For university professor James Murray, buying second-hand has brought a range of benefits, as he explains below.
Actually all types, landscape, wildlife and macro mostly, as I am looking to build my strengths. I╒m a university professor and scientist working on ageing-related diseases, so I am fascinated by nature. As you can see from the images here, macro appeals to me, because of the detail and symmetry. I was doing macro with a nifty fifty and 70-300mm telephoto, but was frustrated by the lack of detail/sharpness. So decided I needed a dedicated macro. Buying second-hand meant I didn’t have a massive investment in glass, but buying from Park Cameras meant I had come back, just in case. I saved quite a bit, but still got an impeccable lens, which is highly regarded and sought after. So buying second hand meant I could also spend some money on other thing, ring light to come, for example.
What tips do you have for other people buying or selling second hand?
I have bought off eBay, but do your homework. Buying from a reputable dealer like Park is always the best, and it is my preferred option, even via mail order. If you buy second hand, make sure you have a return period, or can try the lens out, before you conclude the deal.
Would you buy second-hand again?
I have bought my Canon EOS 7D Mark II, a Canon 70-200mm f4L lens, and a Canon 17-55mm f2.8 lens over the last six months, all second hand. It╒s a great way to build your gear, and affordable. It means now that I know photography is a serious hobby for me, and I get so much out of it. So now I am m saving for a super telephoto, and eventually my EOS R5!
See more of James’s work on Instagram: james.t.murray_photography