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Do you buy new or second hand?


MentorRon 1 101 Canada
10 Dec 2019 10:12PM
From reading all the posts here, you can see that everyone is sitting in different "camps" as far as how fussy they are and what they think lenses need (or don't). I never do much except take photos for my own pleasure, not to win approval or contests. I started very simply when I was 11 and now that I'm 78 I seem to have followed the Bell Curve back to simplicity again. I only ever "broke" one lens for my A-1 which had black cement pieces floating within it: I took it apart and reassembled it incorrectly :-(
Camera 1 (11 years old)
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Early adult years:
Experimented with various small film formats (e.g. 110) before settling on 35mm transparencies.
Mid-life (in my 30s-40s-50s)
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However, these days it's:
SLR (seldom used at all due to size and weight, with 18-135 and 10-20mm lenses)
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Point'n'Shoots (pocketable, so I take one or the other most places, e.g. walkabouts and cruises):
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thewilliam2 3 1.4k
11 Dec 2019 1:53PM
Some of us have employed an assistant and, as a breed, they tend to be careless with the boss's kit. It's a lot less painful to have them use second-hand kit!

When my D3X arrived in the studio, some idiot managed to drop it before I'd had a chance to expose a single frame with it!
13 Dec 2019 4:06PM
I always buy new grey market cameras and lenses off Ebay. Everyone always says to steer clear of grey market but I've never had a problem, and it's saved me thousands of dollars. It's the same quality just from another Country.
MentorRon 1 101 Canada
13 Dec 2019 5:04PM

Quote:I always buy new grey market cameras and lenses off Ebay. Everyone always says to steer clear of grey market but I've never had a problem, and it's saved me thousands of dollars. It's the same quality just from another Country.


As you can see ffrom all my posts and uploads, I have no fear of buying from anywhere, dependent on the asking price: Thrift stores, FaceBook local marketplaces, E-Bay, Amazon, Alibaba and others. I have never lost money on anything so far. The thrift stores allow 7 days returns, and I have 4 Point'n'Shoots from them which work just fine, the most expensive being $14.99 Cdn for my latest acquisition, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1/ZR1 (see my uploads). My previous was the $140 Cdn (haggled price down with vendor) for the Sigma 10-20mm EX for my Sony SLT-a58 from a local person through FB Marketplace, which just needed the zoom ring cleaned with vinyl/leather cleaner. I gave the $7 Fujifilm J110W to my wife after using it throughout the Caribbean, and she used it throughout the Mediterranean. I have now upgraded her to the Fujifilm F100fd (also cost $7) which I used on the Med cruise, as it has Image Stabilization, which the J110W didn't. The Fujis have now taken 3000 or more photos each since I got them.
If you are into high end equipment and the "used" cost is in the 3 figure range, I would have a totally different opinion if it were necessary to purchase sight unseen. My Sony/Sigma items were used but local.
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Sigma after 5 mins of cleaning
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takes great photos
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cheddar-caveman 16 1.2k England
13 Dec 2019 5:22PM
spacetuna, quite agree about going "grey". I bought my Canon 100-400Mkll lens and now my new Sony RX10 Mk4 from Panamoz. On the Sony I just saved 500 and get a THREE YEAR local (UK) warranty!

Why would one buy elsewhere😎

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