Canon 6D MK II: Full, in-depth review

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Canon 6D MK II
  • Canon 6D MK II
  • Canon 6D MK II
  • Canon 6D MK II
  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5

Pros

  • Vari-angle Touch LCD screen
  • 45-point AF system - up from 11-point AF system
  • Excellent image performance - better than the original 6D
  • Light weight at 650gm
  • Better sealing for all weather conditions

Cons

  • No 4K video except in time lapse mode
  • No built-in flash
  • No slot for a second memory card

Bottom Line

Arguably, still the best DSLR at its price point in the market, if you can forgive Canon for not adding 4K video except in time lapse mode. Original 6D users should definitely upgrade.

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM - Gallery

Markets are always a source of good photos. I like the depth of field and colour in this one which shows just how sharp the else is. 55mm, 1/400, ISO 1000, aperture 10Credit: Mike Gee
Markets are always a source of good photos. I like the depth of field and colour in this one which shows just how sharp the else is. 55mm, 1/400, ISO 1000, aperture 10
Depth of field and sharpness in this picture of the Snowy Mountains near Thredbo are excellent. 38mm, 1/400, ISO 1600, 10Credit: Mike Gee
Depth of field and sharpness in this picture of the Snowy Mountains near Thredbo are excellent. 38mm, 1/400, ISO 1600, 10
Deadhorse Gap near Thredbo. Including people in your shot nearly always adds to it, depending on how you position them within the photo. The contrasts here are fabulous and the snow (often difficult got shoot) comes up well. 70mm, 1/400, ISO 1600, 12Credit: Mike Gee
Deadhorse Gap near Thredbo. Including people in your shot nearly always adds to it, depending on how you position them within the photo. The contrasts here are fabulous and the snow (often difficult got shoot) comes up well. 70mm, 1/400, ISO 1600, 12
Nature, just nature - at Deadhorse Gap in the Snowy Mountains. I used the sponge tool in Photoshop to subtlety highlight the colours in the trees. 24mm, 1/800, ISO 1000, 10Credit: Mike Gee
Nature, just nature - at Deadhorse Gap in the Snowy Mountains. I used the sponge tool in Photoshop to subtlety highlight the colours in the trees. 24mm, 1/800, ISO 1000, 10
The view from Deadhorse Gap. It doesn’t get much better than this. The 6D Mk II shows its strengths when combined with this lens. 28mm, 1/500, ISO 1000, 10Credit: Mike Gee
The view from Deadhorse Gap. It doesn’t get much better than this. The 6D Mk II shows its strengths when combined with this lens. 28mm, 1/500, ISO 1000, 10
Leatherbarrel Creek in the Kocziusko National Park. It could almost be a painting. 55mm, 1/400, ISO 1250, 12Credit: Mike Gee
Leatherbarrel Creek in the Kocziusko National Park. It could almost be a painting. 55mm, 1/400, ISO 1250, 12
Little Manly on a windy day when nobody came out to play. The light and contrasts are beautiful and again show the landscape strength of this pairing. 24mm, 1/500, ISO 1000 10Credit: Mike Gee
Little Manly on a windy day when nobody came out to play. The light and contrasts are beautiful and again show the landscape strength of this pairing. 24mm, 1/500, ISO 1000 10

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM - Gallery

This series of pictures taken from the shore of yachts racing on Sydney Harbour show the strengths of this lens. Sharpness, depth of field, lovely colour rendition and versatility. I don’t travel without it. 200mm, 1/1250, ISO 1000, aperture f12Credit: Mike Gee
This series of pictures taken from the shore of yachts racing on Sydney Harbour show the strengths of this lens. Sharpness, depth of field, lovely colour rendition and versatility. I don’t travel without it. 200mm, 1/1250, ISO 1000, aperture f12
300mm, 1/2500, ISO 1000, f10Credit: Mike Gee
300mm, 1/2500, ISO 1000, f10
300mm, 1/1600, ISO 1000, f10Credit: Mike Gee
300mm, 1/1600, ISO 1000, f10
236mm, 1250, ISO 800, f8Credit: Mike Gee
236mm, 1250, ISO 800, f8
155mm, 1/3200, ISO 2000, f10Credit: Mike Gee
155mm, 1/3200, ISO 2000, f10
300mm, 1/4000, ISO 2000, f10Credit: Mike Gee
300mm, 1/4000, ISO 2000, f10
300mm, 1/4000, ISO 2000, f10Credit: Mike Gee
300mm, 1/4000, ISO 2000, f10
These corellas were feeding by the back road in Biggara Valley, near the NSW/Victoria border. White and black are the worst colours to shoot and the camera and lens handled the sea of white fabulously. 300mm, 1/4000, ISO 2000, f10Credit: Mike Gee
These corellas were feeding by the back road in Biggara Valley, near the NSW/Victoria border. White and black are the worst colours to shoot and the camera and lens handled the sea of white fabulously. 300mm, 1/4000, ISO 2000, f10
Corellas in flight. This photo speaks for itself.  This is a broad but thin crop from the original photo. 269mm, 1/4000, ISO 2000, f12Credit: Mike Gee
Corellas in flight. This photo speaks for itself. This is a broad but thin crop from the original photo. 269mm, 1/4000, ISO 2000, f12
A simple landscape shot, focusing on the tree poking into the creek, rendered in black and white and strongly cropped in post processing and soft and filtered. 84mm, 1/4000, ISO 1000, f10Credit: Mike Gee
A simple landscape shot, focusing on the tree poking into the creek, rendered in black and white and strongly cropped in post processing and soft and filtered. 84mm, 1/4000, ISO 1000, f10
Khancoban Creek - perfect for early season fly fishing and pretty as a picture. This ones taken using high f-stop. 70mm, 1/500, ISO 2000, f18Credit: Mike Gee
Khancoban Creek - perfect for early season fly fishing and pretty as a picture. This ones taken using high f-stop. 70mm, 1/500, ISO 2000, f18


Snowy Mountains back country. This raging rapid becomes a churning pool when the water level drops in summer and is nicknamed The Sauna. 70mm, 1/4000, ISO 2000, f10Credit: Mike Gee
Snowy Mountains back country. This raging rapid becomes a churning pool when the water level drops in summer and is nicknamed The Sauna. 70mm, 1/4000, ISO 2000, f10
The same location as the previous photo but using a lot more light. I prefer the darker, moodier, shot but this one has the zest of late Spring. 70mm, 1/1600, ISO 2000, f10Credit: Mike Gee
The same location as the previous photo but using a lot more light. I prefer the darker, moodier, shot but this one has the zest of late Spring. 70mm, 1/1600, ISO 2000, f10
Biggara Valley at 9am in the morning - the NSW/Victoria border is defined by the Murray River which is virtually where the road disappears out of shot behind the trees. Great landscape shot from a telephoto lens. 70mm, 1/800, ISO 800, f10Credit: Mike Gee
Biggara Valley at 9am in the morning - the NSW/Victoria border is defined by the Murray River which is virtually where the road disappears out of shot behind the trees. Great landscape shot from a telephoto lens. 70mm, 1/800, ISO 800, f10

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM - Gallery

A favorite photo shot on Manly beach as the sun rose on a perfect spring morning. Monochrome suited this scene so well. It’s as close as the 16-35mm could get. 35mm, 1/800, ISO 1000, aperture f18Credit: Mike Gee
A favorite photo shot on Manly beach as the sun rose on a perfect spring morning. Monochrome suited this scene so well. It’s as close as the 16-35mm could get. 35mm, 1/800, ISO 1000, aperture f18
Depth of field and sharpness - the 16-35mm f/4L has it in spades. Lovely early morning freeze frame of beach volleyballers on manly beach. 35mm, 1/200, ISO 1000, f18Credit: Mike Gee
Depth of field and sharpness - the 16-35mm f/4L has it in spades. Lovely early morning freeze frame of beach volleyballers on manly beach. 35mm, 1/200, ISO 1000, f18
Look at the settings … An aperture of 18, 1/200, a comfortable ISO and the result is picture perfect. 25mm, 1/200, ISO 1000, f18Credit: Mike Gee
Look at the settings … An aperture of 18, 1/200, a comfortable ISO and the result is picture perfect. 25mm, 1/200, ISO 1000, f18
The three shots of orchids were taken in a dark stairwell playing with the available light both when shooting and in post-processing. Intelligent cropping adds to the impact of the photos. 26mm, 1/100, ISO 1250, f4Credit: Mike Gee
The three shots of orchids were taken in a dark stairwell playing with the available light both when shooting and in post-processing. Intelligent cropping adds to the impact of the photos. 26mm, 1/100, ISO 1250, f4
24mm, 1/60, ISO 1600, f8Credit: Mike Gee
24mm, 1/60, ISO 1600, f8

31mm, 1/100, ISO 1250, f4

 Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM - Gallery

This kangaroo in the Kocziusko National Park just off the Alpine Way, virtually posed for his portrait. 1/400, ISO 640, f10Credit: Mike Gee
This kangaroo in the Kocziusko National Park just off the Alpine Way, virtually posed for his portrait. 1/400, ISO 640, f10
Bob - the local neighbourhood bogan cat - was shot through the railings of a fence as he went early morning fishing. The lights and shadows captured by the lens are excellent. 1/400, ISO 500, f10Credit: Mike Gee
Bob - the local neighbourhood bogan cat - was shot through the railings of a fence as he went early morning fishing. The lights and shadows captured by the lens are excellent. 1/400, ISO 500, f10
The same shot as the previous one rendered in black and white to show that you can get two moods out of one picture. 1/400, ISO 500, f10Credit: Mike Gee
The same shot as the previous one rendered in black and white to show that you can get two moods out of one picture. 1/400, ISO 500, f10
Fishing can get boring. The EF 135mm f/2L delivers great sharpness despite the distance - the fisherman was  125m to 150m from where I was standing. 1/800, ISO 500, f12Credit: Mike Gee
Fishing can get boring. The EF 135mm f/2L delivers great sharpness despite the distance - the fisherman was 125m to 150m from where I was standing. 1/800, ISO 500, f12


 

 

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