KEH Used Camera Rating

eric727eric727 Posts: 26Member
edited March 3 in Nikon Film Cameras
Hi,

Currently looking for one used Nikon F3, found 3 options from KEH, is Bargain a appearance with heavy signs of used camera?

Did some research and found many KEH shares their experiences that KEH rating is conservative, even Bargain can be many Excellent in eBay. But there is huge price gap between Bargain & Ex, is this still the case?

1. Ex+ - $487
2. Ex - $399
3. Bargain - $218

Thank you.
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  • donaldejosedonaldejose Posts: 3,055Member
    https://www.keh.com/shop/grading-system My complaint about KEH is that they do not list the shutter actuations and they know very well it is a very simple and easy thing for them to do. Thus, you don't know the "age" of the shutter. You can assume a bargain body has a well used shutter. When that shutter goes it will cost about $400 to replace.
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 843Member
    How do you get the number of shutter actuations from a film camera?
  • donaldejosedonaldejose Posts: 3,055Member
    Right, you cannot. My complaint is limited to how KEH advertises digital bodies. Why have they chosen not to included shutter actuations? Seems like a deliberate major omission to me and makes me suspicious of them although I have met two KEH technicions once when I sold gear to them and they seemed nice. When buying a digital body I want to know the shutter actuations so I do not buy them from KEH.
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 843Member
    edited March 4
    Ah. Well, that seems reasonable. I've bought all my cameras new but have looked around at used stuff and I'm always a bit suspicious about the eBay listings where they refuse to list shutter count.
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  • eric727eric727 Posts: 26Member
    There is one time I shop used camera from
    Japan, the shop keeper explained me that, they generally do not check on the shutter, but they look at the mount and the rubber (on the where we hold the camera) to determine how heavy is this camera being used.
    If a heavy user, they will most likely changed lens more often, thus the lens mount will have more scratches compared to the camera that seldom be used.
    Well, this make sense to me.
    However, KEH do not publish their used gear photo, it is hard to decide which condition should go.
    Cheers~
  • donaldejosedonaldejose Posts: 3,055Member
    "We sell to you sight unseen, just trust us and, by the way, we refuse to tell you the shutter actuations when that would be easy to do." Seems sketchy to me. Seems untrustworthy. I think they used to publish photos of each item many years ago.
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