A few months ago I featured a hot deal on the Nikon D750 DSLR camera being sold by a reputable ebay seller. Today Canon users can get in on a similar deal. Right now you can save $700 on a brand new flagship Canon 5Ds on Ebay. The seller is the same one offering the D750, and we have received a ton of thank you emails from readers who took advantage of that deal (we bought 5 ourselves). You can read more about this deal below.
The Canon EOS 5Ds is currently the highest megapixel DSLR camera out on the market. Canon users can finally capture super high resolution image quality similar to the recently dethroned Nikon D810 camera. Some of you are probably thinking "if this deal is too good to be true, there must be a catch, right?" The catch is that while this camera is a 100% genuine Canon 5Ds, it is being sold as a gray market camera.
What does it mean to be gray market? Basically this camera was more than likely stocked in Japan and now being sold anywhere in the world. That means it's exactly the same camera, the same quality, and coming from the same production line. However, in many cases, these cameras do not hold their own limited US Canon warranty. These limited warranties protect you from anything defective from the manufacturer but that is about it; they do not cover any sort of accidental abuse or neglect you have caused by actually using the camera. In my experience, most cameras that need maintenance are almost always because of something the owner has done to the camera themselves and therefore not covered under the limited warranty. In those cases repairs are still typically around $200 - $600 out of pocket depending on the problem.
The question comes down to whether or not the limited warranty is actually worth $700 to you. I personally have only had 1 single shutter blow out on a camera, and in total I have owned about 20 - 25 cameras in my 9 year career (I shoot Nikon so I can only vouch for their incredible craftsmanship, but Canon should be equally stout). Keep in mind, you will get a 1 year warranty from the seller that does cover any defects or issues with production should anything go wrong with your camera. For a camera that currently retails for $3699.99, this is an incredible deal especially if you are looking to upgrade one of your older cameras. If you want to read reviews from Fstoppers readers who purchased the D750 deal from this same seller, you can read them here from the post 4 months ago and a few more here from the post last week.