Do you prefer to buy your camera equipment on the high street?

Published June 25, 2014 in Camera Equipment

In buying new cameras, brand-new lenses and the ever-expanding universe of related devices of digital photography could quickly become an extremely expensive leisure activity. That stated, there are a number of ways you could save yourself substantial quantity of money. In some cases this may involve acquiring somewhat more high end tools and in some cases it might be crafting your very own tools from everyday items. Without additional waiting time, I present below the twelve means to save money on your digital photography and electronic camera tools.




Price is the easiest thing in the world for which to shop so it’s what usually gets people in trouble. We all know how to compare prices. This whole article is to help you get what you need, which is more complex. If you’re looking for the hottest new digital item they usually sell at full price until interest subsides, so looking for price alone from an unfamiliar source can wind you up in a scam. On the other hand if you’re shopping for most other things you have a much better chance of getting a deal.

If the prices on a hot new D7100 or 70D from some website you’ve never heard of seem too-good-to-be-true they probably are. On buying used cameras I can always find good deals, but I had to pay full price for my D7100 simply because there are more people who want them than Nikon can make cameras. Thus no dealer has any reason to drop the price. That’s where scams come in.

Use Old Lenses

If you own a DSLR and are on the hunt for new glass, then you may be able to save money by using an older lens. If you graduated to digital from 35mm film DSLRs then you may already own a number of lenses already.

The main thing to look out for is lens mount compatibility. For example, Canon DSLRs use the EF mount, which was introduced in 1987. Prior to this Canon 35mm film SLRs used the FD mount, and while the FD lenses cannot be attached directly to EF-mount DSLRs it is possible to buy an adaptor.

Another thing to be aware of is autofocus compatibility. Whereas the vast majority of contemporary lenses offer autofocus capabilities – either built-in or through the camera – some older lenses do not. A small number of these can even damage modern DSLRs. For example, Nikon has used the F-mount since 1959 and while most older Nikon F lenses are fine on modern Nikon DSLRs, those manufactured before 1977 without a secondary aperture ring or pre-AI (automatic indexing) can damage modern cameras and are best avoided.

I wish you good luck on buying your next camera equipment.

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