Full frame or not?

CornflakeCornflake Major grinsPosts: 2,441Registered Users Major grins

This will sort of echo TheKGAdventure's thread. I use a Canon 80D. Terrific camera. I've never had a full-frame camera but at times I've wondered what I'm missing. I was reading about the 6D Mark II and it sounds like an 80D with a full-frame sensor. Does anyone have a view as to whether the difference between the two would prompt you to spend $1300?


  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAPosts: 11,475Administrators moderator
    edited July 8, 2019

    Hi Don,

    I do have an 80D, a 7DMKII plus several full-frame bodies and I use them all. The only advantage I can see for a crop body is the crop magnification factor. But that's actually a big deal for wildlife, events and any other long-lens situation. For example I shoot Bar Mitzvahs from the back of the sanctuary with a full-frame body and a 100-400 zoom on a tripod. But I also have an 80D plus a 70-200 f/2.8 at my side that I'll grab for alternative angle shots. That combo gives you 320mm @f/2.8 which is just so incredibly useful for that purpose.

    The full-frame is better for shallow depth of field shots and better high ISO performance. So for low-light landscapes, starscapes, indoor event lighting, etc, you will get cleaner shots. Shallow DOF is useful in artistic portraits. Otherwise in good light I claim you won't see a difference between the 80D and the 6DMKII.

    So for me, I need both. If you must choose only one, then knowing your love for landscapes, I'd picture you as more of a full-frame guy.


  • CornflakeCornflake Major grins Posts: 2,441Registered Users Major grins

    Thanks, Joel. That's quite helpful. :)

  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaPosts: 14,417Super Moderators moderator
    edited July 9, 2019

    I just spent 12 days in Newfoundland with an 80D and a 5D MK IV. - I like both cameras a great deal. As kdog, says the crop factor of the 80D can be quite helpful. I also REALLY like its tiltable rotatable LCD display, which makes it very easy for an older fellow too shoot at absolute ground level - a tough trick with a viewfinder these days, at least for me. I think the AF in the 80D is pretty good, but not quite up to that of the 7 D MK II or the 5D Mk4 - a bit slower to grab focus and offers fewer choices of groups of AF points relative to the 7D MK II or the 5D Mk IV. - this difference is really probably only significant for shooting birds in flight, I had no issues with wildlife shooting.

    I spent some time shooting birds in flight with the 5D MK IV and found its high frame rate to be a bit slow for BIFS, and the buffer fills quickly with the full size RAW files it offers. Once I switched the images capture size to Medium Raw files much of my buffer waits disappeared, and the images are still large enough to edit very nicely.. I did not experience buffer waits with the 80D shooting in HFR with Large RAW files, but maybe I didn't try hard enough either since I didn't use the 80D for BIFS.

    The 24Mpxl image size of the 80D files is very nice, and I found I could shoot even at ISO 6400 with it and capture creditable images - not noise free images, but very nice ones just the same.

    My images from Newfoundland can be found here - https://pathfinder.smugmug.com/Travel/St-Johns-Newfoundland-Muench-WS-June-2019/

    I shot foxes on two different days - one day in bright afternoon sunlight with a 5D Mk IV, and one day near sunset in the fog, with the the 80D with the same exact EOS 100-400 v2 lens for both settings. I chose the 80D body the second day for its greater reach with the crop factor. A number of those 80D shots are at ISOs equal to, or greater than 3200. I never expected to shoot at ISO 6400 with crop bodies. My images on Smugmug have been edited, and noise quenched in Lightroom, but no other noise editing was done. You can see the exif data on my smugmug page for each image.

    I have a brief thread on the Wildlife forum here on dgrin, with some of the fox images, as well. -- https://dgrin.com/discussion/265268/a-few-foxes-and-gannets-from-newfoundland-june-2019#latest

    I think I am in the same camp as kdog, I use and like both bodies - I like the smaller, lighter 80D for lots of walk around snap shooting, and in good light, I suspect, at modest image sizes it is hard to tell which body shot which image. I would NOT choose a crop body for star shots, Milky Way Images, images destined for extreme enlargement, or needing more shallow DOF.

    An 80D wearing a Tamron 16-300mm f3.5-6.3. DI II VC PZD lens has been a walk around favorite of mine for several years - not the best or sharpest for all tasks, but very light, and competent when used well and edited in LR with the lens profiles -> no chromatic aberration 😊. I carry this combination with me almost all of the time. Jay Maisel says always have a camera with you, and I try to remember to do that. Now, I own and use both a 1DX Mk II and a 5D MK IV for many tasks, but carrying either with me all the time is unlikely to happen.

    A good craftsman needs to choose his tools for the task he/she is about to perform. Which tool is best for a task, can only be decided after defining what the task requires. One requirement is how much weight does one wish to carry.

    Pathfinder - www.pathfinder.smugmug.com

    Moderator of the Technique Forum and Finishing School on Dgrin
  • CornflakeCornflake Major grins Posts: 2,441Registered Users Major grins

    Pathfinder, I very much enjoyed looking at your Newfoundland images. Thanks also for your thoughts on this question. I've pretty much concluded that the advantages of a full-frame camera would be pretty marginal for me.

  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Posts: 21,075Super Moderators moderator
    edited July 9, 2019

    For seascapes, landscapes, scenics and vistas, I suggest that in the Canon ecosystem of FF bodies the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS R mirrorless are the cameras to target for single-frame images. The reason is that when you shoot in bright conditions and expose-to-the-right, as is generally recommended, those 2 bodies have a much improved base ISO 100 in terms of dynamic range, versus the 6D Mark II. This yields better shadow detail and more recoverable shadows in post-production.

    From the DXOMark Sensor Database, and adjusted for printing characteristics (as opposed to pixel measurements), Measurements, Dynamic Range tabs:


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  • CornflakeCornflake Major grins Posts: 2,441Registered Users Major grins

    Interesting, ziggy. Thanks.

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