New cameras and lenses can be very expensive, but you can save a fair amount of money by buying used gear. However, there are, of course, certain considerations you should make before you buy that previously owned body or lens to ensure you are actually getting a good deal and are buying from a reputable and honest person. This excellent video tutorial discusses the ins and outs of buying used camera gear.
Coming to you from Hyun Ralph Jeong, this great video talks about how to buy used camera bodies and lenses online. Probably half of my camera gear is used, and I have saved a significant amount of money by buying it that way. Buying this way has allowed me to obtain some lenses I simply could not afford to buy new while still getting the same sort of performance I would from an unused item. Generally, if gear is well taken care of, it remains reliable for a long time, but of course, that is something you should evaluate with every individual transaction. I have discussed before how Fred Miranda is my favorite place to buy and sell used gear, but it certainly is not the only good online marketplace. Check out the video above for the full rundown.