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Canon 6D Mark II: Rumored Specs Hit The Web

By Anthony Thurston on April 28th 2015

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Canon EOS 1D X Mark II rumors, we have some updated 6D Mark II specs today. It should be noted, though, that the rumor community is pretty skeptical of these specs.

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According to the report over on Canon Watch, which is rated at CW3 (50% likely hood of correctness), the 6D Mark II will feature a 28MP sensor and a brand new (but different from 5DS and 5DS r) AF system. Previous estimates had the next 6D featuring a 24MP sensor, but the source of this new rumor says Canon will not release a full frame camera with the same MP as their Rebel line (which sounds very Canon-like and makes sense).

Continued 6D Mark II Specs

  • 6 fps
  • ISO 100 – 102400 (expandable to 204800)
  • New AF system (but not the same as on 5DS)
  • 98% viewfinder coverage
  • Single SD card slot
  • WiFi, NFC, and GPS
  • Small improvements for video features

Overall, it looks like a nice update to the 6D, though at 28MP (if that is correct), you are going to have a lot of people complaining about file sizes. The rumored price is about the same as when the original 6D was announced (~$2100), which if true, is a mistake if you ask me.

Sony’s A7 just dropped below $1000, and the A7 II is only $1500. While you could argue the merits of mirrorless vs. DSLR, the fact is that the A7 is competition for the 6D in the budget full frame market. Canon could have some trouble convincing fence-sitters to go with the 6D over one of Sony’s popular mirrorless rigs with such a large price difference.

What are your thoughts on these specs? Do you find them believable? How about the price? Do you agree with me that it’s too high for the current market? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Canon Watch]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. John Shutz

    Yes on articulating screen and touch screen. I use my T4i for general photography, it’s got both features. My 60Da is for astro photography, it has the articulating screen but no touch screen. I’ve only used it once outside of astro imaging and I was totally lost without the touch screen features, I never want to go back to fiddling with buttons and dials. The articulating screen is a must for focusing and centering stars during an alignment routine. Imagine a telescope pointing high in the sky, that means the camera end is pointed nearly down and in order to see the screen if it were non articulating, you would have to contort yourself just to see the screen, the articulating screen solves all that.

    I can live with a used 6d, I don’t want to spend a grand more on the new model just for the articulating screen (I read somewhere the new model will have it). The other predicted improvements don’t tip the scales either, now if they improve it’s already very good low light ability, then maybe.

    Canon had a great opportunity to release a real astro imaging camera when they came out with the 60Da, but they compromised between daytime and night time astro imaging to satisfy those customers wanting a camera that does both. So they didn’t maximize the filter performance as they could have. I never use my 60Da outside of astro imaging as I’m sure other 60Da owners do not as well. Essentially all you got was a modified filter, you can do that and better with an older Rebel and have a third party modify it. Obviously, astro cameras are exposed to the elements for hours at a time and Canon didn’t bother weather sealing this model when under humid conditions they could be dripping with condensation. If a camera needed weather sealing, the 60Da is the one.

    Not all is bad, the camera takes nice images and picks up the Ha wavelength well, I’ve been generally happy with it, but unhappy it could have been much better and it was overpriced for just having a modified filter.

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  2. Jesper Ek

    Race and be raced..

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  3. Jim Wang

    I love the 6D – I got it because of its small size and its low-light capability. The GPS is really handy if you travel anywhere. WiFi … not so useful. Second card slot? Don’t need it, and I’d rather keep the size and weight down. Same with an under-powered flash. Sure, the master flash capability of the 60D was nice … when it worked. It was too weak unless you’re inside at fairly close range.

    The improvement I’d really like to see is a better focusing system. The current 6D effectively only has one focus point – all but the center one are so poor that I don’t even bother trying to rely on them. Fortunately, the center point is a good one. Just make the other ten like the current center one, and it’d be a huge improvement.

    But I think that Canon uses the quality of the focus system to define their price points. Since they have the technology developed, it can’t really cost that much more to put a 7D2 type system into the 6D2. But if they did that, they’d be committing fratricide on their 5Dx and 1DX lines. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they regret putting such a good focus system in the 7D2, because there are probably photographers who are saying, “Why should I buy a 1DX when I can get three 7D2’s ?

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  4. Scott Trombley

    Hi everyone, I’m new here but liking the site so far and all the discussions. I’m sure there is other discussions on here on comparison but since it was brought up in the article I figured I would ask. I currently have the Sony A6000 and was looking at investing in a full frame, the Sony A7 II. I have seen some of you say that it isn’t a true pro frame and mention the lack of lenses. I know the Batis line just came out, yes it is only 2 lenses so far, also still Zeiss in the upper line of lenses for the system. Do you not believe though that there will be a large enough addition of third party lenses in the foreseeable future or long term… one to justify choosing Sony as a brand that is not only a hobbyist brand but one that can maintain a future as a career, if one happened to rise to that level?

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    • Thomas Horton

      The choice of lenses is really up to you. How many lenses do you anticipate needing? The fact that Canon has about a billion different lenses may not be that important if you only intend on having 1-2 lenses in your kit.

      So what you have to ask yourself is “what lenses (FL) do I anticipate buying?”

      Then look at the Sony line up as well as the third party manufacturers and see if those lenses are being made. The supply of third party lenses will only increase.

      There is a lot of angst about what is the uber bestest lens out there. For the hobbyist, all the major manufacturers make lenses far better when what we need. :)

      Good luck with it

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  5. William Emmett

    I shoot with Canon 7D Classic, Canon 7D Mark II, and the 6D. None of the mentioned cameras have a touch screen, nor tilt screen. I had to resort to a Camranger to allow me to get down low for some shots. I should have added the tilt / touch screen to my earlier post. My knees are not that flexible any longer, nor do I like to shoot with my face in the dirt.

    WE

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    • William Emmett

      One other thing about a built in flash. No matter how well the flash works, it can be used to trigger other flashes. Adding a Canon 270 flash means one more gadget to carry on a set. Maybe Canon will start building a Canon Wheel Barrow, for those over burdened photographers.

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  6. William Emmett

    I think Canon could bring the 6D Mark II up to at least the common standard of all their full frame cameras and add a PC connector for a sync cord. I use transmitters and receivers to my flash units, but many do not. Buying a additional product to add to the hotshoe by a third party is just over the top. I would like to see a better focusing system, or at least a up to date system, with at least 9 cross type active sensors. I like to shoot using in camera HDR, add more than three shots. Increase the frame rate to at least 7-8 f/sec. A better/faster up to date processor. As far as the battery is concerned the same battery, or the battery used in the 7D MII will provide enough current. Of course Canon could sweeten the mix with a built in TTL flash. Drop the wifi, but add USB 3.0.

    WE

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    • adam sanford

      Agree on a few points. If this product will remain the ‘entry level’ FF rig, it needs a pop-up flash. Having to pony up $110 for a simple 270EX flash is silly for a value-oriented customer. Give us a basic / emergency flash — I know they are underpowered and poorly located, but it’s better than nothing.

      And you will 100% get a better AF system as the current one is Rebel-level at best. I’d expect a 7D1 sort of AF system — more AF points but nothing best in class.

      But 7-8 FPS will not happen. Higher burst rate, 100% VF and 1/8000 shutter are classically gated features that Canon will reserve for the 5D and 1D lines.

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    • Thomas Horton

      How common are PCs any more? a 3.5mm I could understand but I have not seen only strobe in a while. Are new strobes being made with PC only connections?

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    • Dave Haynie

      I kind of like how Olympus does flash — there’s no flash in the camera, but each one includes a small shoe-mounted “better than nothing” flash that’s camera-powered. So you’re screwing up the camera design to hide a pop-up somewhere, you’re also not paying extra for a basic flash, and getting on that’s more capable than a pop up could be.

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  7. Michael Rubenstein

    The comments alone here are evidence enough of the huge amount of segementation we see in the market. The truth is that not every camera is useful for every situation. For example, I shoot mostly landscapes which has a very different set of requirements/priorities than wedding photographers. I want superb high-iso performance, great dynamic range, and i like the higher megapixel count for added detail in large prints and ability to crop. I also like the GPS feature given I like travel photography. I dont care so much about high fps, dual card slots, or the 5DIII auto-focus system. I use this camera as a hobbyist, not a professional. Therefore to me the 6DII sounds great – excpet for the price point. I agree the price point should be much lower. I am very tempted to switch to the Sony system but I am quite vested in Canon glass and the Sony E-Mount glass is expensive, limited, and doesn’t have the cheaper 3rd party options available yet.

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  8. Steven Mole

    Is it just me who would like Rebel line style vari-angle LCD screens on the pro lineup? I don’t want to lie on the floor to see my screen if I have the option not to.

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    • Thomas Horton

      As I get older I can appreciate the advantages of an articulating screen. :)

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    • adam sanford

      Articulating screens are like using UV filters for screen protection. Some folks swear by them and some folks can’t stand them, and their opinions will never change.

      So to offer an articulating screen would immediately turn off a large percentage of prospective buyers. (And then you have the touchscreen devotees versus those that cannot stand them.)

      Canon would be wise to develop a tough, modular LCD mount that we could swap out displays that fit our preferences. I bet some folks would buy more than one depending on what they shoot.

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    • Steven Mole

      I don’t know about the economics in doing so, but an option for a different model with an articulating screen – just as there are models with and without the optical low pass filter – would make sense. I’d even be willing to pay slightly more for it – saves my knees and my back…

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    • Thomas Horton

      “Canon would be wise to develop a tough, modular LCD mount that we could swap out displays that fit our preferences.”

      Or make it a special order option.

      I am all for giving the customer a choice.

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    • Dave Haynie

      The explanation was always that Canon felt they were too fragile for pro bodies. I don’t really agree, since I’d have the screen on my 60D folded back except when I really need the articulation. As long as it’s secure in its stowed position (the OM-D E-M5II does that a little better than the 60D), I never felt it was likely to get snapped off. Sure is useful for video or other-than-eye-level shooting.

      Not as convinced about a touchscreen… that seems more of a gimmick on a pro-level camera. When you don’t have enough fixed controls, maybe, but that’s lower-end model at that point.

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  9. Dave Haynie

    I’m probably not looking to upgrade my 6D with this. The main point of the 6D is low-light, so I’m skeptical about boosting the resolution. But I do think it’s likely Canon wants to aim this more toward Sony, since that is a full frame in the same price range, and lots of people are at least interested in mirrorless due to weight… the 7oz or so difference between the 6D and the A7II is apparently a big deal.

    They did really cripple the 6D’s AF system… even the 60D was more advanced. But the one central cross-point is a really good one. Put in 9 or 18 of those and you’d have a pretty decent system without treading on the 5D’s territory. And here’s one of those places you get into trouble…. the A7/A7II isn’t a high-end model on the grand scale of things. But the A7 series is kind of a flagship for Sony today. So they can have 117 AF points without worrying about competing with a higher end model just yet (well, there is that A9 rumor that just won’t go away). This kind of thing is going to keep biting Canon, because they’re so protective between lines of cameras.

    But the real bad idea on this rumor list is still the “new battery”, which may actually be a new battery, may turn out to be a Rebel battery, but isn’t a good idea. One of the big selling points for a 6D over an A7II is the 1050 vs. 270 shot CIPA rating. Sony clearly went to extremes to make a mirrorless FF, but you can only drop so much battery life before it starts to be kind of useless… sure, YMMV, particularly with mirrorless. Thing is, it could actually be worse.

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    • Rui Pinto

      “The main point of the 6D is low-light, so I’m skeptical about boosting the resolution.” – Couldn’t agree more!

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    • Richard Killey

      I also bought the 6D for low light. Next body will probably be 7dii with its focus and fps advantages (for outdoor sports especially).

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    • Richard Killey

      (sorry … forgot to say I will keep the 6D)

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  10. Daniel Lee

    I wouldn’t bother getting excited or angry about this since it is just a rumor. To those who seen it on Canon Rumors, it was rated a CR1 which is from a unknown or unreliable source. Once the specs are CR2 or CR3, then it’s time to celebrate or riot!

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  11. adam sanford

    I personally see the 6D2 coming in around 24 MP with a decent (but not pro) update to the AF system. The 1DX/5D3 sort of AF systems will be reserved for pricier rigs.

    Agree with the price comments, though. The last 6D was comically overpriced and it’s price plummeted faster than any Canon FF rig I’ve tracked. A7 fire sales notwithstanding, I’d peg the ‘entry’ price point for FF at roughly $1500, perhaps $1700 if they throw in some bells and whistles like DPAF, articulating screen, touchscreen, etc.

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    • Mathieu F

      The Sony cameras are cheaper but equivalent lenses are more expensive.
      From a consumer perspective it makes more sense if you are going to buy more camera bodies than lenses.

      What I like about Canon and Nikon is the overall availability and compatibility of third party products (lenses, flash, external accessories, hacked firmware) that brings a lot of value to your photography at a reduced cost.

      This is in my opinion why Canon and Nikon can afford to sell their entry FF DSLR $400 higher than the Sony equivalent.

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    • adam sanford

      There are a ton of reasons why CaNikon can/will/should charge more for their gear.

      Sony sensors are stellar, but from so many other perspectives — ergonomics, breadth of lens offerings, number of price points of lens offerings, third party accessories, *trust earned over decades of consistently delivering solid photography products* — Sony has a long way to go to demand similar dollars as the big boys.

      That said, they are brash, disruptive innovators in a very boring photography product landscape. I want them to succeed like I want Sigma to succeed. The more options, the better.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      I agree on the fact that the new AF will be only available in the new 1DX Mark II or Mark IV.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Sony’s selling primarily as a consumer brand, they don’t really have a pro body. And they have a lens problem: not enough options, not enough different price points, and not enough 3rd party support to fill in the gaps. I guess Zeiss is helping out on the high end, but that’s maybe not where they need it the most. And like the other mirrorless companies, they’re hungry, so they’re not going to push on prices like Canon does.

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  12. adam sanford

    “Previous estimates had the next 6D featuring a 24MP sensor, but the source of this new rumor says Canon will not release a full frame camera with the same MP as their Rebel line (which sounds very Canon-like and makes sense).”

    Nonsense. Canon doesn’t set price / market points like that. They released the 7D2 — their runaway best crop product — with a 20 MP sensor — and then promptly released two Rebels with 24 MP. So the presumption that a FF body ‘has to have’ more MP than the crop offerings is one I do not agree with.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I don’t agree that Canon doesn’t set prize/market points like that. They are one of the worst at holding features out of product lines to protect/build up other product lines. In my mind it sounds like a very ‘Canon’ thing to do, making sure their FF bodies have more MP than their rebel line. Do I think its stupid, sure. But it sounds like something Canon would do to me.

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    • adam sanford

      You misunderstand me, Anthony — Canon absolutely jerk-blocks us from things we want and reserves that stuff to be put into higher priced products. But Canon historically *doesn’t* do this with resolution.

      The 6D has more MP than the 1DX.

      Entry level Rebels have more MP than the 7D2.

      Canon will absolutely nerf the 6D compared to its higher priced FF brethren, but I don’t see them jazzing up the 6D to look nicer on paper than a crop rig.

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  13. Thomas Horton

    Over on the Canon sites there is a hot argument about it having “only” one card slot.

    Do people here care how many card slots a camera has? To me, the additional card slot is nice to have, but not essential.

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    • Mathieu F

      Yes not essential but nice to have.
      I’ve had one card go bad and had the second one as a backup.
      I like the flexibility of having a larger card for video and another for raw files.
      Or simply being able to buy two cards of 64GB instead of a much more expensive 128GB.
      It’s a time & money saver, it’s a convenience problem.

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    • Uncle Bob

      Thomas- I shoot weddings and events so that was something I was really hoping for. I don’t know if I’d say its ‘essential’ but when all the other comparable options (5d3, d750, d610, etc) have a dual slot, it’s certainly frustrating and will be a factor when I decide to upgrade.

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    • Aleksander Michaud

      I’m with you Thomas, to be completely honest my card slot hasn’t seen an image in almost 6 months as I shoot tethered in studio with my 6D. My SD cards just sit in my case.

      If another slot would push this price up even more I say don’t even bother.

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    • adam sanford

      As stated before, the wildly, wildly different wants prospective buyers have with the 6D2 show how fragmented this user base is. Some folks are freaking out about two card slots being a must, while others want a world class AF system, and yet others want this thing to shed weight any way possible.

      The entire dialogue screams — absolutely *screams* — for a middle price point between the 6D/6D2 (an entry level FF rig) and the $3K+ 5D models. Canon needs to ‘pull a D750’ here and not make it’s users pay more than $1000 more than the 6D line for ‘musts’ like dual cards, better AF, higher burst, etc:

      Give them a stripped down FF rig with access to a nice sensor –> 6D/6D2 –> $1500

      Give them a better version of the 6D/6D2 with better AF, 100% VF, 1/8000 shutter, dual-card slots, slightly higher burst, etc. –> a “5.5”D if you will –> $2300

      Give them the beasts –> 5DS rigs for resolution and 5D4 for general, all-around butt kicking –> $3-4k

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    • Rafael Steffen

      The D750 has two and that makes it a pro level camera when shooting raw to both cards at the same time!

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    • Richard Bremer

      For me that extra card slot is essential. I shoot weddings and I use the second slot for backup purposes. I can’t afford a memory card failure, so two cards is the best thing for me.
      Also, I really like it if the two card slots carry the same type of memory (SD), instead of one SD card and one CF card. Makes it easier two swap cards and also gives me a little extra discount when buying a lot of cards at the same time.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      I was shooting weddings long before two cards become a “pro” standard. I’ve never had a problem before and even when dual cards became the norm I still use the extra for overflow, not backup.

      I’m not even going to bring up the number of weddings I shot with film. No dual rolls there.

      Two cards, essential? Not really.

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    • Dave Haynie

      The frustrating thing is that a second card slot costs practically nothing to add… maybe a few bucks tops, assuming just another SDXC slot. The 60D had the budget for 9 cross type sensors, but not the 6D? It’s this kind of artificial delineation of the models that’s frustrating. And probably the sign of a company like Canon feeling secure in their market position.

      Maybe the best thing about also having a mirrorless system is that those guys are hungry. Olympus didn’t seem to have a problem putting most of the good stuff from the top-of-the-line OM-D E-M1 into the E-M5 mk II, and then on top of that, adding a bunch of new features. Sure, they’re closer in price than the 6D and 5D series, but still, very smart. Fujifilm is doing similar things in their lineup.

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    • Dave Haynie

      The frustrating thing is that a second card slot costs practically nothing to add… maybe a few bucks tops, assuming just another SDXC slot. The 60D had the budget for 9 cross type sensors, but not the 6D? It’s this kind of artificial delineation of the models that’s frustrating. And probably the sign of a company like Canon feeling secure in their market position. A cheap trick like leaving out the second SD slot keeps pros buying 5Ds rather than 6Ds for some applications (where other, more natural limits of the 6D aren’t an issue).

      Maybe the best thing about also having a mirrorless system is that those guys are hungry. Olympus didn’t seem to have a problem putting most of the good stuff from the top-of-the-line OM-D E-M1 into the E-M5 mk II, and then on top of that, adding a bunch of new features. Sure, they’re closer in price than the 6D and 5D series, but still, very smart. Fujifilm is doing similar things in their lineup.

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  14. Mathieu F

    Too little too late Canon, I couldn’t wait anymore I bought a d750 and a set of lenses :(
    The GPS will be the feature I miss the most for my travel photography.
    I reckon it’ll sell for $2000-2300.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      You made the right choice! Congratulations!

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    • Richard Bremer

      Great choice, I really enjoy this camera too! Dynamic range is off the charts :)

      For GPS, consider buying the GPS dongle for the camera. I think there is also a device that uses the GPS ony our phone.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      I bought a few of those GPS dongles. They are crap. They take forever to connect, but the main problem is the cord that connects it to the camera port. After breaking them time and time again I gave up. They are expensive if you use Nikon’s and it’s nearly impossible to buy a cord only from a third party.

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    • Thomas Horton

      That D750 is a sweet camera.

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    • Jorge Vazquez

      I have D750 and nothing to complaint about! Its an amazing body with the right lenses you are up for any task

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