Photographers are like all other consumers. Some of them want the latest high-tech gadgets the day they’re released and others are more than happy to get by with the equipment they have, as long as it works fine, no matter how old it is. There’s nothing wrong with buying the newest equipment available, but there’s also nothing wrong with using your old gear.
However, there may come a day when your old equipment just isn’t up to the task anymore. When this happens, you will need to purchase replacement gear, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be brand new. There is plenty of used camera equipment on the market and the majority of it is just as good as and in some cases even better than new gear.
Even though there are some fantastic deals on new products these days the chances are used equipment will be quite a bit cheaper.
You should be able to save anywhere from about 20 per cent up to 60 per cent with used goods.
Just remember that a brand new cameradepreciates in value as soon as you take your first picture with it the same way a car does as soon as you drive it off the lot.
It’s true that new camera equipment comes with a guarantee or warranty, but you should also be able to get a limited warranty with used gear and may even be able to buy a one or two year warranty on it. Manufacturing statistics show that two per cent of new camera equipment is returned because of defects, but only 1.7 per cent of returns on used gear are due to defects.
Most used camera dealers have quite a big inventory. This means you’ll have a better chance at finding a model that may be discontinued or an antique or collector’s item. They also carry old film cameras. In addition, the inventory at used dealers is usually computerized and shared with other dealers around the world, meaning they have access to models all over the planet.
When brand new cameras are released nobody really knows how good they are. It usually takes a couple of years for the photography world to determine if they’re quality cameras or duds. When buying a used camera you’ll already know the history behind that specific model and what problems are associated with it. Used cameras can often be more reliable.
You could also have a specific new camera in mind that is quite expensive. A good way to test the model would be to buy a used one at a cheap price and try it out to make sure you really want to spend the money on a brand new version. If you decide you’d like to purchase a newer model you can always sell the old one you’ve been experimenting with.
Used camera equipment is also very useful as backups to your regular gear. If anything goes wrong you always have a dependable backup. You may also want to take the older equipment with you to locations that could damage your new gear. There are many reliable used-camera dealers out there and most of them recondition the equipment and make sure it’s all in good working order before selling it, especially if they offer a warranty.
The last thing they want to do is give you a six-month warranty on a camera that they haven’t checked out. They don’t want the hassle involved if you return it. This is why they make sure that all camera equipment is in good working order.