Photography equipment is extremely costly, and stocking up on the essentials for your kit may rapidly add up in terms of expense. Buying secondhand can save you a significant amount of money, but you must ensure that the camera or lens you are contemplating is in good condition and completely working before making the purchase. This informative video shows an experienced photographer who discusses what to look for and how to analyze secondhand cameras and lenses before making a decision on whether or not to acquire the items.
This excellent video, brought to you by Jan Wegener, outlines what to look for when acquiring old cameras and lenses. If you take good care of your camera equipment (and lenses in particular), it will perform just as well as new equipment, and you will save a large amount of money by purchasing used equipment instead of new ones. I probably have 60-70 percent of my possessions that were acquired secondhand, and I have never had a problem with any of them. More significantly, I have saved thousands of dollars over the years by doing so. Of course, make sure to conduct your research ahead of time, thoroughly inspect the equipment, and only purchase from merchants you know you can trust before proceeding. The complete overview from Wegener may be found in the video embedded above.