Buying used camera gear is a great way to save money and get a nice discount on a quality product. But it can also be a gamble, especially if you don’t know much about the item you’re buying. Here are some things to ask before buying a used camera.
- Does the seller provide you with an actual picture of the camera?
Most hobbyist photographers know that buying used camera gear can save you a lot of money, but if you’re new to the hobby, it can be hard to know what to look for when buying a used camera. When it comes to buying used cameras and lenses, it’s important to understand what you’re getting. There are a lot of scams out there, so it’s important to do some research in advance, ask questions, and be aware of some major warning signs.
When judging an eBay seller, you should always look for signs that the seller is trying to hide something or is being dishonest. If the seller does not include a picture of his or her item, is the item being sold “as is” or “as seen” even though the photos offered by the seller do not seem to be of the actual item? If the seller suddenly lowers the price of an item they’ve listed a few times but never sold, is there a reason why? If you have any questions about the items you’re considering, you should always contact the seller first.
- How many shutter actuations does the camera fire?
New camera releases are all the rage these days, but buying used gear can be a gamble. One of the biggest questions you should ask before you buy is how many shutters actuations the camera has. This is the number of times the camera has fired and captured a picture, indicated in the specs on a product page. If you can’t find the number, it’s a good idea to ask the seller.
Unlike most electronics, cameras need to be regularly serviced or replaced. The basic function of a camera is to take a picture of the world around us, but it also has to listen for the shutter button to be squeezed constantly. This is a complex process, and it’s the reason why most cameras need to be serviced at some point.
- You need to ask if the lens has any scratches or blemishes on the glass from the focus ring and more.
The lenses on digital cameras are prone to several issues, especially when they’re new. The user can detect two main problems: a blemish on the glass (which can be caused by a fungus, scratches, haze, or other imperfections) and a fuzziness in the focusing ring that can be caused by the same.
If you’re looking to purchase a new camera, you’ll want to know the details about its camera specs, but that can be harder to remember than the names of your children. The lens, for example, is important, as the sensor is only as good as its optics. The lens can typically be inspected for issues, but it can be hard to figure out how many “shutter actuations” the camera has fired. If you were looking to shoot a wedding and wanted to know how many times the camera was fired, how would you know?
- Are there any issues encountered?
Most sellers don’t bother to mention this bit of advice, and it is often overlooked. One thing to do before you buy is to check the condition of the battery and the shutter button. If they are sticking or don’t turn easily, this may indicate a malfunction and a need to return the item.
- Is the seller a reputable one?
Money-back is guaranteed when you buy from reputable sellers. This is an excellent way to protect yourself from buying from a shady online retailer. If a company cannot stand behind its product, you should be wary of its products. A growing number of online retailers offer a money-back guarantee, but this does not mean that you should accept the risk. A money-back guarantee only guarantees that you will get your money back for the product. It does not mean that you will receive the product on time. If a company cannot ship the product promptly, then the guarantee will be void.