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What happened? Sold my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and buyer says images are not in focus

I can not imagine damage that would impact focusing without visible damage to the packaging or the camera. These things are pretty sturdy. you would have to damage the mirror or shutter box to really ...
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Buying a canon 5d Mark II with 120 000 shutter actuations?

I tend to equate shutter click counts with car mileage. To me, your question's equivalent car shopping question is: Would you buy a 2008/2009 used car with 120,000 miles on it for 1/5 of what it went ...
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Why don't my Canon EOS 600D vs 5D Mark II comparisons meet my expectations?

You expected it to be better because people tend to think, bigger = better. People talk about how great full frame is without understanding what is really different, and your expectations are too ...
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Depth of field preview button on Canon 5D Mark II

With many of Canon's advanced series of DSLRs (e.g. 5D Mark III, 7D Mark II), it would be possible that the Depth of Field Preview button has been remapped to perform some other function. But the 5D ...
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How to test my camera's hot-shoe without a flash at hand

Assuming your 5D is like my 70D: You can check the hot-shoe for "primitive" flash: you can measure the resistance between the side of the hot-shoe and the big central spot. Set the camera ...
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Using on camera flash in banquet hall with high ceilings

I have not shot manually... but this is not the time or place to try and rectify that. Well, it kind of is, because setting exposure manually will give you the best chance to get the shots you want. ...
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Will leaving the battery in my Canon 5D Mark ii while it is off use any battery?

First, we need to understand that your battery will lose some of its charge even when stored outside of your camera. This is what is referred to as "self discharge" or "shelf life." Rechargeable ...
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How do I get a Canon 5D Mark II to work with Magic Lantern on cards that now fault after a too-quick CF card removal?

About the only thing you have not tried that might help is to update/reinstall the firmware for your 5D Mark II. The last version listed at Canon USA's support page for the 5D Mark II is version 2.1....
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Is the Canon 5D Mark II still a great camera in 2016?

I've taken some great images with my 5D Mark II. But I've also taken some great images with a Rebel XTi/400D. I've also found that it is easier to get great images and to get more of them in certain ...
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Canon 5D Mark II died

It sounds like some kind of issue with the digic chip itself. Since things were working after the install of ML for a while, I doubt ML was the source of the problem. I don't know if it is the ...
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Why don't my Canon EOS 600D vs 5D Mark II comparisons meet my expectations?

You're comparing an older (2008) full-frame camera to a newer (2011) crop body, so if you expect an improvement by moving backwards a generation, you're probably in for some disappointment. If you ...
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Using on camera flash in banquet hall with high ceilings

Sounds like a tough situation! A few things to consider... Shooting in Av may be challenging with default settings as the camera will try to expose for the dark room. What you usually want is for the ...
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Cannot set up external Yongnuo flashes with Canon 5D Mark II

The YN-560 series are manual only flashes, so they don't support things like TTL or High Speed Sync, which is what you need to shoot above the camera's sync speed. The 5D Mark II's flash sync speed is ...
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Why don't my Canon EOS 600D vs 5D Mark II comparisons meet my expectations?

You're using a 50mm f/1.8 at f/1.8, which is well known to be very soft wide open. If you want to compare the resolution limits of each camera, you need to use a lens that isn't softer than what ...
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On shutter priority mode and the Fstop won’t change and constantly getting dark pictures

Sounds like you have a ƒ/1.8 maximum aperture on the lens. The camera would like to make the exposure brighter, but that's as wide as the lens's aperture will go. The problem is the scene you are ...
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Shutter activates when manual focus is achieved. How?

The 5D MkII does not support this natively, as far as the manual says. You possibly have Magic Lantern installed. The easiest way to check this is to press the trashcan button while in Live View mode. ...
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What happened? Sold my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and buyer says images are not in focus

The most possible reason is that the buyer tries to trick you (and he has all means for that). Maybe he wants to return the camera because of better option. Maybe he wants a refund. Maybe he wants to ...
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Is the Canon 5D Mark II still a great camera in 2016?

The 5D2 is still as great a camera as it ever was. Rent it. Try it for a couple of days and see how it works for you. You can find all of its features, both praised and hated ones on the internet. ...
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On shutter priority mode and the Fstop won’t change and constantly getting dark pictures

Your lens' widest opening is probably f/1.8. It can't open any wider to let more light in. It's already as wide open as it can go. If you have selected an exposure time ("shutter speed") ...
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Used Canon 5D Mark II - Alternate model to upgrade to full frame?

It's a good camera, but if he intends to shoot sport or any other fast action, I would suggest that he looks elsewhere. This camera has pretty mediocre AF system.
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Should I upgrade from a Canon 550D to a Canon 5D mark II?

... have been using the Canon550D all along. I love it Well take it from me, if you like using a 550D, you'll probably hate using a much bigger and heavier 5D2 (and bigger and heavier lenses will be ...
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Hahnel remote fires Canon 5DMk2 + Elinchrom lights, but how to simultaneously fire a Mamiya RZ?

Can't use use the same hardware? The RZ should have a flash port, which means you could put another transmitter on it. The sync (if it's a full blade or curtain, I don't know which you have) you'll ...
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Focus selection button not working

The AF Mode (One Shot AF, AI Focus AF, or AI Servo AF) can only be selected in the P, Tv, Av, M, or B exposure modes. In the CA, and Auto (green box) exposure modes the camera sets the AF Mode to AI ...
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Can I use continuous shooting (burst mode) while on self timer with a Canon 5D Mk II?

No, it is not possible. That is because to use the self timer you must select one of the two Self-timer drive modes. To shoot bursts you must select the Continuous drive mode. You may only select one ...
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Lens

Focal-length-wise, a 15–85 EF-S lens is like a 24–136 on a full-frame camera, if such a beast existed. So if your goal is to match that field of view, the closest equivalents are the 24–105L (or L II)...
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Will leaving the battery in my Canon 5D Mark ii while it is off use any battery?

Two weeks? You have absolutely nothing to worry about. The only time this is a concern with Canon DSLRs is if they have GPS and it is left on. If your model does have GPS, even with the camera off ...
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How to improve sharpness and white balance

Lighting. The top photo is in open shade, so you get a fairly even light with soft shadows. The bottom one is in direct sun, giving much brighter highlights and stronger shadows. Look at the ...
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What happened? Sold my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and buyer says images are not in focus

ask them to check diopter setting on the viewfinder - most often its very small wheel-button ,right next to it, usually marked with +/- ... they could be unaware of changing the setting and therefore ...
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Can I use continuous shooting (burst mode) while on self timer with a Canon 5D Mk II?

There is a way to fire off 3 exposures in self timer but it is a bit of a "work around'. If you use Auto Exposure Bracketing along with the Self Timer, the camera will fire off 3 exposures in quick ...
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Why is my 5D Mark II not firing? Everything else works great

Try assigning shutter function to a different button and see what happens (5D mk2 allows it IIRC). If it works, your shutter button is broken.
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