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My friend knows a reporter who is selling a 5D MKII for $800 in "mint condition," what questions should I ask the guy before I buy it? I haven't seen it yet. I know to ask for any damage and how many shutter counts it has but is there anything else I should ask?

Thanks for the help
Edited by Sean Webster - 8/20/11 at 3:42pm
post #2 of 27
You sure its the MKII? That sounds very, very fishy if its mint condition since its worth around $2,000-2,100 in that condition.
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You sure its the MKII? That sounds very, very fishy if its mint condition since its worth around $2,000-2,100 in that condition.
This. Even for $1600 it would sell instantly. Sounds likea 5D classic to me
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post #4 of 27
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Yeah I am sure it is a 5D mkII, he doesn't really care how much he gets for it. He just got a 1D MKIV.
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how many shutter act. (research online when do ppl start having troubles with shutter and sensor)
sensor clean ? etc

however those cams are made to last.. so just make sure ur not screwed on the inside.. lol
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post #6 of 27
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Yeah I am sure it is a 5D mkII, he doesn't really care how much he gets for it. He just got a 1D MKIV.
Well.. in that case.. just grab some sample shots, take a look at the mirror, make sure all buttons work, crank up the ISO and see if any pixels go crazy, etc
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post #7 of 27
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Alright then, thanks everyone! I can wait to get it! Now to sell my gear...
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Alright then, thanks everyone! I can wait to get it! Now to sell my gear...
You make me very jealous If everything works out, you're paying 35-40% of the fair market value
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You make me very jealous If everything works out, you're paying 35-40% of the fair market value
I know...I am really hoping for this deal to go though, if worst comes to worst i'll spend a few extra to get something repaired. Other than that i can't what to do portraits with it and a 50 1.4!
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I know...I am really hoping for this deal to go though, if worst comes to worst i'll spend a few extra to get something repaired. Other than that i can't what to do portraits with it and a 50 1.4!
On a full frame, you should look into the 85 1.8 for portraits It gives you the same field of view as a 50mm on your current camera
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