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Checklist for a new / used DSLR

kenjifujiwara

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"RE: Checklist for a new / used DSLR"

kenjifujiwara Registered since 17th Oct 2012
Fri 11-Jan-13 05:11 AM

>We have several posts about used DSLRs - particularly with
>the ongoing replacement cycle and price drop on older models.
>Here is a start of a checklist to evaluate a new DSLR - used
>or new. Many of these issues are normal wear and tear - but
>some can involve expensive repairs.
>
>Please add any additional suggestions or tips.
>
>
>Check for signs of being dropped - deep scrapes or dents in
>the plastic body. The camera is durable, but why ask for
>trouble?
>
>Check the rubber on the bottom and the grip for any sign that
>it is coming loose. While relatively uncommon, it is a
>nuisance to repair.
>
>Be sure the pop up flash operates properly and does not have
>any unusual play. The pop up flash latch can fail and the
>hinges of the pop-up flash can be damaged.
>
>Be sure the battery door closes tightly and stays closed.
>Battery doors can have a tendency to pop open or can be
>cracked at the hinge. This is a common problem and can be
>repaired yourself with parts from Nikon.
>
>Examine the lens mount for any signs of damage. Mount a lens
>and remove it. Make sure it easily locks into place and does
>not have any abnormal movement.
>
>Insert a CF card and make sure the camera functions properly.
>Look for bent or damaged pins or binding when inserting the
>card. Make sure the CF door opens and closes properly.
>
>Take a test shot of a plain background. Look for streaking
>(damage due to improper sensor cleaning), hot pixels (usually
>can be mapped out relatively easily), and dust on the sensor
>(normal and easy to remove unless it is stuck on the sensor).
>
>Use an EXIF viewer to check the image count. Look in EXIF and
>camera comment (in the menu) for indications of previous
>ownership.
>
>Test each button or knob on the exterior of the camera. Make
>sure selection knobs actually work. Problems are rare - just
>easy to check.
>
>Make sure rubber covers and attachements are included. Make
>sure the rubber viewfinder cover is attached and in good
>condition. On the D200 and older look for the cover to the 10
>pin connector. Check flapping covers (covering transfer port
>and 10 pin) to make sure they are not damaged.
>
>Examine the 10 pin connector to make sure no pins are bent or
>broken. If possible, test the 10 pin connector with a remote
>cable.
>
>Check and test the transfer port - look for damage.
>
>Batteries - be sure you have the Nikon battery with the Nikon
>hologram. Generic batteries have mixed reliability. Nikon
>replacements are available.
>
>Test the LCD screens on the back of the camera and on top of
>the camera. Make sure you can scroll through all functions
>and there are no defects in the LCD.
>
>Check the threads on the tripod mounting screw with a plate or
>a tripod. Make sure the threads are not damaged by
>cross-threading.
>
>Make sure paperwork is available and matches the camera.
>Check serial numbers and model numbers. Paperwork is not
>always available, but avoids the risk of buying stolen or lost
>merchandise. It also may identify gray market merchandise (a
>problem since Nikon USA will not service gray market gear;
>authorized service centers that are not Nikon owned are
>available in many major cities).
>
>Eric Bowles
>Nikonians Team
>My Gallery
>
>Nikonians membership — my most important photographic
>investment, after the camera

very informative check list.

I keep referring to it whenever I consider getting another cam.

Thanks.

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