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Used DSLR Camera Cost


How Much Does a Used DSLR Camera Cost?

 
low costBeginner DSLR Camera: Up to $400 Less Than Newaverage costIntermediate DSLR Camera: Up to $600 Less Than Newhigh costAdvanced DSLR Camera: Up to $1,000+ Less Than New
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DSLR or Digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras are typically used by professional photographers. The cameras have interchangeable lenses to accommodate a range of shooting situations. It is possible to save hundreds of dollars by purchasing used 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:

  • Beginner DLSR cameras typically cost $400-$900 new, but can be purchased used for up to $400 less. For example, a Nikon D3100 sells new for $450-$500, but a "like new" used model available through KEH[1] , a new and used online camera retailer, was available for $379. On eBay, Pentax K-30 camera kits[2] sell for $500-$800, which typically retail for $800-$900.
  • Intermediate DSLR camera models are used by semi-professional photographers and enthusiasts who have more extensive knowledge of photography. Typically, intermediate models cost $1,000-$1,800 depending on features and capabilities. For example, B&H Photo Video sold a Canon EOS 60D[3] camera kit new for about $1,400. A similarly equipped used model sold for $800.
  • Advanced DSLR cameras are typically used by photography professionals, such as those who work for newspapers and magazines. Advanced DSLR models typically costs $1,500-$6,000, although there are models that can costs tens of thousands of dollars. A Nikon D4 typically sells for about $6,000 or more. B&H Photo Video[4] sold a used model that "appears new" for $5,500.
Related articles: Digital Camera, Camera Lens, Used DSLR Camera Lens

What should be included:
  • The camera body (with or without a kit of lenses) should be included in the purchase. Other accessories might be included such as a lens cap, a protective case, rechargeable batteries or a memory card.
  • Customers purchasing a used camera should not expect the item to be packaged like new models -- not all used cameras come with instruction booklets or original packaging.
Additional costs:
  • While many DSLR cameras come with a lens, other lenses for varying photographic situations are also available. Lenses can be purchased either new or used and typically cost starting at about $50-$700 for basic lenses. More specialized lenses can cost thousands of dollars.
  • Photographers often protect cameras and equipment in cases. Cases range in price, but generally start at $20-$40 and increase from there based on size and number of compartments. For example, a Canon SLR camera case[5] 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[6] sells for $21 at Amazon.
Shopping for a used dslr camera:
  • Online retailers for used camera equipment include B&H Photo Video[7] , KEH.com[8] and Adorama.com[9] . Online auction sites such as eBay[10] are also good places to shop, but checking a seller's feedback is suggested.
  • Petapixel, a photography blog run by enthusiasts and professionals, offers tips to consumers looking for a used camera[11] , suggesting specific functions to check.
  • PhotographyLife.com also offers tips for used-camera buyers[12] , including how to find a reliable seller.
  • Some used gear can have a return policy. Having a period to test out used merchandise with the option to bring it back can be helpful.
  • When shopping for a used camera, compare prices with 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.keh.com
  2.  www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=pentax+k-30&_sacat=0&_from=R40
  3.  www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/744400-REG/Canon_4460B016_EOS_60D_DSLR_Camera.html
  4.  www.bhphotovideo.com
  5.  www.amazon.com/Canon-2400-SLR-Gadget-Cameras/dp/B0002Y5WZM/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=...
  6.  www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-60-Inch-Lightweight-Tripod-Bag/dp/B005KP473Q/
  7.  www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/Used-Equipment/ci/2870/N/4294247188
  8.  www.keh.com/
  9.  www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=category&cat1=Used
  10.  www.ebay.com/
  11.  petapixel.com/2009/05/22/a-guide-to-buying-used-dslr-gear/
  12.  photographylife.com/how-to-buy-used-dslr-cameras
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