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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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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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Is it worth keeping the original packaging for gear such as lenses and camera bodies?

Over the past couple of years I've accrued a small collection of original packaging for my gear (e.g. lenses, cameras, tripods, etc.) and while some of it is fairly easy to store, a lot of it takes up ...
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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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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 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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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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Tests to determine the condition of a used medium format camera

I am shopping around for a used medium format Mamiya RB67 camera to broaden my horizons outside of the 'work' photography I do with my Canons. When I'm looking at a used body what are some specific ...
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Where can I buy used photo studio equipment?

I am looking for a place to find used or inexpensive photography equipment like tripods, light stands, backdrops, ext.
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Key Points When Buying Used Camera-Body? [duplicate]

I'm looking to buy my first DSLR (Nikon D610), and was wondering what are they key factors to look for, when purchasing a used/refurbished camera? I've read through, Refurbished , and the answers ...
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Canon 40D or 5D?

I'm currently shooting with a 450D using mainly a 50mm f/1.8 and sometimes the kit lens, but am gonna buy a 85mm f/1.8 and a 35mm f/2. Thing is I want to upgrade my body as well as I found some rather ...
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Are there any major drawbacks to buying a used flash gun?

I'm looking to buy my first external flash to use on my Canon 350d (which I bought used — no problems). Most likely this will be a Speedlite 430EX II. Looking on Ebay, it looks like I can save over ...
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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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How much is condition worth in a used camera?

My D90 was stolen earlier this year; I want to buy another, because it seems to still be the cheapest modernish DSLR with a reasonably large viewfinder (in Nikon-land, at least). I can save some ...
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What could cause a totally broken focus mechanism?

When looking for lens bargains on eBay, I often come across lenses that have something like this in their description: Lens will not focus automatically or manually. For parts or repair only. ...
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Is it worth buying a 5D Mark I or an EOS 1Ds II today?

I've been taking photographs for a while, and have started to think about moving to full-frame. I'm on a very limited budget, but I currently have a good macro lens and am quite willing to buy ...
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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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How to prepare photography equipment for resale

I have a few older lenses that I'm thinking of selling. What are some essential steps in preparing photographic equipment (such as lenses, camera bodies, speedlights, etc.) for resale? Are there steps ...
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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 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 ...
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What should I look for in a second-hand DSLR with a nice long zoom lens?

I am considering buying a cheap second-hand DSLR with a nice long zoom lens (at least up to 200mm) for photographing nature in particular. I have a lovely Panasonic LX5 which takes great macro ...
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Is there a meaningful difference between Minolta cameras manufactured in China vs those made in Japan?

The price of a Minolta 35mm slr with lens (Maxxum HTsi, model no. 95804149) is given as 99 USD on Amazon. But I have seen people asking for almost as much (or even more) for a used one. They argue ...
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Is it worth getting third-party warranties on lenses?

I've just taken the plunge & ordered a refurbished Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 lens. Refurbished & on sale, it's still expensive -- about as much as my T1i + other lenses put together! I think my ...
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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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What are good websites to buy second hand/after market lenses?

Besides the obvious eBay and Craigslist, are there any good sites for second hand lenses?
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Can I use old camera accessories with a new DSLR camera?

I found a good price on a Rebel X. It comes with a flash and a couple lenses. Could I use those accessories with most new DSLR cameras? Would I be limited to Canon cameras?
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camera reliability [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How risky is to buy a used camera? I have been trying to find a better DSLR camera than I have. As I have read many consumer reviews, I find that there appears to more ...
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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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How about a Photography equipment Lending Business [closed]

Is photography equipment lending business seems to worth doing it?? If so what are the downsides in it? What are do's and dont's and the things to look out when starting a business like this? Will ...
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Found photography: what is the status of a memory card?

All of my CF cards are pre-used, as I mainly shoof film, it's not worth the cost to get new ones. However, some of them have photos from the previous owner; what is the legal and artistic status of ...
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Pentaprism viewfinder and used “pro” gear - really better for manual lenses?

I currently use an Olympus E-520 with an adapted Tamron 35-135 (manual lens from the '80s), and manual focusing is very difficult and hard to get right. Looking in the viewfinder, spinning the focus ...
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Where can I advertise camera equipment I'd like to rent out? [closed]

I have a decent array of camera equipment I'd like to rent out and am wondering the best place to advertise or any advice as to how to go about doing so. I already have insurance etc., so my main ...
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How many shots is considered “much” for Nikon DSLR body? [duplicate]

I'm into purchasing used DSLR Nikon body, and I see that number of shots advertised is anywhere between 5k and 250k. My question is, how much does this number relate to the overall quality and ...
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Is a used Nikon D600 at risk of problems with oil splashing?

Is it safe to buy a used D600? Did Nikon fix the oil splashing issue at all or is that something owners of D600 have to live with forever?
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What is a shutter actuations, and how is it relevant in purchasing a used camera body? [duplicate]

I am planning to take a secondhand DSLR Nikon D3200 camera. It says that it has less than 450 shutter actuations. I have no knowledge of this term: what is a shutter actuation? And is it a good ...
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Standard zoom lens recommendation [closed]

Am planning to buy a zoom lens for my upcomming trip.I have Canon650D and Tokina 11-16 lens with me .My clicks mainly involve landscape, architecture. I want to know out of the below lens which I one ...
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Is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS lens hard to sell because people would prefer the f/2.8?

I have been trying to sell my Canon EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L IS USM Lens for ages now, but no one seems to want it. Could it be because the f2.8 is a better lens and people would rather pay the extra and ...