you. A picture is worth a thousand words, or maybe more. Even after you divorce, always remember the good times you have had together and rekindle it by looking back at the photos.

  3. Gerry on January 14, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I like the review of the camera which is just as well seeing as I just bought it a couple of months ago – but guys!!! … get someone to spell check and grammar check your website before you put it up live. This has quite a few schoolboy errors that should have been picked up, and that annoying advert that flashes every second nearly drove me mad. Great camera though.

    • David W on March 11, 2019 at 11:24 am

      So, Gerry, feedbag on image quality for the 6D Mark II, especially with reguards to the numerous rants about Dynamic Range.
      (NOTE: typos intentional!)
      ; >)

  4. Kenneth on January 9, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Great review and also helped my decision to purchase. Finally someone that likes this camera in many ways. One question I have is when doing portraits (especially natural lighting) which metering mode do you mostly use and do you have to use exposure compensation?

  5. Angie Brushwood on November 27, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Thank you for this review! I’ve been shooting with a previously owned 5d mark II for four years, and it recently malfunctioned. Repair cost is greater than camera value (and didn’t even include a new shutter), so I went on a search for a new or used camera. I jumped on a Black Friday deal for a 6D Mark II and have been debating the decision while waiting for it to arrive. It got here today and I really like it so far, but kept feeling like I was being dumb not to spend another $1K (gulp!) to get a 5D Mark IV. You’ve given me some confidence that I haven’t bought a lemon. I’ll be shooting a wedding in a couple weeks and look forward to getting some great shots. (And extra kudos to the fix for the hotshoe liveview issue. That would’ve really tripped me up.)

  6. Pedro Bellido on October 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for this review, the Canon is a very good camera but it already most important the photographer. Very good post! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Len on August 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    So here’s a question… Everyone talks about the lack of a dual card slot. In your experience, can you use the wifi to send the images to a computer, but ALSO have them write to a card; effectively creating a “dual card” storage option?

    • Diego Fernando Servin Dahedalus on January 26, 2019 at 5:40 am

      I don’t find that a problem. For me it works by having a 64 GB class10 SD with another 32gb in my wallet or backpack.

  8. scott on August 23, 2018 at 5:38 am


    will DUAL pixel AF work on PHOTOS? i am worried if this only works on videos alone. Is the DUAL AF fast and accurate? shooting weddings engagements. i am planning to upgrade with this 6d mark 2.. please advise.

    • Mark on August 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Hey Scott, I’ll jump in and answer this one. Yes, Dual Pixel AF helps a lot with photos too, especially when shooting in Live View, where you’ll notice the camera being able to ‘grab’ focus much quicker than before.

  9. Clay Guthrie on July 13, 2018 at 1:34 am

    I’m considering upgrading to this camera from a t6i just so i can make the jump to full frame. I shoot mainly wildlife, landscape, night and am beginning to work with astrophotography. What’s your thoughts on dynamic range? This thing gets a hard time in reviews, but honestly looking dxomark it’s DR score is no worse than my t6i and it fixes my main issues of iso performance and raw buffer size. What’s your thoughts on that angle?

  10. Sean Farrow on March 29, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Great glowing review! I mostly see the 6D and 6DII s**tcanned by pretty much everyone. I loved my 6D, until it got blown over on a tripod while shooting a thunderstorm timelapse and smashed to bits, along with my beloved 16-35 2.8.II. Still waiting on the repair/replace verdict from the repair shop on that one. In the case of having to replace, the 6DII looks like a decent candidate, also the 5DIV. As predominantly a landscape shooter who dabbled in high-ISO astro, how does the 6DII stack up in real-world applications for high-ISO and shadow recovery? I thought as wedding shooters, you’d be dealing with such things a lot of the time. All I see are couch experts decrying the 6DII for being crap based on some DXOMark stats.

  11. Tom Dvorkin on March 16, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    The hotshot absolutely does work in Live View.

  12. Georges Pécontal on March 9, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Well, I was hesitating : keeping my (excellent) 70d or jumping to the full frame… But it was so so expensive… Except the 6d or the 6d mark2… But the first looked a little out of date and the second was so criticised…
    Your user review (and Mark advice) made the point : simple, straightforward and coming from professionals. I sold my 70d and my EF-S zoom, kept all my “L” series zooms and bought a 6dM2 (with a f1,2 50L lens)… Frankly, you helped me a lot!
    To be honest, I also bought a X100F to be sure to have a camera with me all the time (I cannot have the bulky Canon hanging at my shoulder in every moment).

  13. Alex on February 11, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I am using Canon 80D right now and saving up for a full frame. Thinking of 5D Mark IV but is too expensive. I read a lot of reviews saying the dynamic range is terrible on 6D Mark II. Also other than having a full frame sensor, 6DII has slow shutter speed 1/4000 than 80D 1/8000. Also the focus point is not as spread out as 80D. Are those thing not really a big deal?

  14. Alan Myers on February 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Daniel & Lindsay, Thank you for a fabulous “user” review. I’ve been in the market to upgrade to a full frame camera for a little while now and had my heart set on a 5d MkIV. After reading lots of industry/magazine reviews I was totally lost. Then I came across your excellent commentary on the 6d MkII and what it was like in the hands of a professional. It was genuinely refreshing to read an honest and straighforward discussion of the pros and cons of the camera and how it performed in actual use… And I bought one last weekend as a result! (Dear Canon, Daniel and Lindsay deserve some commission!!) ThX!!!

    • Stark Photography on February 11, 2018 at 7:22 am

      Thank you so much for the kind comment! And I am so glad you got so much out of it. All the best to you! Excited to what you do with your new camera :)

    • Diane on June 23, 2018 at 3:15 am

      Agree with you 100%. Not a professional but just an enthusiastic beginner who got over the APS-C camera I bought to start taking photos with fairly quickly. Been also on the market to upgrade to a full frame camera, looking from Nikons, to Sonys and back to Canon. Trying to find an affordable camera to use just for travels/day to day life is hard without shelling out at least 2k. Been going through multiple reviews just trying to find an honest opinion from a professional wedding photographer like you has been hard. It’s like people don’t write these types of reviews but focus on the mere specs. Thanks again !!

  15. Bilal on February 1, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Great review, thanks for that.

    Did you compare the shutter sound with Canon 6d or 5d Mark III?

    thank u ??

    • Stark Photography on February 11, 2018 at 7:18 am

      It has silent shutter but the regular sound is not to obtrusive – I think you’ll like it.

  16. Nathan X on January 27, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Live View => Menu => Camera Icon =>5=>Silent LV Shoot=>Disable

    Hot Shoe should be firing that flash now…

  17. Daniel Martin on January 9, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Great review; thanks!!

    My current 6D that I’ve used for years has no problems with the hotshoe when using LiveView. I just tried it to confirm. It worked with a speedlight and a trigger. I use Godox light equipment.

    I never really use LiveView on the 6D – way too slow! But if I get the 6D II, I sure will. I can see many creative advantages to using it.

    I don’t know but could your problems be with firmware related??

    • Stark Photography on February 11, 2018 at 7:20 am

      So you have to go into the settings and turn off silent shutter for the hot shoe to work. That totally fixed it! The live view is much faster than the 6mki btw too

  18. luc charron on January 8, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Thanks for your review, i own a 6D and was very satisfied but still attracted by the Nikon D750 as a new purchase. Now i will think twice before buying between the 6DMKII and the nikon having good canon lenses. There was so bad publicity about the dynamic range and other negative comments concerning the new 6D, reading positive words about it. As a amateur photographer, the cost means a lot. Thanks

  19. yudi on December 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    hi….. sorry for my english….
    i found article about solving your problem ☺: in live view cannot trigger flash

  20. Wil Bignal on November 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    People keep saying the 6D II doesn’t have a headphone jack. My buddy’s 6D II arrived shipped to the island a few days ago. It came bundled with a few cheepo accessories and included the new nifty fifty and an external microphone. I had read several reviewers take on the camera beforehand and the majority also mentioned the lack of a headphone jack. So I very cheekily chided my buddy for having the packaged external microphone in a bundled purchase for a camera without the jack. He promptly corrected me “you don’t know what you are talking about” and showed me the supposedly “missing” microphone jack. Take another look.

    • Daniel Stark on November 6, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Wil – I am sorry for the misunderstanding. Correct, no headphone jack there is a mic jack but it’s sorta of useless since you can’t hear and adjust what it’s picking up.

      I appreciate the comment and taking the time to read the review! Cheers – Stark Photography.

  21. Donna on November 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Great review, thank you! I own a 6D and now I want the Mark II, Santa are you listening? :)

    • Stark on November 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the review! Hoping Santa is listening to you :)

  22. Deb Smith on November 4, 2017 at 10:13 am

    What a fantastic review. I’ve been saving for ages to upgrade from my Canon 5d mark ii and was debating between mark iii and mark iv. The dual slot issue made me veer away from the 6d but this review has completely changed my mind. Looks like I’ll be getting a new camera for Christmas after all! Thanks again.

    • Stark on November 7, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Deb! Thanks for the nice comment! The 6D2 would be the way to go over the 5DMK3 – if you have the budget and the back support for the 5DMK4 than go for it. But simple math you can get about 4 6D2’s for that price ;-). Keep me posted with what end up with. Cheers!

  23. Ian on November 4, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I’d be really interested to find out if this is your primary camera too? Your review really does tempt me as a 5dmkiii/6d owner to upgrade. The money I can save from the 5dmkiv is substantial.

    • Stark on November 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Ian – yes, primary camera. The 5D3 has been collecting dust. Yes, the savings would be drastic over the 5D4. All the bells and whistles that you will actually use on the 5D4 that 6D2 has it.

  24. Deirdre Ryan on November 4, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I have the Mark 5D III and the 6D, been debating on which one to upgrade. Thanks for this review!

    • Stark on November 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Deidre – thanks for the comment. You can upgrade both by just getting the 6D2. If you have a local camera shop try to test them out.

  25. Don Giannatti on November 4, 2017 at 4:12 am

    I rarely read camera reviews as I find most of them pretty boring and long winded. Nice to see an exception to that rule. I love my 6D, and will be picking up a MKii soon. Thanks for a well crafted review.

    • Stark on November 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Don, thank you so much for the kind words. So happy you found this review useful. Let me know how everything goes with the MK2 – excited to hear your thoughts. Best, Daniel.

  26. Lionel Jimenez on November 4, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your review and shots. You have made a clear understanding on what you’re getting. I should be making my purchase soon.

    • Stark on November 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      You’re most welcome! Cheers.

  27. Tim Evans on November 2, 2017 at 5:11 am

    I largely agree with your review. Where we differ is on the focus points. Keep in mind, my previous camera was a T4i, which had, IIRC, 9 focus points, so the 6DII is definitely an improvement there. I just wish the focus points weren’t as bunched around the center of the frame as they were. I could live with having more room between the points so that the focus points went closer to the edge of the frame.

    My T4i also had the same limitation on not firing the hot shoe in live view. It’s been a while since I’ve tried it with a Canon flash, but from what I remember, it wasn’t a problem if I used a TTL-capable flash or a TTL-capable controller (even when using flash in manual mode), but it definitely wouldn’t work for manual-only speedlites.

    Finally, I’d ask how you feel about the “limitation” of only having one SD card slot. I’ve seen many people say that they would never trust wedding photography to a camera with only one slot. I was just curious if you’re using the 6DII as your primary at weddings or as a secondary camera.

    • Stark Photography on November 6, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Hi Tim! Thanks for taking the time to read and post a comment!

      Yes, focus wise it’s an upgrade for sure from the Rebel. With the 6Dii there are 4 focus modes where you can adjust where it grabs the focus points from so it’s not all grouped together – which is cool. So I hope that helps out with that.

      Yeah, it’s crazy about the Live View not firing thing – I am using all canon flashes and or pocket wizards for Canon and still no dice. I’ll have to talk with my Canon guys and let you know what they come up with.

      Again, (knock on wood) but I have never had a corrupt card from 10 years of shooting. Yes, dual slots gives you a little piece of mind but I don’t think it’s justifiable if you’re already using multiple cameras and good quality cards. Most photogs I know rarely even use the 2nd slot and if they do they are shooting to the 2nd card in small jpg.

      If you only shoot with one camera body and also a solo shooter than I would consider getting a camera with a dual slot.

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