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What to look for/test when buying a used body in person?

 
da9k1ne
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Oct 14, 2011 09:14 |  #1

I'm on the verge of buying a XSI in excellen condition for a killer price and was wanting to know what things I should look for and check before making the purchase.

As many suggestions as possible would be great!

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Oct 14, 2011 09:19 |  #2

i'll go for shutter count then cosmetically wise should be kinda clean or if there's some scratches, should be due to normal wear and tear coz it's a used body.




  
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Oct 14, 2011 09:20 |  #3

did i say as much as you can do verify the seller like feedbacks or it's just a risk to take though...




  
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Oct 14, 2011 09:23 |  #4

It's locally through Craigslist so there's no way to get feedback really




  
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Oct 14, 2011 09:27 |  #5

then it's a risk to take...pay through REGULAR paypal




  
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Oct 14, 2011 10:18 |  #6

Before meeting with the seller download the manual from Canon website and read it, if you're unfamiliar with how it works. Then when you meet with them run the camera through it's paces before handing over your money. Basically there is no warranty with a CL purchase, so make your decisions on that basis and be ready to walk away if you notice anything wrong with the camera.

It might not be an option for you, but I'd take along a fully charged battery, lens that I'm familiar with and know works well, and a small flashlight to help inspect the camera.

Look the camera over carefully to see if there are any signs someone has taken it apart... scratches on or around screws, etc.

You are still taking a risk. Assume there is no warranty, even if the seller tries to tell you they will back it up. (Verbal agreements are only as good as the paper they are printed on.)


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Oct 14, 2011 10:30 |  #7

Check recent sale prices on our forum to get a real idea of what the camera should sell for.The best and most reliable place to buy from is on our forum.



  
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Oct 14, 2011 11:05 |  #8

Does the seller have the box and/or original extras that came with the camera? CL can be used to sell stolen stuff, if the box and extras are there it's probably not stolen. Do some reading on the CL robberies, people show up with cash and have been robbed - there are guidelines online on how to protect yourself from his happening (meet somewhere public - bank, police station, etc).
If it's all legit, bring a lens/battery and take your time inspecting and testing it. Don't rush it, it's your money.




  
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Oct 14, 2011 11:28 |  #9

Ya all the accessories are included. The guy is a photographer by profession and this was his backup camera. I like the idea about checking all the screws.

I'll also bring a lens to test it out for sure.




  
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Oct 14, 2011 11:50 |  #10

da9k1ne wrote in post #13250500 (external link)
Ya all the accessories are included. The guy is a photographer by profession and this was his backup camera. I like the idea about checking all the screws.

I'll also bring a lens to test it out for sure.

That sounds good. Get on it before someone else snaps it up...




  
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Oct 14, 2011 15:53 |  #11

- check the foam above the mirror mech for signs of breakdown. (when it does go its messy as hell)
- check for fungus as it will wreck any lens you attach to it.
- check for any signs of dampness, once its been properly wet there aint no going back




  
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Oct 14, 2011 19:22 |  #12

got the body, it's in mint condition!

it has 11,9XX shutter clicks on it after checking with the EOS utility software.

is that alot for a camera? what is the expected life?

thanks!




  
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Oct 14, 2011 21:00 |  #13

Expected shutter actuation is 12K for the XSI.

Just kidding, IIRC it's around 50K :)


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