We buy used camera gear
Three easy steps to sell or trade your camera gear:
Send us a list of the camera gear you want to sell or trade using the web form below.
We’ll review your list of camera gear and send you a rough estimate of what we think we can offer you for your used gear.
- If you are comfortable with the estimate, you can either drop off your gear at our retail store, or we can send you a prepaid mailing label to send us your gear.
- We’ll double check everything to confirm the cosmetic and mechanical conditions.
- Finally, we’ll provide you with a firm offer to buy or trade your camera gear.
Used Equipment Grading Guide
97% to 100% of original condition. Only very close inspection will reveal any wear. Viewed at arms length, item appears as new. Perfect glass.
90% to 96% of original condition. Gear has been well cared for and is exceptionally nice, but is obviously a used item to the naked eye. Perfect glass.
80% to 89% of original condition. Shows average wear for age of item. Small surface marks or slight dings may be present. Glass may have minor imperfections that do not affect image quality.
70% to 79% of original condition. More than average wear for the age of the item. Obvious dings or surface loss. Glass has more than minor imperfections, but image quality should still remain unaffected.
The item works, but is ugly. Think rough. Glass will have more major imperfections like haze or fungus that affect image quality.
Parts or Repair
Gear does not work. Cosmetic condition could be mint to acceptable, but because the item does not work it is classified for parts or repair.
“Why would I want to trade my camera gear instead of selling it?”
Trading will get you greater value for your camera gear. Typically around 10% more value. We’d like your next purchase to be with us, so we give you a little incentive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although we do not like to turn anything away, we do not purchase everything that comes our way. We will consider everything, however. Camera gear that is seriously “loved”, or not in working condition, is usually not going to be of interest to us. There are exceptions, like, but not limited to, collectibles that are worth repairing, or some cameras with value as “parts”. Also, it takes a lot of effort to evaluate, clean up, track, and sell used cameras, so camera gear with little value or interest in the marketplace is not going to be worthwhile for us to pursue.See also our general overview of what we are buying and not buying below.
The process can be relatively quick. We try to respond to all requests within 1 to 2 business days. Our response time depends on workload as we handle all inquiries on a first come, first serve basis. Once we provide a rough estimate, the timing of the next step then depends on how quickly we get your gear in our possession to do a final evaluation. Dropping it off is usually the fastest way to get us your gear for our final evaluation. The final evaluation takes another business day or two. Once a final offer is accepted, we either issue a check, or put money on an account for you (in the case of a trade), in about 1 business day. Please note that large lots take substantially longer. One lens takes hardly any time at all to complete a final evaluation, while a lot of several lenses and cameras, plus accessories, may take us several days to get through. We do test everything to ensure it is all working as expected.
This is for your protection. Theft, especially of valuable electronics, is a real and sometimes common thing.
Nope. We apply your trade value as a store credit on your customer account. You can use that credit as quickly or slowly as you want. You can also use that credit on anything we sell or on any services we provide.
“Why would I want to sell or trade with you? Couldn’t I get more money selling my camera gear to an end user?”
You’re absolutely right that you could get more selling your camera gear to an end user. At the end of the day, we have overhead to pay, and need to make a profit. There are a few things to consider, however.
With us, you know our check will clear or your trade value will be there waiting to get used. You won’t be asked to accept shady payment methods that ultimately get refused by the bank.
Peace of mind
By selling or trading your used camera gear to us you will not have to worry about a buyer contacting you down the road with issues. We do not get buyer’s remorse, either.
Save time and frustration
Sell or trade all of your used camera gear at once. No need to organize multiple sales, meet people you don’t know, or ship items and hope it works out.
what we’re buying
Camera gear we are always interested in buying or trading
Digital SLRs, especially modern ones, are a popular used purchase. Values drop quickly, but luckily there is a lot of interest. Older digital SLRs have very little value or interest anymore as technology has advanced so much.
Many lenses, even older ones, can still be used on modern digital cameras. As a result, lenses are always popular, and something we are always interested in buying.
Film has seen a resurgence, and medium format cameras are part of that trend. Mamiya, Bronica, Rolleiflex, and Hasselblad are just some of the medium format cameras we are interested in purchasing. We are also interested in digital medium format cameras and backs.
Leica, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Zeiss and other collectible cameras are always on our radar. We purchase cameras like these on a daily basis.
Antiques & Large Format
Not many shops are buying antique and large format cameras any longer. We understand as it can take a long time to find a buyer (sometimes years…). We find them fascinating, especially as a part of history, so we are always interested.
Digital mirrorless cameras have seen a big jump in interest over the last few years. Interest for mirrorless cameras on the used market has increased in kind.
what we’re not buying
Camera gear we typically pass on buying
Film has seen a resurgance, but darkroom equipment is usually big, and resale prices are still pretty low. Storing, and sometimes having to ship, darkroom gear makes it often not worthwhile to resell.
Unless your camcorder is relatively modern or high-end, there is not a lot of interest for camcorders on the used market, which makes them difficult to resell.
Point & Shoot Cameras
In general, film and digital point & shoot cameras have very low resale values, which makes it difficult for us to buy and sell for a profit. Higher end, more modern point & shoot cameras, like those with full-frame sensors, or special zoom lenses, would fetch higher prices and something we’re interested in buying.
“Where can I buy used camera gear?”
Used camera gear can be found by browsing our online shop.Shop Now