As Mt Spokane said, the price sounds too low for a used 5D Mark II, especially with fewer than 5000 actuations. A new one costs about $2200. You should check around on ebay and the "Buy & Sell" forum on fredmiranda.com to compare prices to see what a legitimate used one costs.
When buying a camera body, bring a lens that you know works with you so you can test it; do the reverse when buying a lens. You'd probably also want to bring a Compact Flash card (neither the 5D classic nor the Mark II take SD cards). And make sure the person charges the battery before going! Turn the camera on (press the lever on the back so that it goes from Off
, past On
, to the Line pointing up to the rear wheel). Make sure the buttons and menus work. Download and study the manual on Canon's website, so you know what you're doing beforehand.
If you don't yet know how to set exposure, turn the Dial on top to either CA
or the Green
box and take some test pictures. Test the shutter on the 5D Mark II by doing the following:
- Turn the Dial on top to Tv.
- You should see now see Tv on along the left side of the rear display. If not, press the Info button (to the left of the rear display) until you do.
- Press the AF-Drive button on top, select Continuous shooting on the rear display by turning the rear wheel, then press AF-Drive again.
- Turn the wheel on top to the right until the number in the upper left corner of the rear display reads 1/8000.
- Press and hold down the shutter button (it should fire off a series until you release the button) to ensure the shutter responds quickly and doesn't get stuck.
As for choice of lens, that depends on what type of photography you
want to do. A fast prime lens is a good choice if you want to learn exposure and depth of field (DOF). The 85mm f/1.8 is a good portrait lens, the 28mm f/1.8 is a good wide angle lens for landscapes, while the 35mm f/2.0 and 50mm (f/1.4 or f/1.8 ) are good for general walking around, street and low-light photography.