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Why Buy Used Second-Hand Camera Gear?

Buying second-hand and used camera gear can be a great way to purchase the photography kit you want without having to spend a fortune to get it.

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Do you ever wonder if you should buy second-hand camera equipment? Does it feel risky? Do you think: 'I'd just rather buy new'? If so, have you ever questioned buying a second-hand car? I’m sure we've all bought a second-hand car and not necessarily considered if there was a big risk as, generally, we buy them from a reputable company and often they come with a warranty. Buying a second-hand camera can be exactly the same as you save money (who doesn't like that?), you get a warranty which protects you and you may even find something that has been discontinued and represents even better value for money.

So now we’ve established that buying second-hand camera gear is a good idea, what should you be looking for?


Ensure Second-Hand Photography Equipment Works Correctly 

Canon IXUS 185


Of course, you want to ensure that the product works properly. At CameraWorld, we have many years of experience in buying/selling cameras, know what common faults to look out for and how to test photography equipment to ensure it's working which includes light traps on film cameras or making sure the sensor is good on a digital camera.


What Can I Expect To Pay? 



Well, with a camera, lens or accessory that's current in today's market you can expect to save around 20-30% off the price when compared with buying new.

You can also save more money by looking at what offers are available such as cashbacks or there may be an added value offer running. 

Some resellers do not always take offers into consideration when selling second-hand photography equipment and if you're not careful, you make end up paying almost the same.


What Can I Buy Second-Hand? 



The quick answer is: ''almost anything'' and for some cameras/lenses, the only option you have is to buy second-hand as they're simply not available brand-new any more. For example, maybe you're looking for the first film camera you owned (we’re seeing a big trend moving towards film photography) and to purchase it, you'll have to look at the second-hand market simply because not many companies are manufacturing them any more. 

CameraWorld stock a wide range of film cameras and what fun they are! I actually took a film camera with me on my latest family holiday and I really enjoyed having to think about what I was photographing knowing I only had 36 photos to capture! Then, the nostalgia of having to wait for the prints to be sent back to me before I knew how the photos would turn out was thoroughly enjoyable. 


Canon EOS 5D MK IV


Another reason for buying second-hand is that you may have decided that the latest version of a specific camera may have features you're just not interested in and, therefore, buying the older version second-hand will just offer better value. For example, do you really need 4K video? If not, an older version of the camera without 4K may be better suited.

If you are thinking of buying a Full-Frame DSLR, do you really need a Canon EOS 5D MK IV or a Nikon D850? Is super-high-resolution what you really need? And, in reality, how much video do you shoot anyway? Alternatively, you could consider the Canon EOS 5D Mark III as this is a full-frame 22.3 MP DSLR with superb autofocus and 6 frames per second shooting. It doesn’t shoot 4K video but it does capture Full HD which is enough for most people who aren't that serious about video. Better still, this camera can be picked up with a fairly low shutter count and in great condition for under £1,000 versus £2,500 for the latest model!


Looking for a good-quality crop sensor camera? There are loads on the market such as the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS 80D. Also, Nikon has several in their range including the Nikon D7200 which can be picked up second-hand, body-only, for under £550! The Nikon D7200 still outperforms many of its rivals and offers a 24.2MP sensor as well as a 3.2 inch LCD. It also has Wi-Fi so you can easily transfer your images to your smartphone for sharing on social media.

Used/second-hand/legacy lenses for these cameras are great value now, too, with brands such as Sigma and Tamron featuring on the CameraWorld website.

With so many options, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you look at what's available on the second-hand market and did we mention the good savings to be had when buying second-hand lenses/cameras rather than looking at new?

Why Buy Second-Hand From CameraWorld? 

MC Helios 44K-4 58mm f/2

At CameraWorld we have been helping people to trade-in and trade up for over twenty years. We always offer top prices on part-exchange and we are well known for the extensive range of used camera equipment that we sell.

Buying second-hand from us is easy and we inspect, clean and check every item. If we can't get a camera/lens to our standard, we'll send it away for a service or sensor clean. Basically, whatever needs to be done to ensure you receive your item as we would expect to receive it, will be done. Plus, we supply all digital cameras with batteries and chargers as a minimum. 

We pride ourselves on the quality of our used equipment and offer a comprehensive 6-month guarantee so if you have any problems, just contact us and we’ll either repair your item, swap it out or refund you.

Our website is updated daily with new arrivals and if you’re after something in particular, just let us know.


Save 10% On Used Camera Gear From CameraWorld For A Limited Time 

Save 10% On Used Camera Gear From CameraWorld For A Limited Time


In conjunction with ePHOTOzine, we’d like to offer all ePHOTOzine members a 10% discount on all used equipment. Simply use the discount code: EPHOTO and your discount will be automatically applied. 

You can visit any one of our three stores to get hands-on with the second-hand equipment or you can buy online with the confidence that our 'no-quibble 7-day return' policy will be applicable. Just return the item to us within 7 days, ensuring it is in the same condition you received and we’ll issue a refund. 

There are lots to look at and the discount is only available until the end of September 2019 so why not grab yourself a coffee and have a look at what's available today?

Maybe you’re thinking of a trade up? Let us know what you have and we’ll give you a competitive quote. We won't be beaten on price and all of our stock is supplied through official UK channels so we have the full support of the UK manufacturers. There are No Grey Imports at CameraWorld.

Take a look at all of the second-hand photography gear we currently have available by clicking the button below. 

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