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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Created: 10/30/10

Focus glass came loose = EOS 5D Mark II

Review For: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only) (2764B003)

I am a semi-professional 60 year old photografer and I currently use: EOS 7D, 1D Mark III and 5D Mark II. I have used these cameras + a 40D and a 50D for about 2000 pictures in my 8 different published books.
I used the 5D Mark II as usual a couple of months ago, put it away for a couple of weeks without changing lens or messing with it the least. When I picked it up to use it again I could not see through the camera. I took the lens off and out fell the focus glass and the superimpose plate.
I sent the camera back to Canon for what I thought would be a guarantee repair, and had it returned from the repairshop with the comment there was absolutely nothing wrong with the camera. I had to pay the full repair.
This has not happened to me ever before and I started with cameras in 1967.
I have owned the above mentioned Canon cameras + several Nikon, Leica and Hasselblad cameras before.
I am sorry, but I can´t any more trust this 5D Mark II camera house. It is obviously not built to professional standards as far as its hard ware construction.
I will after this never go out on a photo job with this camera house without another camera house as backup.
The camera produces wonderful picture quality especially in low light. I get excellent quality indoor pictures with it and the camera is the best option on weddings with my 50mm/1.2 where I can´t use a flash.
But it is obviously not as well built as my 1D Mark III.
Searching on the web I discovered this has happened to other 5D Mark II owners, too. In my home town of 90000 people it happened to another 5D mark II owner.
Canon claims they have no reports on this problem happening to this camera.
If this happens to you, be sure to report to Canon!
Canon at first did not take the issue with th AF problems seriously with the 1D Mark III either.
Canon obviously has an obvious quality problem.
It is sad that Canon refuses to admit the problem.

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Created: 09/04/09

5D Mark II lost

Review For: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only) (2764B003)

The camera came broken, with horrible vertical/horizontal banding.
Since was still under warranty I send it back to Japan for repairs.
The seller said he change his mind and he will keep the camera.
At the moment I am still looking for the seller with the police to try to recover something.
Better buy it from BH when they will get stock, at the moment is still"back ordered"

Update:
Ura...I did recover the camera, the Canon people in Japan fix it.
So far so good no banding anymore.
I like the Auto ISO but sometimes is jumping to high, Most of the times I try to shoot from a monopod with a Custom Bracket, so the shaking is at the minimum.
I guess the camera thinks that everything is hand held.
They say the Mark II 5D have the new Digimarc IV inside but I found it slower like the MArk III, however is not a big issue.
Noise is not bad at all up to ISO 800 but on HI is horrendous, I guess is amplifying to much the signal.
I will test the video later to see what is up to.

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