New camera prices only go up, so why shouldn’t I buy second-hand?

Career Feature: Buy second-hand
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It’s no secret that photography can be an expensive hobby, especially when cameras like the Canon EOS R5 cost around $3,000 and that’s before we even consider the lenses. Buying second-hand camera equipment could therefore be a good route to go down if you’re looking to save some money on your next upgrade.

I’ve always been a savvy soul, so I can’t actually remember the last time I bought any brand-new camera kit, but that’s not to say there aren’t dangers when buying used equipment. In this article, I’ll run through the main things to look out for when buying second-hand kit so that you can avoid ending up with a lemon.


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Dan Mold
Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan also brings his technical wizardry and editing skills to Digital Camera World. He has been writing about all aspects of photography for over 10 years, having previously served as technical writer and technical editor for Practical Photography magazine, as well as Photoshop editor on Digital Photo

Dan is an Adobe-certified Photoshop guru, making him officially a beast at post-processing – so he’s the perfect person to share tips and tricks both in-camera and in post. Able to shoot all genres, Dan provides news, techniques and tutorials on everything from portraits and landscapes to macro and wildlife, helping photographers get the most out of their cameras, lenses, filters, lighting, tripods, and, of course, editing software.

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