Sell your second-hand camera more easily

To get a quick buyer and a good price for your used Canon camera, you need to make sure it’s in the best possible condition

Photography can be somewhat of an expensive pastime; for good quality photos you need good quality equipment, and buying the latest ‘must-have’ bit of kit can often prove costly.

Selling your used and unwanted camera can help you to raise funds for a new and improved model, but with a lot of competition out there, cameras that are in poor condition will often get overlooked by potential buyers. If you’re looking to sell a used Canon camera, there are some steps you can take to help get it looking its best.

Give it a good clean

You don’t really think about cameras getting dirty, but it’s surprising how much dust and dirt your photographic equipment picks up through everyday use. To get your Canon camera looking like new again, it’s important to give it a thorough clean. Start by giving the camera body a wipe down, and use denatured alcohol and an old toothbrush to tackle any stubborn stains. Smears and finger marks on the viewfinder and screen can be eliminated with a microfibre cloth, and you can use a Lenspen, brush or air blower to help remove bits of grit, dust and sand from the gaps in the camera body.

Dust can also collect on your lens and this can be tricky to remove without scratching the surface. Experts recommend using a blower to remove as much dirt as possible without having to touch the lens. Any remaining dirt can be tackled with lens cleaner and non-abrasive lint-free cloths.

Find the original packaging

Packaging your camera in its original box may not make the actual camera look new again, but it can make a big difference when it comes to attracting potential buyers. Cameras in their original packaging tend to sell more quickly and for a higher price so it’s worth taking the time to find the box. While you’re at it, try to find the original components that came with the camera, such as manual, straps, and any software or cables. Placing your equipment in a pristine box with all its accessories enables you to present it in the best possible light, increasing your chances of success.

Prevention is better than cure

All of these steps can help to improve the appeal of your equipment, but when it comes to having a camera that looks great, prevention is always better than cure. With this in mind, it always pays to take steps to protect your camera as much as possible from dirt and damage.

Always carry your camera in a protective case or bag, and use a screen protector along with lens and body caps to guard against any dents or scratches. You can protect your lens further by keeping a UV filter fitted at all times, and some photographers even remove their rings in a bid to avoid scratching the body.

Alongside these common-sense steps, it’s also worth sending your equipment in for regular servicing to help ensure that it remains looking and operating at its best.

Of course, these maintenance tips may well be too late for you this time, but it’s worth keeping them in mind to ensure that you can keep any future equipment in peak condition.

With a bit of elbow grease you can soon get your Canon camera looking like new again, and the hard work will all be worth it when you get the money you need to buy your newest piece of equipment.