Questions tagged [used-equipment]

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

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Should I expect a new-to-me large-format shutter to require maintenance?

I recently bought my first large format lens, a Fuji 180mm with Copal No. 1 Press Shutter, for about $180. The lens is great, but the timing mechanism of the shutter can be heard seizing up for speeds ...
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What should I be careful about while buying used mirrorless camera and lenses?

I am interested in purchasing a new mirrorless camera. I am new to photography but am quite interested in pursuing it. I have used a super-zoom for a while on priority modes and occasionally on manual ...
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discarding Kodak Carousel trays

I am going through MANY old family slides, editing with extreme prejudice, and scanning. I'm going to have nearly 100 empty Kodak Carousel trays (both 80-slide and 140-slide varieties), and I'm not ...
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Are there specific things I should look for when evaluating a used tilt-shift lens?

I'm considering a used tilt-shift lens and I want to make sure I give it a good looking over before I decide whether to buy it or not. I've never used a tilt-shift lens before, and I think it takes ...
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New camera body or new lenses? (Have canon 350d) [duplicate]

So I borrow this camera from my mom who likes photography, but doesnt use it anymore. Its a Canon 350d. I've just started photography and quickly realise that i cannot crop that much without ...
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Does shooting video decrease the life of a DSLR more than taking photos?

I have read several posts here saying that one of the first things that breaks down on a DSLR is the shutter mechanism (because it is mechanical) I follow a facebook group of used camera sales where ...
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How to test if the shutter of a Canonet QL-17 is still working?

I want to get into analog photography and want to check if my dad's old Canon still works; especially if the shutter is still in working order (as that model seems to suffer from sticky shutter blades)...
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Canon 40D or 5D? [closed]

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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Should I avoid used lenses involved in video shooting?

When looking to get a used lens, I was told by a fellow (amateur) photographer to avoid buying lenses involved into video shooting. He didn't gave any explanation and left before I could ask him. ...
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How long is the range of Canon ST-E2 speedlite transmitter in practice?

I just ordered a used but working Canon ST-E2 speedlite transmitter because it was so cheap that it cost practically nothing. However, the ST-E2 hasn't arrived yet. My flash has support for ST-E3-RT ...
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How will tiny scratches on rear element affect image quality?

I have found a rather cheap Mamiya G 50mm f4 lens on ebay that has some tiny scratches on the rear element of the lens. Now, I have done some research on how much such scratches could affect the ...
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Buying a lens with light haze?

I’m trying to build a full-frame DSLR kit on the cheap by buying used. When looking at old lenses on eBay (for example, the Canon 100-300 L), they are often described as having a low amount of haze. ...
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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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Do camera sellers ever fraudulently reset shutter counts?

Has anyone ever heard of a camera seller resetting shutter counts to make a camera appear newer than it actually is? Or change the shutter count to lie about it being replaced or refurbished? It ...
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Can I use adapters to mount Samyang lenses to my Nikon body?

I recently got two Samyang lenses at a second-hand store, so I don't have any boxes or documentation with them. The lenses I recently got are: Samyang AF lens 70-210mm 1:40-5.6, No. 846209 Samyang AF ...
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Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III vs EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

I'm using a Canon 75-300 III, the non-USM version, that came in a "kit" along with my Rebel T6. I like its reach, but the optical quality isn't great, even if you step it down a bit, and it takes ...
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Lens optic jumping between 17-24 on Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

I've bought a used lens and I would I am unsure if I should return it. An inner element visibly jumps between the 17-24 mark. It does not interfere with function or focusing. However, is this an ...
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What to check when buying used and old film bodies? [duplicate]

I saw an ad on a local site for a Minolta XD11, seemingly body only. The listing claims manual exposure works but battery operation has not been tested. The price is dirt cheap. What do I check for, ...
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What to look for in used spot meter

I'm shopping for a used 1 degree spot meter for film photography. There seem to be a lot available with a tremendous price range. Does anyone have suggestions for how to pick one? How much trouble ...
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Used camera's grip base has jutting rubber, is this serious?

I've recently upgraded to a bigger dslr (nikon d7100), which I got used. Never having owned a bigger dslr, I would like to know if the jutting part of the hand-grip base is some sort of damage or ...
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What are the disadvantages to using older Canon flashes today?

I'm looking to buy my first flash and I got to see a bunch of slightly older flash models that are no more in production. There's a shop in my town in which, for example, they sell Canon flashes like ...
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Why won't my Sigma 28-200 autofocus on my Canon EOS 500N?

Long time ago, I purchased a used body+lens: a Canon EOS 500N (entry-level film SLR), with a Sigma Aspherical 28-200mm 1:3.8-5.6 UC. I've used this camera a lot, it works great, except the lens doesn'...
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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 have 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 a Nikon F5.
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What are the white specks on this lens barrel?

Recently I got some used lenses most of which have some white specks on the barrel next to the focus and aperture rings. These lenses came from different sources and weren't stored in a same place. ...
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Canon EOS 750D or Nikon D5300, which one? [closed]

I've got a Pentax K30 and I'm looking to upgrade my equipment, the reason being is that I'm finding it hard to find accessories for the Pentax and I have been looking further afield. I've been ...
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Is a warranty really useful for DSLR?

I'm asking this question because I'm looking around for a second hand body. Is the warranty in a body's life expectancy really useful? I mean, do DSLRs often happen to need technical assistance? I'...
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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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Should I buy a used camera with a scratched anti-aliasing filter?

I'm considering buying a friend's old camera, low shutter count, around 13,500. But it has a scratch on the anti-aliasing filter. However I see that these parts are easily available online. Should I ...
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How long do DSLR cameras last?

A friend of mine, working on a company that sells clothing online, told me that the photographers there change their cameras quite often because their cameras wear out quickly due to the thousands of ...
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Online stores for second hand photo equipment in France

What are the biggest reputable online camera stores in France that offer used equipment for sale? Is there anything similar to keh.com either in France or in nearby countries (with affordable, ...
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adding nameplates or property tags to gear

How might I label my stuff (camera bodies, lenses, flashes) as belonging to me? I may want to sell the item again some day, so a sharpee is not a viable approach.
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Refurbished lenses from Nikon

I am interested in purchasing refurbished lenses from Nikon. From time to time Nikon will release some refurbished items, they are cheaper of course; but, how well can I depend on a refurbished lens?...
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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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. Such ...
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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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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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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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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 fatal ...
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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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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 ...