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Want vs. need: A guide to buying new or used photography gear

As photography continues to attract enthusiasts from all walks of life, many first-time photographers are faced with the challenge of choosing the right photography gear for their needs. With so many options available, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of camera bodies, lenses and accessories.

The first step in making an informed decision is to determine your goals for photography and the types of subjects or events you want to shoot. Your photography gear should follow your passion and be suited to your specific criteria.

Once you have a clear idea of your needs, it’s time to research your options. Look for reviews and hands-on experiences from reliable sources to make an informed decision. While new gear may be tempting, consider purchasing used equipment, which can save you money without compromising on quality.

When buying used gear, it’s important to check the reputation of the company you’re buying from. Look for customer reviews and return policies, and make sure the gear’s condition matches your expectations. Companies like MPB are known for their excellent customer service and hassle-free buying and selling experiences.

Selling your own photography gear can also be a way to offset the cost of new or used equipment. MPB makes it easy to sell your used gear and get a fair price for it.

In conclusion, it’s important to balance your wants with your needs when it comes to photography gear. By doing your research and considering used options, you can get high-quality equipment that fits your specific needs without breaking the bank.

Disclosure: Several close associates had used and recommended MPB to me as a reputable seller of used photography gear. I looked at a few others for a Canon lens I needed and decided to use them. I sold several pieces of my older gear to afford the lens, again using MPB. The experience is extremely easy, fast, and hassle-free. I have since done several transitions all without a hitch. 

In a recent example, I got an email saying my quoted price had been adjusted, my first thought was maybe my gear wasn’t in the condition I had stated. I opened the email to find their service inspection had found a filter I had left on the lens! They had increased my payment. I would have never known or expected to be notified of an increased payout. Many photographers I deal with consider them their first option for used gear, whether buying or selling.