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Whether you are looking to upgrade your gear or need to add something affordable to your collection, it’s always helpful to have a plan before purchasing equipment. Full Frame Insurance is here to give you some tips you should consider before buying your latest piece of equipment. The time and research spent on finding the right fit for you could be well worth it! Read on to find out more.
Do Your Research
The Internet is a treasure trove of information! When you’re on the lookout for photography equipment, you will find reviews, blogs, forums, and even helpful videos during your search. These resources can be super helpful and give you a better idea of what to expect when you purchase. Check out ePhotozine, Digital Photography Review, or Shutterbug to get started. Many sites will give you the pros and cons of a certain piece of equipment. Dive in and see what reputable resources have to say! You might consider looking into another brand or being more confident in your decision.
Look Into Used Options
Check out Facebook Marketplace, your local listings, and camera equipment stores to see what they have to offer. Questions you should consider are:
How much wear and tear does this item have?: If you’re buying a used camera from a wedding photographer, you can bet it has been used from wedding season to wedding season for years. Condition and years of use could give you some bargaining power to help you lower the price even more.
How much does it cost?: Price matters when you’re shopping around. Let’s say you’re looking for a lens that retails for $300 and you found a used one for $250 instead. Figure out if the cost is worth it to buy new or used. When you think about it, an extra $50 gives you a brand new lens or you save $50 going with a used one. It’s about perspective and what works for you.
Can you test shoot?: It’s best to test shoot before you commit to purchasing the item, especially when it comes with a big price tag. In some cases, the seller may want to package the item and be done with it. Be sure you can connect with someone who is willing to work with you and your needs.
Know Your Budget
This is hard to do when you’re looking at the latest and greatest gear. Figure out your “must-haves'' and separate them from your “good to have”. This will give you a well-informed idea of what to look for on your search for camera gear. Plus, it won’t set you up for disappointment when you want to buy something that is way out of your set price range. Take the time to see what fits into your budget. Do you have any old gear you want to sell? Whatever you make from selling it can be included in your budget and could broaden your options.
Check Out Less Popular Brands
Nikon and Canon have a huge brand presence. Everyone in the photography world knows about these big names. Don’t count out the other brands that are available, though! You may find that a different brand’s gear is a better fit for your needs. The nice thing about purchasing gear is that it is always evolving. You don’t necessarily need to stick to this piece of equipment for years to come and can always upgrade.
Sign Up For Emails
Emails from companies give you insider access to their latest promotions and arrivals. In many cases, you will get an email with a discount code just for signing up! When you’re looking for photography equipment online, don’t miss out on adding yourself to their email list. Big or small discounts can make a difference and save you a little money along the way. Any online shopper will know some companies have better offers than others. This will give you the chance to compare and see who you want to purchase from.
Try These Tips Today!
Purchasing photography equipment can be an information overload if you don’t know where to start. Breaking it down to what matters the most can help you in your search of obtaining the right gear. You may want to spend more on an investment piece or you could possibly just need something to get you by. It’s up to you to decide. Keep in mind that each brand will have different price points and features. The nice thing about this search is there is something for everyone at the end of the day. You just need to know what works for you and fits within your chosen budget.
About Full Frame Insurance
When it comes to protecting your business and gear, Full Frame Insurance fits right in. Full Frame offers photography equipment insurance starting at $55 for annual policyholders. It’s easy to get started and you gain a safety net for your assets. After purchase, you get instant access to your digital insurance documents and it only takes less than 10 minutes to sign up. We also have a team of licensed insurance agents ready to answer any additional questions. Contact us today!
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