I have written about how to sell your gear, but in this post I will share some tips on how and where to buy photography equipment. Photography is very popular globally. There is a lot of money being turned over for cameras, lenses, bags, and other gear. Something this popular and lucrative, makes a lot of money for Canon, Nikon, etc. Other companies see this and want a piece of the pie. Take camera batteries for instance. Chinese manufactures are known to make nearly identical accessories with an attractive price. What these companies don't do is test, research, and use top quality parts.Some off brand manufactures make good stuff. There are plenty of reviews and testimonials backing them up. My take? I always buy genuine Canon products and accessories when I can. If you own Nikon, Sony, or other, I would strongly encourage you to stick with genuine accessories. Lenses are different. Generally lenses from other manufacturers are fine. With that said, I tend to only buy Canon lenses. I believe they manufacture the best lenses in the industry. The only off brand lens I would consider is Zeiss. I am lens snob and I understand other lens manufactures make some great lenses, I just stick with Canon as a personal preference. Part of this reasoning is because I know the greatness that is Canon service.
I will only buy Genuine Canon batteries from a licensed dealer. I would strongly encourage you to do the same. Power supply is something I am not willing to risk or sacrifice when we are talking about a $3000 camera and a $2000 lens. A $20 battery from eBay could cost you. If something goes wrong with your camera the battery being used may void warranty. Also some of the aftermarket batteries will not fully communicate with the camera. Canon has a feature that reports how much battery life is left and some aftermarket batteries will not have this feature.
Buying from a licensed dealer is important. Just because it says Canon and looks like Canon, doesn't mean it's Canon. There is a bunch of knock offs. Even the packaging looks the same and to the untrained eye it's undetectable. When shopping for gear always be cautious. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When shopping online, look up the company on The Better Business Bureau website. Often times scam websites will sell a camera well below the retail value. This is a red flag, not a deal. Most of these scam websites seem to come out of New York more specifically brooklyn. Stick with companies Like B&H and Amazon. Both have great service and will accept returns without any issues. Also check on ebay. There are several licensed dealers selling gear on ebay for a slight discount. Always check the seller rating and reviews. Look out for red flags. Also Look for deals from private sellers selling some of their barely used equipment. Again do your homework. If something seems shady, it probably is.