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Buy, Sell or Trade

With The Camera Company


We carefully inspect each product


Buying pre-owned is a great way to get equipment for bargain prices. Whether you’re looking for a spare DSLR body, or a different lens for your camera, you’re sure to find something that may interest you! All three stores are stocked with quality pre-owned camera bodies, lenses, flashes, and other accessories from popular name brands. Our pre-owned equipment comes from demo models or trade-ins, and we carefully inspect each item to ensure it’s in excellent condition. Our inventory is changing constantly, with items being added and sold daily, and varies between each store. Visit us to check out our collection, as we may have just received a hot item that hasn’t made it onto the list yet!

Sell or Trade

Would you like to sell your equipment or trade it in on a newer model? The Camera Company buys gently used photo equipment every day. Look around the house, check your closets, you may have an older camera or the photography gear you are not using that may be worth some CA$H. We are looking for gently used DSLR cameras. lenses and accessories. We only purchase items in full working order. Be sure to bring all accessories, cables, batteries, chargers, etc. Missing components will reduce the value and may impact our ability to make an offer. Fill out the form below for an online evaluation of your gear.

What you need to know

We buy used gear to re-sell to other photography enthusiasts. We offer to pay you a fair wholesale price. If we come to an agreement we will mail you a check in approximately 10 days or apply the amount we agree upon toward a purchase. You must also have a current government issued ID to complete the transaction.

Don't See what you are looking for?

Fill out our Used Item Request Form and we will notify you if we get the item that you are interested in.

Items We Will Buy

Items We Will Buy

  • Digital SLR Camera body’s
  • Digital SLR Lenses
  • Digital SLR accessories
Items We Do Not Buy

Items We Do Not buy

  • Polaroid cameras
  • Video cameras
  • Darkroom equipment
  • Light stands
  • Old studio lights
  • Point & Shoot film cameras
Items We're Very Selective About

Items We're Very Selective About

  • Film SLR Cameras & Lenses
  • Medium Format Cameras
  • Studio Tripods
  • Flash
  • Studio Lights
  • Point & Shoot
  • Super Zoom or Bridge Camera’s

Item Condition Rating

97 to 99 percent original condition. Close inspection will reveal slight wear. Perfect glass, most accessories are included, the box may not be present.
90 to 96 percent original condition. Exceptionally nice, may have slight wear to finish upon close inspection. This item will be very clean. Glass will be perfect.
80 to 90 percent original condition. Shows moderate wear for the age of the item, there may be some small dings. Glass may have small marks that should not affect picture quality.
Some of these items may be in Very Good condition but are listed as Bargain because they are priced to sell owing to their years of age and limited adaptability to newer cameras. Others are in 70 -79 percent of original condition. They may show more than average wear for the age of the item, and may have small dings, and or, significant loss of finish. Glass may have small marks that should not affect picture quality.


Nikon, Canon and Sony make lenses in both full frame and crop sensor formats. Nikon labels their crop sensor lenses as DX. Canon labels their crop sensor lenses as EF-S and their full frame lenses as EF. Sony uses the FE label to designate their full frame lens.

Nikon and Sony allow the use of any of their modern lenses on either full frame or crop sensor cameras. However, when mounting a crop sensor lens on a full frame camera the lens will either vignette or cause the camera to switch into “crop” mode. The crop factor of the camera should be considered when figuring out the resulting effective field of view. For example a full frame 50mm lens on a camera with a 1.5 crop will have the field of view of a 75mm lens.

On a Canon, the EF-S lenses must never be used on a full frame Canon camera as they can cause damage to the lens, camera or both. EF lens can be used on either full frame or crop sensor cameras. Remember to calculate the crop factor.

When adapting older lenses designed for 35mm film to a mirrorless camera you’re in luck as most lenses designed for 35mm film are full frame. A few film cameras like the Olympus Pen series were half frame 35mm and the lenses are meant to fill a smaller image circle. They’re work on a crop sensor digital but most likely will vignette on a full frame.

Please also see THIS chart to find out if a specific Nikon lens will autofocus a particular Nikon camera.

Nikon makes a DX-format sensor and an FX-format sensor. The DX-format is the smaller sensor at 24x16mm; the larger FX-format sensor measures 36x24mm which is approximately the same size as 35mm film.

Different NIKKOR lenses are designed to accommodate the different camera sensor sizes. In the case of DX cameras with their smaller sensors, corresponding DX lenses have been designed, which are optimized for use with the DX sensor. The DX designation can be found in the lens name, i.e. AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED. These lenses are smaller and lighter in weight and address the market's need for affordable, high-performance lenses with a variety of focal lengths and zoom options.

The DX sensor makes possible the production of lighter, smaller cameras, but because it covers a smaller portion of the image projected by the lens, a 1.5x crop factor (so called because the smaller sensor crops the image compared to an image from a 35mm