Buying used lenses is a great way to save some money, yet get a perfectly good piece of gear. But you want to make sure that the lens you’re buying is in good condition and that it will serve you well. Some problems are easy to spot, but others can be very sneaky and you may discover them too late. So, before buying that second-hand lens, make sure to watch this video from ZY Productions. It will tell you about seven things you should check to make sure that the lens is worth your money.
I’ve bought a lot of used photography gear over the years. Mostly from the used sections of known retailers, but occasionally I’ll find something on eBay or in a Facebook group that looks like a great deal and piques my interest. And while most used gear deals online are genuine, there are a few unscrupulous sellers out there.
This video, shot in 2015 and uploaded to YouTube in 2017, recently resurfaced on Reddit. It shows how Rob Wolchek discovered one eBay seller peddling stolen camera equipment. How do they know it was stolen? The person it was stolen from actually bought it and confirmed the serial numbers against her boxes and receipts.