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Advice for checking a used 5Dmk2
« on: April 05, 2012, 01:59:10 PM »
With all the new mk3's out there, I'm going to snag a used mk2 on the cheap (and I won't be the only one).  What advice or process would you use to look at a used body?  Shutter count doesn't really matter if the unit was mainly a video rig.  Checking for hot pixels is key, but how can I test a camera in 10-15min prior to handing over $1,600 cash?
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Advice for checking a used 5Dmk2
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Re: Advice for checking a used 5Dmk2
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2012, 11:18:57 PM »
I doubt if you could adequately test one, there can be intermittent issues and issues that are hard to find.  I think $1600 is too much myself.  Its a risk.  Lots of bodies have hot pixels, but determining how hot is going to require some testing.  I'd try to get a refurb or new body that you can return if its not right, and has a warranty so they will repair it if you discover a issue after a few weeks.  This is something you will want to use for years, and not buy into someones misery.

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Re: Advice for checking a used 5Dmk2
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2012, 11:21:32 PM »
Apart from obvious wear & tear, if you can get an accurate shutter count, you'll have some idea how much it's been used and how much life the shutter probably has. I don't know the expected shutter life on the 5D2. Maybe someone who knows can tell us.

The utility I've always found in Google searches is this:

http://astrojargon.net/40dshuttercount.aspx

Not sure if you could use it on the spot or just have the seller look it up for you.

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Re: Advice for checking a used 5Dmk2
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2012, 01:26:34 AM »
Apart from obvious wear & tear, if you can get an accurate shutter count, you'll have some idea how much it's been used and how much life the shutter probably has. I don't know the expected shutter life on the 5D2. Maybe someone who knows can tell us.

The utility I've always found in Google searches is this:

http://astrojargon.net/40dshuttercount.aspx

Not sure if you could use it on the spot or just have the seller look it up for you.

150k is the expected life.
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Re: Advice for checking a used 5Dmk2
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2012, 02:11:01 PM »
After watching some interesting bits in a local camera store - sales guy with an xacto knife near the exposed sensor - taking my sensor loop is a good start.  Also taking a few shots of a blue sky at f22 to see if anything else is impacting things.  Burst mode shots, AI Servo shots.

Any publicly available 'stolen gear' list I can check?  A box is a sure sign of a proper sale - but last thing I want to do is pick up a stolen one.
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Re: Advice for checking a used 5Dmk2
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2012, 03:27:39 PM »
After watching some interesting bits in a local camera store - sales guy with an xacto knife near the exposed sensor - taking my sensor loop is a good start.  Also taking a few shots of a blue sky at f22 to see if anything else is impacting things.  Burst mode shots, AI Servo shots.

Any publicly available 'stolen gear' list I can check?  A box is a sure sign of a proper sale - but last thing I want to do is pick up a stolen one.

You can usually tell a stolen camera, they do not give you a address and do not have the original box, manuals, receipts etc, just what they grabbed out of someone's car or residence.
 
I'd recommend buying a refurb with warranty, or a new one while the Canon discount is going.  $1400 for refurbs using the Canon CLP when they have them.

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Re: Advice for checking a used 5Dmk2
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2012, 02:28:12 AM »
After watching some interesting bits in a local camera store - sales guy with an xacto knife near the exposed sensor - taking my sensor loop is a good start.  Also taking a few shots of a blue sky at f22 to see if anything else is impacting things.  Burst mode shots, AI Servo shots.

Any publicly available 'stolen gear' list I can check?  A box is a sure sign of a proper sale - but last thing I want to do is pick up a stolen one.

You can usually tell a stolen camera, they do not give you a address and do not have the original box, manuals, receipts etc, just what they grabbed out of someone's car or residence.
 
I'd recommend buying a refurb with warranty, or a new one while the Canon discount is going.  $1400 for refurbs using the Canon CLP when they have them.

I was robbed at gun point in my home a year ago jan, and they took everything. They tried to sell my gear to another photographer. That other photographer found my biz card in the bag along with a client contract contract so he called me up and I told him what had happened. He suspected it was stolen because the camera was dirty. If someone is selling a high end camera, they are going to clean it up really nice. If it looks dirty, that should be a red flag. Also, of course, if you see a biz card in something someone is trying to sell you, MAJOR red flag!!

FYI thanks to this honest, awesome photographer, who is now my friend, the a-holes who did this to me are rotting in jail. Hopefully for a long, long time.

And yes, I got (almost) all my stuff back. :)
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Re: Advice for checking a used 5Dmk2
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2012, 02:28:12 AM »