Selecting Used Lenses and Accessories
An additional lens for your camera is possibly the most important photographic accessory to consider. While kit lenses supplied with most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are adequate for general use, lenses with improved capabilities and specifications, such as larger apertures, better quality glass, and different focal lengths, help you compose and take better photos.
If you don't want to spend the money on a brand new lens, a used lens is a great way to save while still getting wonderful gear. All used items are analyzed and given a 1-10 rating by the B&H staff.
Different Types of Used Lenses and Lens Mounts
The two lens types are prime and zoom. Prime lenses feature a fixed focal length and a wider aperture, and they're sharp because of their simple construction. A macro lens is an example of a prime lens designed for close-up photography. Zoom lenses allow you to change the focal length to frame your photos.
Wide-angle lenses are ideal for photographing large groups, buildings, and landscapes. Telephoto zoom lenses are useful for sports and wildlife photography thanks to their greater magnification.
Each camera manufacturer has different mounts, so it's important to ensure lens compatibility, especially if buying lenses from third-party manufacturers. For example, used Canon lens mounts include:
- Canon EF for full size DSLRs
- Canon EF-S for APS-C sensors
- Canon EF-M for EOS M mirrorless cameras
Used Nikon lens mounts are:
- Nikon FX full frame sensor
- Nikon DX APS-C sensor
Before selecting used lenses, it's best to read your handbook or speak to a specialist to discover which lenses are compatible. Generally, lenses for full frame cameras work on cameras with cropped sensors from the same manufacturer, but the converse isn't true. In addition, an adapter is necessary to fit a DSLR lens to a mirrorless camera.
Other Used Camera Lenses, Accessories, and Equipment
If you prefer working in manual mode, there's a wide selection of high-quality manual lenses in the used film photography niche. You can fit these using lens mount adapters, and their optical quality is as good as, or even better than, that of newer lenses. Protect your lenses by purchasing a camera bag, lens case, and lens hood.
Finding Used Equipment to Enhance Your Filming
Many photographers appreciate the HD video recording capabilities of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Extend this ability by going with top-grade recording equipment from a selection of used pro audio gear. There's a range of microphones, recorders, and mixers to capture and edit high-quality audio to add a professional touch to your movies.
Get the best results from your camera equipment by upgrading your editing capabilities. Choose a workstation or laptop from the collection of used computers and accessories with the processing power you need to edit your movies and photos.
Purchasing used camera lenses is a sensible option and a good way to find the best lens for your camera. Choose from the large selection of interchangeable lenses for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras as well as used digital photography equipment at B&H Photo and Video.