Hey Y'all! Hope you're having a great week. This week I want to talk about gear. No surprise I am a gear head. LOL I do love gear! But like most of you I live on a budget and can't buy the newest and greatest thing that comes out every year. But I do like new gear even if its just new to me. For the last 5 or so years I haven't bought anything new. I've always chosen used. I have been very pleased with my purchases and have saved quite a bit of money that I could use on photography trips and adventures. But buying used can be scary because it's not brand new. I have been very successful in my used purchases some by luck when buying from an individual but from a company that I use called MPB.
MPB is a company that buys and sells used photography gear. The one in North America is located in New York City and they have one in Europe also. I have been dealing with the one in NYC exclusively and highly recommend it. This is how it works . You go on their website and find what you want say a camera body. You usually have a choice between "like new" condition "Excellent" , "Good". These condition ratings are explained in the website and I find them to be true. The things I got that were like new were like new and the things that were only good worked fine but maybe had some cosmetic scratches on them but didn't effect operation. I also like that I can sell or trade older equipment in to help purchase items knocking the already low price even lower. To me this is win , win! If your selling or trading equipment you give them what you think the estimate of your gear is they will send you a FedEx label and you ship it to them. When they get it they will let you know by email and inspect your equipment if they agree and they have with me so far. They will cut a check or take that amount off of your item. Your biggest problem is just packaging up your item and getting it to FedEx. If you can tell I love this company. As a matter of fact Sony just came out with a new camera body and I'm going to wait until they get them in stock before I buy it just to save some money and to be able to sell the camera body that I'm using now. Now the only question to answer is used equipment for you?
In my humble opinion if you are a stills photographer like I am I think that used is for you. If you shoot video or something that fast focus is a must like wildlife or Sports it may not be. Most of the advances in camera's now a days is in video and fast focusing but if you're like most of us that super fast focusing or video features is not a factor. If you're really like me you don't even care if your stills camera shoot video at all. That would be great a camera that only shoots stills with no frills camera and no video. I would be first in line. But I don't see that happening. So for me and most people I think that used is okay. I'm shooting a camera now that came out in 2015 and am pleased with the quality. Thats why I can wait to upgrade for when the new camera body gets in MPB. Buying used is a great way to save some of that hard earned cash and upgrade your equipment when needed.
So when you think it's time to upgrade your gear don't for get to think used instead of new. Until next week make sure you get out and shoot!