With rapidly developing technology and new releases happening often, you can find a lot of good deals on used cameras. Today I'll introduce you to one that might just be the best your money can buy.
In this 9 minute video from the guys at The School of Photography, you're introduced to what they think is the best used camera you can get. What is it? The Canon 5D Mark II. Some of the reasons they offer include its quality magnesium alloy construction, the fact it's a full-frame camera that works well in low light, and its high quality video.
They also consider some of the possible negatives such as storage device issues and lens compatibility problems. The price they give is roughly USD $600. My searches here in Japan came up with about $700 so you should be looking in that range. However, I was unable to find a used body on popular sites such as Amazon and B&H Photo Video, so you might have to do a little bit of searching online if you want to get your hands on one.
The one thing that I agreed with the most from the video and wished I’d been told when I first started out with photography was that getting a good quality full-frame used camera at a low(ish) price is a much, much better option than getting a brand new crop sensor APS-C format camera at a similar price.
That's exactly what I did and almost all my peers did too but every single one of us then moved on to a full-frame camera because of the limitations that an APS-C format camera has. It would have been much better to buy a used full-frame camera such as the Canon 5d Mark II or similar and then kept that as a backup should anything ever go wrong with my current Canon 5D Mark IV. As it is, my original APS-C camera is currently sitting in my bedroom gathering dust and hasn't been used in years.
What do you think? Firstly, about the choice of camera and secondly, about the idea of going straight to a used full-frame camera instead of getting a brand new low-end APS-C format camera and then upgrading to full-frame down the track? Let me know in the comments below.