Opinion: Why I'm buying second-hand camera kit for the foreseeable future

Second hand
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To say that I’ve bought and owned a lot of camera equipment over the years would be an understatement. But as of late, camera and lens prices only appear to be going one way – up!

I’ve always been a fairly frugal soul, so when I was first starting out in photography money was super-tight and I’d often turn to second-hand shops, online resellers and eBay to bag bargain optics and camera bodies to get a half decent setup. While you definitely have to be careful and know what to look for, I’ve had great success over the years – and I think I’ll be continuing to buy second-hand kit for many more years to come and putting the saved money towards other equipment or projects.

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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.