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Canon 5D II prices/ viability, considering rumors

 
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Jul 16, 2012 22:36 |  #1

What are people's thoughts on the mark II's prices and viability considering what the rumors are about a potential new inexpensive FF's coming out in the fall? I am on the brink of picking up a used, new or refurbed mark II but then got to thinking that in a few months, I could save hundreds when something newer & similar comes out. From what I know, the new stuff is either mirrorless or not as hardy of build quality in comparison. Could the mark II suddenly become the old man on the block? Just thinking out loud here as I will likely just pick up a mark II next month.


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Jul 16, 2012 22:43 |  #2

riffster wrote in post #14727196external link
What are people's thoughts on the mark II's prices and viability considering what the rumors are about a potential new inexpensive FF's coming out in the fall? I am on the brink of picking up a used, new or refurbed mark II but then got to thinking that in a few months, I could save hundreds when something newer & similar comes out. From what I know, the new stuff is either mirrorless or not as hardy of build quality in comparison. Could the mark II suddenly become the old man on the block? Just thinking out loud here as I will likely just pick up a mark II next month.


Don't know where you are hearing about inexpensive full frame cameras ?? My guess is that the 5D2 is going to go Bye Bye just as soon as inventory depletion happens. Then everyone will be forced to up the game to the 5D3.


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Jul 16, 2012 22:46 |  #3

riffster wrote in post #14727196external link
What are people's thoughts on the mark II's prices and viability considering what the rumors are about a potential new inexpensive FF's coming out in the fall? I am on the brink of picking up a used, new or refurbed mark II but then got to thinking that in a few months, I could save hundreds when something newer & similar comes out. From what I know, the new stuff is either mirrorless or not as hardy of build quality in comparison. Could the mark II suddenly become the old man on the block? Just thinking out loud here as I will likely just pick up a mark II next month.

I'm in the same predicament. Not sure what to do now. I want a 5DII but with all these rumors of a fall release, I am not sure anymore.


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Jul 17, 2012 01:04 |  #5

I think it'd be a good second option to someone who doesn't want to spend the extra money for a 5D, but I don't think anyone who is looking at a 5D I-III would prefer an entry-level over those.


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Jul 17, 2012 01:09 as a reply to maatt's post |  #6

Its probably at its lowest right now. I see it sell for $1500-$1650. Then of course you have those delusional people selling their 5D2 with 90k actuations for $1800.00.

Once the stock depletes, I expect it to possibly hold its value for around that range $1500-$1800.




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Jul 17, 2012 01:10 |  #7

AFAIK, brand new 5D MkIIs are still being produced. I suspect they will remain in production until something else comes along from Canon. Will this be the rumoured inexpensive full frame model? Who knows, but the rumour is only rated CR2. At this stage, if you're in the market for a full frame Canon camera, the 5D MkII is your only bet. Of course, eventually something better will come along, but you could also wait forever...


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Jul 17, 2012 01:14 |  #8

If one needs another camera, then buy a 5dII. I bought one used and I'm very happy. I planned to buy a refurb when Canon offered a 20% discount, but I didn't score, hence I bought a like new camera from B&H. I'm not looking back.

OP, since you seem hesitant, don't buy one now! Wait it out. A 5D III is a great camera! I admit, the MK III is more polished and the interface is upgraded, so a MK II feels dated. However, if you haven't used a Mk III, then you are none the wiser!




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Jul 17, 2012 01:19 |  #9

I don't think the 5D2 is going anywhere. I think it's Canon's only leverage they have on the market right now.

If Canon feels threatened, they can start dumping the price of the 5D2 - it's a complete cash cow now, as it's commodity and R&D has more than been paid for.

Canon has been known to dump the market on it's price-rear before, I wouldn't doubt that if they started to get any creditable threat from Nikon, they'd just pull a move like they did with the 300D and drop the bottom out with a $1299 Full Frame entry level 5D2.

They more than have the ability to out price Nikon and essentially kill the market. They have to have a reason to do that of course, but I am sure that the 5D2 will be kept around to have that option.

In the meantime, they'll continue to make good money off the 5D2.


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