Buying Used, Second Hand Camera equipment - advice from Justin

When it comes to purchasing used cameras and lenses, there are a few key things to keep in mind in order to make sure you get a good deal and end up with high-quality gear.

  1. It's important to have a good understanding of the different types of cameras, lenses, and accessories that are available, as well as what features and specifications are most important to you. This will not only help you narrow down your options, but it will also give you a better sense of what a fair price for a used item should be. 

  2. Be wary of items that are being sold at extremely low prices. While it's certainly possible to find great deals on used equipment, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be on the lookout for signs of fraud, such as unrealistic promises or suspiciously low prices. If you're unsure about the legitimacy of a seller or an item, it's better to err on the side of caution and move on to something else.

  3. Consider purchasing from a reputable dealer or retailer. We offer upto 12 month warranties on our used gear. While buying from an individual on a marketplace or auction site can sometimes be a good option, there is always more risk involved. Reputable dealers and retailers often have return policies and warranties in place, which can provide added peace of mind and protection. Additionally, they may offer services such as inspections and repairs, which can help ensure that the equipment you purchase is in good working order.

  4. if possible, try before you buy. Whenever possible, it's a good idea to actually test out the equipment you're considering purchasing. This can help you confirm that it is in good working order and that it meets your needs and expectations. If the seller is local and you're able to meet in person, this can be an excellent opportunity to test out the equipment. If the seller is not local, you can often request detailed photos or even a video of the item being used, which can provide valuable information about its condition and performance.

Finally, be patient and take your time. Purchasing used camera equipment can be a great way to save money, but it's important to approach it with a measured and thoughtful approach. Don't feel pressured to make a decision quickly, and don't be afraid to walk away from a deal if something doesn't feel right. With a little bit of research, caution, and patience, you can find great deals on high-quality used camera equipment. 

It's a complete minefield to someone just getting into photography, but try to do your research and know what you're looking for. Better still get in touch with us and we'll help you!

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