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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Canon 5D Mk. II - Serial number & Manufacture date


I want to purchase a Canon 5D Mark 2 body.

I have a serial number and would like to work out it's manufacture date.

I phoned Canon UK and was told that even Canon do hold the serial numbers! I know, but i managed not to laugh.


Is there any other i can trace the date or get any other info from the serial number?



Sep 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
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If the SN is rubbed off the prior owner probabl had sweaty mitts and didn't use the battery grip. Unlike some lenses, cameras are not date coded but you could surmise a ball park date by comparing SN 5D2 bought at debut in 2008 with later purchases (they seem to be sequential).


Sep 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Canon 5D Mk. II - Serial number & Manufacture date


Google is your friend

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=846051

Regards,
Jeroen



Sep 05, 2012 at 09:50 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Canon 5D Mk. II - Serial number & Manufacture date


Copied this from the link above:
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The first 2 digits may represent what month of the product cycle the camera was made.

For example;

Sept 08 -> 00
Oct 08 -> 01
Nov 08 -> 02
Dec 08 -> 03 [This makes sense with Luke Cerns serial number]
Jan 09 -> 04
Feb 09 -> 05
Mar 09 -> 06
Apr 09 -> 07
May 09 -> 08
June 09 -> 09
July 09 -> 10
Aug 09 -> 11
Sept 09 -> 12 [Makes sense with mine(Nerv) and dkim3202 serial numbers]
Oct 09 -> 13
Nov 09 -> 14
Dec 09 -> 15
Jan 10 -> 16
Feb 10 -> 17 [makes sense with aperkins serial number]
Mar 10 -> 18
Apr 10 -> 19
etc etc
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It also fits in my case: my first 5D II was purchased in 02/2009 and its serial number starts with 04 (produced in 01/2009). I purchased my second 5D II body in 03/2012 and its serial number starts with 37. With above calculation this would be a production date of 12/2011. Fits!

I believe that this allows clearly to see when the 5D II was manufactured!



Sep 05, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Canon 5D Mk. II - Serial number & Manufacture date


Jeroen Heus wrote:
Google is your friend

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=846051

Regards,
Jeroen


Thanks Jeroen, I had already post o that thread. Post 33 & 34 sadly disprove the sequential s/n numbering




"interesting....just got mine, a refurb, serial starts with 40, so January of 2012?
it had only 204 clicks on it...so, I guess it really doesn't matter, just makes you go "hmmm..."



"Same here. Just got mine new, two days ago, zero shutter clicks. Serial starts with 03. I bought from Buydig and I can't see them keeping this new 5D2 on the shelf for 4 years since 2008, or Canon not sending a new one out for that long. So I am thinking this theory is not right."



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My first 5D2 ser # began with 32 and was bought new in Jan '09.
My 2nd 5D2 ser # begins with 39 and was bought new in Jan '12.



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Last week I just bought a brand new 5D II that starts with #04 and it came with a June 2012 Canon USA Warranty card & June 2012 printed Instructions Manual. Great camera out of the box, well worth $1839 delivered.
Other than the serial number all seemed perfect, packaging's perfect, box was brand new as was the camera wrapping. Didn't appear re-wrapped or repacked. I'm satisfied its a newly made 5D II that does not fit the serial number/build code observation.

My first 5D II bought last November 2011 does fit in with the first two serial numbers=build code observation, including the print date on it's Canon USA warranty card and instructions manual.




Sep 06, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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Mr.Lindy wrote:
Last week I just bought a brand new 5D II that starts with #04 and it came with a June 2012 Canon USA Warranty card & June 2012 printed Instructions Manual. Great camera out of the box, well worth $1839 delivered.
Other than the serial number all seemed perfect, packaging's perfect, box was brand new as was the camera wrapping. Didn't appear re-wrapped or repacked. I'm satisfied its a newly made 5D II that does not fit the serial number/build code observation.

My first 5D II bought last November 2011 does fit in with the first two serial numbers=build code
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What firmware version did the 04-camera had when you received it out of the box? If it had the latest firmware and it wasn't a refurbished model, then this really makes the number system questionable.



Sep 06, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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Firmware on serial #04 is 2.1.2 bought late August 2012 as new, not a refurb with June 2012 print dates on manuals & warranty card.

Firmware on serial #37 is 2.0.9 bought mid December 2011 as new, not a refurb with Sept 2011 print date on manuals & warranty card.

I've not updated either firmware.

Canon issued newest 5D II firmware version 2.1.2 on Feb 28th 2012

Here's canonrumors take on newest 5DII firmware:

http://www.canonrumors.com/2012/02/5d-mark-ii-firmware-2-1-2-update-not-too-exciting/

From Nov 13 2011, 5D II firmware 2.1.1 info:

http://www.canonrumors.com/2011/11/5d-mark-ii-firmware-2-1-1/

From May 29 2011 5D II firmware 2.0.9 info:

http://www.canonrumors.com/2011/05/firmware-5d-mark-ii-2-0-9/

Maybe Canon reset the first two digit build month serial number with firmware 2.1.2 ?
That
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Sep 06, 2012 at 01:00 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Canon 5D Mk. II - Serial number & Manufacture date


Mr.Lindy wrote:
Firmware on serial #04 is 2.1.2 bought late August 2012 as new, not a refurb with June 2012 print dates on manuals & warranty card.

Firmware on serial #37 is 2.0.9 bought mid December 2011 as new, not a refurb with Sept 2011 print date on manuals & warranty card.

I've not updated either firmware.

Canon issued newest 5D II firmware version 2.1.2 on Feb 28th 2012

Here's canonrumors take on newest 5DII firmware:

http://www.canonrumors.com/2012/02/5d-mark-ii-firmware-2-1-2-update-not-too-exciting/

From Nov 13 2011, 5D II firmware 2.1.1 info:

http://www.canonrumors.com/2011/11/5d-mark-ii-firmware-2-1-1/

From May 29 2011 5D II firmware 2.0.9 info:

http://www.canonrumors.com/2011/05/firmware-5d-mark-ii-2-0-9/

Maybe Canon reset the first two digit build month serial number with firmware 2.1.2 ?
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Thanks - I have no better explanation. A reset of the number system is possible, and maybe others made the same experience, too. Interesting, still!



Sep 06, 2012 at 04:57 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Canon 5D Mk. II - Serial number & Manufacture date


Just purchased new 5D II last week of July 2012, S/N starts with 03 ...........


Sep 06, 2012 at 06:26 PM





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