How to buy a used digital camera

How to buy a used digital camera

When I started photography about 8-9 years ago, I had no idea of where to shop or what to purchase. I do recall a small camera store in Downtown Fullerton by a coffeehouse that was my second home. One day I stopped in there and decided to buy my first camera. Chris & Mike helped me out with this first purchase, a Canon 40D camera. 

Now with my Instagram account and youtube channel, I get many questions from new photographers. Many of you asked how to purchase a used camera, and this is a video of all your questions compiled together. 

Make sure you subscribe to the youtube channel. I'm posting many informative videos that will not only help you become a better photographer but you'll see interviews with people in the industry who can help with your career and direction. It's the channel that I wish I had, when I first started. 

Here are the items discussed in this video:

  1. What are the general things to check on a used digital camera? These are the first round of inspections.
  2. What to bring with you on a private sale
  3. When to walk away
  4. What's the old camera you should purchase
  5. Should you invest more in a lens or body?
  6. Other not so obvious inspection points like ports, etc...
  7. Flash, Lens removal, mold, scratches, etc... Check for those.
  8. How do I know if the camera I'm buying is stolen or not? What should you look for?
  9. Ebay and Craigslist listings for camera sales
  10. What is shutter count and how to deal with it
  11. Should you buy from a professional photographer
    and more...