Jeff_56 wrote in post #16050190
I can think of a number of reasons actually. Yes you can buy camera warranties.
Right. Also, some vendors (e.g., KEH) include them with every camera they sell. It just depends.
I've had a few. I also know that cameras do have problems and probably the one thing the OP wants to avoid most is not having a camera when hockey season rolls around. If you have to send your used camera off for repairs you're going to miss pretty much the entire season. At least that was the case with the extended warranty plans I had.
Was that because it took them that much longer to repair the camera? Because obviously, if you have to send your camera in for repair, it's not going to be available to you whether it's new or used.
However, buying 2 used cameras at half the price (each) of the new camera takes care of this problem nicely. In fact, it takes care of pretty much all these problems that you refer to.
And I bought the best available at the time. Heck I think my old video cameras are still covered by warranty even though I haven't seen a thing posted about the company that sold me the warranty in a couple of years now. I stopped worrying about the cameras but maybe the warranty companies went out of business for all I know. At any rate with a new camera you are certain to have a working camera for at least 30 days unless you buy one at a really bad retailer.
That's true. Some used retailers have a return/exchange policy as well (KEH, again). In their case, it's 14 days, not 30, but even so.
You can return a non-working camera and get a new one and not have to worry about long waits for repairs.
Right. Make no mistake, I understand that there is value in that. It's all a question of your comfort level, the risk versus the reward. With used cameras, especially, you must deal with a reputable vendor if you're going to get any of the benefits we're speaking of here.
Also it's not always obvious that a camera has issues. Unless you really know how a camera works you might miss a problem with a camera.
That's certainly true, and a risk of buying used. How much of a risk it is depends on who you buy from, however.
Buying used is risky business. Sure mail fraud is a felony but try getting a postal inspector to take your case when it's just one person selling one piece of equipment. They won't do it. And don't count on a service like eBay. That's the biggest joke of all. I went to a board a lot like this one and bought a recorder that might as well have been a brick when I got it out of the package. Again I fixed it myself. Most people would never have figured out how to do what I did. And cameras are far more complex. And again a novice user might not even know they bought a defective camera for years if ever.
I fully agree, and this is why I tend to encourage people who are new at DSLR photography to buy used from a reputable vendor such as KEH, Adorama, or B&H.
Again my point is that the T3 is not a horrible camera. Most novices aren't going to even notice the difference in image quality. I've seen identical images from the two cameras (T3 and T3i) side by side and there just isn't that much difference. Yes there is a difference but sometimes other things take precedence especially when the difference in quality is slight.
I completely agree, especially as regards image quality. But that tends to favor the used equipment, assuming the buyer can deal with the issues raised above.
One more thing: not to sound callous or anything, but for most people, the camera they're buying, when they're first starting out in photography, is not mission critical. Which is to say, their livelihood is not at risk. This means that the issues you raise above are, as long as they don't get into the arena of fraud or something, are inconveniences more than anything else. Of course, their marriage might be at risk, and that could put all the above into the "life or death" category!