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checklist questions when buying used 35mm SLR camera

Here’s my list of questions to ask when looking for a used 35mm film SLR camera. eBay sellers very often are very vague about their descriptions. This list will help give a better idea of what you’re getting in to. Also, it’s helpful to bring this checklist along when visiting a camera store and inspecting a camera in person.

Does it have any dents or indentations?
Is the leatherette in good condition (not pealing or heavily worn)?
Is there any rust, dirt, or fungus inside?
Is there any broken parts?
Is there damage in any way?
Is there minimal dust in finder?
Is the finder clean and bright?
Does the camera back leak light?
Is the foam in good condition?
Is there rust or corrosion inside battery compartment?

Does all the shutter speeds work and are accurate? (B, M90, 8, 4, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 These are the shutter speeds for the Nikon FE. It’s good to list all the shutter speeds of the camera you’re looking into)
Does the shutter leak light?
Are the shutter blades are in good condition?
Does the light meter work properly and accurately?
Is the light meter sticky or slow?

Is the film advance smooth?
Does the release button for film rewind function properly?
Does the self-timer work properly?

Are there any scratches on the lens?
Is the lens glass very clean?
Is there fungus or mildew outside or inside the lens?
Does the aperture ring work properly?
Is the aperture ring loose or broken?

The serial number of the camera in the auction is 3576129.
Are the photos in the auction item of the actual camera for sale?

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