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The new category of more affordable D-SLRs with 35mm-sized sensors is primarily aimed at amateurs, but they’re also good news for
professionals.

Taking a hit on obsolete digital cameras has been a fact of life for working photographers, the downside of the technology’s relentless advance since the early 1990s. The  foundations are all laid now, but the camera makers are still tinkering with what goes on them and so a pro D-SLR that’s just three or four years old is ready to draw an old-age pension. It may well have earned its keep in that time, but now it’s largely worthless and you’re looking at another investment of $6000 or so.

What if you could get away with spending half this – or perhaps even less – and still have a camera that’s capable of doing the job? This is where Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon’s D800/E have already made their mark, and now there’s a completely new category of ‘35mm’ format D-SLRs… even cheaper ones! We’ve already looked at Nikon’s D600 (see the December 2012 issue) which most definitely has pro-level credentials and now there’s Canon’s EOS 6D. We can probably even throw Sony’s SLT-A99 into the mix here, although it’s more of a professional camera than either the D600 or the EOS 6D which are primarily intended as enthusiast-level cameras, but clearly has some professional appeal.

While the Nikon and Canon models were announced at much the same time, the EOS 6D has been a while coming. The reason why isn’t entirely clear, but it’s here now and so the D600 isn’t going to have things all its own way in this new sector.

Thank-you for looking up our review of the Canon EOS 6D. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the September 2012 issue of Prophoto magazine.

You can download it here: Canon EOS 6D Review.pdf