Thanks to those dumping 5D for 5D2, I got a great deal

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CommonSense Regular Member • Posts: 383
Thanks to those dumping 5D for 5D2, I got a great deal

$700 for a 5D with 100 actuations from a person upgrading. Thank you upgraders, 5D will be great for me.

Grey_Wolf Regular Member • Posts: 297
Re: Thanks to those dumping 5D for 5D2, I got a great deal
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Great deal. Happy shooting.

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Earthlight Veteran Member • Posts: 3,209
Re: Thanks to those dumping 5D for 5D2, I got a great deal

That should be the best deal of the whole digital era so far!

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$700 for a 5D with 100 actuations from a person upgrading. Thank
you upgraders, 5D will be great for me.

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RichW Forum Pro • Posts: 12,838
Great deal but tell us how you know the actuations....

You can't tell by looking at the camera. You will just have to go by the history and condition of the camera. Image numbers have no meaning.

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ndlaw Senior Member • Posts: 1,483
Agreed!

There is no way for you to know how many actuations there have been on a used 5D. I am sure you know that. That said, if the camera is in good condition (looks new and well kept) then congratulations on the great deal you got!

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colourgeek Veteran Member • Posts: 3,589
The 5D is really a great camera

I just sold mine for 1090 Euro so a lot more than you paid.
I am regretting it though as I don't believe the 5D MK II as good.

The 5D is fast , has better focusing, and the file quality is just as good.

I was hesitating on the D3X , if I had the means I would probably opt out for that one.

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MICHAEL_61 Senior Member • Posts: 2,156
You got a great camera

Which now belongs in the museum, unfortunately.

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Cesare Ferrari Regular Member • Posts: 431
Re: You got a great camera

5D too old to take pictures? Pull the other one. I shoot with the following cameras depending on my mood:

Rolleicord (1930s)
Mamiya C3 (1960s)
Mamiya RZ67 (1980s)
Canon Eos 3 (1998)
Canon 10D (2003)
Canon 1D Mark II (2004)

I think they are all older than the 5D. Got some great shots out of my C3 on Pan F and some colour on Kodak 160C today.

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RedFox88 Forum Pro • Posts: 29,349
why did you buy a 5D?

You have a d3 and a 1Ds2 both of which out perform the 5D in most cases.

And it is HIGHLY unlikely your 5D had the shutter fire only 100 times. There is no way to know how many actuations a 5D has. Switching CF cards, having JPGs on a card from another camera, formatting a CF card in another unit, etc. can switch the file number set as the next file name.

Plus since EXIF only allows for 4 digits in the file name, the numbering resets to 0001 after you hit 9999. It seems like the EXIF standard should be updated to allow for 6 digits such as 020000.jpg instead of 1234.jpg

Samuel Gao Regular Member • Posts: 436
Re: why did you buy a 5D?

you can find shutter actuations if you do opanda exif viewer, it will mention how many "shutter releases".

cityphotographer Senior Member • Posts: 2,510
gadget fanatics

Cesare Ferrari wrote:

5D too old to take pictures? Pull the other one. I shoot with the
following cameras depending on my mood:

Rolleicord (1930s)
Mamiya C3 (1960s)
Mamiya RZ67 (1980s)
Canon Eos 3 (1998)
Canon 10D (2003)
Canon 1D Mark II (2004)

I think they are all older than the 5D. Got some great shots out of
my C3 on Pan F and some colour on Kodak 160C today.

Cesare

they will always get the latest because they are never happy with what they have.

it has always been like that

the problem is that the new things sell making an instant substitution for the other irrelevant (for them) aspect of the practice (the pictures)

in other words if you can't get a decent picture with a 10D then you still can't get a decent picture with a 1Ds Mark III.

but they don't care about the pictures : what's important is the gadget itself

grammieb14 Senior Member • Posts: 2,675
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I bought a refurbished (new to me ) 5D a few mos. back & I think that it belongs in a museum if you are taking photographs there. I am hoping to use it for many years to come. To each his own.
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark Veteran Member • Posts: 5,614
Re: Thanks to those dumping 5D for 5D2, I got a great deal

Thats fantastic! What a great deal. Very smart.

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colourgeek Veteran Member • Posts: 3,589
Re: why did you buy a 5D?

To say that the reasoning behind purchasing higher performance equipment is seeking gadgets status is not justified for large spec changes between cameras like the 5D.

If you print large nothing replaces the original data like real pixel info. The 5D MK II certainly has this, enough pixel data for very large prints at 17" wide or larger. The 5D original starts to lose it at above 13" wide. Still acceptable but exactly that an acceptance of artefacts, and a digital up ressing apparent.
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colourgeek Veteran Member • Posts: 3,589
Re: why did you buy a 5D?

Samuel Gao wrote:

you can find shutter actuations if you do opanda exif viewer, it will
mention how many "shutter releases".

I did, but don't see any Shutter Release " info. This is from an exported CR2 file to jpg and or tiff. Does it have to be a camera recorded jpg?
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Nathan Yan Veteran Member • Posts: 3,444
This gives you a guess

colourgeek wrote:

Samuel Gao wrote:

you can find shutter actuations if you do opanda exif viewer, it will
mention how many "shutter releases".

I did, but don't see any Shutter Release " info. This is from an
exported CR2 file to jpg and or tiff. Does it have to be a camera
recorded jpg?

Opanda gives you a guess, but there's no way to give you a definite and certifiable number.

Only Canon 1D series records this info.

Geenine Contributing Member • Posts: 990
Re: Thanks to those dumping 5D for 5D2, I got a great deal

I also got a GREAT deal on a brand new 0 click demo model 5D in a store, so my thanks also go out to all the upgraders:-)

I recently read a very good comparison review on Norways largest photo site, the reviewer has both cameras. He showed with pictures how the ISO performance of the 5D and MKII is almost identical, even at ISO 3200, anything above that is not really useful on the MKII either. The only way he could see any difference between the cameras in prints, was on extremely large ones. I'll never print that large.

I'm very happy with my 5D purchase, I got the FF camera I wanted and a camera that serves my needs perfectly, and the best part is that thanks to all the upgraders, I got it for the price of a 40D:-) I also plan on using it with confidence for MANY years to come, I also got 5 years warranty on it

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RedFox88 Forum Pro • Posts: 29,349
think that only works for 1-series (nt)

Samuel Gao wrote:

you can find shutter actuations if you do opanda exif viewer, it will
mention how many "shutter releases".

jackkurtz Veteran Member • Posts: 4,598
Sorry to disappoint you...

I'm keeping my original 5D for now as a backup to my 5D Mark II bodies.

jack

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Sean Clark Regular Member • Posts: 108
Re: gadget fanatics

cityphotographer wrote:

Cesare Ferrari wrote:

5D too old to take pictures? Pull the other one. I shoot with the
following cameras depending on my mood:

they will always get the latest because they are never happy with
what they have.

in other words if you can't get a decent picture with a 10D then you
still can't get a decent picture with a 1Ds Mark III.

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Cameras always have technical limits. If new gear pushes back limits that have been impacting your work, then the gear really does result in substantial improvements. When you're using existing gear in situations that play to it's strengths, then new equipment is less likely to be enough better to justify the cost of a change. It's a judgment call that requires consideration of your use as well as the improvements in the tool.

To the OP: WTG - I'm sure you'll be enjoying your 5D for years!

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