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EOS M6 Mk II

EOS M6 Mark II body

This could be the final prosumer EF-M mount camera. Canon may just wipe the whole system out if the rumor sites are correct. As someone who has both an EOS R5 and a EOS M6 Mk II, I don’t want to see the M cameras die. They are super small and since the lens mount is only 2/3 the size of the RF mount the lenses are MUCH smaller.

Rumors have it that Canon will be launching an RF mount crop sensor camera. I believe them, the RF system is outstanding. But no amount of voodoo techno wizardry is likely to make the camera as compact and ‘travel friendly’ as the M cameras.

The EOS M6 Mk II is a tad bigger than its predecessor but still much smaller than any crop sensor RF camera can reasonably be expected. And again even if they did make an RF mount camera with an APS-C sensor as small as the M6 Mk II the lenses will be at least 40% larger. Ok that’s my pitch for the M system!

This Mk II M6 is a great little camera. I waited for over a YEAR after this model was announced by Canon hoping they would also announce an M5 Mk II. That announcement never came. The primary difference between the original M5 and M6 was that the M5 had a built in EVF and was a bit more still image focused with an extra customizable dial missing on the M6. The M6 had an optional EVF that attaches to the hot shoe. This is problematic and convenient. Problems occur if you want to use both the EVF and another hot shoe accessory, no can do on the M6 or the Mk II. It is convenient because the camera without the EVF is slimmer and fits in a smaller space in the camera bag.

The M6 Mk II is the best M series camera hands down. The camera has the best fit and finish of any Canon EF-M mount body. Canon dipped into their bag of magic and made the more pixel dense 32.5 megapixel sensor actually better at dynamic range than the previous 24 mp sensor in both the M5 and M6. The beefed up processor allows the Mk II to fire off at 14 fps with AF tracking! The M6 can also utilize the eye detection AF tracking as well. This camera does not do the animal eye AF as does the R5 and R6. That lack of animal eye AF is the only reason I’m using my R5 to shoot all my dog photos.

M6 Mk II with EF-M 11-22 (18-35) compared to R5 with 16-35 L

I use this camera much like I did my M5 as my goto travel camera. You can see my travel kit I have posted on this site and mentioned in numerous posts. This M6 Mk II simply replaced the M5 body in that kit. But the M6 Mk II also does really good video. It is now my goto to YouTube video camera for my PhotoFair videos. Even though the R5 is a much better video machine with their crazy 4k downsampled from 8k, the M6 is again super small and I can use my Metabones Speed Booster on all my L series EF glass!

The M6 Mk II is also good for shooting small vintage rangefinder lenses such as the Leica Summarit 50/1.5 I wrote up a few months ago and all the many rangefinder lenses I have written up over the last eight years on this site. The compact size is far more suitable to rangefinder lenses than the larger R series bodies. The only downside of course is the 1.6x crop factor.

Another great use of the M6 Mk II is sports and wildlife photography. The 1.6x crop factor allows the use of EF mount full frame tele-photo lenses with 60% more reach. Or you can use the Metabones speed booster to increase the speed in exchange for most of the extra reach. What does that look like? Well a Canon EF 200/2.8 L lens is fairly compact and when mounted on the M6 Mk II the 1.6 crop factor yields an angle of view like a 320mm lens. So you effectively have a 320/2.8 L 🙂 If you use the Speed Booster you reduce the effective focal length from 200mm to 142mm. The crop factor still applies so this effective 142/2.0 L will shoot like a 227/2.0. These crop sensor mirrorless bodies give photographers more options than their SLR counter parts. You can use a Metabones Speed Booster on the 90D. With that crazy 14 fps this is an hobby sports and wildlife photographer’s dream come true!

All of this is basically true for Sony cameras as well. Sony has the a7, a9, and a1 series of cameras in full frames and their a6000 series bodies can use the full frame e mount lenses and there are several Metabones adapters to take full frame SLR lenses and speed boost them on the smaller crop sensor Sony cameras.

Mirrorless cameras are the PhotoFair’s best friend, they allow you to shoot modern gear and vintage gear as well. I can recommend the M6 Mk II for any Canon shooter that has a lot of EF glass. Due to the possibility of Canon lowering the ‘boom’ on the M line non-Canon shooters should look at the excellent line of Sony a6000 series cameras, particularly the a6400, a6500, a6600 to achieve similar results to the M6 Mk II.

Canon EF 80-200 f/2.8 L
“The Magic Drain Pipe”

I really didn’t need this lens. Most of my tele-work on full frame is handled by my Canon EF 70-300 L IS. The 70-300 is a great compact tele with image stabilizer and modern L series glass and build quality. So why buy the Magic Drain Pipe? Well, Why not? With a name like “The Magic Drain Pipe” you just have to have it, right?

So what is this ‘Magic Drain Pipe’? Well it is the original EF 80-200/2.8 L. Back in 1989 this was one of a handful of super premium, razor sharp, and fast focusing lenses that Canon brought to market to really push the EOS line of SLRs toward the pro and serious amateur market. Why the nickname though? Apparently several pros started calling it that due to its shape, weight, and all metal construction like a “drain pipe” the “magic” was in the images 🙂

Nikon had dominated the pro SLR Market since the 1960s and Canon was hell bent on taking a big chunk out of their marketshare among the pros. Canon was already the world’s largest camera maker, now they had their sights set on the pros that tended to favor Nikon over Canon 3:1. This EF 80-200/2.8 L was the best 80-200 lens in the world and it stayed up top for several years. Nikon had no answer for Canon’s super fast AF system and the optics in this “Magic Drain Pipe” were so good, they are still excellent even by TODAY’s modern standards. This lens along with the legendary EF 85/1.2 L, EF 50/1.0 L, EF 300/2.8 L and a few others not only helped Canon take a ‘chunk’ out of Nikon’s pro market advantage; Canon ended up taking the majority away from them!

This older lens does not offer IS nor does it have the more modern instant manual override USM motor. It is a tad slow focusing by modern standards but it is still fast enough and can keep up with my R5 at 12fps for the most part. I am genuinely impressed with this lens and you can find them for around $400-$500 used. It should be noted that parts for these are no longer made by Canon so if you buy one and it fails it may not be repairable.

On the optics side the lens is reputed to have superior optics to the two lenses that replaced it, the EF 70-200/2.8 L and EF 70-200/2.8 L IS. Later iterations of the 70-200 eventually surpassed the performance of this lens but it remains a solid performer even now more than 30 years after it was introduced.

You can find these lenses online, but also they tend to surface at camera shows like the PhotoFair on a regular basis. I bought mine from Seawood Photo down in California. I wasn’t really sure about ‘needing’ this lens but, I need it… totally need it 😉 I will still use the compact and image stabilized 70-300 L as my go to tele, but having a bright and fast f/2.8 zoom is really nice. Although it is not stabilized the R5 has IBIS which can really help in those situations where you have to drag the shutter a bit.

In all honesty if you are someone that really needs to shoot a medium tele fast zoom and are a serious hobbyist or a working pro, the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L or IS version II or III are much better bets than this old dinosaur. Those however will fetch any where from double to quadruple the price of this lens as will modern counterparts from Nikon or Sony. So if you want a super sharp, well made, legendary lens for a bargain price just to have some fun… oh yeah, this is your girl. Got some pics below.

Mindy Running Around on the Grass EOS R5 with 80-200 f/2.8 L @f/2.8
Sailor the Schnauzer EOS R5 with 80-200 f/2.8 L @ f/2.8
Mindy on the Lawn. EOS R5 with 80-200 f/2.8 L @ f/2.8

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