The Best Places to Buy Used Cameras and Lenses in 2022 (2023)

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Ever since I became a photographer, most of the cameras and lenses I have purchased have been used. Most cameras and lenses only come with one-year warranties (though there are exceptions), and since some used gear sellers offer 6-month warranties, that extra half-year is often not worth the difference (to me). And, of course, some items — like vintage or discontinued cameras and lenses — are only available used.

Also, if I want to try a camera out to see how it works for me, I look for an open-box item — I am not a fan of returning brand new cameras because of purely personal preference.

I have had experience with all the below-mentioned companies, some much more than the others.

So, without further delay, here is our list of the top six (in alphabetical order) places to look at when seeking out your next piece of gear. Obviously, all these places offer gear well beyond just cameras and lenses too!

At a Glance


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Adorama is my absolute favorite supplier of photo and video products. After hundreds (if not thousands) of items purchased and tens of thousands of dollars spent with them, I can safely say I have quite a lot of experience — including returns and dealing with its amazing customer service team.

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As far as digital cameras and lenses, its used department is my favorite of anyone on this list. Adorama has tons of used gear available at any given time, with new gear being added every day. Best of all, it has very, very good prices with some unbeatable deals popping up now and then.

Items are rated from X (for parts only) to F (fair, which means it has certain malfunctions) to E+ (Excellent Plus). I have had nothing but great experiences with items from G (Good, just above Fair) to E+, with the lone exception of a thirteen-year-old Sigma DP1. Since returns to Adorama are so utterly seamless, it was not even a bother.

One of the best features of Adorama — not just its used department but the site as a whole — is its VIP360 program. It costs $49.99 per year, but if you order a decent amount of photography or video equipment, it is well worth it. The primary benefits are: free 2-day shipping on thousands of new items, 60 day return period instead of the normal 30, 1-year “drops and spills” protection (applies to new items only, with some exclusions), dedicated customer service, and early-bird access to discounts and sales. Oh, and shipping for returns is free with VIP360 too — so even if you simply change your mind but the product is not defective, you still pay nothing for return shipping.

All of Adorama’s used photo products come with a six-month warranty for G grade or higher and a 30-day return window. Used video and lighting gear carries a 90-day warranty with a 30 day return period.

B&H Photo Video

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We likely all know B&H Photo Video. It is almost certainly the largest photo and video retailer in the United States, if not the world. While most of its seemingly endless options of products and brands are new stock, it does have a decent used department.

Based out of New York City, B&H sits less than two miles from its nearest competitor (both literally and figuratively) — Adorama. The retailer has a massive superstore that thousands of people visit every day. Should you be lucky enough to do so, you can browse its used equipment in person. You can also drop off returns and pick up online orders at its physical store, often same-day.

Unlike Adorama, the used department is not nearly as robust, nor are its prices as competitive. B&H’s inventory does not rotate over as much, and its rating system is more opaque. It does often include a note alongside the numbered rating (which ranges from 7 to 10), e.g. “Moderate Wear,” “Well Used,” or “Little to No Signs of Wear.”

Like purchasing new items from B&H, used gear will still come with the same quality customer service and free expedited delivery over $49. Used equipment may be returned for any reason within 30 days and carries a three-month parts and labor warranty.


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I am sure everyone is familiar with eBay, so not a lot needs to be said about how it works. It is probably the most controversial option on this list — some hate it and will never use it and others (like me) find it to be a great source for a variety of different situations.

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eBay is where you stand to get the best possible price and have the largest variety of options at any given time for any given item. For some items, namely vintage lenses, cameras, and accessories as well as rare or niche items, eBay may be the only place where you stand a chance to find what you are looking for.

A lot of the apprehension regarding eBay is the potential for scams or dubious sellers. This is a completely valid concern; however, it is far, far less something to worry about as a buyer. eBay has an incredibly robust protection system in place for buyers — to the point that I feel the site is riskier for sellers and not the other way around. The retailer will side with the buyer in almost every situation.

If there are any issues with your item, you can simply file a claim and eBay will refund your money whether the seller accepts the return or ignores your claim. You should, however, thoroughly read any description and look at all available photos before purchasing. From my extensive experience of over fifteen years on the site as both a buyer and seller, I have zero reservations as a purchaser.

Unlike every other company on this list, eBay items, in general, have no warranty — however, some sellers on the site (including several on this list who also sell on eBay) do offer warranties on items sold via eBay. Again, you should thoroughly read the listing and/or contact the seller if you are unsure about the terms. eBay itself has a 30-day window to file a claim should your purchase be not as described, not arrive, etc.

It is worth noting that eBay, along with the below-mentioned MPB, is the only company on this list that is NOT an authorized dealer for Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc. This can be important if you are, for example, an NPS (Nikon Professional Services) member — it also may affect the ability to get repairs from the manufacturer, since any camera or lens not purchased from an authorized retailer is considered gray market.

KEH Camera

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KEH Camera — the largest pre-owned camera store in the United States — is based just outside of Atlanta and is one of the most popular and highly regarded sites for used photography (and some video) gear. With great prices, fantastic customer service, warranties, and a huge catalog of used equipment, it is one of my go-to sites when I am looking for my next piece of gear. From 35mm to large format cameras and lenses, DSLRs, mirrorless, and tons of accessory gear, there is not much it doesn’t have.

The site is easy to navigate and browse, with everything broken down into clear and specific categories, plus plenty of search filters along the left-hand side of the page. Its ratings range from “Like New” to “Ugly” — there is also an “As Is” rating, which essentially means “for parts only.” And its rating system is one of the strictest out there — “bargain” grade, which is just above “ugly” is often equivalent to what many eBay sellers would list as “Excellent++” or “Near Mint.” I have even bought dozens of “ugly” lenses — most of which simply had cosmetic issues but were optically good or excellent.

Unfortunately, KEH’s site does not have photos of each item, so you can only judge its items based on the rating system.

KEH offers a 180-day warranty and 21-day return window on bargain grade or higher items and free shipping for orders over $49.


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Our original choice here was LensAuthority, a subsidiary of LensRentals, however as Petapixel reported in November of last year, Lensrentals chose to integrate the two into one site. This is certainly a good move because it was somewhat difficult to find LensAuthority unless you were directly familiar with it, even if you knew about LensRentals.

Every piece of equipment at LensRentals goes through a rigorous X point inspection, cleaning, and provision program after each loan, which allows them to achieve what is purported to be the lowest failure rate in the rental business. Equipment naturally goes through the same proprietary inspection process before being put up for sale.

You can browse the LensRentals site as you normally would if you want to rent something, and if you’re interested in buying or seeing what’s available to buy, each product page has a “Buy” button in the top right. Clicking that will take you to a page that lists all of the available bodies/lenses for sale.

Each item will have an overall rating like “excellent” or “good,” along with sub-ratings for Cosmetics, Performance, and Shutter Count (for cameras). Lenses will, in place of Shutter Count, have a “Glass” rating.

LensRentals does provide some other very nice options that you don’t see elsewhere. Chief among them is its incredibly affordable extended warranty options. For example, you can get a 1-year extended warranty on any camera priced from $1,000 to $3,000 for an additional $25! A 2-year extended warranty on a lens from $500 to $1,500 is $14. I don’t know any other company that offers extended warranties anywhere close to those prices if they’re even offered at all.

I do wish the site was easier to navigate for potential buyers who are not interested in renting — similar to how LensAuthority worked, or every other site on this list. As it stands, you have to find the item you’re interested in, click “Buy” and then see what’s available (if anything is). A somewhat separate section of the site with navigation for all products currently for sale, along with filters and the ability to organize lists (e.g. from Low to High price) would be incredibly nice. But again, the transition away from LensAuthority is very recent, so it’s highly possible updates to the site are in the works or planned.

Lastly, if you rent an item from LensRentals, you can opt to purchase it after your rental and LensRentals will credit 100% of the rental fees for up to 7 days toward the purchase as part of its “Keeper Test Drive” program.


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MPB is probably the least well-known on this list, but it has grown quite a lot during the COVID-19 era and are absolutely worth a look. Not unlike the others on this list (except eBay), MPB purchases and resells used camera gear after thoroughly inspecting and testing the equipment. With two offices in the UK and one in Brooklyn, New York, MPB serves even more markets than several others on this list, and in April of this year, it acquired Series D funding of $69 million to expand to other markets.

The two best things about MPB are its massive catalog of available products and its very good prices. For example, at the time of writing there are twenty Nikon Z6 (starting at $1059), thirty-four Canon 5D Mark IV (starting at $1959), and twenty-seven Sony a7R Mark III (starting at $1889) cameras available to purchase. I do not know of anywhere else, except eBay, with that kind of inventory.

The company offers a 7-day return window with a six-month warranty on all the retailer’s products.

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As mentioned above for eBay, MPB is not an authorized dealer for Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc.

Robert’s Camera (Used Photo Pro)

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Robert’s Camera (hereafter referred to as Used Photo Pro), based out of Indianapolis is one of the largest suppliers of both new and used gear in the United States. Its used department, which exists on a separate website and with its own customer service line, is one of the best in the country.

Over the years, I have purchased thousands of items from Robert’s, visited its store dozens of times, and it has been nothing but the kindest, most helpful company I have ever dealt with. Customer service resolves issues with lightning speed and without hassle.

Used Photo Pro sells everything from modern digital cameras and lenses to vintage 35mm, medium format, and large format cameras and lenses — as well as the expected accessories like tripods, camera bags, etc.

While its inventory is not as extensive as KEH, the prices are just as competitive and, unlike KEH, each item on the site has photos of the actual product.

Grades range from Inoperable to Mint. The description of what each grade means is listed on every item’s page and, as mentioned, photos are available for you to inspect. The retailer is as transparent as it gets as far as what you are buying — in fact, out of the thousands of items I purchased from them, only one had an issue and the return was seamless.

Used Photo Pro offers a six-month warranty on all items, except for those graded “poor” or “inoperable.” Free shipping is offered on all items except those graded Inoperable, Poor, or Fair.

If there is one niggle with Used Photo Pro, it is that ever since its redesign, the website is achingly slow to load each page — it is borderline unacceptably slow. But, have patience because it is a wonderful resource. I do hope the retailer fixes that issue, though — it would make it a lot more pleasant for me, as I check it several times a day.

Full disclosure: Adorama has been a long-time PetaPixel sponsor, but the camera store was not involved in the creation of this article.

Image credits: Header photo licensed from Depositphotos

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Which is the No 1 camera in the world? ›

The Sony A1 is far and away the most advanced and most powerful camera on the market… yet this comes at a cost, literally. It's about twice the cost of the Sony A9 II, and it's even more expensive than the 100MP medium format Fujifilm GFX 100S.

What is the Holy Trinity of lenses? ›

The lens trinity is traditionally what photographers call the combination of wide, standard and telephoto zoom lenses. It's usually something like a 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm. This group of lenses let photographers — specifically those that photograph events — capture all of the different angles of a scene.

What size lens is best for general photography? ›

If you're interested in portrait photography, the best lenses are between 45mm and 85mm. At these focal lengths, the proportions of the face and body are true to life and flattering. In most cases, wildlife and nature photography requires long focal lengths in the 300mm to 600mm range.

What is the 2 second rule in photography? ›

It's easy: look through the viewfinder, center the subject, and press the shutter button, right? Next time, try skipping step two — take those few seconds to put your subject off-center, and see how much more engaging your pictures become. Say hello to the Rule of Thirds.

Which brand lens is best? ›

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Which brand camera lens is best? ›

So the title of absolute best camera lens manufacturer goes to:
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  • Panasonic. ...
  • Leica. ...
  • Zeiss. ...
  • Sigma. ...
  • Tamron. ...
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Which company camera lens is best? ›

Out of all the lenses in this review, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens is the best overall choice. It's an affordable, fast lens that produces sharp images. But if you have a Nikon or Sony camera, we recommend the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art zoom lens.

What are the 3 important thing in camera? ›

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How do I test my used camera before buying? ›

Camera Check
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  6. Sporting goods. ...
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  • Accident Damage.

Why are people buying second-hand? ›

One of the most obvious and well-known benefits of buying secondhand is the cost savings. You can often find secondhand goods up to 50% cheaper than you could if you were buying new. When you consider that Americans spend over a trillion dollars annually on nonessential goods, those savings can add up.

Is A Nikon better than a Canon? ›

Top-End DSLRs

If we look at the comparison, we can see why Nikon takes the lead here. Nikon's 46 MP (vs Canon's 30 MP), the huge number of focus points (153), its dynamic range, and bracketing capabilities are all determining features.

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How many megapixels is the best camera ever? ›

And at the top of the list is the Sony A7R IV, which has a 60 megapixel sensor and can capture 240 MP sensor-shifted shots.

Which is better mirrorless or DSLR? ›

The DSLR offers a wider selection of interchangeable lenses, longer battery life, and better low-light shooting thanks to the optical viewfinder. On the other hand, mirrorless cameras are lighter, more portable, offer better video quality even in lower-end models, and can shoot more images at faster shutter speeds.

How can you tell a good quality camera? ›

Important specs to check out when buying a camera are autofocus speed, frames per second (fps), startup time and overall operational speed ratings. The fps rating is the number of photos, shots, or frames that a camera can capture per second. Higher fps ratings offer smoother and clearer images or video.

What is the most commonly used camera shot? ›

Medium Shot Shows part of the subject in more detail. For a person, a medium shot typically frames them from about waist up. This is one of the most common shots seen in films, as it focuses on a character (or characters) in a scene while still showing some environment.

Why is a mirrorless camera better? ›

Mirrorless cameras offer more image stabilization.

Lack of a mirror mechanism means mirrorless cameras offer more image stabilization, and less shaky photos—and with fewer moving parts inside, you end up with a quieter, more discreet camera. Mirrorless cameras have a smaller sensor size than DSLRs.

What 3 prime lenses should every photographer have? ›

The so-called "normal" range of prime lenses consists of 28mm, 35mm and 50mm. All three are great, all three offer distinct feelings and it does ultimately come down to personal choice.

What are the only 3 camera lenses you need? ›

There is no one lens to rule them all which is why I am recommending 3 types of lenses that will satisfy the majority of your photography needs; macro, wide-angle, and telephoto lenses.

What is the best focal length for everything? ›

The best focal lengths are between 50mm and 135mm if you like to photograph people. You can get standard prime lenses like 50mm with less distortion. Or you can buy a zoom lens covering the lower end of the range, like a 24-70mm or a 24-105mm. A short telephoto would also be a good buy for you.

What lens should I use for everyday photography? ›

The 50mm is a jack-of-all-trades lens and a master of almost everything photographic.

Which is better 50mm or 85mm lens? ›

If you're shooting in a well-lit area, then a 50mm lens performs just as well as an 85mm. However, if you're taking pictures in low-light conditions, the 85mm lens has a significant advantage. A 50mm lens has a wide aperture of f/1.8, is ideal for low-light photography, and lets you take those dreamy "bokeh" shots.

What lens size is most like the human eye? ›

For one part, 50-mm lenses reproduce the proportions of faces, depth, and perspective at roughly the same size as we see with our naked eyes. For another, a 50-mm field of view roughly matches the human angle of vision.

What is the 500 rule in photography? ›

Rule of 500 (or 300)

You take the number 500 and divide by the focal length of your lens. For example, if you have a 20-mm wide angle lens, then 500 / 20 = 25. You can shoot for 25 seconds on a tripod before the stars start to streak. Rules of thumb have their place.

What are the 7 rules of photography? ›

The seven principles of design in photography—balance, rhythm, pattern, emphasis, contrast, unity, and movement—form the foundation of visual arts. Using the seven principles allows you to take greater control of your photographic practice. This will lead to better photos and more photographic opportunities.

What is the 400 rule in photography? ›

Capturing stars as points instead of trails. 400 / focal length x LMF = Max number of seconds before stars blur due to earths rotation. Example: Full frame camera, focal length 28mm. 400 / 28 = 14.3 seconds is the longest acceptable shutter speed.

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Does the brand of camera lens matter? ›

The camera brand does not matter for most purposes. Or at least it shouldn't. There are brands more adept at certain things than others, like weather sealing for example. However, for most use cases most brands are competitive or at least competent.

Does Costco make good lenses? ›

Costco has a good reputation in the prescription eyeglass industry. Not only do they They have a high rating for prescription lenses. They also take enough time and care with each client to ensure the frames fit well and are comfortable before the transaction is completed.

Which is the best DSLR lens? ›

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  • Nikon 50mm Nikkor F/1.8D AF Prime Lens for DSLR Camera. ...
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  • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8G Prime Lens for Nikon DSLR Camera.
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Do better lenses improve picture quality? ›

Using a better lens than the standard one supplied with most cameras almost always results in a significant improvement in quality. A large part of the technical quality of an image is determined by the lens, the only exception being the sensor and the way the camera processes the images.

Is 35mm or 50mm better for product photography? ›

For product photography, it's best to use a lens with a focal length between about 50 to 100mm. This range produces the most lifelike images. A lens much wider than that can distort the products.

Is it OK to use third party lens? ›

It's important to keep in mind that third party generic lenses are optimized for price. Therefore the optical quality isn't always up to those found on Canon and Nikon brands. If you're intending on upgrading and reselling your lens in the future, generic brands don't hold their value as good as Canon or Nikon.

How do you inspect a used camera lens? ›

Check the lens for fungus, scratches and dust. The best way to do that is to shine some light through the lens (with a simple flashlight – even the LED light from your smartphone should suffice) – any imperfections should then be clearly visible.

Why are third party lenses cheaper? ›

Third party lenses - ones not made by the same companies that make the cameras - are often MUCH less expensive than the name-brand lenses. In some cases they are less expensive because the quality is not at the same level as a comparable lens made by a camera manufacturer.

Are old lenses still good? ›

Old DSLR lenses can be enjoyable to use. They've got imperfections that you don't see in most modern lenses. Plus, they really make you work for the shot. In a world where photography is so simple, they're refreshing.

Does the brand of lens matter? ›

The camera brand does not matter for most purposes. Or at least it shouldn't. There are brands more adept at certain things than others, like weather sealing for example. However, for most use cases most brands are competitive or at least competent.

Are Tamron lenses good quality? ›

As a lens, the Tamron is splendid. In common with many mirrorless lenses some of the parameters, such as distortion and CA, are controlled in conjunction with the camera to get the best results, but the lens on its own is still an excellent overall performer.

Can I wear someone elses lens? ›

It's important not to share contact lenses with anyone else. Trying on someone else's contact lens or lending out your lens can spread infection. Since contact lenses are fit to the exact size and configuration of one person's eye, the lens might damage the surface if worn by someone else.

What should never be used to clean a camera lens? ›

Never use canned air.

Canned or compressed air can blast and destroy the camera sensor and the optics of your camera lens. If you feel the need to blow out dust from your lens, use a manual air blower instead.

Is there something better than progressive lenses? ›

Bifocal lenses provide a clear distinction between near and far vision prescription within the lens. While many people may immediately choose a progressive lens, a bifocal may be a better fit for your lifestyle and vision needs.

Are cheap camera lenses any good? ›

Aside from the fact that you may already have it, cheap zoom lenses do not have great build quality, are only sharp at narrower apertures, and have very little low light capabilities.

Can you just buy new lenses for old frames? ›

Fortunately, you can typically continue to use your existing frames when you get new lenses, provided that the frames are in good condition and aren't too complicated in shape.

Are new camera lenses better than old ones? ›

Modern lenses and cameras are more than sharp enough, and we don't necessarily need them sharper. With vintage lenses, you're basically forgetting about sharpness. Many times, less sharpness is better. In recent years, photographers are looking for more contrast or clarity in their photos.

How many years do lenses last? ›

For example, even if you embrace healthy habits to protect your sight and lenses, you'll eventually need new prescription lenses. On average, lenses last 1–3 years.

How long do unopened lenses last? ›

For that reason, all packaged contact lenses will have a printed expiration date. Usually, the expiration date is ~4 years from the date of packaging.


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