Grey Market Deals: 5DsR $2155, 5Ds $2069, 1D X II $4699 via eBay

Grey market prices for Canon bodies are sinking to all-time lows — deals-all-year via eBay has the EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R, and EOS-1D X Mark II for some of the lowest prices seen yet. As they are not an authorized dealer, this is grey market, and a Canon USA warranty is not included.

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12 comments on “Grey Market Deals: 5DsR $2155, 5Ds $2069, 1D X II $4699 via eBay

  1. August 24, 2018 at 10:41 am EST

    Let’s hope the seller isn’t sinking to ‘all-time lows’. Kidding, of course. But any time I see the words: sinking to all-time lows’, I see a red flag. Anyway, buyers, good luck!

  2. Missy
    August 24, 2018 at 1:38 pm EST

    I want to put in a word for Deals-All-Year – They had the 5D4 (import) at 2139 – and I snagged one. Got the call trying to sell me a USA model for $200 more, declined it, and very fast shipping(4 days) had the camera in my hands yesterday. A stellar deal I could not have afforded at normal or even street prices.

  3. August 24, 2018 at 2:16 pm EST

    I was only joking. Didn’t mean to disparage the ebay seller in any way. Was just making the point that when I see the words ‘sinking to all-time lows’ (I’ve never seen those in an ad before), I take notice. Those words should probably not be used in ad copy. That really was my point. “Hitting all-time lows” might have been better. Good luck!

  4. Dan
    August 25, 2018 at 1:49 pm EST

    “sinking to all-time lows” Two of Canon’s major competitors already have full frame mirrorless. I would unload all my Canon inventories too…

    1. August 25, 2018 at 7:34 pm EST

      I might, if they were able to capture juvenile Barn Swallows in flight.

  5. August 25, 2018 at 6:33 pm EST

    5DSR for under 2200. One of the sharpest cameras on the market, it adds a cancelation filter to disable the effects of the AA filter. Brings out the fine details in things, making it ideal for macro work as well as nature shooting. For portraits it is overkill, since you really don’t want this level of sharpness in portrait work, and the lack of an AA can lead to moire. Just wish it had better DR and frame rate. Maybe there will be a mkII at some point.

    1. August 25, 2018 at 6:47 pm EST

      Kevin, How about wildlife shooting?

      1. August 25, 2018 at 7:14 pm EST

        Mixed thoughts on wildlife shooting with a 5DSR. The cancel filter improves the sharpness of the fine detail in wildlife. Since the patterns that create moire do not exist in nature then this would be ideal. The high resolution also is great since you not only get sharper photos but you can crop more as well, something that is almost certain for wildlife shooting. But, the lack of burst (5fps) makes it far from ideal for birding. The lower DR also makes it harder to recover shadows. It really depends on what you shoot.

        From Canon, the 7DmkII might be a better choice since the crop factor is pretty handy for shooting wildlife with long lenses, as well as the 10fps, high buffer, excellent high ISO performance, and tough build quality. But it has an AA filter, something that other companies are leaving out of their wildlife systems (D500). The mkIII should be announced at some point here, and all other specs aside I am hoping they ditch the AA.

        1. August 25, 2018 at 7:37 pm EST

          Kevin, I think I’d agree with everything you said and carefully laid out, except one thing: the high ISO performance of the 7D II. IMHO, it’s not that great, and doesn’t compare to what what one can obtain from a full frame. Take care.

      2. August 25, 2018 at 9:50 pm EST

        I don’t want to argue about it, but there is a reason the 7DmkII was the choice of the sport and wildlife industry for years, and part of that reason was it’s high ISO performance. The info is out there. It has been surpassed by more recent models like the D500, but that doesn’t make what it can do bad. It still performs more than well enough for people that would like a camera for wildlife that is capable of getting more than they can out of cameras not made for shooting in that class. If it won’t work for you then I guess best of luck with whatever you end up with.

        1. August 26, 2018 at 6:52 am EST

          I’ve owned 3 7D II’s and shoot with one now with a 100-400 II attached. Great camera in many respects, but not great beyond, let’s say, ISO 1600. That’d be its limit, pretty much. Take care. Always enjoy your posts.

      3. August 26, 2018 at 3:34 pm EST

        Always nice to hear some real world feedback on a camera. I have to say I don’t have a 7DmkII, when it came down to it I got the 80D instead for price and I just didn’t need the specs of the 7D. For an APS-C camera it does pretty good, but as you pointed out before no APS-C can do as well in bad light/high ISO as a FF can. I know I have seen some ISO 3200 shots from 7DmkII that made me wonder “what?”, but then they were taken in really good light too.

        In any case thanks for the compliment, hope I was able to help you out. That is a pretty good price on the 5SDR, which I often refer to as the forgotten camera in the Canon line up. If you are shooting anything but birds and you have the reach to pull it off, it takes some wickedly sharp photos. I have heard people say they might even be too sharp, showing imperfections they never noticed, and that they had to up their shutter speeds to compensate. If you are good at anticipating your shot then it can probably be good for birds too, just not as good as a camera with more fps.

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