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HELP! 5D serial number....

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samwilson. says:

Hi,
Changing from Nikon to Canon, and recently watching 5d's on Ebay, i found one i really like the look of but wondered if anyone knew how to use the serial number to detect the cameras age.

The serial number is: 073050xxxx

Also although the camera looks to be in mint condition, it doesn't come with the neck strap, wondered if anyone knew where to get a nice eos 5d strap from.

Thanks.
2:10PM, 16 March 2010 PDT (permalink)

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jonbradbury says:

There's plenty of Canon straps on eBay, or just about any camera shop. You may choose the opportunity to get a better padded strap. I know an OpTech (or similar) is on my shopping list for some point, weight of a 5D, grip & a lens soon gets uncomfortable on your neck.
114 months ago (permalink)

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@O_o Monkey B!!! says:

Hold out for a 2XXX or higher. Certain fixes were implemented in 2XXX and higher, like mirror fix and LCD upgrade. I borrowed a friend's 0XXX serial number for a while and though the pics were awesome, the LCD was terrible to look at and it took a lifetime for the preview to show up on the LCD. I ended up buying a 3XXX model that has a much better LCD and hardly any wait time before the preview comes up on the LCD (probably just a firmware update for that one).
114 months ago (permalink)

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Cosplay Fever says:

Wow, there's a 3xxx serial? They must be rare - I've seen plenty of 0,1,2s tho. Thanks for the info, good to know the upgrades were meaningful.
114 months ago (permalink)

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Stephen Duffy Images says:

This is confusing me as on my body theres a number 1260** with another number underneath saying "No" 074**

Though all I know is that I got my 5D in June 08 and shortly after the 5Dmk2 was announced.

I dont think it really matters when the camera was produced and its more important to get one in good condtion as that may mean its only had "Light Use".
114 months ago (permalink)

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image freak says:

My serial number is1330******

Forget the Canon neck strap, you haven't lost much. I changed mine for an Optech pro strap almost immediately. Far more comfortable with easy remove when attaching to a tripod. I paid around £20, but at under £15 the best price in the UK today is here: www.amazon.co.uk/OPTEC-PRO-LOOP-STRAP-BLACK/dp/B00007E816...
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Stephen Duffy Images says:

I also bought an Op-Tech strap from a local shop where they told me theyve sold over 10,000 of them in the last ten years.

They really make the camera feel lighter and the quick release clips a bonus for when you want to set the camera up on a tripod.

Ive never used any of my Canon DSLR straps as they have "Canon EOS DIGITAL" written on them and that could make the camera (whatever model) a target for muggers etc.
114 months ago (permalink)

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samwilson. says:

ahhh confusing times! aha
so look out for 2's or 3's at the very start of the serial number yeah?
114 months ago (permalink)

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Stephen Duffy Images says:

That sounds about right as you should get one of the last ones they made or at least the last year of production.
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image freak says:

Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about the serial number game. Just as long as you have a low use and mint version that works OK just enjoy it. If the mirror falls off, as many have, it's a free fix anyway. As for the LCD, it is too small to make a judgement about images in my opinion, so again, not worth getting too fussed about. It's not as if it's live view. One tip I will give you and that is to shoot + 1/3 of a stop as the metering seems to be out by that amount.
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samwilson. says:

yeah, i dont want to feel really pushy about this whole serial number business. Whereabouts is the serial number on the camera? therefor if its on the bottom and they have pictures of the base of the camera i don't have to go and message the seller each time asking for the serial number.

Also i have heard about shooting + 1/3 of a stop, i'm sure its something i will get used to as time goes on. Really can't wait to make the switch now.
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image freak says:

It's underneath the camera to the right of the tripod mount.
You can't miss it.

Shooting + 1/3 is no big deal. I leave mine there all the time. You can use the wheel on the back if you need more or less compensation during a shoot.
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jonbradbury says:

Woot mines a 2531xxxx. As others have said I bought mine on condition, paid a bit extra (missed the Canon refurb via the UK Canon eBay shop). Luckily in UK covered by distance selling regs as first 5D from a Newcastle store "in good condition" arrived looking rather "ex pro" battered and went straight back in the box for a refund.

Next phone call was to Bob Rigbys (bobrigby.com), had a good phone call about the condition of a 5D listed, and I've now got a minter. He's got another listed on the site, so definitely recommend them for a call, but you'll probably pay a bit more than eBay money.
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PSJ Picdump says:

Mine is 32313xxxxx.
My MkII is 08305xxxxx.

My MkIII is 00069, although the EXIF data says it's a 1DsIV.
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Cosplay Fever says:

Yeah I found the 5d underexposed a little. Mine's a 2xxx. I expect I'll pick up another one once I sell my Sony A700. I could get a 50d instead tho, and use that with a 70-200 for longer reach - similar prices for used 5d vs new 50d.
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image freak says:

@Cosplay Fever. My mate has just bought into the 7d. It's a minor miracle because 1, he said he would never move from film to digital, and 2, he has mothballed his Leica R9 and lenses. Wonders will never cease, so there must have been something that the 7d had to attract his attention.

I think if I was in the position where a 5d or 7d was the criteria, I just might be tempted to go for the 7d. But having had the benefit of full frame for 2 years I would definitely go for the mark11 if Ihad the cash to do so.
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Cosplay Fever says:

Only thing is the 7d is pretty much twice the price of the 5d / 50d. Although it does have higher resolution, better AF, and video which sounds intriguing :) So, yeah, it's tempting. I think I'll skip the 5d2 and wait for the 5d3.

If I was gonna get a 50D/7D, then the important thing would be that I could switch bodies between the crop body and the 5d on the fly without thinking about the controls at all. Everything would have to be in the same place etc. The advantage of just having 2 5ds (for weddings and events) is I can share all the same kit, not have to think about controls, and if one body breaks all the lenses work the same way. If your backup body is a 50D/7D, then a 28-75 lens is suddenly not very useful. Of course, if you only have one medium zoom and THAT breaks, you're in trouble.
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de|me|tris: is a group administrator de|me|tris: says:

On the strap issue I too changed the 'steal me' Canon original.
Just for a bit of fun I put the Canon EOS Digital strap on my EOS 1N film body! Most punters can't tell the difference and think I have 3 digital bodies!
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