slookx24 wrote in post #16806988
Wow, what did you say to the seller about all those problems and what did they say?
Well...admittedly, the camera was at a pawn shop, however, in my defense I did not know this until I had already spoke with the seller a few times (it was listed on CL and he gave me a cell phone number). I was hesitant, but I gave benefit of the doubt and went to look at it.
The first thing I did was check the lens to ensure it worked (they were selling the kit, so it included the 24-105, which I already have). I put the lens on MF and could not get it to focus on anything with the viewfinder. I immediately pointed it out, handed the camera back to the guy. He tried to show me that it did work, "oh, look at that over there and press the button; it focuses." Well, it did try and focus, but nothing became sharp in the viewfinder. I put it on AF, same thing. So at this point I'm assuming the lens is screwed up.
I then toyed with the camera a bit. I tried M first; I'd press the shutter button, the shutter would activate, but not release. I figured I must have had a low shutter speed and just didn't pay attention. Oddly enough, when I would change the cameras mode the shutter would close... I then tried AV, same thing. I did TV at 1/4000 and still the shutter would not release. I pulled the lens because I'm thinking that maybe for some weird reason the mirror is getting caught on the lens, but even still the shutter would not close. I showed them, they were asking me what the problem was and I told them I hadn't a clue. They then asked if I'd still be interested if it were cheaper, to which I promptly said, "no."
I later came to the assumption that what probably happened is the previous owner dropped the whole thing in water, which is why the electronics inside seem to be going all haywire. There were no signs of damage to the body or lens to implicate shock, which is why I concluded water. I'd guess they dropped it, didn't want to pay to repair it, took it to a pawn shop and made out like a bandit. It was very clear that no one at the pawn shop knew anything about SLR cameras.
(My random story about a 6D)