Should You Buy a Second Hand Camera
Purchasing camera equipment is a sound investment. Regarding technology, the more expensive, the better is quite true!
However, this doesn’t mean you have to fork out thousands of pounds just to get the latest camera. Paying the highest amount for the top of the range camera won’t make you a better photographer; it can only give you the tools to develop and progress in your photography.
But with the rising prices of technology, and the fact that in today’s modern age, the latest model is surpassed a year later, the camera you buy from brand new could be considered old in less than a year.
With this in mind, the question arises, ‘Should I buy a second-hand camera?’
Keep on reading to find out more.
The Pros of Buying A Second Hand Camera
A second-hand camera doesn’t mean second-hand quality; in fact, quite the opposite.
However, the second-hand camera can be the perfect option if funds are low or act as a backup for those “Just in case” moments.
Some of the best reasons for purchasing second-hand are:
All technology, when bought second-hand, is cheaper, regardless of model, quality and age. Brand new fresh out the box, guarantees no one has ever used it before you and comes with a warranty of protection (but more on that later!)
Casual photographers, newcomers, hobbyists, and even professionals building on their portfolio trade and buy all the time; a professional-style camera purchased secondhand with all the mod-cons could be a viable option for starting your photography adventure.
Specific equipment can sometimes be hard to find, especially if the manufacturer stops producing it; second-hand stores can sometimes sit on a treasure trove of hidden gems that you can’t get anywhere else.
If you’re not sure about the specific specifications you need, buying a range of cameras to test can be the way forward to finding your unique style.
Having a backup for any eventuality is the best way to stay prepared. For example, taking photos for a long day in the hot summer could overheat your equipment. Switching between two cameras or even three is prevalent in the photography world and the best way to avoid shortening your session.
Not everybody feels comfortable carrying around thousands of pounds worth of kit, so having a travel set could be the best way of getting mobile with your photography adventure.
A second-hand model carries no depreciation value. Depreciation happens after the first trade; the term ‘secondhand’ applies to anything re-sold. So you could get a relatively new modern camera with top-end specifications, 40% cheaper than the brand new version; what’s not to love!
Is It Worth It?
The primary con for buying second hand is a simple one. There could be no warranty.
You could buy a second-hand model, fully refurbished and working in-store, then it’s a bust a week later.
To avoid this problem, ask in-store about their returns policy and warranty, make sure you know what you are buying, and ask yourself whether it is worth it, but for me, the pros will always outweigh the cons!