Don’t forget about secondhand lenses for your DSLR

Every blogger (and actually, most parents) all want/need a bigger, better camera.
The world is now so visual, and we’re all looking for the next step, the way to up our game in the visuals we use.
Of course, we’d all love a fabulous DSLR – you just can’t beat the pure quality of a really great camera filled with perfectly designed glass, mirrors and a mini magical computer.

But they don’t come cheap. And once you have one, and you’ve fallen in love with it, you’ll find the need for more never stops. Because there’s always just-one-more-lens you *nee-e-e-ed*.

Trust me – I’ve been married to a photographer for 20 years, I know how this goes.
Take this lens:

The Nikon 85mm f1.4. A perfectly beautiful prime lens, a standard piece of kit for portrait work.

And a standard prime lens price tag of £1177.00.


But a lot of smaller companies sell secondhand lenses. This is not like buying them form an unknown source like Ebay, where you have no real idea of the condition until it’s in your hand, and no real comeback if there’s a problem.

But places like Clifton Cameras will assess and check secondhand equipment, sell it on at a great price – AND offer a warranty on it too. just in case.



That there is the sameNikon 85mm f1.4 prime lens. And the price tag? Just £499.

It’s a bit of a no-brainer, isn’t it?

So once you’ve invested in your DSLR (and don’t forget, the deals are the same on secondhand camera bodies too), spend your money wisely. Secondhand doesn’t mean second quality – whoever paid over £1000 for that lens wasn’t going to just let it roll around at the bottom of a camera bag. And don’t be suspicious – every photographer buys equipment, and finds that actually, it doesn’t get anywhere near as much use as they thought it would. Selling off the older unused lenses is a great way for photographers to raise some cash to fund that new lens they *ne-e-e-eed*…

Whether you’re in the Canon or the Nikon camp (I’m not even going anywhere near that battle), or maybe a proud Pentax, Sigma or Sony owner, make sure you check out the used kit. It could save you a fortune.

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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