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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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'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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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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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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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?