Buying used camera gear vs buying new?

3 years 10 months ago #535138 by Ontherocks
What is your personal policy on buying used?  Will you buy a used camera body?  Would you buy a used camera lens? 

I was chatting with another photographer yesterday about this.  I have no problem buying used lenses, but the camera body, I want new.   That was just me. 


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3 years 10 months ago #535160 by ThatNikonGuy
If it's a good deal and the item checks out, I'll be used any day. 


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3 years 10 months ago #535170 by Screamin Scott
I've bought used bodies but I check them out real good too.

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3 years 10 months ago #535187 by Alvin K
I have no issues with buying used if a good deal and I can trust the seller.  


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3 years 10 months ago #535196 by effron
I prefer new bodies, but have bought used lenses....

Why so serious?
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3 years 10 months ago - 3 years 10 months ago #535197 by Screamin Scott
Most of my bodies (digital that is) have been refurbs....One was used, two were new, three were refurbs..Lenses have almost all been used or refurbs...

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3 years 10 months ago #535199 by garyrhook
I think you can tell quite a bit from the condition of the exterior of a body. Past that, what matters is the actuation count, which you can get from a recent photo. Every shutter mechanism has an estimated number of actuations, which will help you assess risk/return. That said, both of my body purchases have been new, because they've been new-ish models (i.e. un-replaced).

For lenses, all of mine are pre-owned. If the lens works, talks to the camera, and (again) has an exterior in good condition, then it's probably a safe bet. Past that, you can get guaranteed lenses through Amazon, or refurbs.

If I can get a lens used in a good deal, I'll do it.


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3 years 10 months ago #535204 by Jessa Layton

Screamin Scott wrote: I've bought used bodies but I check them out real good too.


+1 same with me


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3 years 10 months ago #535235 by Dana Leeson
I prefer camera bodies to be new and the glass is OK in my book being used.  Depending on price and condition of course.  


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3 years 10 months ago #535253 by rosh4u
I would say that it's totally personal choice and preference. If the deal and condition of the camera are good I would go for it. But yeah, if there is no much difference is not much in the price of used and new then its good to go for a new camera. 


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3 years 10 months ago #535265 by Shadowfixer1
I bought my Olympus E-M1 from KEH used. I couldn't believe the condition it was in when I received it. If you had unboxed a brand new one and swapped them around in a blind test, there wouldn't be anyway to pick the new from the used. I went through the steps to check shutter count and it was at 999. It came with a 6 month warranty and was several hundred dollars cheaper. Good deal. Each instance will vary I'm sure, but I came out way ahead. I have bought 2 lenses from the Olympus refurb outlet and they looked and worked as new. I guess a person needs to do whatever they are comfortable with. If you are willing to gamble on having to send something back that's not acceptable, then you can save quite a bit of money.

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3 years 10 months ago #535297 by KENT MELTON
If a good deal, then yes, buy used all day


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3 years 10 months ago #535479 by Frederick Images
I've bought used glass in the past.  I always buy new camera bodies though.  Mainly for the warranty.  I've never had much any problems with lenses. 


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3 years 10 months ago #535480 by Screamin Scott
I've never had to utilize a camera warranty.

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3 years 10 months ago #535527 by Joves
For me it is glass without hesitation. Film bodies depend on what glass is coming with them, because I only buy film bodies for the glass. Digital bodies always new. While I have yet to use a warranty, I trust Mr Murphy's Law that a used one would break on me, if I have the warranty they never do.


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