PLEASE BE AWARE: It is very common for earlier Canon EOS SLR 35mm film cameras to have serious problems with the shutter "hanging-up", ruining precious photos and causing major headaches. If this problem has not been professionally fixed, your pictures will come back from the developer with half of the image "cut off" (half of the picture will just be BLACK).
The first series of Canon EOS 35mm SLR film cameras have always been cherished by their proud owners. Everyone I have ever met who has owned one simply LOVES IT. These are GREAT cameras with a stellar record of steadfast owner loyalty and satisfaction. However, there is one "fly in the ointment", a sticking shutter problem that affects many of these models at some point.
This trouble is caused by a tiny little rubber part that resides inside the shutter mechanism. It is not easily accessible and will require the services of a certified Canon technician. This little rubber "bumper" can "melt" over time, due to heat, atmospheric conditions and age.
This disintegrating little part results in ugly black "sticky goo" that gets on the camera's very delicate "shutter curtains". This problem can easily be seen if you look at the shutter with the film compartment door open (with no film in the camera, of course). That is why it is important for an eBay seller to include a very clear photo of the rear of the camera, with the back wide open, so potential buyers can confirm for themselves that the camera does not suffer from this very common shutter problem.
THE ONLY REASON THESE CAMERAS OFTEN SELL FOR WAY BELOW THEIR TRUE VALUE ON EBAY IS BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE HEARD FRIGHTENING STORIES ABOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS GOTTEN "STUCK" WITH ONE OF THE BAD ONES!
WARNING: MANY CANON EOS 650 / 620 / 630 / 750 / 850 CAMERAS SOLD ON EBAY HAVE NEVER BEEN PROPERLY REPAIRED TO CORRECT THIS CONDITION, AND THEY ARE VERY LIKELY TO EVENTUALLY FAIL!
This Is The Problem That You Want To Avoid!
Since this repair costs over $100.00 to be professionally fixed, this camera must be either used for "spare parts" or it will simply be thrown in the trash. It would be impossible to justify this expensive repair when an identical camera that can be found in perfect working order for a lot less money.
EBAY MEMBERS; DO NOT BID UNTIL YOU ARE CONVINCED THAT THE THE CAMERA YOU ARE "WATCHING" DOES NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM.
Canon EOS 650 With A Perfect Shutter
Please, don't let this warning scare you away from these fantastic cameras! It will be well worth the small amount of effort it takes to find one that is working just like brand new. Just be sure that you only buy one that will serve you faithfully, for many, many years to come.
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