Shutter Life on a 5D Mark III

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Would you buy a used Canon 5D Mark III with a shutter count of 190k for about $1000(canadian dollars), body only, plus battery ?

The body, appears well taken care of and everything looks good. It was used professionally by one owner since new.

I'm wanting to upgrade from crop to full frame and the EF lens line. But given that the shutter is only rated for 150K, I'm not sure about this one. My budget doesn't allow for much more for the body, as I will still need to buy at least one EF lens to start.
 
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Maximilian

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Personally I believe that the shutter could last another 50k klicks.
But I wouldn't be willing to put $1000 on the table for such a worn down camera, even if it looks like mint.

If it breaks down after 10k you'd bite your a**.
 
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That's what I was thinking, it may last and be fine or not - for the price its not worth the risk.
If I up my spend limit a bit I could buy a brand new Canon 6D for about $1200. In the long run that may be a better purchase to get into FF and lenses.

Thanks, for the input.
 

justaCanonuser

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Would you buy a used Canon 5D Mark III with a shutter count of 190k for about $1000(canadian dollars), body only, plus battery ?

The body, appears well taken care of and everything looks good. It was used professionally by one owner since new.

I'm wanting to upgrade from crop to full frame and the EF lens line. But given that the shutter is only rated for 150K, I'm not sure about this one. My budget doesn't allow for much more for the body, as I will still need to buy at least one EF lens to start.
My EOS 5D3 now is quite close to 140,000 actuations, the shutter count app tells my that it's life is 93 % over. The camera still works flawlessly. A pro supplier told my that he has customers with 5D3's that have about 250,000 shutter actuations and still do their job.

But there's always a risk with such a longterm used camera, because you never know what it has survived already. So, if you are on a tight budget and a 6D has all features you really need, I'd recommend you to go for the new camera. If the old 5D3 fails, you have to invest at least in a new shutter, not sure about the costs. The 5D3 has only two main advantages over the 6D: much better AF system, in particular if you shoot fast f =< 2.8 lenses, and a more rugged body with pro features (thumb wheel etc.). On the other side I was told that the original 6D has cleaner shadows if you have to lift them during post processing (never tried one by myself).
 
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pwp

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Shutter life can vary so much it’s ridiculous. My 5D classic was up over 400,000 clicks when I gave it to an assistant who kept shooting with it for some time. But the 5D Mk3 that followed it was on its third shutter by the time I retired it. Each shutter averaged 130k clicks which CPS described as pretty normal. So far my 5D Mk4 is up around 150k clicks. You just can’t predict it.

1 Series bodies I’ve had tend to go several hundred thousand before needing a new shutter. The shortest life on a 1 Series was 450k clicks on a 1DX.

5 series shutters are modestly priced, under $300 from memory. 1 Series are more than double that, but of course tend to last more than twice as long.

I’d rate that pre owned 5D Mk3 as high mileage and require a price that reflected that. If you’re concerned, there must be any number of great, we’ll cared for very low mileage 5D Mk3 bodies very easily sourced.

-pw
 
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Would you buy a used Canon 5D Mark III with a shutter count of 190k for about $1000(canadian dollars), body only, plus battery ?

The body, appears well taken care of and everything looks good. It was used professionally by one owner since new.

I'm wanting to upgrade from crop to full frame and the EF lens line. But given that the shutter is only rated for 150K, I'm not sure about this one. My budget doesn't allow for much more for the body, as I will still need to buy at least one EF lens to start.
My 5D Mark III had a shutter count of nearly 500k when I had the shutter replaced. It never failed. I just thought "It's time to replace the shutter."
 
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My EOS 5D3 now is quite close to 140,000 actuations, the shutter count app tells my that it's life is 93 % over. The camera still works flawlessly. A pro supplier told my that he has customers with 5D3's that have about 250,000 shutter actuations and still do their job.

But there's always a risk with such a longterm used camera, because you never know what it has survived already. So, if you are on a tight budget and a 6D has all features you really need, I'd recommend you to go for the new camera. If the old 5D3 fails, you have to invest at least in a new shutter, not sure about the costs. The 5D3 has only two main advantages over the 6D: much better AF system, in particular if you shoot fast f =< 2.8 lenses, and a more rugged body with pro features (thumb wheel etc.). On the other side I was told that the original 6D has cleaner shadows if you have to lift them during post processing (never tried one by myself).
I would recommend the 6D over a used 5D mkIII as well.
But a little correction: the 6D do have a thumb whell on the back - but it does not have the "joystik". Being a left eye photographer, I rather used the wheel for changing focus points that the joystik anyway.
5D mkIII is undoubtedly a more "prof.grade" camera - but the 6D gets close and i picture quality it is just great