Buying used 5D Mark I - anything I should know?

Started Jul 1, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Re: Buying used 5D Mark I - anything I should know?
In reply to kazikf, Jul 1, 2011

kazikf wrote:

Hi there

I've sold my D700 just yesterday and moving over to the dark side. I'll be looking for a second hand Canon 5D Mark 1 and I need your help, since I don't have any experience with Canon.

What should I be looking for? Any specific signs of a highly used copy? I understand, that there is no way to check the shutter count? I'm really worried that I'll buy studio camera - 100% mint when you look at it, but with 100 000 shutter clicks.


I am not going to delve into the reasons of your switch. D700 obviously will have better AF and high ISO. But Canon 5D is still the best camera for 1000$ - My opinion.

Things to look for:

1. There has been an acknowledged issue by Canon where the side brackets that hold the mirror were not strong enough, and the mirror would come lose. This issue is usually fixed by Canon free of charge if sent it. You can ask about that to the seller.

2. Shutter count - If the camera was serviced by Canon (ever), they would have written down the shutter count in the letter that accompanies the camera back. So again, a better choice will be to buy a 5D that has been recently serviced by Canon.

I guess you can always look at the hot shoe wear. Usually if there is a lot of wear, you can assume that it has been highly used.

Good luck,


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