The Newsshooter pre-owned gear survey: have your say!

It’s always easy to think that more and /or newer gear will get you a better result. Of course in some instances it does hold true, but most of us have (hopefully) arrived at a place where we acquire the stuff we need rather than everything we want.


On the other hand it’s also easy to have a lot of gear that we don’t need any longer hanging around taking up space. Rather than shelve it for that production that may require it one day (or file it in the drawer of shame), the best option is usually to resell or trade it in.


Buying anything pre-owned can be an anxious experience – a house, a car – but even comparatively smaller investments like a lens, microphone and especially a camera can make you uneasy. Selling your unwanted gear can also be a hassle, dealing with tyre-kickers and weeding out the genuine buyers.



Here at Newsshooter we’d like to understand more about how our community buys and sells preowned gear, so we’re asking our readers (you!) if they (you!) can spare just five minutes to complete this brief survey. The information you provide will be completely anonymous and not shared outside of Newsshooter, and hopefully help us to better your needs.

Now please hold my beer while I bid for a ‘better than mint’ set of Ultraprimes on eBay.


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  1. Reply China/HK DoP June 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Bought microphone from B and H used gear… great saving,

  2. Reply Brian McGahuey June 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I’ve bought a bunch of used gear. Used lenses I typically buy from sites like, but occasionally from ebay. I also bought my Atomos Shogun and ninja 2 both used from Both of my cameras were used, and have never given an issue (other than ones that are design flaws, not due to it being used).

    I’ve not had an issue with a single one of them. So I have very little apprehension when it comes to buying used gear.

  3. Reply Video Soul June 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Done. Forgot to put my email at the end, but answer is yes.

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