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Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 lenses (1 of 3)ISO 2001-100 sec at f - 5.0

There are loads and loads of benefits to purchasing used gear. For starters, you know that it’s working fine in most cases because someone has already given it a test run. On the other hand, you also end up saving a couple of bucks vs purchasing it brand new. Additionally, it lets you read reviews and find out more about the camera, lens or light before you make the purchase–which helps you in your decision to figure out whether the item is right for you or not.

Generally, the staff of the Phoblographer has always purchased used gear and we’ve rarely ever had problems. Here’s our guide to purchasing used camera gear.

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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Nikon 20mm f1.8G ED Product Images (1 of 12)

In this edition of Cheap Photo, lots of the previous discounts are still available; so you’d better act on them while you can. But Amazon seems to be clearing out lots of stock with deals on DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, point and shoots, camera bundlesaccessories, and even lenses.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 25mm f1.8 review product images (3 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.2

Don’t go doing anything too dangerous with that new Pen E-PL7 as the company has just announced it will stop adding worldwide warranty support for its new digital cameras and accessories. While every piece of Olympus camera equipment has come with a worldwide warranty card since April 2014, now these globetrotting service packages will be reserved for a smaller set of products.

All Micro Four Thirds and compact cameras shipping out after September 2014 will now come with a local warranty card. Under the new policy users will have to take their camera to a participating repair or service center within the country it was purchased.

Considering the wait time for camera repairs usually can take up to weeks it should not be too much of a detriment for photographers traveling with their camera. The new policy change should only really affect users who have permanently moved to another country since purchasing their Olympus gear.

As for owners of older Olympus camera equipment, your worldwide warranties will still be valid. Users will still be able to bring in their gear for repairs as long as the damaged or faulty equipment still meets the warranty repair conditions. Olympus argues it had to make the policy change due to all the different law regulations and repair facility infrastructures within each individual country.

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I recently did something stupid. A lens came out that caught my interest: The MS Optical Perar 24mm f4 Super Wide. I’ve been maintaining my photography fund and has the cash to buy it. To use the lens, I needed an an adapter because I work with a Sony A7. I could have bought a Metabones Leica M Mount Lens to Sony NEX adapter. But instead I took the cheap route and bought a $7 adapter from eBay. But it didn’t work. So there I was sitting there with this nifty new lens and no adapter to use it. The mistake I made was not making the proper investment.

Here are reasons for making the proper investment.
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european-timelapse

Each year involves travel for my family. For me, that includes a great opportunity for photography. But even before I’ve arrived, I have to be as careful about what I’m taking with me as I am about our itinerary.

It’s easy to focus just on the camera and lenses, which are undeniably important, but here are some other things that I have found are essential for a successful vacation which includes photography.

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Sony A7s hands

Regardless of how long we practice photography, there are some very simple and avoidable mistakes that we make. Though it may not happen as frequently as when when were novices, it usually occurs at the worst possible moment, ruining what otherwise would be a great shot. Here are a short list of common mistakes that if avoided will help ensure you come back with that great shot rather than the one that got away.

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