As I'm sure you already know if you've spent any amount of time as a photographer, gear isn't cheap. You start off believing you just need a camera and a good lens, but next thing you know you're filling your online shopping cart with memory cards, batteries, camera straps, bags, and more. Since making a gear purchase is inevitable, is it possible to make your next purchase without breaking the bank? Absolutely.
As a professional photographer for the last eight years, I've made my share of gear purchases. Fortunately, I was able to make the majority of those purchases and save enough along the way that when I decided to make a change, I was able to do so without losing money. The techniques and methods I used aren't difficult and can be followed by anyone. I decided to share my top five tips and methods that I personally use to buy all the gear I've ever wanted saved tens of thousands in the process.
After posting this video, I managed to land an awesome deal on a Pelican 1660 case with foam that would have cost over $350 new for only $70! Deals like this are happening all the time, the key is to be patient and to use all of the resources I discuss in the video to keep an eye out for the best prices.
What's the best deal you've ever found on a piece of photo equipment and where did you find it? Any recommendations you can share with the community for where to find great deals outside of the U.S.? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.