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    Default buying pre-owned/2nd lenses

    im thinking of buying a 2nd hand lens, what should i look for to make sure that it is in good condition. not that i dont trust the seller but i thought there is something some of us newbies are not aware of though.
    Nikon D70s, 18-135mm AF-S DX, 50mm f1.8

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    Default Re: buying pre-owned/2nd lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by wahoo View Post
    im thinking of buying a 2nd hand lens, what should i look for to make sure that it is in good condition. not that i dont trust the seller but i thought there is something some of us newbies are not aware of though.
    look out for fungus , usermarks and try shooting with the lens be4 handing the cash over
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    if it's AF lens, check to make sure the AF is working properly and can focus no problem.
    Check for scratch/fungus on the lens/elements
    try the manual focus clutch and ring, turn to see if they are smooth/no problem.

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    Default Re: buying pre-owned/2nd lenses

    Have a read on the following thread:

    http://forum.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=311048
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    Default Re: buying pre-owned/2nd lenses

    As a buyer or seller, when dealing with second hand lenses, I always bring along a reasonably high-powered LED flashlight. Especially if the deal is to be conducted at night. Makes it easier to conduct the checks as mentioned in one of the posts in this thread.
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