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Bob O'Sullivan , May 03, 2009; 09:24 p.m.

I can't believe no one mentioned this yet. This is an very old scam from Brooklyn NY. I guess they are just starting to do it in China.

First they sell you a real 5D but with the battery, charger, and cables removed. Once they get your Credit Card Number, someone will call you and inform you that you need the "deluxe package" which includes those items but costs $6,000. Or, they sell you the pieces alacarte' like $2,000 for the battery and $3000 for the charger and so on.

Now here's the kicker, after they get your cash for the "should have been included" items, they sell your Credit Card Number to identity theives in Nigeria. Run,.....Run Away...

Arjen Schippers , May 04, 2009; 06:44 a.m.

It will be a fake. Please pay attention. Even google sidebars give links to scam sites.
The link to Anepax is listed as we speak.
Try : http://www.anepax-world.com/ ( it was www.entacdirect.com first)
And then try : http://www.futureshop.ca , the last ones are the real people.
They do not accept credit card and the verisign does not link to Visa :-§
Good luck but pay attention !

Bryan Weinstein , May 04, 2009; 09:42 a.m.

There are fake cars , why not fake cameras too?

Matt Brost , May 04, 2009; 10:11 a.m.

"There is a sucker born every minute". Pretty funny how most assume it is a real 5D MkII, or a copy that has the same capabilities. It may look somewhat like a 5D MkII, but it could have anything under the hood so to speak. I would be very suspect that it is a real 5D MkII. While it is a possibility that it is stolen. My bet would be that it is a knock off, where there is no real criminal implications for the 'source'.

I'd be interested in seeing it just out of curiosity of what could be passed of as genuine. I bet it would look fairly convincing and most would not be able to tell from just looking at it, unless they have handled the original a lot. I'd be interested in seeing if it could really take canon lenses, or how many mega pixels it really has. A lot of people would not know 5mp from 20mp, and would not know a canon lens from a knock off. Even then, a good con man can talk people into just about anything.

Save your money, unless $700 is an entertainment deal for you. And don't let your curiostiy get you into a bad situation.

Giampi . , May 04, 2009; 11:23 a.m.

OMG- now we are going to get posts about "I just bought a 5D MKII how can I tell if it's a fake?" please - there hasn't been ONE documented case of a fake Canon DSLR that I am aware. Why start these silly rumors?

G Dan Mitchell , May 04, 2009; 10:28 p.m.

OMG- now we are going to get posts about "I just bought a 5D MKII how can I tell if it's a fake?" please - there hasn't been ONE documented case of a fake Canon DSLR that I am aware. Why start these silly rumors?



Alan Cox , May 05, 2009; 12:04 a.m.

I've seen pictures of little keychain models of 5D MkII's. But $700 would be way over priced for them. Regardless, don't encourage anyone involved in shady dealings by giving them one dime. You can bet that any fake will not be as good as a real Canon for the same money. Get an XSi or if you need great resolution, put your $700 on a medium format film camera.

Radu Purcel , May 20, 2009; 12:42 a.m.

""is it a disguised nikon?"
Nah, there's no way you could make a Nikon look that good. :-))
Stolen gear is a good possibility if the "source" is a person. If the "source" is an on-line dealer, it's a rip-off scam. Either way, you lose...."

Oi vei, stupid me for not spending double just to do better landscapes. I merely went for a D300. :)
Heh, jokes aside, that's a scam or a stolen item. I've been looking for a "deal" for months ...until I bit the bullet, went into a store and bought a new D300, Nikon ..because Ogres don't like pretty cameras like Canon :p

Petra Paignton , Sep 07, 2009; 05:38 a.m.

there hasn't been ONE documented case of a fake Canon DSLR

I hope I've quoted what I'm replying to correctly...

anyway, I'm in NZ and visited a local pawn shop to see what they had. I was offered a Canon 400d which I was considering as a backup (I already own a 400d). I asked to look at it and give it a test, and noticed that it was set to L image quality. When I wanted to set it to RAW, there was no RAW setting available. So I grabbed my own camera to compare the various menus. The second tab in the menu was completely missing, in the first tab RAW was missing, and in the tab where you can lock the mirror up for manual sensor cleaning was missing (plus most of the other settings in that tab). I doubt that Canon released a version without all those features, so I'm guessing it's a fake?

I mentioned my concerns to the pawnbroker and he said he would look into it and get back to me. The serial number looked legit, and everything about the body looked legit - it was only in the menus that I noticed the discrepancies.

He had $NZ450 owing to him on the camera by whoever pawned it, and I reckon whoever owes the money got a good deal and the broker got scammed (he knew nothing about cameras and I had to explain to him the features that were missing).

I went very quickly from "yeah, maybe I'll buy this" to "no frikkin' way am I buying this, it's gotta be a counterfeit".

I'll go see him later in the week and see how he got on with Canon - and if he's either sold it or not been in touch with Canon, then I will be. I'll let you know the outcome.


Ricardo Sanchez , Sep 30, 2009; 08:59 a.m.

Hi, here is my situation got a Canon PowerShot D10, from a website that sell goods from Hong Kong (I found this after purchase) on opening the box I found:
- No Canon warranty
- Photocopy of the User Manual
- Cheap looking cables
- Box with Chinese and English writting
- No Genuine Canon logo Hologram anywhere
- Check the serial number with Canon UK they didnt recognized
- CD Rom different from the ones I have seen on the internet unboxing videos
So, product coming from Hong Kong and all those details, it is without a question a fake product, what do you think?
Send the product back, now waiting for refund

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