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Buying a used 5D mk2 - what's the worst that could happen?

 
Gruffalogill
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Apr 14, 2012 10:10 |  #1

Hi all. Given the rush of upgrades to the mk3 and the consequent drop in mk2 prices I can now consider the latter affordable (well, I get to keep one kidney).

Most of the ones coming up for sale have no warranty so I just wanted to know if there were any "usual" problems and what's the most expensive thing that could go wrong?

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Apr 14, 2012 10:13 |  #2

Most likely failure on DSLRs in general: shutter/mirror mechanisms

But that's always no way to predict when it will fail, when it does, it just does.


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Apr 14, 2012 10:14 |  #3

I wouldn't buy one w/o a warranty given they sell new on Ebay from author dealers for $2000.00. Just not worth the headache to save a few hundred.




  
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Apr 14, 2012 10:20 |  #4

Sorry, I should have pointed out that I'm heading back to the UK in July so any warranty is only good til then. I understand your point though, thanks.


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Apr 14, 2012 12:57 |  #5

I bought one from ebay for 1500 and it was mint.. No issues whatsoever. Also it had 3500 clicks on it...


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Apr 14, 2012 14:01 |  #6

Maybe you should try to buy through Canon Direct refurb program (external link)... then it will have right of return and a 90 day warranty... and the reassurance that the camera was just checked out by a factory technician. There aren't any offered there now currently, but with NAB convention just ending something might pop up any day.

The major retailers Used Departments also typically offer at least a short warranty. KEH, B&H, Adorama... I'd check them all. They also sometimes get refurbs from Canon.

The 5D Mark II doesn't seem to have any major, typical or common faults. Sure, sometimes there are issues. But they seem to be varied, isolated problems... not any overriding thing you have to watch out for (such as the mirror on the 5D classic, the AF on the 1D Mark III, and apparently the LCD/light leak on the 5D Mark III).


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Apr 14, 2012 15:43 as a reply to  @ amfoto1's post |  #7

Worst thing IMO would be that the sensor is scratched.


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Apr 14, 2012 15:48 |  #8

Yep..that'd be second to a third party battery causing a short and the 5DII melts into the leather seat of your Porsche....




  
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Apr 14, 2012 15:58 |  #9

ejenner wrote in post #14265776 (external link)
Worst thing IMO would be that the sensor is scratched.

Yup. Just buy from someone you trust, and take test pictures if buying in person.


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Apr 14, 2012 16:36 as a reply to  @ brokensocial's post |  #10

Well I got mine used for 1500, it's a year old and has 35000 clicks on it, but everything works, and it seems fine for now, I love it so much, I think I might just get another one and ditch my XS altogether.

These are solid bodies, just check the mirror box and sensor, and if all the buttons work you're off to do some shooting.


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Apr 19, 2012 08:06 as a reply to  @ jakovmarkovic's post |  #11

Thanks for all the replies. I ended up getting a new 7D instead :)


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Apr 19, 2012 09:36 |  #12

Gruffalogill wrote in post #14291737 (external link)
Thanks for all the replies. I ended up getting a new 7D instead :)

nice camera, you'll like it.




  
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