Buying And Selling Used Camera Gear

CanonXTiAbout a year ago when helping some good friends get some gear to get started in real estate photography the situation required used gear and the whole process made me more aware than I’ve ever been about the benefits of purchasing used gear.

The benefits of buying used gear are bigger with DSLR bodies because they lose their value faster than lenses. Here are a a couple of examples that illustrate what I mean:

  1. New Canon Rebel Xti  – $899
  2. Used Canon Rebel Xti – $149 and up
  3. New Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens – $429
  4. Used Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens – $375  and up

Nowadays both of the major camera retailers (B&H and Amazon) are setup to help you sell your used camera gear and have plenty of used gear for sale. Another long-time, reputable seller of used camera gear is Of course the classic way to buy and sell used camera gear online is I’ve used all of these retailers and they all have some risk involved when buying used. It’s just inherent in buying used gear.

To minimize your risk, I recommend that when buying used gear you use a retailer that has a seller rating system and that you pay careful attention to the number of transactions the seller has done and the amount of positive feedback they’ve gotten. Both Ebay and Amazon have such rating systems and I think it helps reduce the risk of doing a bad transaction.


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