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Top 5 Golden Rules to Remember When Selling Your Camera Equipment

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Every now and then, photographers are bitten by the bug which causes them to desire new, better and generally more advanced camera equipment to meet ever-changing photography demands, be it lenses, camera bodies, lights or any other gear.

Perhaps you’re one of them – and once you’ve been bitten, you need to do something about the old gear, right?

In this article, we discuss the top ten most important things to remember when selling your camera gear so that you can fetch the best price for it:

What to do before Selling Your Old Camera Equipment – Top Five Golden Rules

1. Patience is Your Friend

If you’re really, really lucky, your camera gear might sell within the hour. However, in many cases, you may need to wait days or even weeks. You see, photographers’ desires is something you don’t have any control over. They tend to fluctuate and the only thing you can do is roll with the ride.

Still, if you’re looking for a super-quick sale, then you may have to lower your price – a route we would not typically suggest.

2. Honesty is Key

It goes without saying that you should be 100% honest and upfront about what you’re selling, the condition it is in, and everything that’s included or not included. The online camera selling industry is blessed with a fair amount of trust, which means you shouldn’t take advantage of it.

Any misleading information can prove to be a major headache for you in case the buyer decides to raise a dispute through whatever channel you have chosen to sell your camera equipment.

3. Include All Paperwork

Include every piece of paperwork with the equipment that you’re selling. This will not only instil trust between yourself and the buyer but pave the way for breezier future sales.

By paperwork we don’t just mean the user’s manual or purchase receipt but all receipts from repairs, maintenance, cleanings, etc.

4. Don’t Discard the Old Camera Equipment Packaging

You will find that by keeping the original packaging in which your camera and camera equipment came, you can fetch a better price. We’re not quite sure why, but in the photography circle at least, there are plenty of hoarders when it comes to camera equipment in its original packaging.

So we would encourage you to include all boxes, padding, plastic and whatnot along with warranty cards and user manuals when it’s time to sell.

5. Keep Those Date Codes Handy

Date codes may not be important to you, but they are to many photographers out there. Lenses incorporate a date system to help determine when they were built. Always include the date code with your listing, as this would mean less questions from the buyer, helping you sell quickly and establishing a better sense of trust.

Where to Sell Used Camera Equipment?

While places like eBay or Facebook might offer interesting ways of listing and selling your used camera equipment, you will most likely not find an easier and more hassle-free 3-step process than the one at Camera Exchange Store.





The Right Way to Sell Your Used Camera

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Whether you’re a recreational or professional photographer, honing your art and becoming good at it is something that often requires a lifelong learning curve. And as you learn the ropes and experiment with different cameras and lenses, the need to upgrade or swap your camera for a better one is always there.

Or perhaps the new camera you got simply doesn’t live up to the hype created in all those great reviews. In any case, you’d want the best value for your money, which is why it’s probably time to sell you old camera, or better yet, swap it with a better one.

Here’s what you need to do before you sell your old camera:

Give Your Old Camera and Gear a Good Clean

Ideally, the first thing you’d want to do is give your camera and all associated equipment a thorough clean so that it’s nice and presentable for potential buyers. Believe it or not, as a buyer, one of the most annoying things to deal with is camera equipment that’s received in a dirty or otherwise unkempt condition.

Make your camera and gear look as new as possible, and you can easily fetch a great value.

Categorise for Multiple Items

You may have accessories or other camera gear that you will most likely sell with the camera. It’s always a good idea to group items under specific categories. For instance if you have a camera along with cleaning materials, a memory card and kit lens to sell, you can call it “Beginner Camera Kit” or something along those lines.

As a bonus, bundling items under an appropriate category can make your offer more attractive.

Take a Few “Beauty” Shots

Before putting up your camera for sale, take a few shots. But you’ll need to make sure that these shots are high-quality and clearly show all the essential parts of your camera and any gear you’re selling with it. Buyers need to see from a variety of angles that your camera has been kept well – always highlight ‘areas of concern’ like lens surfaces, buttons, hinges, etc.

Test Your Camera and Equipment (Again)

While parting with your beloved equipment might not be an easy experience, think about the hours and hours of creative pleasure it will provide the next owner. However, you should take this opportunity to test everything out one last time.

Take a couple of photos indoors and outdoors, make sure everything is working as expected, and if you do run into any issues whatsoever, you can certainly save yourself from the embarrassment of a negative review. It always pays to double check!

Where to Sell Your Old Camera

Places like Craigslist and eBay can prove to be quite risky at times, and there’s little guarantee that your stuff will sell even after months go by.

At the Camera Exchange Store, we take old cameras off your hands in three simple steps:

Find your current model, post us your camera in a package we’ll provide and get your payment instantly.

Canon 6D Mk II vs Canon 6D Original Comparison.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

When you ask the question of Canon 6D Mk II vs Canon 6D there are bound to be a lot of other questions that come up. With today’s announcement of the new Canon 6D Mk II, lots of photographers are wondering whether or not they should upgrade. I personally own the Canon 6D original; and it’s been one of my favorite Canon DSLRs for many years now. Some of the biggest updates to the line include a vari-angle LCD screen and a new 26MP full frame sensor. But there are a number of other differences too.


Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f1.8 (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

When the Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f1.8 was put into my hands a few months ago, I was really curious about this lens. The previous one coming in at 56mm was incredibly soft. Now, that’s all part of the charm of the Velvet series–but when it’s so soft that focus peaking sometimes won’t even work, then it can be tough to get anything in focus with the lens. But the Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f1.8 is different in a whole bunch of ways. It’s still soft wide open, but you can make that work for you in a number of ways: one of which is to work with a studio flash system.


Spotlight On: Nikon D500

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

There are a lot of different cameras out there, and they are becoming increasingly better in regards to their technology and capabilities. One of these latest machines is the Nikon D500, a powerhouse camera capable of being used by professionals and semi-professionals everywhere. With incredible processing power and skilled in capturing the most beautiful pictures, this compact Nikon is truly king amongst other cameras. (more…)

It’s Alive: Best Frankenstein Movies (From the Camera’s Perspective)

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

With the recent trailer for the upcoming ‘Victor Frankenstein’ being released, it got us thinking about the use of cameras in film and how far they’ve come. While you might be wondering what the connection is between Frankenstein and cameras, you might be surprised to find out that both share an interesting history. As Camera’s got further in development, so did the Frankenstein films and you can credit nearly every camera in the history of film making being used to make one. So we thought, ‘hey why not pick a few faves and spotlight them here?’ So that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Here are the best Frankenstein films (from a camera perspective).  (more…)

A Camera So Powerful It Can Zoom In On The Moon?

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

As experts when it comes to camera exchange, here at Camera Exchange Store we like to think that we know a thing or two about camera technologies. But a new camera from Nikon has left even us scratching our heads in awe!

The Nikon Coolpix P900 is not just a camera, it’s a telescope too! That’s right, the zoom on this camera is so powerful, it even allows you to zoom in on the moon – pretty incredible right?!

When the release of this camera was first announced back in March, it seemed like a pretty average piece of kit and nothing to get too excited about. But hidden amongst its many product specifications was the fact that the camera has an 83x optical zoom!


Apple Unveils New iPhone 6 Enhanced Camera Specs

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

So now we know precisely what it was Apple had up their sleeve – or in their pocket. Tuesday’s much-hyped press event hosted by Apple CEO Tim Cook saw the tech company unveil the Apple Watch, alongside the new iPhone 6 and its bigger-screened brother the iPhone 6 Plus. And it’s good news for photography enthusiasts.


At first glance there seems to be little difference between the iPhone 6 range and its predecessor, the iPhone 5s. Both have 8 megapixel cameras, for instance, with pixel size standing at 1.5 microns and an F/2.2 aperture. But that’s where the photographic similarities end. As Apple is acutely aware, with the smartphone market continuing to grow, they’ve had to seriously up their game.


Sure, as we said, it may only be 8 megapixels, but it’s what comes with that that really counts. Dubbed the iSight, the iPhone 6’s camera has been significantly improved since the iPhone 5, with a whole host of great specs coming with it.


Firstly, there’s a definite improvement on facial recognition and exposure control, and the camera now captures 81% more light. So whether you’re using the camera for Apple’s video conferencing app FaceTime, or to take photographs, you won’t be left in the dark. The HDR – or high dynamic range – means faster processing of your photos too. There is also a new burst mode with the capability of snapping 10 photos a second. iPhone 6 will even take the guess-work out of choosing which photos to keep, as it suggests which photos are best.


One of the big announcements was that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now has an on-sensor phase-detection autofocus. This is a serious upgrade from previous iterations of the smartphone which used contrast-detect autofocus. Apple is calling this Focus Pixels, with the on-sensor pixels dedicating themselves to focus distance.


The iPhone 6 Plus also comes with enhanced image and video stabilisation. Video recording, too, have been vastly improved upon. The new iPhone has the ability to capture images at 1080p HD at 60fps. There’s even a slo-mo option which records at 240fps, and the ability to take time-lapse videos. Although we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on one to really test its mettle, the iPhone 6 is shaping up to be a great camera phone. Some commentators in the industry are even suggesting that the photos represent near-DSLR quality, and if these sorts of advances continue, phones could well begin competing seriously with traditional cameras in the public sphere.


Here at the Camera Exchange Store, we’re truly passionate about photography. So if you’re looking to sell your digital camera, just contact us today and discover how our professional staff can help.

The Nikon 1 V3 Revealed

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Nikon has recently unveiled the latest edition in their series of mirrorless cameras; the Nikon 1 V3. This compact camera will surely attract amateurs and professionals thanks to its revolutionary and powerful features.  Nikon’s new addition features the following:

• 18.4MP Sensor
• Built-in WiFi
• 1080/60p video capability
• Top ISO of 12,800
• Powerful new image processing chip
• 720p slow motion video recording
• Tilting 3 inch touch screen with 1,370 dot resolution
• 18.4 millon-pixel imaging sensor
• Sturdy hand grip

The V3 is able to shoot high quality stills continuously at up to 20fps without blur; thanks to its brilliant autofocus feature. This camera has an Expeed 4A image processor that allows it to realise 20 frames per second. The V3 also uses a hybrid AF system that features 171 AF points. This interchangeable lens camera is one of the fastest of its kind; therefore it is great for photographers who love to capture spontaneity and fleeting intimate moments.

With features like this, the Nikon 1 V3 can truly help photographers and filmmakers alike to create outstanding imagery. We would recommend this camera for wedding, action, sport, and wildlife photography. It certainly allows you to be more creative and produce high quality, professional photographs.

As a compact camera that offers you 720p slow motion recording, it is perfect for experimental photographers and artists. The camera is due to go on sale on the 17th of April, and is expected to retail in the UK at a body-only price at £729.99.

Here at Camera Exchange Store we specialise in camera trade in, so that you can get your hands on the latest equipment and capture the best photographs possible. If you would like more information, take a browse through our website and trade in your camera today. If you have any queries, simply email us at, or give us a call on 0208 371 4179.





Sony Unveils H400 Camera

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Cameras have come a long way since photographic film was pioneered by George Eastman who started manufacturing paper film in 1885 before switching to celluloid in 1889. His first camera was called the Kodak and was offered for sale in 1888. Since then we have seen the invention of 35mm cameras, TLRs and SLRs and of course the instant camera. As technology has advanced the emergence of digital cameras has changed the culture of photography as these cameras are versatile with pictures being easily uploaded onto your computer.

Sony’s latest digital camera has caused a ripple excitement in the photography community, as it is the world’s first 63x optical zoom compact camera. Although the zoom is the most talked about feature of the Sony H400, this camera also has a 20.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor which will surely enhance even the most breathtaking picture. In addition to these features, it also has 720p HD video recording capabilities and four picture effect modes. It is believed that the release for the Sony H4000 is set at an undisclosed date in April and the price is rumoured to be £250.

It is safe to say that cameras keep on evolving, so if you are interested in purchasing a quality camera such as the Sony H400 then you should consider selling your current camera to Camera Exchange store in exchange for cash. Once you have invested in a new camera you won’t use your old one and it will just be gathering dust. We are happy to pay cash for your old digital camera and lens, and for your peace of mind we are aware of the environment so we will do our best to remarket and recycle your unwanted camera.

If you are looking to sell used Panasonic cameras then get in touch with us for a camera trade in. We can purchase cameras from makes including Casio, Canon, Panasonic and Sony amongst others, so call us today on 0208 371 4179 if you have any questions.