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Buying a used DSLR

by nessonva / March 19, 2007 9:09 AM PDT

I am in the market for a used dslr. Can someone give me some things to do when examining a used dslr?

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Does anyone have any advice on this subject?
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 20, 2007 12:35 PM PDT
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Since you can examine the camera, it must be a local purchase.

If you can contact the seller if you run into a problem, there should not be too much risk.

If possible, bring you own memory card (probably compact flash card) and take some photos. You can examine them at home on your computer before you buy the camera. You will need a card reader to get them into the computer. Or have your local photo processor service copy them to a CD for you.

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Buying used D-SLR
by hjfok / March 21, 2007 4:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Buying a used DSLR

Agree with snapshot2. Also test out all the functions of the camera, or ask them to show you all the functions and make sure they work properly. If the store happen to have a sensor scope, then you can also ask them to show you the sensor and the inside of the camera if possible at all. Damage to the sensor should be apparent when you take test photos, but at least you can see whether the sensor looks dirty and asks the camera shop to clean it before purchase (it can cost you $$ if you clean it after purchase). But take test photos again after they clean it, because sensors are very delicate and get easily damaged when being cleaned. There is other ways to check whether your camera sensor is clean enough, you can read this web article http://www.dmcphoto.com/Articles/SensorBrushes/

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