Hitting the road with the Canon 6D Mark II

A couple of months back, the team at Canon New Zealand strolled on into our inbox with a tasty proposition. They had a new version of an old favourite, the Canon 6D Mark II, coming out with some special features that particularly benefited adventurers and time-lapse enthusiasts and wanted to see what we could do with it. As we like to think of ourselves as adventurers, and it’s fair to say we’re certainly time-lapse enthusiasts, this sounded like the perfect excuse to do our favourite thing – get out and film!

So, the challenge was set – we had 2 weeks and all the creativity we could muster to make something that did the new 6D Mark II justice.

Queenstown was where we decided to go – it’s Winter here in New Zealand, which lends to some epic landscapes down in the South Island. We had a unique shot in mind but hadn’t seen it before, which lead to another of our favourite activities… building a DIY rig – you can see it in the image above and check out the Canon New Zealand release video at 00:00 for the shots.

The 6D II has some epic improvements on its predecessor, including a pretty handy time-lapse movie mode, a bumper sensor size (26.2MP), a weather-sealed body and fully articulated touch screen.

Obviously we couldn’t resist the time-lapse movie mode, which is handy for compiling JPEG time-lapse when you have a quick turnaround. While we rely on a separately shot RAW time-lapse for our finals that you see online, we always draft a JPEG time-lapse first to make sure the RAW we shot is worth compiling, so seeing an example of the shot in quick-time is a huge time saver for us.

It also means you can use our gear in video or continuous mode, making adding motion simple. Check out our full video review of the Canon 6D Mark II for how we go about pairing it with the Genie Mini for panning moves here.

The fully articulated touch screen does away with the need for a monitor or adopting a strange stooping position while simultaneously scrunching up your face when trying to sort out the composition of your shot. As most of us have found out before, crouching in the slim space between your tripod and a rock is never fun, so we’re very happy with this addition.

We’re giving it a solid Syrp thumbs up – we’ll be making the Canon 6D Mark II a regular in our time-lapse tool kit and think you should seriously consider it too.

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