How to Buy a second-hand camera

Most readers of our blog are people who love photography, beginners who want to step up to an SLR camera with good features affordable yet. So in these last weeks I have been publishing a series of articles intended to get close to the 5 biggest brands in digital photography, exposing the best SLR cameras in each case: Nikon, Canon , Sony , Olypums and Pentax . We have seen ranges, benefits and prices, but what if our budget does not yet reached the minimum price that a new SLR camera cost? Indeed .. What if our budget is very limited but our aspirations are HUGE?

How to Buy a second-hand camera

Yes, folks, you guessed it. If that is your case, the concept of “second hand” is presented as a very attractive option: the market for SLRs good chance there very good, very good quality for all beginner and advanced levels, especially with prices much more affordable.

If you have just purchased an SLR camera, do not worry, you made the right decision. While one can afford it a new camera is always better, but you can not afford a new or ye weighing more affordable alternative options we’ll see what things must be taken into account when making the best buy.

How to Buy a used camera / second hand camera

Step 1: Choose a camera

Indecision, uncertainty and be a little “lost” will make our purchase of one of the worst decisions we ever made. Do not complicate your life, forget everything and center yourself first to “discover” what is the camera you want. Think about the type of use that you’ll give, for what purpose you want it (professional or hobby), how many times you think you’re using, etc.. As said earlier, in articles I published here on the blog before you have a catalog available to you with the best best of the best SLR cameras. Already have chosen a camera head? Well, let’s go to step 2.

Step 2: Choose one of two, warranty or affordable

Depending on the country you live will have some other options to buy a used camera.

Option thrift shop:

In some countries there have specialty shops for sale of used appliances. The advantage of these sites is that you have the guarantee that the product is in perfect working condition. It provides you with a sales receipt, invoice, and a guarantee commitment in many cases up to one year. It’s like buying a new SLR camera, but cheaper, yes the same guarantees.

Particular option unknown:
Another option is to go to newspapers and websites and find the camera you want. We will price many results varied depending on the length of the camera and how much or little that they care. The clear advantage of this way of buying is that the price is much cheaper if you buy a second hand store (as in the previous option), you can find real bargains, but the security is virtually nonexistent. We speak of individuals who sell their houses after 3 or 4 years of use, and when you buy a digital SLR unknown particular, considerable uncertainty accompanies you. You spend whole days scared, thinking, “I have cheated? What if I damaged the camera after 2 or 3 shots?”.

Sorry particular option:

This is what I call the golden opportunity. Normally if a person buys a DSLR, the test and does not like, have a few days to return it and get your money, period. But sometimes, little truth, he spends a short time period but higher returns, and that the person who bought the DSLR, new, and can not return.

There are such cases. When this occurs, the person did not like the camera at all, either because they wanted something different, because they did not know it, or for any other reason, usually that person is selling, as in the previous option, to through advertisements in newspapers and websites ads. There is an unwritten rule by which any product purchased new money loses its value drastically just be bought. So if you are lucky enough to find one such opportunity, not waste it. This option usually combines an affordable price with a good warranty, since the camera was new and therefore still retain its original brand warranty.

To clarify this point I developed this little computer graphics where you can see the different options you have, the price of each option and the liability risk involved.

As you can see, the option to go to a store of new products and buy the camera there (or on their website) is the safest, which offers less risk but also the one with the higher price. Just then we have the option of a particular sorry you want to sell your camera, cases that occur rarely but it happens anyway. For me this is the right spot where they meet very low price and good warranty. Then there are other options for purchasing second-hand shop or buy an unknown particular an old camera. Both options are cheap but we are gradually assuming more risk in the purchase, because the product is already used and relatively old.

Step 3: Check the product

Here I am going to indicate what things you have to look at the SLR that we buy at the time of purchase, to make sure it is in good condition.

All items including:

items usually have to include the camera are: camera, at least one target (except if you sell only the camera body), camera battery, battery charger for the camera in some cases data transfer cable from camera to computer.

House in good physical condition, observe the outer body of the camera, we see that good, that no serious scratches or cracks at sides.

Lens in good condition, also should be noted that the target is good. This will check the optical lens looking out, making sure that is fine and has no rayajo, but another way to check is to shoot a photo or two and watched closely in case you notice any strange streak in the photo because a target scratched.

If the target is variable focal length (eg 18-55mm) is also necessary to turn the wheel of the focal length and see if it turns properly.

Buttons and controls in good condition: We check every single button on the camera (photo release, mode dial, wheel, auxiliary buttons, flash trigger, etc.)..

Auto and manual focus: In the end, locate the button that switches focus to autofocus and manual focus with the camera tried both options (auto and manual focus). Should work both.

Check the number of shots:

The digital SLR cameras are rated according to the number of shots (usually around 150,000 to 300,000 shots). It’s like the mileage of the car, when buying one should find out how many miles a car has traveled, and how many photos has made an SLR camera. This number can only be seen once made the last picture and the computer, looking at the photo’s EXIF data. This is something that is not always possible to verify at the time of purchase but at least they arrive home one can do one or two photos and look at this data.

Lens Compatibility Test:

if we have our goals we intend to use the camera, should bring with us so we can test them directly into the camera and see if they are compatible or not. So we save power later take a dislike to see that the camera and our lenses are not compatible

Step 4: Buy

Once checked all this, we can rest easy. There is still room for the camera is bad, but at least we have done everything possible to ensure we are making a good investment.

Beware of buying second hand. PLEASE if you can avoid it is always advisable to play it safer, though you have to pay a little more. But if there is no choice, a purchase of second hand can be equally successful as a new purchase. Simply follow all the steps and not neglect any detail.

If any have had the opportunity to buy a camera second hand, please share your impressions and opinions below in the comments.

Good luck, and happy shopping!

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