Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm
Folks, the original poster wrote "I am not knowledgeable enough to know whether I'm buying a dud or not." This rules out the usual cheap and chancy sources of used cameras such as thrift shops, pawn shops, flea markets, eBay, ... that many of the replies have suggested.

He's best off buying from one of the dealers mentioned. The all offer at least short term guarantees. But he does still need to know how to do acceptance testing on a newly arrived camera.

Cheers,

Dan

Good point - I think I am guilty of "I'll answer no matter what the question!"
And I hate that...sorry. Didnt mean to. But you know, sometimes you learn a gret deal through sifting junk - often lessons youwold not try with a more expensive, properly purchased item...