1D MKII

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  1. Flash Harry

    Flash Harry No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The comment about cameras in professional use being abused imo is rubbish, I have cameras that have been used professionally for ten years add to that hobby use for nearly as much time again and all work perfectly. Most professionals have cameras serviced regularly and tend to really look after their equipment, where most hobbyists/amateurs just keep firing away till their next upgrade so if I was buying 2nd hand I would examine the camera for accident damage, check all functions work etc and if I felt it was a deal would then buy it. As a pro user I couldn't care less about shutter actuations, there's more chance of a hobbyist clocking up those in machine gun mode than a true pro who's usually thinking before hitting the button. I have a medium format bronica that has been in pro use since 1962, by me for eight years and the previous owner since new and its still going strong despite looking a little shabby due to constant handling. H


     
  2. JerryPH

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    I don't know, Harry... I've seen good and terrible examples of both used and pro used equipment... one cannot lump it all into one statement. I know one Pro that did my wedding was an absolute pig and he CERTAINLY did not care about his equipment enough to spit on it.

    Take it on a case by case basis, check things out, and for SURE check out the actuations. 200,000 by a pro or 200,000 by an amature are *still* 200,000 actuations.
     
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    I dealt with several media organizations. None of the photographers owned their equipment used for assignments. What happens when the equipment you used is shipped and knocked around the world? What happens when the equipment is not owned by the person using it? What happens when the photographer's number one goal is getting the job done and the care of their equipment ranks low? For the organization they work for, the equipment is CHEAP... and damage is just part of doing business. A camera is a commodity.

    Now take two professional and business owned cameras. One spends its time in the studio and the other spends most of its time traveling around the world. Which do you think would be in better shape. I always got more for studio cameras even if they had higher shutter actuations because they were almost always better cosmetically. Gives the buyer (usually a hobbiest who normally can't afford the camera new) the sense that the camera was cared for.

    This is no different than cars from rental companies... no one cares for the car they don't own.

    Now take a hobbiest who spent thousands of their hard earned cash for the camera. I bet fear of damaging their camera and caring for the camera ranks pretty darn high. It does.
     
  4. Robp412

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    So he sent me another email... He has to check the shutter actuation's still but gave me some more info. Bought it in 2005, Serviced in July 2008, 4 gig Compact Flash card, extra batter, original manual, and accessories. Sounds like a steal to me... Hoping he is okay with waiting a week for me to get the cash... Hope it all works out. =] thanks for the opinions!
    -Rob:D
     
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    does sound a like a deal if it was serviced in 2008. Make sure there is paperwork showing proof of the service and what was done.
     
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    I wonder why this is so complicated, put a card in, fire off an exposure & look at the IMG_####.jpg - that is unless it has been reset with the EOS utility, or used with a USB connection in studio (unlikely).

    I would only put 6 - 10k a year on it myself, leaving plenty of life in that unit under normal use. Best of luck!

    -Shea
     
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    So there is 5180!!!!!!! He was using it as a backup! Portrait and weddings! WOOOOO! Hopefully the old cam's gone by next week! =D
     

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