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FredS Mar 28, 2010 8:32 PM

HELP in buying a used E-520
Tomorrow or Tuesday night I am having a look at an Olympues E-520
The E-520 with the 2 lense kit 14-42 and 40-150
As per the ad. Like new condition . ( they all are ) :D
less than 150 pictures
Complete and with an 8GB Lexar Professional disk
I am paying 60 % of the cost of a new one with card and tax ( locally here )

So the question is
What should I check and what problems should I look for ?
Thanks in advance

shoturtle Mar 28, 2010 8:46 PM

well you may want to check this out. The price has drop on a new one.

FredS Mar 28, 2010 8:59 PM


Originally Posted by shoturtle (Post 1071840)
well you may want to check this out. The price has drop on a new one.

Thanks for the link.
I am paying less than that .
With a 8GB card. NO tax NO shipping , No exchange No duty

shoturtle Mar 28, 2010 9:03 PM

That would be a pretty good deal for the price. It is a good camera, oly tends to under expose a little indoors, so set the ev to -3 and you should have a nicer shot. Good luck with it, hope it works out for you. :)

JimC Mar 28, 2010 9:11 PM

Is this the original owner and does he have proof of purchase? I'd make sure it's not stolen.

shoturtle Mar 28, 2010 9:15 PM

That is a good point Jim, something else the OP should check.

shoturtle Mar 28, 2010 9:19 PM

Also if the seller has the bill and the camera is less then a year old, get a copy of it, if you need anything to get fixed under warranty, you will need to send them a copy of the bill.

Mikefellh Mar 29, 2010 12:49 AM

Used? Check shutter life, and make sure no bent CF pins.

zig-123 Mar 29, 2010 8:37 AM

In addition to what's already been stated, I would take a few pictures with and without the built-in flash, run through the menu for obvious signs of issues. remove the lens and inspect the mirror for scratches, remount the lens and then run the lens through the entire focal range for smooth operation. If you have a laptop, bring it along and download the images so that you can view them on the monitor. Check their sharpness, resolution and detail.

I would also definitely check the shutter actuations which can be found by using the steps found in this technical paper at

Good luck


eharrim Mar 29, 2010 8:59 AM

Thanks for that link Zig, I was wondering how to check shutter activations

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