It's the Rodney Dangerfield of the camera Universe. The Canon 6D is "nothing special"—not the biggest, the bestest, the mostest or the fanciest in any way*. All it is is a solid, basic, no-nonsense, well-made, well-designed, not too heavy, quiet, supremely competent and easy-to-use camera that has basically all you need and happens to yield spectacularly good photographic results.
So what's to love? I mean, to love the 6D, your interest would have to be in taking and making photographs. How could that be as much fun as shopping?
('Kay, I'll stop now.)
A friend once put a trenchant question to me: if you were planning to go for several weeks on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a place you've always wanted to go, and you could buy anything for the trip but only take one camera with you, which one would it be? A good answer to that right now might very well be a Canon 6D and one, two, or three lenses.
Seems like a great camera to get if you just want to make no bones about it and begone.
Of course, then you'd still have some shopping to do...for lenses.... :-)
*Except that with the current $200 rebate, it might be the cheapest full-frame camera you can buy new right now. Not sure about that. [UPDATE: Nope, that honor goes to the Sony A7 at $1,500. Thanks to several commenters and correspondents for pointing this out.]
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Danie Bester: "Agreed! We are after all photographers and not camera men. I've tested the 6D against the Mark III and the 6D's noise handling and image quality is on par. The only gripe is the focus system, but then again, you learn to work around it. As a photography teacher, I love the wi-fi because my sample images appear straight on my tablet and my students can see the sample shots as I take them.
"The 6D is indeed the most underrated camera today."
Stephen Scharf: "Nope. Too big for travel, and most importantly, those two to three Canon lenses are too big (and heavy). Recently traveled to Europe for work, and took my Fuji X-T1 and a couple of Fuji XF lenses, the estimable 18-55mm zoom and the 14mm prime, and it was perfect. 'Nuf said."
Adrian Malloch: "As a longtime 5DmkII user, I agonised over its replacement, so I hired a 5DMkIII and a 6D to shoot a wedding! Quite a risk for this full time commercial and editorial photographer. Long story short, the 6D photographs were consistently cleaner at the high ISOs which I shoot a lot of, and so much nicer handling. The focusing is significantly better than the 5DMkII but not as good as the III. So I bought the 6D and just forgot all about the techy compary stuff and got on with the photography. It just works, for this working photographer. An example from the documentary wedding photography."
Dana: "...I see it as the Pentax K1000 of today...solid as a rock. Put that 40mm ƒ/2.8 on there and go take some pictures."
Tom Duffy: "I want to echo the the recommendation for the 40mm pancake lens. Tiny and very sharp. In combination with a Canon SLR, it has the same thickness as a Leica M with a 35mm lens. For my once in a lifetime trip to Ireland, I took a 5D Mark III, which had just come out two weeks before the trip. The results were spectacular, though the price-point of the camera was painful. No question, had the 6D been available at the time, it would have been my camera of choice."
Robert Roaldi: "All cameras are totally fine."
Rodney Topor: "This post appeared in my stream the same day my new (used) 6D arrived. What a satisfying coincidence! No buyer's remorse for me."
Kevin Hughes: "I have not touched my 6D since I received my Panasonic GX7 around the middle of June. The GX7 and 20mm ƒ/1.7 lens is small, easy to handle and produces great images."
BH: "It'd be nice if Canon could slim down their bodies by a decent margin. I shoot a 5D III and it's a wonderful camera, but I frequently reach for smaller options when doing anything but specifically heading out to take photographs. The 6D is a bit smaller, but it's still a giant blob. Canon's got all this smaller sleeper glass that's ignored by everybody on the net. New 24 and 28's, the 40mm pancake...lenses like the 85mm ƒ/1.8, the 100mm ƒ/2 and others can be had for a great price used. None of these lenses are huge. It'd be great if they released the smallest possible full-frame body that took advantage of their smaller, non-L lenses, and maybe sacrificed some non-essential functionality."