03-10-2018 08:56 PM
Hello guys, so I just bought the Canon 5D of my friend and I noticed that the buttons look different from other 5D. it was matte not glossy and all buttons are like that. Please see attached pictures.
thank you I cant sleep thinking about it cause its my first full frame camera..
03-10-2018 11:50 PM - edited 03-11-2018 12:40 PM
It sure doesn't look right. The buttons should be smooth and shiny. It looks to me like someone has painted over the entire body.
If you look closely, it looks like you can see residue where they masked off the lettering and symbols. There is also some overspray visible on the top LCD.
This is what it should look like.
03-11-2018 08:54 AM
I would say that is a definitely a genuine 5D but one that has seen a lot of use by looking at the rubber on the handgrip.
Someone has done a pretty amazing respray job getting such a good match to the original finish, just a shame that they sprayed over the buttons which I would imagine could make them a bit stiff to use. I realise that you have now bought this but I think I would definitely have avoided this one.
03-11-2018 11:45 AM
I am curious what the shutter count is on this one given that it has seen a lot of use. It is also possible that the prior owner used an aggressive chemical cleaner that damaged the original finish forcing the respray.
Hopefully the new finish does not deteriorate and become tacky/sticky. There have been several changes in regulations affecting VOC (volatile organic compounds) and some of the textured paint products that comply with the later environmental regulations have a horrible habit of becoming tacky with time. The otherwise very nice Eton E1-XM shortwave radio is well known for experiencing this issue but it affects a lot of products and I would be extremely dubious about refinishing any high end product where touch/tactile feel is a critical part of the human/device interface.
03-11-2018 01:46 PM - edited 03-11-2018 01:47 PM
Slippery slope your on there.
If it were me, I'd return get my money back and buy something that hasn't been intentionally modified. If the finish does become tacky as Rodger mentions, you'll hate yourself. I had it happen to a mouse. Wasn't refinished, but was obviously made during the time of transition that whole environmentally friendly compounds thing... So annoying, finally threw it out.
Must have been a "hell of a deal"
03-12-2018 12:14 PM
Your question was, "Is this real 5D Mark II"
That answer is likely, yes it is. But what you really want to know is, has it been refinished in some fashion?
Probably so. Without knowing what finish it is, no one here can say if it is good or bad.
It seems you have two options, 1, return it. Or, 2, forget about it and use it like you would use any 5D Mk II.
I find a lot of people have buyers remorse after a big purchase wondering if they did the right thing.
You are aware there are coverings available for Canon cameras? They are cheap to buy at around $25 bucks. If the finish bothers you a great deal go get one.
03-13-2018 10:22 AM - edited 03-13-2018 10:28 AM
I would return the "re-finished' 5D2. Never would have purchased in the first place. (thats just me)
But, I have used Easy Covers on both of my Canon's. Great product. Austrailian based company. Have one on my 6D2 now. Best $25 you can spend like Ernie points out. Go Camo!