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Mikel Arturo October 23rd, 2012 01:53 PM

Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
Hi all.

I have the option of buying a second hand EX1 (first version, 4 years old).

What should I test? Backfocus? Recording media? Zoom?
The tips are welcome.

Thank you.

Jack Zhang October 24th, 2012 11:53 PM

Re: Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
The utmost important one is asking for the latest firmware. If the firmware is below 1.15, you will have to send it into Sony again to have the firmware updated. If the camera's firmware is 1.20 or higher, it should be fine.

If any of the switches look worn out, ask if they are still functional as well.

Mikel Arturo October 25th, 2012 01:23 PM

Re: Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
OK.
Thanks for the info.

The cam shows Hours (sys): 560.

It's OK? Much hours?

The text of the button1 "Lens Info" and button 3 "Histogram" seems a little erased for use.
Rest seems OK.
Tomorrow I will test the cam.

Thanks.

Paul Cronin October 28th, 2012 12:22 PM

Re: Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
Having owned a few EX1 and loved them I would suggest you buy a EX3. Different form factor, same great chips and opens up some options with glass. Just a thought.

Paul Cronin October 28th, 2012 01:51 PM

Re: Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
I would not worry about the hours. The EX series are very durable being solid state and no moving parts. I would consider 500 hrs just broken in.

The early cameras were known for having the paint wear off, again not an issue if all the controls work well and picture quality is there.

Thomas Nibler October 28th, 2012 04:59 PM

Re: Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
You should check for dead pixels! (using long exposure)

How much do you pay?

Paul Cronin October 29th, 2012 06:06 AM

Re: Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
Good point Thomas,

I have never experienced dead pixels on any of my CMOS cameras but my 2/3" CCD cameras it happened at times flying.

John Peterson October 29th, 2012 06:41 AM

Re: Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
Do have an honest idea about why the person is selling it?

John

Buba Kastorski October 29th, 2012 07:00 AM

Re: Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
look at the overall camera appearance, you can always tell if the equipment was in good hands, check both media slots accept media without any errors, and of course check the lens for physical damage and accurate focus, like Paul says hours is your last concern, it's 1400 on mine and since there is no heads it doesn't really matter

Mikel Arturo October 29th, 2012 07:43 AM

Re: Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
Thanks all for the inputs.

At last, the cam has a purple spot on the center of the sensor. It appears on lcd screen and records it (we test it on Final Cut).

The camera was good overall. In the end I did not buy for that issue. :(

Thanks again for the info.

Paul Cronin October 31st, 2012 06:31 AM

Re: Purchase a second hand SONY EX1
 
Good catch,

Sounds like you do not want to buy gear from that person.


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