We’ve Updated Our Canon 6D Mk II Review: The RAW File Versatility Isn’t THAT Terrible

Hi everyone,

We just updated our Canon 6D Mk II review to conform a bit more to our standard testing procedures. For years, I’ve tended to run all our cameras and lenses through Lightroom when it comes to testing simply because of the fact that it’s the industry standard. But within the past year, I’ve moved away from this in more favor of Capture One. I’ve also implored photographers to consider making the switch a number of times and now I’m getting asked for more tutorials on using Capture One instead of Lightroom. So of course, there is interest. And of course, Capture One has proven to me today how much of a better editor it is than Adobe Lightroom in regards to RAW file editing algorithms.

When we were testing the Canon 6D Mk II, we were told about how Adobe’s software simply isn’t the best for Canon’s RAW files and that instead, Canon’s own software makes the most of the files. I believed it, and even months after that press trip I still believe it. However, Canon’s software is clunky, slow, and designed for heavy work on a single image vs a batch the way that Lightroom and Capture One are. With Capture One’s recent update though, I found that I’m able to bring more details out of the highlights and the colors that Adobe just doesn’t allow me to do at the moment. What this means is that the Canon 6D Mk II has a better sensor than we initially thought it did. However, there is still a four year old camera that can outdo it and outdo it for arguably less money. I talk about this in our updated review.

The Canon 6D Mk II is a good camera and I’ve been using it to test more products like the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8, and some of Rokinon’s new SP lenses. I like it, but personally for me I still am not sure that it’s worth an upgrade for me. I prefer the lighter and smaller lenses that a mirrorless camera system allows me and DSLR viewfinders are still too small for my failing vision. The Nikon D850 has a big, beautiful viewfinder, but I wish that the diopter went even further or the viewfinder was bigger and brighter. These days I’m used to working with viewfinders like the old Pentax 67 prism finder and the Mamiya RB67 Pro S prism finder with a -4 diopter. Those are big, bright, beautiful and give me the ability to make very finely tuned focus adjustments when I want. They’ve been a big help with my recent work; and so medium format prism finders are simply perfect for my eyesight.

Of course, yours may be infinitely better.

You can see more over at our Canon 6D Mk II review. The RAW file versatility that I found in Capture One has earned the camera another star of approval from me.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.