Though it cost less than £1500 has cost me a huge amount of money.
Let me explain.
The 6D has many strong suits, small, light, quiet shutter, great low light performance but its killer feature is Wifi.
It takes photographic possibilities to a whole new place, giving me an advantage in remote shooting which enables me to get pictures that you cannot any other way (I'm still not quite ready yet to share the results but they are very impressive)
So far so good 'only' £1500 spent, where could it possibly go wrong?
Well it has, in the very best possible way.
A few years ago I bought one of the very first Phase One P65+ backs and I have been very happy with it.
In some ways I could not see how it could easily be improved over the short term to make me part with my hard earned cash, it has been my mainstay for 'The Forest' series which is due to debut its first phase in full at the Pingyao International Photography festival in September.
The all new IQ backs came along and with their new wonderful touch screen LCD and up to 80MP I was impressed, but not quite enough to pull the the trigger.
I felt that there was something else coming, some further potential to be unlocked that Phase had not owned up to.
With the IQ2 backs my suspicions were confirmed and reliable WiFi made a bow.
All of a sudden it made sense, with no need for a laptop to shoot 'tethered' with challenging and complex setups.
One day, I thought
After the 6D experience I have come to realise that day is now.
There are all sorts of clever and highly lucrative jobs I have lined up for this back.
I went for the Phase One IQ280 as tempting as the IQ260 was with its capability of one hour exposures.
It is a sizeable investment BUT as I said the WiFi capability more than justifies the investment which I believe will cover itself quite quickly.
When I take delivery next month I will share my experiences with you.