Breakthrough Photography Filters

Breakthrough Photography Filters

Announcements

I just recently ditched my Lee Filter system and adopted Breakthrough Photography Filters as my preferred filter line for landscape and travel photography. The choice was actually pretty simple: Better glass, better coatings, better color fidelity, better build quality, and a 25-year warranty on their filters. Here’s more information:

 

  • WORLDS SHARPEST AND MOST COLOR NEUTRAL NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTERS: Breakthrough Photography’s X4 ND filter maintain a very well controlled and flat transmission all the way throughout the visible light spectrum and into IR, delivering the worlds most color neutral results.
  • MRC16 OPTICAL COATING: 16 Layer Multi-Resistance Coated to significantly reduce lens flare and ghosting while making the filter Anti-Scratch, Reduce Reflection, Water Repellent, Increase Surface Durability, Oil & Dust Resistant. These attributes are essential for working effectively outdoors. Our proprietary MRC coating is structurally harder than the glass itself and the reduced reflections improve the efficiency since less light is lost. 
  • NANOTEC: In addition to state-of-the-art MRC, their optical engineers developed new nano coating layer technology, called nanotec, from the ground up to repel dirt, water and other elements by beading rather than absorbing and smearing. Set in our workhorse and built to withstand extreme wind, salt water, dust and other abrasive conditions and elements.
  • 25 YEARS SUPPORT: Guaranteed to be free from craftsmanship defects for 25 years. When you activate your 25 Year Ironclad Guarantee online we associate your X4 serial number to you, so any future discussions on this unique filter are tracked, issues recorded and all that stuff which goes into future product design.

At top: The Breakthrough Photography X4 3-stop ND Filter slowing down the motion of the water in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bottom: The finely crafted Breakthrough Photography’s X4 Circular Polarizing Filters with blackened brass frames and traction grooves for easy handling in cold weather or with gloves.

Polarizing Filters

Breakthrough Photography advertises its 4X CPL Circular Polarizer as the “world’s most advanced circular polarizer.” The construction is made from blackened brass (less likely for the filters to stick together) with deepened traction grooves on the rim for an easy grip, even with cold, wet, fingers or gloves (although I’ve been told that these grove may interfere with your lens hood. I don’t use a lens hood so I’ve not experienced this). The glass is SCHOTT Superwhite B270® optical glass with nanotech® and multi-resistant coatings. The best part about these proprietary coatings is that rain and moisture slide right off the surface of the filter. With other filters, you might try to wipe off the rain or splashes and it just get smeared around. I tried it and it’s true! I’m amazed.

Neutral Density Filters

For years I have been using Lee Filters’ Little and Big Stopper ND filters (6- and 10-Stop respectively) for long exposure photography (see tutorial on using ND Filters for Long Exposure Photography). The quality of the Lee glass has never been an issue with me but it’s long been known by landscape photographers that these Lee filters impart an obvious and acknowledged blue color cast to affected images. See the examples above. The Breakthrough Photography 4X ND filters are truly color neutral and the glass and coatings are better than Lee’s. Formatt Hitech pushes the colors toward the cyan while B&W goes reddish-orange. These problems can be fixed in post-production (sometimes relatively easily and sometimes not so much) but why bother with that anymore?

Richard Bernabe is a professional photographer specializing in travel, wildlife, and nature as well as an author of books, magazine articles, and travel essays published world-wide. Richard is a global influencer is the fields of photography, travel, and wildlife conservation with more than one million followers on social media platforms. He leads several photography tours and workshops all over the world and is invited to speak to photography and conservation groups all across the globe. For more great information on new images, gear reviews, book projects, and photography workshops and tours, Sign Up For Our Newsletter.


Think Tank Releases New Photo Protection Concepts

Think Tank Releases New Photo Protection Concepts

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The Think Tank Photo Emergency Rain Cover for the ultimate in camera protection.

My friends at Think Tank Photo have released two new concepts in camera gear protection. The Emergency Rain Covers, that come in two sizes, are small, lightweight, fast-deploying protective covers you can have on hand when weather conditions change swiftly and you need to protect your bodies and lenses.

The Think Tank Lens Case Duos for lens protection when transporting and traveling.

The Lens Case Duos are protective lens sleeves that can be used both when transporting your lenses in transit and while shooting.  They are available in a range of sizes to fit most DSLR and Mirrorless lenses.

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Richard Bernabe is a professional photographer specializing in travel, wildlife, and nature as well as an author of books, magazine articles, and travel essays published world-wide. Richard is a global influencer is the fields of photography, travel, and wildlife conservation with more than one million followers on social media platforms. He leads several photography tours and workshops all over the world and is invited to speak to photography and conservation groups all across the globe. For more great information on new images, gear reviews, book projects, and photography workshops and tours, Sign Up For Our Newsletter.

Canon EOS R Mirrorless SAMPLE IMAGES

Canon EOS R Mirrorless SAMPLE IMAGES

Announcements

On September 5 of this year, Canon announced its highly anticipated Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera to the world and over the past week, I spent some time shooting a production model while traveling to Havana, Cuba. This camera was made for travel and street photography so this was the perfect opportunity to give it a good working over.

The EOS R Mirrorless camera features a brand new RF mount so it’s not compatible with EOS lenses without the Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R that fits between the camera and lens. I used two of the new RF lenses as well as many of my older EOS lenses on this trip. More information and specifications on the Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera can be found here.

I found the camera to be very intuitive to use, especially if you are a Canon shooter already, it fit my hands comfortably, and the image quality was very similar to that found in the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, which is my current go-to camera body for travel and landscape photography, as well as the occasional wildlife shoot. I thought the ISO performance on the new mirrorless camera to be just a tad better than the 5D Mark IV (see the last of the sample images below captured at 10,800 ISO) but it could be my imagination. It’s certainly a subjective observation at best. The two RF lenses – the Canon Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM and RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM were amazing performers – some of the sharpest Canon lenses I’ve ever used.

This copy of the Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera and the lenses were on loan to me for a very limited amount of time so I couldn’t do any technical, objective tests. My subjective observations are positive overall, but I don’t see myself going to an all mirrorless system anytime in the near future. I do believe Canon is heading in the right direction with this inaugural model, however, and I’m excited with the prospect of future R bodies and an expansion of the RF lens line.

Get your Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera here on Amazon.

“El Malecón” The Havana waterfront at sunrise, Havana, Cuba. Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera with Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L is USM Lens @ 80mm.

“No Left Turn Unstoned” Getting lost in the heart of Havana, Cuba. Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera and with Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L is USM Lens @ 42mm.

“La Virgen de la Merced” Church interior in Old Havana. Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera and Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens @ 12mm with Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R.

“Life’s Rich Banquet” Old Havana, Cuba. Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera and Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens @ 28mm.

“El Contendiente” One of many students in Radames Castillo’s boxing academy, Havana, Cuba. I really pushed the limits of the Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera in this dark working environment. ISO 10,800!

“Ragged Quarters” A Black and White street scene from Havana. Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera and Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens @ 50mm.

“La Habana Vieja” Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera and with Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L is USM Lens @ 38mm. I’ve still not completely embraced the Electronic Viewfinder used in mirrorless cameras but I found this to be the best I’ve tried so far. It feels and looks less “virtual” when I peer through the viewfinder.

Canon EOS R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

The Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera

After months of speculation and rumors, Canon officially announced today the Canon EOS R, the much anticipated full frame mirrorless camera that will compete with Sony’s full frame mirrorless line and the new Nikon Z6 and Z7. Concurrently, Canon is also unvieling four native RF lenses and the Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R for using EOS lenses on the new RF mount. The Canon EOS R camera body will be available in October 2018 with an estimated retail price of $2,299. The new Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 lens will also be available in October 2018 while the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 L USMRF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, and RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM will all be available in December 2018.

Canon EOS R Specifications

  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • A New 54mm diameter RF Lens Mount
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Maximum of 5,655 Manually Selectable AF Points
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15″ 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400
  • 8 fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW

My (Initial) Take on the Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera

I will very likely have my hands on this new camera within a few weeks (through some back-channel contacts) so I’ll be able to offer some hands-on, first-person opinions very soon, as well as some sample images. But for now I’ll simply offer my take on the camera and the system in general.

I believe that technology will lead us all to mirrorless systems in the not-so-distant future considering the many technological advantages to the mirrorless system over DSLRs. I won’t go into all of these advantages here but the larger lens mount and reduced physical distance between the imaging sensor and the lens are literal game-changers when it comes to future lens possibilities. We are seeing some of those possibilities with today’s announcement from Canon. But despite these facts and no matter how my hands-on experience with the Canon EOS R will be in the coming weeks, I will continue to use Canon DSLRs (Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 1DX Mark II) for my photography in the coming months, unless the landscape and the technology drastically change in a hurry.

The two most cited reasons I hear for moving from a DSLR to a mirrorless system is a reduction in weight and size as well as the electronic viewfinder (EVF). I find the weight and size differences to be negligible (the Canon 5D Mark IV is 1.962 lbs vs. the Canon EOS R at 1.455 so we’re basically talking about a half of a pound) and I don’t consider the EVF to be a big advantage at all. With the current technology, I prefer an optical viewfinder. When I use the Canon EOS R in the next couple of weeks, I could change my mind on the EVF, however.

The biggest problem I have with the Canon EOS R is the very limited lens choices (four lenses as of this writing) unless the rumored adapter is used with the current line of EOS EF lenses. This is not an optional solution for me. For example, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is one of the most important lenses I use for wildlife and I just can’t imagine using this lens on the Canon EOS R with an adapter at this point. There certainly is no reduction in weight or size so why make a change at this point? As a professional photographer who needs to consistently produce quality images year-round, I will use the best available tools for the job, period. Right now, the mirrorless option is not the best tool for me but that could change soon. Stayed tuned.

Order your Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera here on Amazon
Order your Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens here on Amazon
Order your Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens here on Amazon
Order your Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L is USM Lens here on Amazon
Order your Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 is Macro STM Lens here on Amazon
Order your Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R here on Amazon

Richard Bernabe is a professional photographer specializing in travel, wildlife, and nature as well as an author of books, magazine articles, and travel essays published world-wide. Richard is a global influencer is the fields of photography, travel, and wildlife conservation with more than one million followers on social media platforms. He leads several photography tours and workshops all over the world and is invited to speak to photography and conservation groups all across the globe. For more great information on new images, gear reviews, book projects, and photography workshops and tours, Sign Up For Our Newsletter.


Canon EOS R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Announcements

The Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera

After months of speculation and rumors, Canon officially announced today the Canon EOS R, the much anticipated full frame mirrorless camera that will compete with Sony’s full frame mirrorless line and the new Nikon Z6 and Z7. Concurrently, Canon is also unvieling four native RF lenses and the Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R for using EOS lenses on the new RF mount. The Canon EOS R camera body will be available in October 2018 with an estimated retail price of $2,299. The new Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 lens will also be available in October 2018 while the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 L USMRF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, and RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM will all be available in December 2018.

Canon EOS R Specifications

  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • A New 54mm diameter RF Lens Mount
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Maximum of 5,655 Manually Selectable AF Points
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15″ 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400
  • 8 fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW

My Take on the Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera

I will very likely have my hands on this new camera within a few weeks (through some back-channel contacts) so I’ll be able to offer some hands-on, first-person opinions very soon, as well as some sample images. But for now I’ll simply offer my take on the camera and the system in general.

I believe that technology will lead us all to mirrorless systems in the not-so-distant future considering the many technological advantages to the mirrorless system over DSLRs. I won’t go into all of these advantages here but the larger lens mount and reduced physical distance between the imaging sensor and the lens are literal game-changers when it comes to future lens possibilities. We are seeing some of those possibilities with today’s announcement from Canon. But despite these facts and no matter how my hands-on experience with the Canon EOS R will be in the coming weeks, I will continue to use Canon DSLRs (Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 1DX Mark II) for my photography in the coming months, unless the landscape and the technology drastically change in a hurry.

The two most cited reasons I hear for moving from a DSLR to a mirrorless system is a reduction in weight and size as well as the electronic viewfinder (EVF). I find the weight and size differences to be negligible (the Canon 5D Mark IV is 1.962 lbs vs. the Canon EOS R at 1.455 so we’re basically talking about a half of a pound) and I don’t consider the EVF to be a big advantage at all. With the current technology, I prefer an optical viewfinder. When I use the Canon EOS R in the next couple of weeks, I could change my mind on the EVF, however.

The biggest problem I have with the Canon EOS R is the very limited lens choices (four lenses as of this writing) unless the rumored adapter is used with the current line of EOS EF lenses. This is not an optional solution for me. For example, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is one of the most important lenses I use for wildlife and I just can’t imagine using this lens on the Canon EOS R with an adapter at this point. There certainly is no reduction in weight or size so why make a change at this point? As a professional photographer who needs to consistently produce quality images year-round, I will use the best available tools for the job, period. Right now, the mirrorless option is not the best tool for me but that could change soon. Stayed tuned.

Order your Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera here on Amazon
Order your Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens here on Amazon
Order your Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens here on Amazon
Order your Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L is USM Lens here on Amazon
Order your Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 is Macro STM Lens here on Amazon
Order your Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R here on Amazon

My Canon EOS R Mirrorless Cameral Sample Images here

Richard Bernabe is a professional photographer specializing in travel, wildlife, and nature as well as an author of books, magazine articles, and travel essays published world-wide. Richard is a global influencer is the fields of photography, travel, and wildlife conservation with more than one million followers on social media platforms. He leads several photography tours and workshops all over the world and is invited to speak to photography and conservation groups all across the globe. For more great information on new images, gear reviews, book projects, and photography workshops and tours, Sign Up For Our Newsletter.


Think Tank Photo Retrospective Shoulder Bags

Think Tank Photo Retrospective Shoulder Bags

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Think Tank Photo upgraded Retrospective Shoulder Bags feature increased photography gear security as well as lighter weight.

My friends at Think Tank Photo have just released Version 2.0 of what may be the most popular shoulder bags in photo industry history, the Retrospective V2.0. The Retrospective V2.0 retain their classic look but include many innovative new features. Keeping the soft, form-fitting design, they are lighter than the original. For greater security, they added a zippered opening under the main flap that tucks away when not in use. Each bag has a dedicated interior tablet or laptop pocket, luggage handle pass-through, and a compressible water bottle pocket. They even improved their “Sound Silencer” technology to help you work quietly.  Be sure to use the link below to order as you will receive free gear and free shipping!

Think Tank Photo Retrospective V2.0

Richard Bernabe is a professional photographer specializing in travel, wildlife, and nature as well as an author of books, magazine articles, and travel essays published world-wide. Richard is a global influencer is the fields of photography, travel, and wildlife conservation with more than one million followers on social media platforms. He leads several photography tours and workshops all over the world and is invited to speak to photography and conservation groups all across the globe. For more great information on new images, gear reviews, book projects, and photography workshops and tours, Sign Up For Our Newsletter.

Canon 6D Mark II Camera Review

Canon 6D Mark II Camera Review

Gear Reviews

The Canon 6D Mark II

Over the years, I’ve been a frequent user of Canon’s 5D DSLR series (the original 5D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, and now the new Canon 5D Mark IV) and I’ve been very satisfied with each new iteration that Canon has offered. I’ve never used the original Canon 6D so I have no reference with which to compare the Canon 6D Mark II, except against the cameras I’m currently using: the Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon 1DX Mark II. Most of my comparisons will be used against the Canon 5D Mark IV, which might seem unfair at first, but the 6D Mark II does have a newer processor – the Digic 7 versus the older Digic 6+.

The Canon 6D Mark II does offer some tantalizing new features for the brand’s entry-level full-frame DSLR. Improvements to the autofocus system would be first among them. The consensus among Canon users on the Internet is the lack of 4K video as the biggest disappointment. I’ll have to respectfully disagree with the conclusion since I believe the camera disappoints in other more important areas. In fact, I don’t even discuss video in this review since I never used it during my tests. I took the Canon 6D Mark II on a three-day photography excursion into the North Carolina mountains recently to see how well it performs against my 5D Mark IV. My observations are mostly subjective.

For a comprehensive description, list of features, specifications, and purchasing information on the Canon 6D Mark II, you should visit the Canon USA website.

The Canon 6D Mark II vs the Canon 6D

The Canon 6D Mark II replaces the 6D, which was released to the public back in late 2012 so it was certainly due for an upgrade. The Canon 6D Mark II is lighter, employs more pixels, and has an articulating LCD screen. But there are many more more improvements over the 6D classic.

CANON 6D MARK II

26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
Body weight: 24.16 oz
DIGIC 7 Image Processor
45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
6.5 fps Shooting
Full HD Video at 60 fps. No 4K video
3″ 1.04m-Dot Articulated Touchscreen LCD
Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
Built-In GPS, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi
Dust and Water Resistant
Single SD Card Slot

CANON 6D

20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
Body weight: 27.16 oz
DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
11-Point AF with Center Cross-Type Point
4.5 fps Shooting
Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View LCD Monitor
Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
iFCL 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
In-Camera HDR & Multiple Exposure Mode
Single SD Card Slot

Looking Glass Falls, Brevard, North Carolina. Canon 6D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 19mm, 0.6 seconds @ f/16, ISO 640.

The Canon 6D Mark II Articulating LCD Screen

One of the first obvious new features of the Canon 6D Mark II is the articulating rear LCD screen. At first, I wasn’t so sure about the usefulness of this new feature until I went out to make the image you see above. While standing in ice cold water before the sun rose, I wanted to include the foreground whitewater in the bottom of the image frame in order to give the scene some balance. In order to do this, I needed to get down low. With a non-articulating screen, I would have gotten wet as I contorted my body into a position to either look through the optical viewfinder or the live view on the back of the camera. With the LCD articulation, I just tilted the screen upward while in live view and I hardly had to bend over to compose and focus.

Great Smoky Mountains Sunrise with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon 6D Mark II with articulating screen flipped out horizontally. From this position,it can tilt up and down to accommodate your viewing position.

Oconuluftee Overlook, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina. Canon 6D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM @ 105mm, 1/20 second @ f/11, ISO 200.

What Else Is New?

Aside from the articulating LCD screen and the bump up in megapixels (20.2 MP to 26.2 MP) the Canon 6D Mark II had updated the entry-level full-frame DSLR in some other important ways.

45-point AF System

The new version of the 6D gives the photographer a wide-area, 45-point all cross-type AF system, currently available on the 80D. With the Canon 6D Mark II, you can now track fast-moving subjects accurately throughout the frame even in low light. The 6D Mark II also features 5 different AF area options for different AF situations.

Dual-Pixel Autofocus

The Canon 6D Mark II introduces Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF to the 6D line. The camera uses two photodiodes per pixel which allows phase-difference detection autofocus while using Live View, which is a big upgrade. Dual Pixel CMOS AF and phase detection AF is much faster and accurate than what was available on the 6D.

6.5 fps Shooting

The Canon 6D Mark II offers a significant improvement in its frame rate or burst rate, jumping from 4.5 fps (which was basically useless for anything other than static scenes) in the 6D with a 6.5 fps rate in the Mark II. It doesn’t qualify as a serious wildlife or sports camera but it is at least in the neighborhood and the improvement is certainly welcome.

All in all, the autofocus system features – 6.5 fps shooting, Dual-Pixel AF and 45-point cross-type AF points – mark the biggest improvements over the original 6D.

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Built-In GPS

The Canon 6D Mark II has a built-in wifi feature when used with the Canon Camera Connect app on your smartphone over a local network or via bluetooth. You can operate the camera remotely from a distance with control over most settings including f-stop, shutter speed, ISO, focus and the shutter release. The built-in GPS allows you to tag your images with location data, which is a pretty standard feature these days.

Dynamic Range

Rather than rely on my subjective evaluations with regard to dynamic range, I’ll just defer to some published empirical tests instead. The technical reviews and tests of the Canon 6D Mark II were extremely disappointing, particularly with regard to dynamic range. This test published by Photons To Photos, an independent source for sensor data information, exhibits a graph plotting photographic dynamic range at various ISOs while comparing recent Canon DSLRs. To be quite frank, the results here are awful. The Canon 6D Mark II performs about the same, and in many cases worse, than its predecessor, the 6D Classic which is 5 years older. In tests with ISOs up to 251, the Canon 6D Mark II performs worse than the Canon 6D, the Canon 5D Mark IV, and even the Canon 80D which is a APS-C camera. This is quite shocking.

As far as a subjective evaluation and my personal experience for the few days I used the Canon 6D Mark II, I can only compare the results to the 5D Mark IV. I could easily see that the shadow detail with the 6D Mark II did not match the results I was getting with the 5D Mark IV. This backs up the claims made by the Photon To Photos test. The 5D Mark IV offers better results than the 6D Mark II.

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ISO Performance

Here is another area of performance where 6D users were hoping for an improvement and unfortunately didn’t get one. I could only compare the results of the Canon 6D Mark II to my 5D Mark IV, where the 6D Mark II was significantly inferior.

There is an excellent review on The Amazing Sky where the authors compared the 6D Mark II to the 6D while doing night photography. These results confirmed my subjective observations. The Canon 6D Mark II is not much of an improvement over the original 6D and the ISO performance as a whole is inferior to the 5D mark IV.

Above you have two identical crops from identical scenes both captured at 6400 ISO. The crop from the left is from the Canon 6D Mark II and the crop on the right is from the Canon 5D Mark IV. Both are full-frame DSLRs and recent iterations from their respective product lines but the results clearly show better ISO performance from the 5D Mark IV.

Conclusion

I won’t be keeping this camera. For one thing, I already own two Canon 5D Mark IV camera bodies and a Canon 1DX Mark II so there’s no place in my bag for a camera of this type anyway. If you already own a 6D, I’m not sure it’s worth the upgrade if what’s most important to you is image quality. The dynamic range and ISO performance is at least comparable to the original 6D but the articulating LCD screen and the AF system improvements might make the upgrade worthwhile. Still, the return on investment is low by camera upgrade standards.

On its own, the Canon 6D Mark II is not a bad DSLR. Actually, it’s a very good camera, especially for those who want to upgrade to their first full-frame camera body. But the disappointment arises when you consider how much better it could have and should have been.

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Richard Bernabe is a professional photographer specializing in travel, wildlife, and nature as well as an author of books, magazine articles, and travel essays published world-wide. Richard is a global influencer is the fields of photography, travel, and wildlife conservation with more than one million followers on social media platforms. He leads several photography tours and workshops all over the world and is invited to speak to photography and conservation groups all across the globe. For more great information on new images, gear reviews, book projects, and photography workshops and tours, Sign Up For Our Newsletter.