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    Default Where to buy DSLR and how to buy used cam?

    Hi all,

    I'm gonna buy a D7000. May buy new or used, depending on price.

    If I wanna buy new, which shop do I go? Cos I've been reading and hearing that most shops quote different prices even from the same salesperson. It depends on who you know or who recommended you. I.e., name dropping.

    So in this case, anyone willing to share your "name" with the clubsnap community here, so we can get good price from particular salesmen from certain shops?

    And as I also mentioned, I may buy a used one.

    However, what should I look out for when I get a used cam? Scratches on body is ok with me, but what else should I check for? How to check?

    Greatly appreciate your help in advance.


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    I just got myself a used D7000 and checked a few websites on how to check the camera.
    Basically, you could just find detailed info online yourself, but in a nutshell:

    - Ask seller: How was it used? (e.g. hobby/pro), Why is he selling? (e.g. to fund new camera, no valid reason, etc)
    - Check buttons & connections (clean & presses well)
    - Check scratches on body
    - Check strap (if worn out at rings)
    - Check auto-focus (shoot @ near & far objects)
    - Check dead pixels (5 sec @ ISO100)
    - Check for dust spots (take white sky and later zoom into photo)

    - Check whether all items accounted for (same as written on golden box)
    - If warranty still applicable, check receipt and warranty card, or ask seller to email you a screenshot of his Nikon product warranties

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    dont forget to test flash and burst shot. Check battery condition also.
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    Where: We have a priceguides section for a reason.
    2nd hand: Discussed to death ad nauseum. Have you tried a search?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae
    Where: We have a priceguides section for a reason.
    2nd hand: Discussed to death ad nauseum. Have you tried a search?
    I've seen the price guide section. Isn't it quite dated? Especially on Nikons. Maybe I saw the wrong thread, not sure.

    I'd check the thread on ... Nauseum???

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    Quote Originally Posted by daniellcs
    I just got myself a used D7000 and checked a few websites on how to check the camera.
    Basically, you could just find detailed info online yourself, but in a nutshell:

    - Ask seller: How was it used? (e.g. hobby/pro), Why is he selling? (e.g. to fund new camera, no valid reason, etc)
    - Check buttons & connections (clean & presses well)
    - Check scratches on body
    - Check strap (if worn out at rings)
    - Check auto-focus (shoot @ near & far objects)
    - Check dead pixels (5 sec @ ISO100)
    - Check for dust spots (take white sky and later zoom into photo)

    - Check whether all items accounted for (same as written on golden box)
    - If warranty still applicable, check receipt and warranty card, or ask seller to email you a screenshot of his Nikon product warranties
    Wow. Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonrya
    Bring an experienced friend to help you check.
    Ya. I'd probably get my friend to help. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denniswong View Post
    I've seen the price guide section. Isn't it quite dated? Especially on Nikons. Maybe I saw the wrong thread, not sure.

    I'd check the thread on ... Nauseum???
    - Ya, you were on the right thread. Please note that it's not the responsibility of the mods/admin to update the price guide (neither do they owe CSers that). Also as stated, it's meant to be a guide and not a exact price of the [insert object]. If you want to know the price, call them or send them an email for quotation.

    - btw, Ad nauseam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Default Re: Where to buy DSLR and how to buy used cam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Denniswong View Post
    I've seen the price guide section. Isn't it quite dated? Especially on Nikons. Maybe I saw the wrong thread, not sure.

    I'd check the thread on ... Nauseum???
    if you find the price guild is dated, you should offer some contribution by sourcing latest info let the moderators know, this is how the price lists being updated.
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    catchlights, should we inform the mods (any mod?) or post new price as reply?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Photogenic
    catchlights, should we inform the mods (any mod?) or post new price as reply?
    I'm not sure if you can post a reply in that thread, Prince.

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    Why don't you just post it in this thread, while you update the mods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Photogenic View Post
    catchlights, should we inform the mods (any mod?) or post new price as reply?
    for some threads, you can post in it, but I don't suggest that, as it will make the thread very untidy...
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    just PM me the price info will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denniswong
    Hi all,

    I'm gonna buy a D7000. May buy new or used, depending on price.

    If I wanna buy new, which shop do I go? Cos I've been reading and hearing that most shops quote different prices even from the same salesperson. It depends on who you know or who recommended you. I.e., name dropping.

    So in this case, anyone willing to share your "name" with the clubsnap community here, so we can get good price from particular salesmen from certain shops?

    And as I also mentioned, I may buy a used one.

    However, what should I look out for when I get a used cam? Scratches on body is ok with me, but what else should I check for? How to check?

    Greatly appreciate your help in advance.

    If u r new in dslr, pls buy new set, or 2nd hand set with warrenty (pls no shop warrenty, thats as well as no warrenty). A lot of ppl selling junk out there, dun risk ur $. Unless u can afford not to cry over a lemon.

    Seller may not know their cam got dead ccd pixel, buyer may not know how to check properly. Most buyer just go for exterior look, as long as look new, they dun even bother to check. Worst u got a cam with intermittent problem and no warrenty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denniswong View Post
    I'm not sure if you can post a reply in that thread, Prince.
    Quote Originally Posted by SkyStrike View Post
    for some threads, you can post in it, but I don't suggest that, as it will make the thread very untidy...
    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    just PM me the price info will do.
    I see.. thanks for all the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miao View Post
    If u r new in dslr, pls buy new set, or 2nd hand set with warrenty (pls no shop warrenty, thats as well as no warrenty). A lot of ppl selling junk out there, dun risk ur $. Unless u can afford not to cry over a lemon.

    Seller may not know their cam got dead ccd pixel, buyer may not know how to check properly. Most buyer just go for exterior look, as long as look new, they dun even bother to check. Worst u got a cam with intermittent problem and no warrenty.
    Thanks, Miao.

    I'm also thinking of the same thing. All the hassle and may end up with some defects which I'd not know until a while later, cos I'm new to DSLR.
    Furthermore, unless I'm getting a discontinued model, the priced of a used cam is only slightly cheaper than a brand new one, which may not be worth saving.

    thanks!

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