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Purchasing used C300 Mark ii

by Chris Orr
(Los Angeles)

Canon C300 Mark II

Canon C300 Mark II

Hello,

Not sure if you can give a clear answer on this, but I'm thinking of buying a used C300 Mark II with roughly 1,200 hours on it. I know that's a lot of hours for a camera body but I'm considering purchasing it because it's a good deal price wise. I do plan on getting it fully checked out by a camera house before purchase but,I was wondering if you thought that was a dangerous amount of hours for a body such as this? I know there are a lot of variables to consider, but would you consider buying a camera body such as this with over 1,000 run hour a risky proposition?

Thanks,
Chris


Hi Chris,

Thanks for asking about the value and longevity of a used pro Canon video camera, the C300 Mark II, with 1200 hours on it.

My super quick response is that I do not think that 1,200 hours is an excessive amount of wear on a dedicated video camera like the C300 Mark II, provided it was cared for and that the price is reduced appropriately. The longer answer revolves around whether you need to invest in such a high end camera as the C300 Mark II.

how you use the Canon C300 Mark II

The real question you may want to ask yourself is if you really need such a high caliber video camera for the type of video you're going to shoot. The type of video you want to shoot is what matters the most. For me, the video capabilities of the newest Canon DSLRs is perfect for the videos that I shoot. I am absolutely thrilled with the video I get out of my APS-C 90D for $1000. I've been wanting to upgrade the video I shoot and the 90D was the answer to my prayers. The focusing, the uncropped 4k, the 24 fps firmware update, and the 120 fps for slow motion videos.

With each new Canon mirrorless release, I've been disappointed, so for me , the 90D was perfect aa long as it's paired up with the right lens.

Chris, I don't know how much you can afford, the price you've found, how you want to use the C300 Mark II or what type of videos you intend to shoot, so it's tough for me to give you a great answer.

Let us know what you decide. I'll be curious to hear what you do.
Thanks,
Bruce

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