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Are you looking to expand your photography gear kit but don’t know where to start? 

Everybody who has a camera, sooner or later, wants a better one. And why not? Upgrading your tools is a must for leveling up your photography career. 

To help you buy the right gear, we’ve compiled a list of useful photography gear buying tips. Take a look and make an informed buying decision. 

 Looking to Expand Your Photography Gear? Don’t Miss These Tips!

Research

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Start by hopping on the internet and looking for established and trustworthy photography gear brands.

You might find that pricing is pretty much the same across the board, but the quality might be different.

For photography props and backdrops, consider Foxbackdrop. They have a great collection. 

Buy Camera Lenses, Not Bodies

What determines the aesthetic quality of a photograph is the kind of camera lens you use. Changing up the camera body may provide you with a higher resolution and better range, but you’ll see more considerable differences with a change of lenses.

Moreover, unlike camera bodies, lenses don’t see very frequent updates. So, you’re making a long-term investment that’ll stay with you for years and help improve your photography. 

Avoid Third-Party Accessories

It’s advised that you avoid buying certain third-party accessories. These are imported and sold by companies other than the manufacturer.

Their warranties are non-existent, and they could sometimes be counterfeit. These include non-branded internal battery and memory cards. 

Buying and using such items from non-branded outlets can corrupt your camera’s system and cause a decrease in efficiency. So, always check if the seller is authorized and if their selling gear is legitimate.

Try Refurbished Gear

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If you are looking to save some money on your photography props and gear, you can think about buying refurbished products. 

Refurbished cameras and other items are usually relatively new and repaired by a manufacturer-licensed professional.

So, go for a used camera body that’s still in good working condition. It shouldn’t be more than a few years old; you can consider getting the shutter overhauled if it is.  

Buy From Social Networks

Several online communities and websites let members sell photography gear. You’re likely to find good deals through such networks because of the strong camaraderie among members. 

Note that these sellers might not have their own purchase policies mentioned clearly on their web page. So, if you can, contact the seller directly and ask them all the questions you can about the product you’re looking to buy.

And don’t forget to discuss their return policy.  

Ignore The Marketing Hype

Don’t worry about the sales pitch and buy what suits your needs the best. In other words, don’t obsess over gear advertisements.

Buying the most expensive and hyped gear won’t necessarily satisfy your gear needs. 

Be Careful

If you’re shopping on used marketplaces, it’s important to proceed with caution. If you encounter a meager price for a brand new gear and the entire deal looks too good to be true, you might be right. 

Saving a few bucks at the time of purchase might cost a lot more in repairs later. So, take utmost care during private transactions unnoticed by a reputable brand.  

Try Everything Out For Yourself

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It’s easy to get swept away by the extensive specifications of cameras, lenses, and other photography gear. Don’t forget, these gears are actually tools that you will be looking through, gripping in your hands, or carrying around on your shoulders. 

Get up close with the gear you’re considering before making a decision. Just like you test drive a car, test out the new gear to make sure it’s the best fit for your specific requirements.

This way, you’ll save yourself the hassle of returning it. 

Conclusion

Your photography gear can significantly change the way you create your art. Having functional gear is essential for creating stunning pictures.

We hope our little guide helps you find the best photography gear for yourself. 

Happy shopping!  

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.

    

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