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andy kh

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Is it worth buying a 5d mark iii with shutter count of 400k
« on: April 27, 2019, 06:04:16 AM »
I got a deal for 800$.can anyone advise me if i should look for  other with less shutter count. I think its time for me to upgrade to 5d iii to get rid of moire n aliasing
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Re: Is it worth buying a 5d mark iii with shutter count of 400k
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2019, 08:50:02 AM »
Not so long ago I bought one with 350k count for roughly the same price.

If you're going to use it for filming, IMO just check shutter/mirror if it works properly. Easiest method I know it to simply run a long series of properly exposed photos on 1/8000 shutter and look for any signs of shutter/mirror not moving fast enough (visible in exposed frame). And of course check sensor for defects (again, simplest method - iso 100, 30s exposure with closed lens cap and any noise cancelation disabled in menu)

Don't know for how much 5D3 retails in your country, here in Poland is $1300+ equivalent with "normal" counts and shutter replacement in authorized service costs less than $300 eq., so the math was easy for me  :)

Of course I wound't take any job with high shutter count monster without bringing any backup body, but that should apply for any job as even new camera may fail...
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Walter Schulz

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Re: Is it worth buying a 5d mark iii with shutter count of 400k
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2019, 09:16:42 AM »
In Germany price for used 5D3 finally dropped to about 1000 €. Accrding to this list. Nothing said about shutter count ...
There was some kind of plateau at 1500 for quite a long time.
Using kitor's price for shutter replacement I will not advice to buy this cam for this price. If you have to replace shutter you've gained nothing.
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Re: Is it worth buying a 5d mark iii with shutter count of 400k
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2019, 02:29:30 PM »
$1300+ (around 5000 PLN) is usually for camera, battery and charger with "less than 150k count". Box with accesories 5500 and up
I paid for mine 3300 PLN for complete box, extra batteries and cards. Shutter replacement is about 1000 PLN. So I can replace it twice before I hit usual price
Average net salary in Poland is about 3200/month. Profitability depends on PoV :) So that's up to OP's mind if price gap is big enough in his country
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Re: Is it worth buying a 5d mark iii with shutter count of 400k
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2019, 02:52:10 PM »
If you're going to use it for filming, IMO just check shutter/mirror if it works properly. Easiest method I know it to simply run a long series of properly exposed photos on 1/8000 shutter and look for any signs of shutter/mirror not moving fast enough (visible in exposed frame).

This is the best advice in the world. On my 5D2 half the frame was black by 1/1600 when shutter count was only 30K! Also shutter had the same issues on my Sony NEX 5 before it got stuck.

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Re: Is it worth buying a 5d mark iii with shutter count of 400k
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2019, 08:40:11 AM »
thank you guys for your advice i have decided to let it go. i think 400k is too much. i will go to a local shop next month and check out there. i contacted a shop and he says he has got many 5d III body available. i am also considering buying a vaf filter for my 70D
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