10 Things To Look Out For When Buying a Used DSLR

Buying a used DSLR?

In the video at the end of this post I focus more on lenses so I thought I’d write this quick post on 10 things to look out for when buying a used DSLR camera.

Buying anything used is usually quite daunting. House, car and even photography equipment. A lot of parallels can be drawn from buying a used car and photography equipment. Take for instance shutter actuations – they are in essence the mileage of the camera. As with a car high mileage usually means the engine has had a lot of wear and tear as has the interior and exterior of the vehicle. The same applies to DLSRs, this is why it is important to know what to look for when buying used. Here is a quick check list of things to look out for when buying any used dslr equipment;

  1. Try and get the number of shutter actuations for the camera, if they aren’t listed ask the seller.
  2. If the seller hasn’t a clue what your on about then just ask if the camera has a lot of use, many people are quite open if you ask.
  3. Ask if they have owned the camera from new.
  4. Why are they selling it?
  5. Are all the LCD screens scratch and mark free?
  6. Make sure the sensor has no dead pixels
  7. Do all the buttons on the camera work?
  8. Any significant marks or scratches on the camera?
  9. Is the viewfinder dust free?
  10. If  the camera has a built in flash does it pop up and work as it should?

Hope this helps you out, and keep shooting! Oh and if you like the video give us a thumbs up and hit that subscribe button!

Here is the original video from my youtube channel :


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