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Buying used photography gear is a great idea if you ask me...
On the one hand, you save money when you buy used, which means you either have more money in your pocket your you have more money to devote to buying other gear.
On the other hand, there's tons of great deals on used cameras. That includes prosumer and professional full frame cameras!
That got me thinking - what are the best used cameras for your buck?
Here's a few suggestions...
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Released in November 2008, the Canon 5D Mark II might be a decade old, but it's still got a lot of value for photographers that are looking for a capable full frame camera without spending a ton of money.
Armed with a 21.1-megapixel CMOS full frame sensor, this camera still has plenty of resolution for today's photography needs.
Though the autofocus system has just 9 AF points, the system is highly capable and can be used to capture moving subjects sharply. The 3.9fps continuous shooting speed can't compete with today's cameras, but it's still a more than workable rate for most action photography pursuits.
The 5D Mark II has an ISO range of 100-25600, which even by today's standards is excellent.
This range paired with the full frame sensor make the 5D Mark II an excellent choice for low-light photography.
The camera offers +/-2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments for improved exposures as well.
The big, bright 3-inch LCD offers 920k dots of resolution while the viewfinder offers 98 percent coverage so you're sure to see the full picture as you frame up photos.
Best of all, as of this writing, you can get a 5D Mark II in good condition for well under $700. Compared to the $3,100 price tag of a brand new 5D Mark IV, $700 looks pretty good! That's why this is one of the best used full frame DSLRs money can buy.
Get all the details on the Canon 5D Mark II in the video above by The School of Photography.
Like the aforementioned Canon 5D Mark II, the Nikon D700 was released ten years ago. That means there's a robust inventory of pre-owned D700s out there that you can pick up on the cheap.
The D700 sports a 12.1-megapixel CMOS full frame sensor. While it doesn't have the resolution of the Canon, don't be fooled - this is an excellent sensor that captures tons of detail.
Where the D700 really shines, though, is in its autofocus system.
Sporting 51 autofocus points, the D700 is a highly capable camera for sports and wildlife photography.
Low light shooting is certainly a pursuit you can undertake with the D700 as well.
This camera has an ISO range of 100-25600, which you can utilize to produce well-exposed images even when the light is fading.
This camera also offers a +/-5 EV range that can be adjusted in 1/2, 1/3, or full stop increments.
The 920k dot 3-inch LCD and 95 percent viewfinder coverage will help you frame up ideal shots, too.
Canon EOS 6D
If you ask me, the best used cameras you can buy is the Canon EOS 6D.
Released in 2012, it's four years newer than the other two cameras on this list, so it benefits from newer technology.
For example, the 6D features Canon's DIGIC 5+ imaging processor, a newer and more powerful version than the DIGIC 4 found in the 5D Mark II.
The 20.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor provides detailed, highly resolute images as well.
Another feature that's so attractive about the 6D is that it's one of the smallest, lightest full frame cameras available.
Since full frame DSLRs can be rather big and bulky, you'll appreciate the fact that the 6D weighs about 1.5 pounds (body only).
The 6D also features an improved autofocus system with 11 AF points, the addition of WiFi, 4.5fps continuous shooting, and an extended ISO range of 50-102400.
You can find a Canon 6D in good condition for as little as $729, too, which makes it a great bargain option for shooters that want full frame capabilities but don't want to spend a lot of money.
Get a full hands-on review of the Canon 6D in the video above by Bokeh Market.