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Used DSLR Camera Lens Cost


How Much Does a Used DSLR Camera Lens Cost?

 
low costStandard Zoom Lens: $50-$900average costWide-Angle Lens: $50-$1,000+high costTelephoto or Super-Telephoto Lens: $100-$7,000

On DSLR or Digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras, interchangeable lenses are used to accommodate a range of shooting situations. It is possible to save hundreds of dollars by purchasing preowned photography equipment, though consumers typically don't receive warranties or manuals with used equipment. While some used equipment can be "like new," it's a good idea to inspect for scratches and defects on a potential purchase.

Typical costs:

  • Standard zoom lenses are popular and typically the least expensive choices, allowing photographers to shoot scenes from a distance, literally zooming in and out on a subject. Used Nikon and Canon zoom lenses typically cost $200-$900, depending on the focal length (most range between 35mm-100mm). Off-brand manufacturers offer zoom lenses for significantly less, typically costing $50-$500.
  • Telephoto and super-telephoto lenses are more expensive than standard zoom lenses, but magnify a subject much more than a standard zoom. Telephoto lenses start at about $100, but some super-telephoto lenses cost as much as $6,000-$7,000 for high-end models. B&H Photo Video's Used Department[1] sells telephoto lenses from $70-$3,500; super-telephoto lenses start at about $1,000.
  • A wide-angle lens can create depth in a photo and works well for panoramic images and landscapes. Typically, used wide-angle lenses cost $50-$1,000, depending on quality, manufacturer and features. Adorama[2] , an online electronics retailer sells used wide-angle lenses for $70-$1,050.
  • Specialty lenses vary in price. A fisheye lens, for photographing distorted wide-angle shots, typically cost $50-$500, although some can cost as much as $1,000. A macro lens, for shooting extreme close-ups, can cost as little as $20 used.
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What should be included:
  • Lenses on DSLR cameras are not typically interchangeable: Photographers with a Nikon camera typically need Nikon lenses and photographers with a Canon camera need Canon lenses. Some lesser-known companies such as Sigma[3] and Tamron[4] make lenses that are compatible with major-brand cameras. These lesser-known brands typically cost 20%-50% less than recognizable brands.
  • Lenses should also come with the mount that is compatible with a photographer's camera system.
Additional costs:
  • Lens cleaning and care kits maintain and protect a lens. Cleaning and care kits, which usually include a cleaning cloth, a lens cap or a lens pouch, typically cost $20-$40. For example, Amazon[5] sells a lens cleaning kit specifically for DSLR lenses for $14.
  • Photographers often protect cameras and equipment in cases. Cases range in price, but generally start at $20-$40 and go up from there based on size and number of compartments. For example, a Canon SLR camera case[6] sells for $28 on Amazon.
  • Tripods are handy for photographers shooting still scenes and minimizing movement of the camera. Tripods typically cost $20-$100. For example, a 60" tripod[7] sells for $21 at Amazon.
Shopping for a used dslr camera lens:
  • Online retailers for used camera equipment include B&H Photo Video[8] , KEH.com[9] and Adorama.com[10] . Online auction sites such as eBay[11] are also good places to shop, but checking a seller's feedback is suggested.
  • PhotographyLife.com offers tips for buying used lenses[12] , including what to check for and how to find a reputable seller.
  • Consumer Reports has an extensive DSLR camera and lens buying guide[13] that explains various controls and types of lenses.
  • When shopping for a used camera, always be aware of new camera prices. CostHelper's consumer electronics product pages offer tips for how to choose a digital camera.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Focal+Length+Type_Telephoto&ci=3018&N=42942470...
  2.  www.adorama.com/searchsite/default.aspx?searchinfo=used+wide-angle+lens
  3.  www.sigmaphoto.com
  4.  www.tamron.com/en/
  5.  www.amazon.com/Professional-Cleaning-Cameras-Canon-Pentax/dp/B0080JH3YE/
  6.  www.amazon.com/Canon-2400-SLR-Gadget-Cameras/dp/B0002Y5WZM/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronic...
  7.  www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-60-Inch-Lightweight-Tripod-Bag/dp/B005KP473Q/
  8.  www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/Used-Equipment/ci/2870/N/4294247188
  9.  www.keh.com/
  10.  www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=category&cat1=Used
  11.  www.ebay.com
  12.  photographylife.com/how-to-buy-used-lenses
  13.  www.consumerreports.org/cro/interchangeable-slr-lenses/buying-guide.htm
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