Buying Used Lens Sales Online

Used lens sales

Buying Used Lens Sales Online

The current second hand gear boom is great news for anyone looking to buy top quality equipment without the sky high price tags. It also allows working professionals to have back up gear ready when their primary lens needs repair or they upgrade to a new camera. However, a used lens can be just as susceptible to scams and problems as any other piece of camera equipment, particularly when buying online.

Some sellers are genuine, and find that they don’t use a particular lens enough to justify owning it or they have found an alternative lens that suits their style of shooting better. Other sellers have shady motives, and will try to dupe unsuspecting buyers into purchasing broken or unusable lenses.

When buying a used lens you should always try to see it in person, and preferably bring your own camera body so you can test it on it. Don’t rely on an LCD screen for a complete assessment of the lens; even in good light, it can be hard to see if a lens is sharp. A lens that looks sharp in the store will likely be just as sharp on your own camera, so it’s important to carefully examine a sample of images.

You should also look closely at the exterior of a lens for signs of damage or wear and tear. Minor scratches, and a little bit of rubber or paint worn away from handling are fine – but dents and dings are a no-go. These could indicate a lens that has been dropped and damaged, which would severely affect optical performance.

Another thing to check is whether the lens comes with a warranty. It’s fairly common for stores to offer a six-month guarantee on pre-owned lenses, but you should be wary of anything that doesn’t come with a warranty. The lack of a warranty is usually a good sign that the seller may be hiding something about the lens, or simply trying to sell it for less than it’s worth.

If you’re unable to see the lens in person, it’s essential that you ask the seller to supply as many photos of the lens as possible and be clear about why they are selling it. It’s likely they will have a good reason, such as they’ve upgraded to a different camera or are moving to another country.

It’s also a good idea to ask the seller about their experience with camera gear in general and their reputation. If they seem evasive, or if you can’t find any feedback from other camera users, it’s best to look elsewhere. In addition, if the seller claims to have a professional photographic repair service, make sure you ask them for a receipt before you buy. This will give you peace of mind that they’re legitimate and can fix any faults that might be found. If you do get a receipt, be sure to keep it safe.