When I bought my first Canon FX on eBay, it came with various undisclosed cosmetic faults. After some negotiations the seller agreed to a partial refund, so I kept the camera. And when another FX turned up - also faulty, but this time promptly described - I bought that one, as well. Since the damages on the two cameras were at different places, my plan was to match up the good bits and make one perfect camera from the two. What can be simpler? A great plan, don't you think? Unfortunately, there was an unexpected catch...
The camera, which was in a substantially better condition had a crooked lens mounting flange. It was beyond repair. Never mind, I thought, I just replace it with the one from the other camera. But, when I opened up the two camera fronts, I was up for a surprise. Here is what I found:
Unfortunately, the two mounting flanges are not interchangeable. Notice the difference in the shape of the (black) upper part of the camera bodies and the recess on the flange of the second camera.
I have not given up, though. As they say, if there is a will there is a way. But, I found it rather curious that such differences could exist in two instances of the same camera model.