With regard to 35mm SLRs, I have been told by their customer service people that they grade entirely on cosmetics. That the volume they deal in does not generally allow them to do much if any mechanical / functional testing of 35mm SLR bodies at all. This has been the source of my frustration with them. They advertise a body in EX condition. When I get it, yeah, it looks great but something is not working and I get really unhappy.
It should be noted that different people grade different things so, for example, large format lenses generally get graded by a different people than those who grade 35mm gear. So, standards and testing levels may differ for the various classes of gear.
Last edited by BradS; 08-21-2011 at 02:11 PM. Click to view previous post history.