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What to check when buying used and old film bodies?

I'm not too sure about your mount questions, but I do collect working vintage gear. Here's what I do and look for... If applicable, bring a battery - There's really no excuse not to bring a fresh ...
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How long do DSLR cameras last?

If your friend is truly referring to photographers that take thousands of images per week, yes they likely will wear out the shutter in about a year or so. Note that the shutter can be replaced for a ...
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Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III vs EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

The 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM is a better lens than the 75-300 III. It is sharper, has better build, and most importantly has very fast Ring Type USM Auto Focus. It also has a non-rotating front element ...
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Buying a lens with light haze?

How bad is this? It depends. On what is causing the haze and how bad it currently is. The cause could be as varied as: fungus, lens separation (the glue holding elements together hardening and ...
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Should I expect a new-to-me large-format shutter to require maintenance?

Short answer, yes, this issue is expected. That Copal No. 1 is probably between thirty and sixty years old, and in professional service would have been expected to receive a CLA (Clean, Lube, Adjust) ...
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Used camera's grip base has jutting rubber, is this serious?

That isn't damage, it's the rubber flap that covers the hole where the cord for an external power source enters the camera. You'll find an illustration of how it works on page 311 of the owner's ...
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Refurbished lenses from Nikon

Generally (I can't speak for Nikon) refurbished equipment is used\broken\defective equipment that has been returned to a manufacturer. The manufacturer will then refit, clean, and repackage the item ...
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Found photography: what is the status of a memory card?

The default status of photographs is automatically that they're under copyright and unless you have some sort of license agreement with the person who made them, it would be illegal for you to publish ...
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Does shooting video decrease the life of a DSLR more than taking photos?

I think there is some urban myths regarding this, and that this has to do with the CCD/CMOS debate some time ago. CCD sensors really heated up so much that they cannot record video. The technology ...
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Does shooting video decrease the life of a DSLR more than taking photos?

I do not think that there is a good answer to this without knowing the exact camera model and how it was used. For example, shooting video might exercise the mirror and shutter less, but may cause ...
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What are the disadvantages to using older Canon flashes today?

Could slightly older models effectively have substantial differences with the newer ones? Yes. However, I'm concerned about some features they may not include; I'm not talking about pro-level ...
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Lens optic jumping between 17-24 on Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

I think the ball bearing has come out of position on the optical stabaliser (sounds similar to an issue I had). To get to it you need to strip down the lens to its bones to re-seat. Tried to do it ...
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Canon EOS 750D or Nikon D5300, which one?

There is actually very little difference between these cameras outside of their brand but that has an implication on what lenses you can have now and in the future, so you should read How much do ...
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Can I use adapters to mount Samyang lenses to my Nikon body?

If the lenses are not currently made to mount on Nikon DSLR bodies (i.e., Nikon F-mount), then no, you probably cannot buy an adapter to use them on your Nikon body. The reason for this is that Nikon'...
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adding nameplates or property tags to gear

I use a slightly different approach that I think is better. I simply take a photo of my contact information and leave it on my memory card. I keep one in the regular DCIM folder as well as one outside ...
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Key Points When Buying Used Camera-Body?

The primary concern is really the shutter count. If the camera was used heavily or will be used heavily, it will likely be the first point of failure and can be be replaced. It is arguably the most "...
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Should I avoid used lenses involved in video shooting?

Am I missing something? No. I don't think there's any good reason not to buy a lens which has been used for videography. My best guess would be that the person who told you this has misinterpreted ...
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Should I avoid used lenses involved in video shooting?

To answer directly, as asked, a lens that has a focus motor when used for video has a motor that is in operation frequently during video shooting while when used for taking stills the motor is used ...
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Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III vs EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

Everything in Mike Sowsun's answer is correct and I concur with his assessment. There is at least one additional consideration that sometimes gives a current lens such as the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS ...
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How will tiny scratches on rear element affect image quality?

The only way to know the effect of particular marks on lens elements is to take test images with different settings and lighting conditions. For this particular lens, I would expect the marks: May ...
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Key Points When Buying Used Camera-Body?

Just like buying anything used, what you're looking for is the age of the camera, and how much wear'n'tear or damage you're willing to trade for the discounted price, and how trustworthy you think the ...
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What should I look out for when buying a second-hand DSLR body?

Ensure you test the camera at its highest possible shutter speed. Try this in both single shot and multiple shot mode. Look for any darkening of the frame that could indicate the shutter is ...
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What's the easiest and safest way to sell photo gear?

First, figure out a reasonable price. No, wait: first, let go of any expectation that you'll get back close to the price you paid. That money is gone, time has passed, and people are excited about new ...
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How long do DSLR cameras last?

Nothing gets broken, but the shutter will wear out. If you take a look at DSLR second hand sales (like eBay) you will notice either the seller specifying the shutter count, or someone interested ...
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Refurbished lenses from Nikon

Depending on what the quality control is like for new lenses - most likely a few specimens are pulled off the line and tested - it's possible that refurbished lenses can generally be be more reliable ...
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Should I buy a used camera with a scratched anti-aliasing filter?

The part which has the scratch is UV and IR blocking glass - yes, it is quite easy to replace it in many cameras. However, you should be attentive during disassembly and assembly - do not neglect the ...
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Is a warranty really useful for DSLR?

It's a gamble. In most cases, you won't need the warranty — but in the cases where you do, you'd be sorry to not have it, because repairs can be expensive. If most cameras needed warranty repair, the ...
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Should I avoid used lenses involved in video shooting?

There could be a reason specific to a given lens model or series of models. Some video shooting situations could keep focus/zoom/aperture motors and the mechanics downstream of these constantly busy ...
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How to test if the shutter of a Canonet QL-17 is still working?

Yes, you can fire the camera without film. In general, your test with a film rangefinder/SLR would be to open the back, remove the lens, and cycle and test every selectable shutter speed. You’re ...
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