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    Default Things to take note of when buying a 2nd hand DSLR

    Hello I'm buying a 2nd hand one to see if my interest will last, and I need some tips. I asked my friend and he's not too sure, he said mold...

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Things to take note of when buying a 2nd hand DSLR

    Yes, the search button. We have several threads about this.
    Alpha

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    Default Re: Things to take note of when buying a 2nd hand DSLR

    I happened to know a great website for this.

    google.com

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    Default Re: Things to take note of when buying a 2nd hand DSLR

    Quote Originally Posted by gameboyz View Post
    Hello I'm buying a 2nd hand one to see if my interest will last, and I need some tips. I asked my friend and he's not too sure, he said mold...

    Any ideas?
    Its a hit and miss thing.
    JUst watch out for the sensor dust and user marks. Everything else, leave it to fate. =)
    D3s / D3x / 18-55 f3.5 - 5.6 / 55-200 f3.5-5.6 / 50 f1.8

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    Default Re: Things to take note of when buying a 2nd hand DSLR

    Quote Originally Posted by gameboyz View Post
    Hello I'm buying a 2nd hand one to see if my interest will last, and I need some tips. I asked my friend and he's not too sure, he said mold...

    Any ideas?
    what rashkae said.

    but off the top of my head

    1) visible cosmetic marks that suggest a drop, rather than wear and tear - dropping is a problem because you could end up with problems that will only reveal themselves later on

    2) cosmetic damage that you cannot stand

    3) corrosion on all metallic parts, i.e. battery connectors, etc

    4) whether camera can turn on

    5) whether viewfinder is smudged

    6) whether maximum fps, if you care about it, is working fine

    7) whether the timing for long exposure and shorter exposures is working fine

    8) whether can read media and write to it properly

    9) whether popup flash is working, if you care about it

    there are also problems that you cannot check for on the spot, that will only surface after a while, i.e. battery problems.

    so my advice is to, get a 2nd hand dslr with warranty still valid (based on receipt, not based on what sai empty warranty card)

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