Opinion: Used camera lenses are a great buy for photographers on a budget

Used camera lenses
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It’s often said that the best lenses are more important than the best cameras. And although it’s hardly a revelation, it’s something I experienced first hand when I bought my first 'serious' camera and was forced to buy used camera lenses. 

I’d decided I had outgrown my entry level DSLR, but in reality, I’d outgrown my only lens. I saved and saved and eventually blew all my funds on a second-hand Nikon D800, which I still use today. It wooed me with its big sensor and beefy body, and when I held it up to a mirror and looked through the viewfinder (I actually did that) there was no doubt about it, I looked every bit the pro photographer.

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.