Best Places to Buy Used Lenses

Cameras, while fun and useful, can be quite expensive. That’s especially true of lenses, which is why so many people turn to used ones in order to save some money. Buying such a model might seem difficult at first, but there are plenty of places to get a solid lens in good condition.

I have spent years both working with and using different kinds of camera equipment. In that time, I’ve gotten a decent amount of previously-owned gear. That knowledge, in addition to some deep research, allowed me to compile the best places to get used lenses.  

Below, I will take a look at each one and explain what makes them perfect for users who want to save some money while still purchasing a quality lens.

Continue reading to learn more.

1. KEH

KEH has long been considered to be one of the best online places to sell and buy used camera gear (lenses included). There are several ways to navigate the site, and everything is quite functional. There’s a wide collection, which means you’ll always be able to find what you want.

The biggest reason the site works so well for buying used lenses is because of its Lens Inspection Process, an in-depth grading system that helps you know exactly what you’re buying. That gives an extra layer of protection and ensures the lenses you buy are up to your standard.

2. B&H

Another major player in the camera game, B&H is a large retail site with a special used equipment department in their gear store. Though they have many items, all you need to do is check a box to search used ones. Their lenses are tested and sold with a 90-day warranty.

As with many top sites, each item is graded on a special scale to ensure you’re getting a good product. You can pay more for lenses that are in brand new or never used condition, but you can also save some cash by getting some open box or slightly used ones as well. It’s up to you.

3. Adorama

Where many sites that sell used lenses lump them in with other gear, Adorama has a special used lens store that makes it easy to find the exact one you want without any hassle. You can quickly narrow down by brands and everything has a 30-day money back guarantee.

Being able to efficiently locate a lens is much better than spending hours sifting through equipment you don’t need. On top of that, their rating system is top notch and their name is extremely trusted in the photography world.

4. Amazon

While it may not be as focused as the above options, dedicated or determined users can find good used lens deals on Amazon. The retailer site has a used market that enables sellers of all different types to put up used equipment. If you know how to search, there are plenty of lenses.

As Amazon is so large and diverse, not everything you buy is going to have the same quality testing as a dedicated camera site. However, if you trust the seller or company you’re getting the used lens from, they do have a rating system that lets you know the item’s condition.

5. eBay

The largest online marketplace, eBay is a great way to find used camera lenses at a wide range of different prices. It’s not as secure as the larger camera retailers, and the prices aren’t always going to be the most competitive, but the auction system gives you a chance to get a great deal.

Another reason eBay makes my list is that it offers an extremely wide selection. As there are so many sellers offering so many different prices, you get an incredible amount of choice when going on eBay. Most transactions are protected by a money-back guarantee as well.

6. Craigslist

While not as reputable as the other offerings here, Craigslist is another great place to find used lenses. You don’t get as many deals as you would with other places, but there is still a good selection for used lenses. In addition, it’s likely where you’re going to find the best deals. 

Many people selling on Craigslist are trying to quickly or easily get rid of their old equipment, which then means they are selling it a lower price or a fraction of its value. If you’re patient or know how to navigate through the site, there are some amazing deals to be had.

7. Local Stores

If the internet doesn’t work for you, or if you’re simply in a more remote location, never forget about your local camera stores. Not all establishments will offer previously owned items, but the ones that do tend to give solid deals. Some may even be open to negotiating as well.

This isn’t the most reliable method, you never know what your store might carry, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save some serious cash on a strong lens. Just be sure to call around first and ensure the store has the used lens or lenses you’re looking for. 

Final Words

Lenses can be pricey, but there are many great deals out there if you know where to look. Each place or site in the above article doesn’t just offer good lenses at low prices, but they also protect your purchases and help you understand exactly what you’re getting.

The trickiest part of buying a used lens is never knowing what condition it might be in or how it’s going to work. Every choice gets around that and saves you some money in the process.

Do you have any questions about the above places? Where do you buy used lenses? Let us know below!

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