Used Photography Equipment: Pros and Cons

Photography Equipment can be very expensive, which is why many people choose to buy used equipment rather than splurge on new cameras. There are some pros and cons associated with buying used photography equipment. It's important that you consider them beforehand.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • The Internet
  • Computer
  • Newspaper
  • Camera Magazine

Step 1 - Decide What you Really Need

The first thing to do is spend some time figuing out the equipment that you really need. You may be able to re-use certain pieces of equipment from your former camera. For example, you might not need to buy new lenses. Once you have decided what pieces you really need, spend time reading reviews on the internet. Decide whether or not it makes sense to buy the equipment second hand, or if buying new is the better option.

Step 2 - Find Used Equipment

There are many ways to find used photography equipment, the easiest being the Internet. There you will find a plethora of advertisements. You should also look in shops and camera magazines. New equipment is expensive. As a result, Buying and selling used camera equipment is commonplace. If you have an older camera that is no longer in production, it may be impossible to purchase new equipment. This is one of the reasons why many people look to buying used equipment.

Internet auction sites are full of used camera equipment, but be careful because these aren't always the cheapest options. If shop on the Internet you won't be able to handle the item before paying for it. This could lead to expensive mistakes and disappointment. A safer option is to buy used camera equipment  from local private sellers or camera shops. This allows you to inspect the items before the purchase and ask questions of the seller.

Step 3 - Check the Condition

When possible you should personally inspect the condition of the equipment that you are purchasing. Pay attention to scratches on glass lenses, dust inside the camera, as well as any scratches to the screen. If you're buying a used camera, try to to take a few shots before the purchase, to make sure everything is working as it should. Also, it is worth taking a close look at the mechanical parts, specifically the auto-focus and shutter.

Lastly, check that the camera comes with all of the necessary accessories, and that none of the plugs are bent out of shape. It is important that th equipment you purchase has been well looked after.

Step 4 - Get a Guarantee

One of the biggest pitfalls of buying used equipment is that you don't receive a guarantee. This means that if your equipment breaks after only a few weeks, you are responsible to pay for it to be fixed or replaced. On the otherhand, if you buy your equipment new from a reputable camera store, then generally your purchase is under some form of guarantee or warranty.

Step 5 - Haggling

Used camera equipment is still fairly expensive. If you're up to it, you can try and talk the seller into giving it to you for a lower price. Oftentimes this works, and you will have saved yourself a substantial amount of money.

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