I know what you're thinking... Another poster thinking 2,851 shutter actuations on a body rated for 150k is excessive. But that is the number it came with and based on *most* refurb-owning posters, they seem to come with actuations in the low hundreds. Yes, there are some with 1k and there are some with even more than mine.
Otherwise, it relatively shows little to know signs of wear. Maybe they replaced grips, etc. but the only thing giving away age or usage is the CF card door - the plastic on it is a bit "glossier" than the rest. Like the wear you would see on a keyboard that has been heavily used.
I have a few questions:
1. Can anyone help me determine if the serial number is a recent one?
0852xxxx are the leading digits and the LP-E6 battery has a June 2012 date code stamp, but that doesn't mean anything. The 5D2 I had purchased new in December and returned for a 5D3 had a serial number of 0952xxxx.
2. How does the Canon Direct exchange process work? If they no longer have the 5D2 in stock by the time I return this copy, will I be up the creek without ta paddle? or...
3. How lenient is Canon if I were to order a second body for the purposes of seeing what I get before I request an RMA for this one? My luck, the second one will have even more exposures or signs of wear than this one.