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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New camera body or new lenses? (Have canon 350d)

Your mom's camera has 8 megapixels. The 18-55mm kit lens is about optimal for a 8 megapixel camera. No need to upgrade that lens without upgrading the camera body. I'll suggest you to get at least ...
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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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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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Are there specific things I should look for when evaluating a used tilt-shift lens?

Luckily for the buyer, tilt-shift lenses are manual-focus (at least, all the ones I've ever seen are), so checking focus is the same as any other old lens. That is, verify smooth focus and smooth ...
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Tips for buying modern used lenses

Not to appear to be a shill for the used equipment brokers, I have nevertheless long ago confined all my lens purchases to the likes of KEH, MPB, and UsedPhotoPro. They all provide a short no-...
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discarding Kodak Carousel trays

Goodwill does take the empty slide carousels
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discarding Kodak Carousel trays

It seems you've exhausted the possibilities of getting them re-used for their original purpose. So it's a simple rubbish-disposal problem. Talk to your refuse collector. Yes, it would be nice if ...
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What should I be careful about while buying used mirrorless camera and lenses?

Take a very thorough look at the sensor, using a magnifying loupe. Then take some images at different backgrounds and out of focus with the aperture fully closed. Focus to minimum focussing distance, ...
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What should I be careful about while buying used mirrorless camera and lenses?

About that lens choice That XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R OIS is a good choice as a first lens, even if you want to go full manual control. All fuji lenses with an R in the name have that aperture ring on the ...
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How long is the range of Canon ST-E2 speedlite transmitter in practice?

It works reasonably well -- much better inside because the light can bounce around to reach the flashes. Range really depends on whether flashes have line-of-sight to the ST-E2. I'd say 30-40 feet ...
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Buying a lens with light haze?

I'm going to take a different approach to this question for general use. 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 ...
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Is a warranty really useful for DSLR?

I have found warranty VERY useful, alas, original and added. I have had a $1000 lens go faulty in just over a year - an essentially minor but disabling failure. . Whether that is in original warranty ...
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Why won't my Sigma 28-200 autofocus on my Canon EOS 500N?

The lens is damaged. Either something is jamming the mechanism or the gears are stripped. Disassembling the lens would help in the first case but less so in the second. And it's not easy to get a lens ...
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What are the white specks on this lens barrel?

These are scratches and dings due to rough handling. They are probably just cosmetic defects. Likely the lens performance will be OK. These lens barrels are aluminum and the black is anodizing, a ...
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