Refurbished Canon 5D Mk ii

A quick review on a manufacture-refurbished Canon 5d mk ii


I just bought a refurbished Canon 5d mk ii from Canon’s website for $1,629.90, which includes $134.58 of sales tax (free shipping). So not a bad deal right? I did a lot of online research and  learned that manufacture-refurbished  cameras are very safe way to purchase discount cameras. Don’t let the word “refurbished” scare you, because it just means “this is pretty much new but we just can’t call it new”.  Here are few point why:

What does Refurbished mean? From what I can gather (through online research), refurbished cameras are either the ones that have been returned by original purchasers for various reasons, been used as display models, or had some minor defects. So overall, they are almost-new cameras with very low shutter actuation. My 5d mkii only had 1890 total shutter actuation, which is significantly lower than what you would get from buying a used camera (note: shutter actuation can vary from camera to camera but it is supposed to be within couple thousand range, which is the range I got from gathering numbers from other refurb purchasers’ count). If they’ve had minor defects, Canon restores them to perfect working conditions, just as the new ones would work.

Based on Canon’s website, “Products that are refurbished must pass a comprehensive quality assurance inspection before final packaging and shipment. Rigorous function and cosmetic inspections are performed by trained Canon technicians so that each refurbished product meets operational specifications and strict cosmetic standards that we have established.“, and all refurbished Canon products come with a  1 Year Refurbished Camera Limited Warrant!


Canon 5D Mk ii

Canon 5D Mk ii

What is the Quality of the camera? Although I haven’t had the chance to test the camera extensively, the mechanical workings of the camera are in good-normal condition. I haven’t been able to find anything wrong while using the camera yet . Given the 1 year refurbished warranty, I’m pretty relaxed about any mechanical failures, but I’ll make sure to post my progress with the camera throughout the year.

The cosmetic quality of the camera is in perfect condition. Unless you are some Canon 5d guru, I highly doubt you’d be able  tell if  this was ever used/refurbished in any way. Not a single scratch or marks of use anywhere, and very clean. The only part that gives it away as a refurbished product is the box itself (as seen in pic). Instead of the normal Canon camera box (with color pictures and descriptions), it comes in a simple white box with just the Canon logo on it.


What about the Accessories? From what I found through online search, Canon supposedly replaces all the accessories to brand new for all the refurb products, and this must be true because all the accessories I received with my 5D are all new, and packaged as new. Even the battery was new, and I know this because it took over 15 hours for it to get charged at first.

Here is the list of what is in the box:

  • EOS 5D Mark II Body
  • Eyecup Eb
  • Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS5DMKII
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
  • Battery Charger LC-E6
  • Battery Pack LP-E6
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk
  • Software Instruction Manual


Overall I’m more than satisfied on this purchase. As I mentioned in the beginning, don’t let the word “refurbished” scare you, especially when it is manufactured refurbished (0n that note, I would be weary of second-hand dealer refurbished cameras). The camera is new, I just can’t call it “new”, because it’s been repackaged and logged some shutter actuation. For the price of new Canon 7D, I bought a pretty much new Canon 5d mk ii, which is almost $400 cheaper than the new 6D, and almost $2000 cheaper than the new 5D mk iii!!! Talk about a sweet deal!

Now if you are considering purchasing any refurbished products, the prices tend to fluctuate a bit; meaning they have better deals sporadically. I’ve seen some people say they’ve bought it for low as $1500 during big holiday shopping seasons, so I’d wait around if you are not in a hurry.

Good vblog reviews on Canon 5D Mkii

Canon T3i/600D Refurbished Review by Dave Dugdale

Canon 5D Mark 2 Unboxing (Refurbished)


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