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    Hey guys, i've got an offer for a brand new canon EOS400d, besides the receipt that he is providing, how do i check that the cam is really brand new?

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    It depends what you meant by brand new. If the model has been shown to another customer to view and touch. Do you still consider it as "brand new" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdEvA View Post
    Hey guys, i've got an offer for a brand new canon EOS400d, besides the receipt that he is providing, how do i check that the cam is really brand new?

    Thanks

    Try to find out the shutter count. If it shows nos, then something is wrong. I have experienced 1 uncle tried to smoke me about brand new camera. When I ask him for the shutter count, he knows he cannot bluff me further and he back out.
    Last edited by tengcc; 17th April 2007 at 09:56 AM.

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    sniff sniff. it has a brand new smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbeng View Post
    sniff sniff. it has a brand new smell.
    haha, thats a funnie one..

    hm as for the shutter count, where do i download the program to check?
    with the program, i juz need to connect the cam thru data cable to my laptop right?

    edit: hmm i read that the Eos400d's shutter count cant be checked through software? so i'll have to bring it to canon to check it? am i right?
    Last edited by wdEvA; 17th April 2007 at 10:53 AM.

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    Default Re: how to check that DSLR is brand new?

    AFAIK, the shutter count does not mean anything for the consumer series. You can check for wear and tear in the common areas, like the hot shoe, corners of the camera, light scratches on the lens mount, etc. Check the area above the mirror for dust. Stuff like that.

    You can tell it's relatively new, but very hard to confirm 'brand new'. Even one fresh from the factory may have gone through a few QC operations.

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    when i try a brand new (100&#37 camera.. when u first switch on the camera.. u r required to set the time n date..
    used Nikon, Canon, Panasonic n Oly.. now Fujifilm

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    I am trying to find this out too.... when i first tried to transfer my pics from the CF card in my cam to the computer, it auto generated a folder named 992, then 993, .... shouldn't it start from 001??
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    Quote Originally Posted by tengcc View Post
    Try to find out the shutter count. If it shows nos, then something is wrong. I have experienced 1 uncle tried to smoke me about brand new camera. When I ask him for the shutter count, he knows he cannot bluff me further and he back out.
    i second that, canon shutter count can be check @ cSC using their software @ 20SGD each check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xunjas View Post
    i second that, canon shutter count can be check @ cSC using their software @ 20SGD each check.
    Suck blood!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yehosaphat View Post
    Suck blood!
    Agree!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yehosaphat View Post
    Suck blood!
    Quote Originally Posted by ST1100 View Post
    Agree!
    wad to do.. hai..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ykgen View Post
    when i try a brand new (100%) camera.. when u first switch on the camera.. u r required to set the time n date..
    you can dun set ma, next time on also ask for same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST1100 View Post
    AFAIK, the shutter count does not mean anything for the consumer series. You can check for wear and tear in the common areas, like the hot shoe, corners of the camera, light scratches on the lens mount, etc. Check the area above the mirror for dust. Stuff like that.

    You can tell it's relatively new, but very hard to confirm 'brand new'. Even one fresh from the factory may have gone through a few QC operations.
    For me, shutter count is a living prove to show how many times the shutter was pressed. The seller cannot be telling you he took about 1k pictures just for testing. No such thing as trigger happy. Of course, wear and tear is another important aspect to consider.

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