Where to Purchase 5D Mark II?

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by joseph_krause, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. Dear Photonet friends:
    My brother recently sent me this message. Could you provide any suggestions and comments about the no-name sites he mentions? Thanks, Joseph
    "Need your advise/opinion on where to purchase the new 5D Mark ll. I've scoured the usual internet sites and it seems that the body with a 24-105mm L lens retails for about $3,500. B&H is probably the best standard out there, with other reputable sites offering similar pricing. I did notice a few no-name sites are offering the body for about $1,000 less, which lowers the kit price to about $2,500...but these bodies appear to be imports and don't recognize the US warranty. The lens appears to be genuine but is packaged in a "white box" which makes me wonder if it is a new lens. After calling around it seems these imports may not have english firmware as the default although I am being told the conversion to english is one of the options on the main menu of the camera. I'm a little suspicious if this is true but was wondering what you know. I'm inclined to give B&H my business (once again) but want to pause and complete my research before doing so. What's a smart move?"
     
  2. The basic rule of thumb that applies here is, "If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true."
    I would advise your brother to avoid "no-name [aka scam] sites."
     
  3. It's a safe bet that, if the advertised price is significantly lower than B&H's price, you won't actually get what you want for that price. A US warranty doesn't add 40% to the cost of a camera and lens.
     
  4. In my opinion, stay away from online no-name sites and stick to KEH, B&H and Adorama. You can always check your local store-around-the-corner to see their offers.
    Erwin Marlin.
     
  5. After calling around it seems these imports may not have english firmware as the default although I am being told the conversion to english is one of the options on the main menu of the camera.​
    That's BS. Firmware is firmware. All the languages are in there. All you do is choose the preferred language. My wife keeps her Canon in Korean and it is a USA model.
    A lolt of business can undercut B&H's price by a small amount and are legitimate. Sometimes they can save ya a benjamin but stick ya on shipping so it comes out about the same. However, $1000 less means you'll get a bait 'n switch dance and the "plastic" made in China 5DII for $2500 will be forever out of stock.
     
  6. buy it here in hongkong WingShing Shop located in Kowloon mongkok street, This is about $3000 in English Kit set made in Japan. If You can of course... ;)
     
  7. Right now, if you are getting a "price" that is substantially below what you see on the major sites... the deal is not legitimate. I understand that right now some of the major vendors are selling the body and perhaps the body/lens package for about $100 off, but that's it.
     
  8. in the U.S I have not seen any thing less then $2699 from any of the top sellers, I expect that the price may go up if the dollar keeps falling
     
  9. Another option is to buy a factory refurbished one (preferably from a known retailer). I did just that, having bought mine from Adorama. Works like a dream :)
     
  10. "Another option is to buy a factory refurbished one (preferably from a known retailer). I did just that, having bought mine from Adorama. Works like a dream"
    That's what I did earlier this year - I bought the Canon refurbished Canon 1D3 and 1DS3 pair from Adorama for $7500. Not exactly cheap but "only" $2000 more than a pair of 5D2's. Those two cameras can do virtually any job I'm presented with and are built like tanks, and I can't foresee ever needing to replace them. As others have stated stick with either Adorama or B&H as they are honest and what they deliver on their promises. Never a hassle.
     
  11. ........bought mine from Adorama. Works like a dream :)
    ........I bought the Canon refurbished Canon 1D3 and 1DS3 pair from Adorama for $7500..........As others have stated stick with either Adorama or B&H as they are honest and what they deliver on their promises. Never a hassle.
    Great feedback, thank you! If you ever have any queries or concerns regarding Adorama Camera, or AdoramaPix, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.
    Helen Oster
    Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador

    helen.oster@adoramacamera.com
    www.adorama.com
     
  12. Thanks for the helpful input to those who responded. I'll forward this to my brother. Joseph
     
  13. I buy a lot of gear from Adorama if I can't find it I go to B&H you can't go wrong with either. You might want to check out Newegg.com I just purchased the Canon 70-200 IS 2.8 from them and they were $200.00 cheaper. Fast shipping and US warranty.
     
  14. The companies mentioned are all good but I'll also put in a plug for www.pcnation.com. They are a Canon USA authorized Canon dealer as well as a dealer for Nikon and SONY. They are located in Illinois. I've purchased quite a number of Canon products from them and they match or beat any legitimate online offer with free three day shipping in the US on any order over $75.00.
     
  15. I like B&H also, however, my local camera store is very competitive on prices lately....check out the stores in your area, you may be surprised on the deal they give you.
     
  16. Always be suspicious of significantly discounted prices. You can always check these places on www.resellerratings.com. I bought my 5D MII from Adorama.
     
  17. "but these bodies appear to be imports and don't recognize the US warranty"

    Not true. Canons (and Nikons etc) warranty is a global warranty. How else do you think travelers and PJs get their cameras fixed when they are tripping all over the world? I live in Australia and always buy my gear from either B&H or Adorama in NYC, online. Neither Canon nor Nikon here have ever dishonoured the warranty. Just keep your invoice as proof of date of purchase.
     
  18. If you find the price way lower than the rest, it's a bait and switch scam. Check the rating from the site Mr. Mark Boyer recommended. When you order on-line, everything works, they take your money only to follow up with an email the NEXT day about not having the item you ordered in stock. They want you to call them. When you call them, they will tell you bunch of reasons as to why they are not in stock. Everything from, it's a non USA model, it has no CMOS sensor and you have to send it to Canon to have them install it for 800.00 more dollars. Then they tell you, since you have already put your order in, they can send you a complete camera for the same price as everyone else or wait 8 weeks for a refund! Stay away. Good luck v/r Buffdr
     
  19. I attempted to buy a Canon A650 IS from a web dealer with a price that appeared to be by far the best available. They required a phone call to complete the deal, even though it was ordered through their website, during which a salesman tried to sell me an elaborate package of accessories for over a $100. I said no thanks and he politely said he would process my order. A few minutes later I received an E-mail stating that my order had been cancelled, no reason given. So apparently the price was too good to be true.
     
  20. B&H, Amazon.com or Adorama. Avoid those no name places because the money saved is not worth the headache/heartache later.
     
  21. Army / Airforce - AAFES.COM with a 15% internet coupon, $2166.
     
  22. Helen,
    I looked on the adorama site and couldn't find any refurbished 5d MKII, do you have any in stock? Please e-mail me I'm interested in possibly purchasing kayenglishphoto@gmail.com
     
  23. AAFES.COM as a federal employee, I've already been using the aafes.com, and it's wonderful. Can't find the 15% coupon. can you tell me where?
     

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