The dream is to take a good picture. This dream is driven by everyone who is not indifferent to photography. What is needed for this? A good camera, probably with interchangeable lenses, for a wide range of possibilities. If so, a lens is also needed, which one is not yet clear, but to match the dream camera.
With advanced amateurs and professionals, everything is clear. Today we are talking about beginners, about those who seriously think about saving moments of life in the picture and attach great importance to this. The mood and emotions of a person, the beauty of nature and much more, preserved in photography, have energy and strength that give us the opportunity to relive the captured moments more than once.
First step. Budget
Why should you pay attention to used vehicles?
The need to meet a certain budget with maximum benefit and benefit is the main goal in the first stage, as well as serious savings that can be directed to the purchase of additional accessories.
Even if, when choosing, you raised the bar for the equipment you are interested in, the cost of a used camera will be significantly lower than a new one. And most importantly, the awareness of the cost of the new device will not crush. We are always very worried about new equipment, we are afraid to drop it, our hand is not yet full on the correct and confident grip of the camera, we are frustrated by a scratch, dust particles are enraged, etc. So you can drive yourself into a corner and forget why you bought a camera to take pictures .
It is better to stop the choice on equipment with interchangeable optics. Buying a camera with interchangeable lenses makes it possible to decide on a further hobby. Whether you’re into macro photography, landscape photography, or becoming a portraitist, it’s the lens that pushes you to do it.
You can not buy a lens at the initial stage at all, but rent it. So, protecting yourself from mistakes, there will be a formation of a vector in which you will move.
A camera with non-replaceable optics can be suitable for beginner bloggers, where it is enough to shoot a small video, or for long-term lovers of landscape photography, such as the Leica Q2.
It might be better to start with a lens without stabilization, learn to focus on the frame in the viewfinder, and shoot while exhaling. Remember the old Soviet Zeniths, there was no stabilization there. This will have to be decided on the spot.
The size of the matrix of the camera will also depend on the budget. Full frame, 1.5x crop factor (APS‑C) or even 2.0x crop factor. By choosing a full frame, you expand the horizons of possibilities. More details in the picture, less noise in low light, etc. Cameras with an APS‑C sensor are lighter, more compact and cheaper to start with. And the small flaws of these cameras are visible to a beginner only by direct comparison of the photographs taken.
Brief instructions for choosing a camera with mileage
Used equipment has already been tested by time, and with proper handling, there is nothing special to break there. You just need to follow some selection rules. Buying even from your good friends, you are not guaranteed against possible disappointment. Curious children may hurt something and not tell their parents.
So, what you should pay attention to:
First, and most importantly, it must be complete. The resource is depleted over time, but not so much as to be discharged to zero after a dozen shots. But it is better to buy a new one, from the same manufacturer and for your model. Leave the old one as a spare. And most importantly — the batteries should not be in a discharged state for a long time.
It seems to be a very important element of the camera, but checking for broken pixels is, to put it mildly, useless. Even on the most advanced matrices, broken pixels can appear. At the factories, matrices undergo OTK, if a broken pixel is detected, the matrix undergoes a remapping procedure. And even if they are not available when you buy a new camera, they will probably appear in the future.
Digital SLR cameras have a shutter that has a resource. This is important to know when buying used equipment. For some cameras, this can be found in the menu, and for someone — only when visiting an official service center. If this confuses you, look at mirrorless cameras — no shutter, no problem.
- from appearance to content
You should not be embarrassed by cosmetic defects, minor scratches, scuffs. You should look for deep dents, traces of a possible fall, deformation of the case, the integrity of the slots on the screws, bayonet connection, etc. But this does not mean that everything is fine if they are not. Internal damage not visible from the outside is possible.
How to determine if the device has been exposed to rain (if it does not have splash protection), has it been in a damp room for a long time? No way. If the camera is “drowned”, it can be given out by small oxidations, which still do not affect the operation of the camera as a whole. It may also be that the seller has cleaned and does not tell you about it.
In any case, in order to be sure of buying a camera from your hands, it is better to diagnose the equipment at an authorized service center of the selected brand. Yes, you will spend time and a small amount, but you will be calm in choosing.
But in order to immediately avoid anxiety and excitement, I suggest you visit the “Photo Warehouse Discount” section, where all equipment has a guarantee from the store, a description of the configuration and the opportunity to purchase additional equipment, both new and used.
Do not stop
A good picture can be taken on a smartphone, but will it be as high quality as a picture taken with a camera with a large matrix and good optics? For social media, yes.
You must strive for your dream, do not let a grain of doubt germinate in your mind that it is spontaneous and fleeting. After all, the photo you take does not ask what camera it was created with, new or used. Who knows, maybe it will be worthy of an exhibition in a gallery? This is the meaning of the picture. The photo should tell a story. Tell yours. Go ahead.