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Buying a used canon 20d

edd nava , Mar 10, 2008; 01:55 p.m.

Hello, I am really skeptical about buying used or refurbished items, especially when the cost is high. I am looking for my first dslr and back when I worked for best buy in 2004 I wanted the 20d. Now its several years later and still want a canon dslr.

So I made my mind to buy it(Canon 40d) a Circuit City with the no interest until 2010. But saw a canon 20d on backpage.com (Craigslist.org) type site. for a 20d for $500 with less than 1000 shots and all accessories mint condition.

Bottom line: What do I look for when buying used or checking out the used item? Anything I should look for or now just by looking at it and turning it on? I never owned a dslr or spent much time with one. Any advice will be great.


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Jim Karthauser , Mar 10, 2008; 02:00 p.m.

I had exactly the same conundrum last month... http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00OYBC


Tommy DiGiovanni , Mar 10, 2008; 02:09 p.m.

IMO I would get the 40D or a new XTi. when it comes to a camera body its like buying a computer and I would never buy a used computer. No matter how well you look it over you can have a lemon. At least with a new one you have a warranty. I think used lenses are ok but its still a gamble but its much easier to check the quality of a lens over a body

Tommy DiGiovanni , Mar 10, 2008; 02:10 p.m.

Also a 40D or an XTi each have never sensors, larger displays and many other features I would take over a 20D.

Jim Karthauser , Mar 10, 2008; 02:14 p.m.

This is true, the reason I bought the 20d was because i needed a backup and didn't want to/couldn't afford to shell out for another 40d. After holding both in my hands and using both, I would agree, the 40d is streets ahead.

edd nava , Mar 10, 2008; 02:15 p.m.

I know what you mean Tommy. Thanks for the link Jim. The only lens I have is from my canon rebel 2000 film camera. And the guy is including a 2gb Lexar card. Should I bring my own? Anything else you suggest Jim? Geez, this is frustrating when it's my first dslr. I feel safe getting a new 40d, but saving over $500 could get a great lens.

Jim Karthauser , Mar 10, 2008; 02:27 p.m.

Can't think of anything else to check but don't take that as an exhaustive list. I'd bring your own card just in case his goes missing and you haven't got a card to test with. What lens have you got from the rebel 2000? Remember with the 20d that will in effect have a focal length of 1.6x longer than the equivalent on the rebel 2000.

Trebor Navilluso , Mar 10, 2008; 02:37 p.m.

You can't believe them about the 1,000 shots. It's impossible to tell for use since the camera picks up the number of shots from the most recent card it had in it. Then again, a new shutter is only $250 from Canon Svc.

But then you're up to $750, for $800 you could get something new XSi or 30D.

Also, keep in mind that 20D's refurbed for $500 are everywhere. They come up all the time, this is not a special deal. Any real camera store will have them from time to time.

edd nava , Mar 10, 2008; 02:39 p.m.

hmm. All I know, is that it's a 28-80 kit lens that came with it.

Tommy DiGiovanni , Mar 10, 2008; 03:11 p.m.

As Trebor said above its not that special a deal so don't feel pressured to buy now. I have seens 30D's for not much more on Craigslist.

All I can say is try it out and you may get lucky. I sold a Rebel 300D that worked fine so the guy who purchased from me got a good deal because I babied it but on the other hand its used and all electronics usually fail in time ( the question is how much time )

On another note if you want a good lens that affordable for that camera check out:

1. Tamron 28-75 2.8 - around $350 2. Canon 18-55 IS - I believe around $180 ( make sure not to get the old kit lens you want the newer IS ver ) 3. Canon 50 1.8 - around $75

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