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Are used DSLR's kosher or verboten?

Aside from the usual cabeat emptor stuff that goes along with purchasing used complex electronics (not to mention eBay in general), any particular thoughts on wisdom of buying a used DSLR? I notice some listings on eBay mention the number of "actuations"--- is this a valid stat for gauging the use of the camera?

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Yes

I know that the xxD(40D,30d, etc) from Canon have approximately 100,000 shutter actuation life. The lower cameras do not show the actuations unless you send them into Canon. The replacement of a shutter is about the same price as a cheap used DSLR. I think the Rebel series are rated at 50,000, but I'm not for sure.

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Used DSLR

In reply to: Are used DSLR's kosher or verboten?

Many people like to have the latest version on a camera.
They sell the old camera and use the money to buy the later model.
So there are always good used cameras available.

Some people also try to sell old broken cameras.

The problem is to know which are good and which are bad.
Who can you trust?

Some camera stores (brick and mortar type) buy and sell used cameras.
There you have the advantage to hold the camera in your hands.
They usually provide some type of warranty.
That is a good place to look.

As far as "actuations".
There seems to be a consensus that the camera maker can access the true number of actuations from a camera.
But how that is done seems to be an unanswered question.

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Good to know

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Sounds like its just like all the other things where I just have to be careful. Are there any big things to watch out for that I can check during a physical and functionality inspection at a camera store?

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You should be fine

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The only time you will have a problem is if it was used by a pro. They use their equipment much more than the average person, so an entry level camera should be OK.

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That makes sense

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I wasn't thinking of that (I was more worried about abuse to the camera, but certainly pro use will take its toll as well).

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