Yes, manual focusing is more accurate than phase detect AF (except for the combination of very recent Canon camera + lens). Over at LensRentals blog Roger performed AF tests back in July / August 2012. For almost any combination of camera and lens, manual focus can (given enough time) be better than phase detect AF. Read the whole blog series if you want to ...
Based on the specs the 6D has
a smaller lighter body
better AF system
WIFI and GPS built it
slightly better screen and more recent UI
SD card slot instead of CF (users may have a preference, or a collection of cards already)
The 5D mkII has
magic lantern firmware option
CF card slot
is available now
plus a host of lesser differences, e.g.
Normally I'd suggest upgrading lenses and not bodies but in this case going to the 6D is going to solve your two problems:
The 6D has significantly better low light performance than the T2i/550D
Your 50mm will have the same field of view on the 6D as a 30mm on the T2i
I recommend you get the 6D and then maybe, if you miss the field of view of a 50mm on a ...
If money's no object then the 5D mkIII is the better camera in almost all areas (viewfinder, resolution, autofocus, shooting speed, card slots, sync speed, weather sealing, video). Canon make a GP-E2 GPS logger and WFT-E7 wifi grip for the 5D mkIII if you need this functionality.
Reasons to go with the 6D would be mostly due to weight (of both the camera ...
For exposures longer than 1 second, you can enable Long Exposure Noise Reduction (LENR). This is Canon's nomenclature for in-camera dark frame subtraction. When you take a photo the camera will expose the image normally and then use the same settings to create a dark frame with the shutter left closed. The readings for each pixel in the dark frame will be ...
You must install EOS Utility to download pictures directly from the camera. Your computer will not recognize it as a generic drive. EOS Utility will also give you the ability to shoot tethered and control the camera from your computer.
Your other option is to use a card reader instead.
Does Canon not have a PTP/Mass Storage connection preference? Serious ...
Finding the differences is easy. Other answers have already listed them thoroughly, so I will simply refer you to the specification comparison between the Canon EOS 6D and 5D Mark II.
To decide between any cameras, you have to go over the differences and give them value according to your needs. The more similar they are, the easier it is, so in this case ...
Apparently around 2009 or so Canon began making all models they sell in Japan with only two or three language options in an attempt to discourage grey market purchasers. Even if another firmware version is released, you will still only be able to select from the languages originally included in your camera's menu.
One purchaser from Australia mentioned on a ...
The GPS of the Canon 6D does not automatic turn-off while the camera is off by design. In that case you need to disable it by the menu setting (what a shame Canon). Another option, less elegant, is remove the battery everytime you won't use the camera. This is a good practice that not everybody does but in your case it will help too. Maybe in a future Canon ...
1) Manual focus means you must turn the focus ring to change the focus distance of the lens. Anytime the camera moves the focus point of the lens you are using autofocus (AF). With the Canon EOS system you use the AF/MF switch on the lens to select Manual Focus (MF) or Autofocus (AF).
Other than a few exotic big white Super Telephoto lenses that have an ...
I'll try to keep my post unbiased and stick to the facts. All of this information is currently based on the spec sheets and what we know from hands on usage of current DSLRs. The 6D has yet to have any public reviews, so any discussion of the AF or ISO performance is not yet based on lab tests of a production copy of the body. This is important to understand,...
You are using Picasa.
If you simply type in "Picasa Canon 6D" into Google, you will see that many other users have this problem.
Why are you having this problem? Because Picasa does not support the Canon 6D RAW files.
What can you do to fix this? Use the Adobe DNG Converter before opening up the files in Picasa. You could use something besides Picasa like ...
Matt covered it pretty well. I wanted to comment but run out of room...
I am also deciding between the two but I will not make any move until I see a few full "hands-on" reviews of the production model. I also think the $2100 price point is a bit too high so I might wait until the price drops a bit. Was hoping for sub 2K as the rumors were suggesting prior ...
Try to clean the sensor, it may be that there are some dust particles sitting directly on it, creating parasitic capacitances near the pixel or blocking light and that is handled incorrectly in subsequent image conversion steps.
Canon 6D's RAW files are somewhere in 23 to 28 MB range (24-26 on average), depending on what settings (particularly ISO) you have and what theme you photograph.
Note: The size variance is due of Canon's CR2 has loseless compression inside as well as some JPG thumbnails/previews of the actual RAW data and also because, as I said, some settings (for example ...
Yes you can. Refer pg 305 of the standard English manual.
Custom function C.Fn I-5 'Number of bracketed shots'
0: 3 shots (default)
1: 2 shots
2: 5 shots
3: 7 shots
FYI: C.Fn I-4 lets you change the sequence of brackets shots - this could be useful when creating HDR shots as the order of the photos is from lowest to highest exposure value.
0: 0 - + (...
As from discussion with Per Olso Norway this can happen because of few reasons
Setting in the export in LR (see image below)
Software, used to upload image strip EXIF information. Original Flickr Uploadr do not do it
Some other software in the workflow (xnview for example:
Canon make a wifi grip for the 5D Mark II called the WFT-E4 II A, which advertises EOS Utility-based control of cameras over a network. This provides similar functionality with PC/Mac based Canon EOS Utility software. There are similar grips available for the Canon 1D range (1DmkIII onwards), 5DmkIII and 7D.
However the wording on the page you linked (and ...
I think you can use the DSLR controller for Android
Though, for time lapse I would suggest magic lantern.
Although it's not officially released, nor officially stable, I'm using it on mine and it's stable.
You can do timelapses from within the camera.
6d Magic Lantern Forum and
6d Magic Lantern pre-alpha downloads
For Landscape and Macro work there is very little difference between these two. That is assuming you are shooting RAW and manually focusing as is often the case for those two types of photography. The resolution difference is only about 2.4% in favor of the older 5D Mark II.
At ISO 1600 and below the differences in sensor image quality are minimal. Above ...
As Per page 150 of this 6D manual, the 'Spot metering' setting:
... is for metering a specific spot of the subject or scene. The metering is weighted at the center covering approx. 3.5% of the viewfinder area.
Spot metering area diagram from manual.
When the camera is in this metering mode the selected focus point is not taken into consideration.
All EF lenses manufactured since 1987 will work on all EF mount EOS SLR cameras made by Canon since 1987 when the EOS system was introduced.
This includes all film EOS SLR cameras and all digital EOS SLR cameras including all DSLR models with full frame, APS-H, and APS-C size sensors.
EF-S lenses will only work on EOS DSLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors.
This is ultimatly a fairly subjective question. I think it does a pretty good job on my 5D Mark iii most of the time. It's also worth noting that you can have the 5DM3 save the individual files used (including in RAW format) so that you can always use software later even if you decide you don't like the JPEG that it produces. There are also multiple ...
The focus-point issue depends on your personal habits. Many people who shoot a variety of non-action photography, only ever use one focus point. Yes, one focus point, not one cross-type, one focus point in total. You do that using the focus-lock and recompose technique.
On the other hand, having multiple focus points and particularly more sensitive ones is ...
Is it possible? Yes. You can probably do this by physically modifying the lens.
Is it safe? No. The rear element of some (most?) Canon EF-S lenses extends into the body when at the wide (18mm) end. This causes the mirror to hit the back of the lens, potentially damaging both the lens and the camera.
People have had success modifying EF-S lenses to fit on ...
The EOS 6D and the EOS 7d Mark II are very different cameras in so many ways making them hard to compare.
The EOS 6D is the least expensive full frame DSLR from Canon and the 7D Mark II is their most expensive APS-C. You say you are into landscape and astrophotography and in my world buying a 7D Mark II over a 6D for that is crazy. The 7D Mark Ii is made ...