- October 11, 2017 at 8:16 am #26264
I was wondering what you have to say about buying a used dslr. Is it a good idea and where is a good place to buy them? I want a good camera but can’t spend just a lot. Thanks!October 11, 2017 at 8:41 am #26265
I might add something to this. What about used lenses too? 🙂October 11, 2017 at 9:08 am #26266
Definitely be sure you buy a used camera from a reputable source. A couple of good places to buy used are:
These stores carefully inspect and refurbish all their used gear before selling it, and if it does turn out to be a lemon, they have very good return policies and warranties. I would buy from either of these places in a heartbeat if I needed any sort of camera gear. They also have fairly competitive pricing. Obviously you’ll probably be able to find one cheaper on ebay, but you never know what you’re getting from ebay.October 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm #26269
Have you ever looked at Cragislist? Sometimes you can find almost new stuff for really cheap.
P.S.I should know I need camera stuff very inexpensive.😃October 12, 2017 at 5:18 am #26270
Nathanael & Samantha FrazerParticipant
Ezra Morley is absolutely right; the best, safest way is to buy from a reputable source such as B&H or Adorama.
That being said, most of our gear was bought used in person using Kijiji, our Canadian Craigslist equivalent. Buying used can be a great way to save money, but it can also be a great way to throw your money in the trash can. You really need to know what you’re getting into. There are any number of things you need to check. Bring your doctrine of total depravity and the noetic effects of the fall along when you look at purchasing used gear. People may tell you nothing negative has ever happened to it (such as being dropped, submerged, left out beside a volcano, etc) but there’s no guarantee.
With lenses, you’ll want to look for perfect cosmetic shape. Look over images of the lens on Canon’s sight or The Digital Picture, and become very familiar with what the lensshould look like. Bring your camera along and test out all the various features thoroughly. AF, IS, IS mode 2, Focus limiter, all at different focal lengths. Most importantly, bring a flashlight, and look through the lens in both directions with the flashlight shining through from the opposite side, to check for damaged aperture, dust, and fungus. Nikon has an advantage in that way, as you can work the aperture by hand. A little dust in the lens is no big deal but mould, mildew, or fungus are major problems Basically you can’t get rid of it. ever.
Camera bodies are more complicate yet. You’ll want to check all the cosmetics and functionality in a similar way to lenses, but you’ll also want to check out the sensor, both with some sort of magnification device, and with test images. Visually, you’re looking for any kind of spec, dirt, scratch, oil (especially Nikon), streak, line, or any other mark on the sensor. You then take shots of a white surface, out of focus, at f/22 to check for sensor marks, and dead pixels that way. Then again with a dark surface to check for locked pixels. Use a computer with ShutterCount on it to verify the number of shots taken with the device. Lower number is better. Shutters always fail eventually, to high a shutter count, and you’ll be having to change the shutter for a couple hundred dollars. Use a flash to test the max sync speed of the camera, again with a dark coloured surface. a bar at one side (top or bottom) means the shutter is slightly out of sync, and could indicate wear on the mechanism.
There are probably other things to check I didn’t think of off the cuff, but you get the idea: test out every aspect of equipment before purchasing it.
The last thing is: wait. It might look like a good deal, until another one comes up in better shape and a better price. Watch listings go up and come down for a while, so you know what the market value actually is.October 14, 2017 at 11:51 pm #26278
I always recommend buying new and from a source that offers some type of warrantee or that has a good reputation unless you’re buying used from a friend ;). Buying used from criagslist or similar sites has it advantage as you save a bit BUT you really don’t know what type of “trama” or misuse the camera has been through with previous owners. To date, I’ve owned 6 dslr cameras and I’ve found B&H has always been fantastic to work with!
Hope this is helpful!!October 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm #26313
Thanks a lot.October 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm #26314
Is the Canon EOS 60d a good camera? Adorama has some used ones that are priced in my range. I am a little lost when it comes to buying a camera, so all this help is awesome!!October 20, 2017 at 4:03 am #26318
Nathanael & Samantha FrazerParticipant
We’ve been using the 60D for a number of years now, and it is a rock solid camera as far as it goes. Ours has seen all kinds of rain, cold, heat- you name it, (not a good idea, it’s not a weather-sealed body) but keeps chugging along. It’s been a great camera for us to learn on, as it has 90% of the features of much more expensive bodies.
If you’re going into shooting sports, birds in flight, or in a lot of low light situations, that camera has some limitations. Otherwise, it’s been great.October 21, 2017 at 5:21 pm #26364
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