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What to Look for When Buying Used Camera Lenses

Be careful when buying used lenses for your DSLR

Every photographer wants the best lenses, but we can’t always afford to buy new ones. Some excellent camera lenses used for DSLR cameras can be found if you know what to look for.

Whether they’re just starting out or have been shooting professionally for years, all photographers know the value of a good lens. While there are some bargains to be had in the full price market, quality optics never come cheap. On top of that, there seems to be an endless list of goals we “need”!

One solution to all of this is to buy used lenses. Buying used camera lenses for your DSLR is a much cheaper option for most photographers.

But to do this successfully, you need to know what to look for and what to look for when shopping. Use these tips for buying used camera lenses to have a successful buying experience.

Search for damage

  • Don’t be put off by scratches and dents on the outer casing. A solid professional lens, built to last and designed to be used. The scars and bumps only mean it has a lifespan and you shouldn’t ignore it due to its outward appearance!
  • Examine the outside of the lens for signs of chipping. This will produce some pretty serious bumps! If the lens has a filter, remove it to see if the lens has any jagged edges. Take a few test shots and examine them – a dropped lens will often produce completely out of focus shots.
  • Move the cannon and make sure the elements don’t move. This is especially important with zoom lenses, as the internal elements of the barrel can come loose after prolonged use or after being dropped. While it won’t affect your photos today, it might have an impact in the future.
  • Inspect the lens mount contacts for excessive wear and scratches that indicate rough handling when mounting the lens.
  • Look through the lens to check that the interior elements are not dusty or dirty. Dust outside the lens can be cleaned. It takes a professional technician to remove dust, dirt, and even mold from interior features, and it’s probably not worth the effort unless it’s a high-value lens.
  • And lastly (and most importantly) check the front and back elements for scratches. The back element is the most important as any scratches will show in your photos.

Check focus

  • Switch the lens to manual focus and rotate the focus ring back and forth to listen for “grinding” sounds or a grinding sensation. If the ring does not move freely, it can cause problems with getting the camera to focus properly.
  • Put the lens in autofocus mode and listen for any strange noises coming from the lens motor or mechanics. Check to see if the camera is having trouble focusing.

Where to find used camera lenses

Many photo stores buy and sell used camera lenses, and some even offer a one-year warranty or warranty with the products.

Major camera stores have websites filled with great used gear finds. They usually use a rating system to let you know how good a lens is and note any issues. A reputable dealer such as B&H Photo and Adorama will have every piece of used equipment inspected by trained technicians. Do not hesitate to call them if you have any questions, they are very helpful.

Many people will choose to look for lenses on sites like eBay and that’s fine…as long as the seller is trustworthy and will accept returns if the lens isn’t as described.

Remember these tips and you won’t go wrong buying a used camera lens for your DSLR!


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What to Look for When Buying Used Camera Lenses

Use caution when buying second-hand lenses for your DSLR

Every photographer wants the best lenses, but we don’t always have the money to buy new ones. Some fantastic used camera lenses can be found for DSLR cameras if you know what to look for.

It does not matter if they are just starting out or have been shooting as a pro for years, all photographers know the value of a good lens. While there are some bargains to be had in the full-price market, pro-quality optics are never cheap. As well as this, there seems to be a never-ending list of lenses we really “need” to have!

A solution to all this is to look into buying second-hand lenses. Buying used camera lenses for your DSLR is a far cheaper option for most photographers.

To do this successfully, however, you need to know what to be cautious of and what to look for when shopping around. Use these tips for buying used camera lenses to have a successful buying experience.

Look for Damage
Don’t be put off by scratches and dents on the outer casing. A sturdy professional lens is built to last, and it is built to be used. Marks and knocks just mean that it has had a life, and you shouldn’t disregard it because of its outer appearance!
Examine the outside of the lens for evidence of it having been dropped. This would produce some fairly serious dents! If the lens has a filter, take it off to see if the lens has any uneven edges. Take some test shots and examine them — a dropped lens will often produce shots that are completely out of focus.
Move the barrel around and make sure the elements do not wiggle. This is particularly important with zoom lenses because, after extended use or a drop, the inner elements of the barrel can become loose. While it may not affect your photographs today, this could have an impact in the future.
Check the contacts on the lens mount for excessive wear and tear and for scratches indicating rough handling when mounting the lens.
Look through the lens to check for any dust or dirt on the internal elements. Dust on the outside of the lens can be cleaned. Dust, dirt, and even mold on the inner elements require a professional technician to remove and unless this is a very valuable lens, it is probably not worth it.
And finally (and most importantly) check the front and rear elements for scratches. The rear element is most important because any scratches on that will show up on your photos. 
Check the Focus
Switch the lens to manual focus and twist the focusing ring back and forth to listen for any “grinding” noises or a feeling of grittiness. If the ring does not move freely, this could cause problems for the camera focusing correctly.
Switch the lens to autofocus mode and listen for any strange noises coming from the motor or the mechanics of the lens. Check that the camera does not struggle to focus.
Where to Find Used Camera Lenses

Many photography shops buy and sell used camera lenses, and some will even offer a 1-year warranty or guarantee with the products.

The large camera stores have websites that are filled with great used equipment finds. They often use a rating system to let you know the quality of a lens and will note any issues. A reputable dealer like B&H Photo and Adorama will have trained technicians examine every piece of used equipment. Feel free to call them with any questions, they are very helpful.

Many people will choose to look for lenses on sites such as eBay, and this too is fine… as long as the seller is reputable and will accept returns if the lens doesn’t match up to its description. 

Just remember these tips, and you won’t go wrong when buying a used camera lens for your DSLR!

#Buying #Camera #Lenses

What to Look for When Buying Used Camera Lenses

Use caution when buying second-hand lenses for your DSLR

Every photographer wants the best lenses, but we don’t always have the money to buy new ones. Some fantastic used camera lenses can be found for DSLR cameras if you know what to look for.

It does not matter if they are just starting out or have been shooting as a pro for years, all photographers know the value of a good lens. While there are some bargains to be had in the full-price market, pro-quality optics are never cheap. As well as this, there seems to be a never-ending list of lenses we really “need” to have!

A solution to all this is to look into buying second-hand lenses. Buying used camera lenses for your DSLR is a far cheaper option for most photographers.

To do this successfully, however, you need to know what to be cautious of and what to look for when shopping around. Use these tips for buying used camera lenses to have a successful buying experience.

Look for Damage
Don’t be put off by scratches and dents on the outer casing. A sturdy professional lens is built to last, and it is built to be used. Marks and knocks just mean that it has had a life, and you shouldn’t disregard it because of its outer appearance!
Examine the outside of the lens for evidence of it having been dropped. This would produce some fairly serious dents! If the lens has a filter, take it off to see if the lens has any uneven edges. Take some test shots and examine them — a dropped lens will often produce shots that are completely out of focus.
Move the barrel around and make sure the elements do not wiggle. This is particularly important with zoom lenses because, after extended use or a drop, the inner elements of the barrel can become loose. While it may not affect your photographs today, this could have an impact in the future.
Check the contacts on the lens mount for excessive wear and tear and for scratches indicating rough handling when mounting the lens.
Look through the lens to check for any dust or dirt on the internal elements. Dust on the outside of the lens can be cleaned. Dust, dirt, and even mold on the inner elements require a professional technician to remove and unless this is a very valuable lens, it is probably not worth it.
And finally (and most importantly) check the front and rear elements for scratches. The rear element is most important because any scratches on that will show up on your photos. 
Check the Focus
Switch the lens to manual focus and twist the focusing ring back and forth to listen for any “grinding” noises or a feeling of grittiness. If the ring does not move freely, this could cause problems for the camera focusing correctly.
Switch the lens to autofocus mode and listen for any strange noises coming from the motor or the mechanics of the lens. Check that the camera does not struggle to focus.
Where to Find Used Camera Lenses

Many photography shops buy and sell used camera lenses, and some will even offer a 1-year warranty or guarantee with the products.

The large camera stores have websites that are filled with great used equipment finds. They often use a rating system to let you know the quality of a lens and will note any issues. A reputable dealer like B&H Photo and Adorama will have trained technicians examine every piece of used equipment. Feel free to call them with any questions, they are very helpful.

Many people will choose to look for lenses on sites such as eBay, and this too is fine… as long as the seller is reputable and will accept returns if the lens doesn’t match up to its description. 

Just remember these tips, and you won’t go wrong when buying a used camera lens for your DSLR!

#Buying #Camera #Lenses


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