Some Second Hand Camera Buying Tips

Many of you reading this post love capturing memories and other interesting moments on camera. Your camera is your window to the world and how you see the world.

The art of capturing photographical images has been around for more than a century and the rise of digital photography has played a significant role in the way we now take and edit images.

Photography has become more than just a hobby to many people photography has become their livelihoods. Some of you may have always wanted to pursue photography, but you don’t really know where to start? If you want photography to become more than a hobby you should consider buying a good second hand professional camera and follow your dream.

The Junk Mail recently contacted Robert Miller from Panascape Beauty and Commercial Photography in Cape Town. Robert Miller is a professional Cape Town Photographer specializing in Beauty, Concept, Commercial, Food, Interior, Landscape, Panoramic and Product Photography. We asked him for some photography pointers and he was kind enough to give us these second hand camera buying tips:

  • The condition of the camera body should be good without major scratches or dents. Any dents or sever scuffs could indicate that it has been dropped.
  • If the camera is a SLR (Single Reflex Camera), remove the lens and check that the mirror is free of dirt and finger prints and that the mirror box is clean of debris.
  • Make sure that the LCD screen protector is provided, if applicable, and that the LCD screen(s) are not scuffed or cracked.
  • Ensure that there is no damage to the lens mount and contacts if it’s an SLR and if it’s a point and shoot that the lens operates and moves smoothly.
  • In the case of an SLR, check that the lens moves freely, that there is no excessive play. Ensure that the front and rear lens elements are not pitted or scratched and that there is no visible fungus inside the lens.
  • Check the lens barrels for any damage to the filter threads or indications that it may have been bumped or dropped.
  • Check the shutter count, can usually be determined from the image exif data with free utilities available on the internet.
  • Camera with a box, manual, accessories and all cables are normally a better buy.
  • Take a few pictures listening carefully for any strange noises from the shutter mechanism and focusing motors.
  • Check the test image for signs of contamination or sensor damage.
  • Check what the camera is going for new to make sure you are not paying too much.

We hope all you aspiring second hand camera buyers find this information useful. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Robert Miller for his input. You can follow him on Twitter via @panascape. You can also check the Panascape website out at

Those you looking for second hand cameras and photographical equipment can check out the following categories on Junk Mail:


Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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