A few weeks ago now, I had the opportunity to be a second shooter at a wedding. Although I have been shooting now for over 6 years, I have never tried to do any kind of paid work. There was a few lessons I learned from this 12 hour event that I found valuable to myself as a photographer.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II had quite a controversial release, but that didn’t affect my purchase of this body. For the past two weeks I’ve been using it as much as I can and I have to say, I’m thoroughly impressed. Here’s some of my impressions from my first weeks of using the 6DII.
As an owner of the original 6D, this was quite a frustrating area. The center point was deadly accurate even in the most challenging light. Sadly the other 10 outer points were not cross type which left myself and many others feeling frustrated with their inaccuracy. Thankfully this is no longer an issue for 6DII owners as we now have 45 cross type AF point some with the center point being dual cross type down to -3EV.
I have used three of my four lenses with the 6DII and I was pleasantly surprised with the results which are as follows:
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS – This was my most used lens on the 6D and as you can see from all the sample images here, it will be my most used lens on my 6DII as well. This lens performs fast and precise with all AF points that I have used.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM – Although this lens didn’t require any AFMA on my 6D, it wasn’t the most accurate with the outer points. I’m happy to report that this lens is fast and accurate to focus on the 6DII with all AF points. I have also used this lens with DPAF and I would say it could track moving subjects accurately at least 85% of the time.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS – I haven’t used this lens as much as the others although I still found the AF to be fast and accurate with all points.
I would definitely say the AF on the 6DII is its largest upgrade which is good to see, as this was the originals weakest area. The AF spread is an area that gained a lot of negative attention which I believe was overblown. After a very short amount of research you’ll find that the 5D4 only has roughly one extra row of AF points on each side which definitely isn’t a deal breaker for me. The AF points generally cover the area within the rule of thirds and if you need to focus outside those areas, there’s always Dual Pixel AF or you can even focus and recompose.