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For questions dealing with the identification of, as well as recommendations for buying and selling of, used equipment.

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What should one look for when buying a used lens?

When buying a used lens, what should the buyer check? Other than looking for obvious physical damage on the outside of the lens, what else should be inspected to identify the condition or quality of ...
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How risky is to buy a used camera?

Obviously there must be some judgement (the seller, no visible flaws). But yet, is there a significant risk of buying something which will break in the next few weeks buying an used camera?
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What should I look out for when buying a second-hand DSLR body?

I'm considering buying a DSLR from a friend. I've read the used lens question elsewhere on this site, but I was wondering what I should look at on the body to assess the condition?
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Where to buy cheap UV filters online?

I like to be extra careful with my lenses, in the hope that I can resell them for nearly what I pay. To this end, I use UV filters as an extra layer of protection(in addition to my paranoia :P ). ...
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What's the right discount for used gear on Craigslist?

For example, I found a Craigslist ad offering a Nikkor 105mm f/2 D/DC for $800; on the other hand, the same lens is available from KEH for $890 — a discount of about 10% for Craigslist. What you give ...
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Where to buy used Nikon lenses in the USA?

What are some of the sites available for buying used lenses for the Nikon D-90 camera body? Do any specialize in Nikon or have enough supply to deeply cover Nikon lenses?
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How to rate the optical quality of a used lens?

I've read that you can examine a lens for scratches and defects by holding the aperture ring at its lowest setting and shining a flashlight through the lens. When I do this, however, a lot of stuff ...
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What's the easiest and safest way to sell photo gear?

I'm looking to make some upgrades in the next couple of months (new camera body, new lenses, new tripod); and will no longer be needing some of my equipment (old camera body, some old lenses). I'd ...
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What should I look for when buying a used or new camera via Ebay?

I'm looking at buying my first DSLR (Canon). It's a bit expensive in store (I've already picked the model) so I started looking on Ebay. Some people are selling still in box with warranty and some are ...
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How do I identify unknown thread mounts?

A local thrift store is selling a macro bellows with thread (screw) mounts. The mount is not identified. I have a cheap digital caliper. What are the likely mounts that it could be, and how can I ...
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What should one look for when buying a used film camera?

I'm planning to buy a used Nikon F5. I've no experience with a film camera and i want to know what all should one be careful of before buying a used film camera and more specifically an F5. Thanks.
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What to do with 2nd hand sale of a lens showing oil/moisture coming out of the focus ring?

I just bought a used Canon 28-105mm and when I got it in the mail there was some weird shiny substance, possibly like oil, coming out of the focus barrel. Without thinking I wiped it off because at ...