Where To Buy Photo Gear
As anyone who has shopped for photography equipment knows, the cost adds up quickly. My best tips are to start with the essentials. A good solid camera body, at least 2 good quality lenses, extra batteries, and a flash. From there build up your backup gear and any additional lenses or lighting equipment you may need. If you're unsure about an item, try renting it out first. Renting is also a great option when you need specific equipment for a job. I have a few places that I love to buy my gear from.
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KEH is a use equipment dealer based in my hometown Atlanta, GA. You'll find all kinds of great deals here and can even find film equipment if that's something you're interested in. I've used them many times especially for lenses and have never had any issues. I ordered a lens through them once and noticed the lens cap was missing, they immediately took care of it. Their shipping is really quick and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful when you have questions. The great thing about KEH is that when you are ready to upgrade, you can also sell your gear here too(extra percentage if you choose to trade in for store credit!) I sold my entire canon arsenal when I switched over to mirrorless. It was great to not deal with the hassle of selling all the pieces individually, you can get a quote easily online for what they expect to offer you, and as soon as they evaluate your gear they can direct deposit or mail you a check. They also offer free shipping on any orders over $49...which lets face it, most camera orders meet that!
B&H is another favorite of mine. I mostly use them for gear that I want new(especially things like batteries and lighting equipment), but they do also offer used gear. They have been around since 1973 and are based in NY. I love that they are a family business that has just exploded into this trusted source by professionals everywhere. They are closed for Jewish holildays, so order accordingly if you're on a time crunch.
Adorama prides themselves as being a one stop shop. They offer equipment rentals, have a used equipment section, will purchase your used gear, and also offer prints. A lot of orders have 2 day shipping. Like B&H they are based in NY. I have used them for rentals and had great experiences.
I'm sure we're all familiar with this superstore. I am obsessed with my Amazon Prime account. I use it for everything, including photo gear. I love the fast shipping, easy returns, and huge availability of products. I have also gotten some of my best deals on Amazon. When I was looking for my Fujifilm X-T2 is was still sold out everywhere. I found it on Amazon for a great deal and got the last one.