Buying Used Cams?

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  1. Pixie42

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    Hey guys! I haven't been on in awhile, life is keeping me stupid busy! How is everybody? :hug::

    So- my question- I'm looking seriously into getting a DSLR. Now, I don't have a ton of money, 500 bucks max to buy a used one.


    With my digi cams, they always go kaput after a year. I was talking to someone from Best Buy (yes, not the best frame of reference, I know lol) and I was wondering why my Canon A430 all of a sudden had such a slow response time. It takes a good 3-8 seconds for the camera to take the photo after you press the button. Since it wasnt a settings issue, he pretty much said these things give out after a certain amount of time and I just need a new cam.

    Is the same true for DSLRs? If I get a used one, am I running the risk of having something similar happen? Maybe not the same problem, but something will be off with it?

    Thanks guys!
     
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    With electronic items like cameras, phones etc. you always run the risk of software/firmware problems, so they'll always be a chance something will go wrong.

    However, I've had a few cameras (often secondhand) and haven't had a problem with any of them so far (touchwood!)

    With regards to your budget, you could quite easily get a Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) with the kit lens within your budget, I recently got one boxed with kit lens myself for £230 inc. postage off Ebay, which equates to about $500 :)
     
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    Thanks. Did you get the EOS brand new? Or used off Ebay? You know, I never thought of Ebay. I'm a little scared of Ebay lol.

    I really just want a nice serious amateur cam to take some better pics than I am capable with with my P &S. Although right now mine is more like Point and shoot and wait..... and wait.... and waaaait...
     
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    With D-SLR's you should know how many actuations are on the camera before you buy one. It will give you a great idea of how much its been used.

    I agree with DwainDibley though, you can get a new D-SLR for that price if you look around.
     
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    Yes, it was bought as used off Ebay, though not sure you can find out how many actuations the Digital Rebels have had. Mine's filenames are just over 5,000, though I don't think that's a reliable way of guaging actuations as this can be reset I believe.

    If unsure of buying off Ebay make sure you buy off someone with a good feedback rating, there's more chance of them being trustworthy. I've been buying/selling on Ebay now for 4 years with a feedback of nearly 850, and had very few problems.
     
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