Buying a used dSLR

monkeykoder

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If I was looking to buy a used dSLR what would I look at for signs that the camera might have been abused (other than the obvious cracks). What would be the kinds of signs that would say DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA?
 
Shutter actuation count. They have a limited life depending on the camera. The entry level SLRs at around 50000, the better ones 100000. That doesn't mean it will fail, it's just a manufacturer guestimate as to when to expect a shutter to fail.

If you see a 1 year old camera with 50000 clicks on it (like mine) you can be very sure that it gets abused rather heavily.
 

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