Michael Stringer checks how the the Canon 6D works out for a wedding, compares it to the 5D Mark III and the Fujifilm XE-1: Makes a brilliant backup to a 5D Mark III for wedding photographers.

"Canon sensors have lagged behind Sony’s (and therefore Nikon’s) sensors in recent years regarding dynamic range (the limits of luminance range between black and white in an image). This deficiency might be seen as a problem – especially when photographing a bride and groom in their customary colour scheme. However given a correctly metered shot there should be no problem. I rarely find dynamic range an issue but there are occasions when trying to retrieve highlights or shadows from a very ‘dynamic’ image is limited.

Nikon cameras generally have an easier time in good light. At higher iso values however, Canon has a slightly higher dynamic range so it goes both ways. Having said all this I rarely think ‘Oh I wish I had another stop of DR’ – I’m far more likely to be checking focus and composition.

The following shows (in my opinion) the excellent colour and dynamic range, of a jpeg from the Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm lens compared to an unaltered Canon 6D image taken at almost the same time. Notice the relatively high iso of the Fuji image and yet the DR is very good (the pavement outside the window). The higher iso with a smaller sensor would normally mean a poorer dynamic range."

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