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    Default How can I test a camera without lens?

    I am looking to buy a used DSLR but I current have no lens for it.
    How do I test to make sure that the camera is a good set before I buy it?

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    I suggest you request for the seller to bring one to let you test it out. Also need to get memory card time try it out.

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    Default Re: How can I test a camera without lens?

    bring to service center is your best bid.
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    Wah your membership even more senior than Catchlights!!

    Ok to answer your question, you cannot fully test the camera without lenses because you won't know if the camera focus the lens correctly, does it meter and expose correctly, etc.

    Best is to buy a lens first but then how to test a lens without first having a camera body?

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    Default Re: How can I test a camera without lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_X View Post
    I am looking to buy a used DSLR but I current have no lens for it.
    How do I test to make sure that the camera is a good set before I buy it?
    Get a lens of verified good working conditions from a friend, or better bring both: lens and friend. If seller brings a lens you could run into issues where you cannot safely point to the root cause.
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    Best ask seller to provide you with a lens +/- memory card to test out.
    Next best you bring a friend along with the necessary barang2 to check the body.

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    Agreed with shierwin.

    The usual things that we check for the 2nd camera.

    1. body any damage or ?
    2. Build-in flash working
    3. Any dusts or ? on camera sensor by shooting again a plain white surface and zoom in and review the pictures for any dust or ?

    Good luck for your 2nd hand camera shopping.
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    Just to add, check that the memory card slot/battery slot isn't corroded too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_X View Post
    I am looking to buy a used DSLR but I current have no lens for it.
    How do I test to make sure that the camera is a good set before I buy it?
    This also must tell you what to do
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe View Post
    This also must tell you what to do
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    Probably TS just wanna know if it's possible to test the camera w/o a lens. If it's not possible, he may knows what to do next. Right now, just need one hero to stand out and say "Not possible".
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    sounds like a trick question. I think its not possible to test properly without a lens.

    Its as good as having the body and lens but no battery!

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    For me, if I don't, I will request the seller to bring his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighTone
    For me, if I don't, I will request the seller to bring his.
    If seller "forget" just walk away
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    so....without a lens..you buy the dslr for ****?

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    a camera is not one without the lens.. so you can't test a camera without lens.

    even in insurance policies they deem a camera = body + lens for interchangeable lens systems.

    oh well, what I know is usually if you let the seller know you don't have a lens, they will borrow you one.

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    Ha ha can anywhere you can test with the body cap and capture on blackground and check with wether the LCD have died pixels or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fudgecakes View Post
    If seller "forget" just walk away

    Well, for me probably yes, I have already made known that I don't have a lens, so if the seller committed but forgot to bring his. I can't really test it, will call off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demoner View Post
    so....without a lens..you buy the dslr for ****?
    I do know of some who buy the camera 1st, store at home, and slowly as they bump on some good deal, will buy lenses later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighTone

    I do know of some who buy the camera 1st, store at home, and slowly as they bump on some good deal, will buy lenses later.
    well i did it as what you have mentioned.

    1. buy a second nikon camera with a friend came to help to check. and i bought a lens 3 week later.

    2. another occasion. i bought the m43 lens when waitin for m43 body from an oversea purchase
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