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Im currently using an EOS 450D and looking to upgrade...my friend who is a professional photographer has offered to sell me her 5D Mark I with 2 batteries (body only) for $550. Is this a good deal?
Also i've never bought a 2nd hand DSLR before, what questions should I ask before purchase?
If it is in good nick, that is a bloody good buy.
I paid $1200 for one just recenty
Very good deal, for the price, you may be more lax on some of the below, but if I was buying at like $1000 for this camera, I want to check:
- Are all accessories and original box and manual and strap etc. included?
- Has the sensor or mirror box or focus screen been scratched by incompetent cleaning (my 1D Mark III had this happen to it)
- Has the mirror been replaced by Canon yet (it's a free replacement under recall notice)
- How many shutter actuations have occurred?
Thanks...she said it comes with 2 batteries...Im not overly worried about the box or strap as I have a spare one...but will ask about the manual.
What is an good answer for the shutter actuations? The lower the better obviously but whats an indication of too much?
Shutter is rated for 100K or 150K (can't remember but should be on google somewhere)
<10,000 generally indicates Camera was not used seriously for anything, only casual use, which is what you want
Approx 50-80,000+ generally indicates regular professional use, meaning a high risk it will go, in which case you are looking at an approx $400+ repair
There's no way to predict though
Im waiting to find out how many shutter actuations its had, apparently the only accurate way to tell is to take it to Canon.
If it was me I would grab it! At worst, you will need to replace the shutter for $400, but it's unlikely. As with everything there is lots of anecdotal evidence out there, that many shutters last a lot longer than Canon suggets.
Average price on ebay and gumtree from what I've seen is around $1000-1100, usually just camera/battery/charger - even ones that are not in great condition.
You can always just download the manual if it's not included::th3:
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lol I missed it...oh well :)
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