Most beginner photographers are often confused about equipment. Naturally, with so much choice, it is easy to get lost. However, you can replace all this confusion (and the high $$$ budget) with something simpler: an old but professional camera.[Read More…]
We’ve all either bought or thought about buying used gear before now. We know how much we baby our stuff and we know there are other people out there who take just as much care of their kit and are willing to part with it for a reasonable price. There are plenty of reputable companies out there to buy used gear, like KEH and MPB, retailers like B&H with a used department. But what about private purchases?
You see a deal on eBay, Facebook Marketplace or local classifieds and what do you do? What questions should you ask? Well, this video from Photo Tom gives you a whole list of things to check when buying used to make sure you know what you’re buying.
One of the best ways to save money when buying photography equipment is buying used. Sure, there may be one or two risks involved, the benefits far outweigh them. Today, I want to deconstruct buying used cameras. Let’s look at how, where, and why look for one. [Read More…]
Peak Design is best known for camera bags. But now they’ve launched something completely new: Peak Design Marketplace. If you don’t want to buy a brand new bag or other Peak Design gadgets, Peak Design Marketplace is the place where you can get a used one. It’s made to simplify gear exchange, so let’s check out what you can expect.
How do old lenses fair against new lenses? The question is often easy to answer: new is better. How about Pro lenses? With most brands releasing mirrorless glass, it’s easy to dismiss the older pro lenses as bad. For me, a fashion and portrait photographer, the old 70-200 is as good as the new one. And not only because I have a sentimental connection to it. Here’s why I’m not upgrading my seemingly antiquated 70-200.[Read More…]
Well, this is a surprise. It seems that the second-hand market is following suit with new purchases. According to used gear retailer KEH, who reported on their blog, mirrorless sales have overtaken DSLRs in the used market for December 2020. This is the first time that this has happened in the company’s history and they say the trend looks to continue for 2021.
KEH notes that DSLRs has been a huge part of their business and that they ruled their top 10 best selling cameras from 2010 to 2019. In 2020, that changed, when three mirrorless bodies entered that top 10 list with the charge being led by the Sony A6000.
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.