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My 35mm SLR disappeared twenty years ago and, not able to afford another one, I have made do with point-and-shoot digital cameras. They enable me to take snapshots but are limited in what they can do. I yearned for a good DSLR.
Canon has been transitioning to a 10-digit lens serial number (starting in 2008 with the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens ) and ending the inclusion of a separate manufacturing date code. While date codes and the shorter serial number are still found on some lenses manufactured as late as 2012, this inclusion will likely end completely.
Just picked up my 5dII, and sure enough, I see black dots out of the box. At iso 400 and iso 6400, with a 50/1.8 and 85/1.2L II. I took a few dozen shots, and they are easily duplicated.