This is an exciting time to be enjoying photography, with plenty of manufacturers competing through their excellent interchangeable lens systems. There have never been so many high quality, advanced photography products entering the market throughout the year. This means that there is always a great choice of equipment available in the used department as other photographers trade-in their unwanted items.
Depending on your style of shooting you might be after different types of gear to expand your camera system. As a landscape photographer I’m always looking for the best combination of detailed high resolution images, dynamic range, high quality compatible lenses and good value for money. By going through the used route I’ve been fortunate to try several brands and settled on the one which suits my style of working the best. If you are a wedding or portrait photographer you may look for an accurate autofocus system, buffer rates and fast glass. Street or travel photographers might need smaller portable mirrorless bodies with compact lightweight lenses. We’ve seen a growing number of photographers looking for a second system, as either a back-up or offering advanced video for making vlogging-style movies. I’d recommend doing your homework before by reading reviews and watching educational videos related to what you are after. Our blog has a reviews section of the newest and best releases in the UK. Our YouTube Channel is powered by the extremely knowledgeable Gareth Evans who provides excellent hands-on reviews of many systems.
Buying used can come with a number of concerns, such as what if the seller is not accurate about the items' condition, or the equipment has been dropped or damaged. What if it’s not a UK model, or has been imported from the ‘grey market’. It might not be compatible with your particular system or has an undiagnosed fault. I’ve had all of these concerns and in fact had a bad experience (out of many positive) when buying from the large auction website (you know the one!) Having purchased an expensive zoom lens for Fuji X system I subsequently discovered it had a fault. It’s not a mistake I wanted to repeat, so I decided to start buying from reputable shops who offer a warranty instead, and I haven’t looked back since making that decision.
Here are some ways to ensure you have continually positive experiences when buying used;
Why buy used from Park Cameras?
We are happy to report that we provide all of the peace of mind you could wish for in our thriving used departments. Our reviews on Google (London store and Burgess Hill store) and Trustpilot are overwhelmingly positive and we can even source an item for you if we don’t have it in stock. If you are trading-in to offset the cost of a purchase, we’ll collect your equipment for free if the value is over £1000. Delivery is also free over £50 so there doesn’t have to be any hassle at all. We provide a minimum of six months used warranty unless otherwise stated, and our trained technicians clean all sensors and hand-check every item prior to selling.
We are PRO UK dealers for all of the major camera brands, which means there’s a swift turnover of the very best used equipment available in the UK. Our Pro dealer status isn’t taken for granted and we work hard to ensure our staff are experts in their field and can offer the best advice. Here are some of the brands we represent as Professional retailers:
Example cost savings
Here are some examples of stock at the time of writing, which demonstrates the excellent cost-savings which can be achieved with used gear. (Please be aware that gear comes and goes, often very quickly depending on how popular it is).
Canon 600mm f/4 IS USM Mark II Lens
This is an exceptional lens (see on Canon's website here) for sports, wildlife and any professional telephoto application. The reviews are fantastic and at £11k new, this lens is not for the faint hearted. We currently have one in stock £5,000 cheaper, despite being in ‘as new’ condition!
Nikon D5 Body
Nikon’s current full-frame flagship DSLR- See the D5 here at Nikon. As a new camera it’s £6k.
We have one used in excellent condition for under £4k, saving a massive £2000. This lets you consider adding another lens or two in savings alone.
DJI Mavic Pro Drone
Equipment is by no means limited to high end DSLR’s. You can buy a used DJI Mavic Pro Drone for under £600 in excellent condition. These are professional quality drones, (albeit the previous generation) and a steal at that price. Perfect to explore aerial photography without the financial outlay of a brand new model.
These are perfect for travel, point and shoots and as second systems, with advanced functionality often giving interchangeable systems a serious run for their money. Featuring super-zooms, high speed autofocus and far more. See what’s available in our used compact camera department.
In my experience buying used camera equipment has been a resounding success. I’ve tried out several camera systems, including Nikon, Fuji, Sigma and Sony to see whether they suit my needs. I’ve re-sold equipment if it wasn’t right and purchased again afterwards. Going to a store has definitely given me more confidence and peace of mind over buying from auction sites. Having a six month warranty on used equipment makes me feel like it has been thoroughly tested and I know it’s going to work as expected. Like anything technical, equipment can go wrong, but the peace of mind of knowing it can be returned makes good sense to me and I have picked up some great bargains along the way! Of course it's not for everyone, let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below. Tell us if you got a good deal or had a positive / negative experience.
By Nick Dautlich on 12/11/2019
Trade in your old equipment
Fast and easy trade in service ensures your old gear is collected efficiently and you are paid quickly! It's very simple to trade in your unwanted photography gear. Just head over to our dedicated Sell or Part Exchange page, fill out the details, and we'll get back to you with an offer for your old gear. Take the cash, or put it towards the cost of your new gear. It's up to you! Find out more