On Replacing Your Photo Gear

Profoto Studio Lights. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

During this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, I’ve truly embraced minimalism and, with the help of Marie Kondo‘s book and Netflix series, I’ve reorganized my place, my image files, and everything else in between. And while I’ve done it several times, I’m yet to be completely done. Not just yet.

In an effort to continue reorganizing, restructuring, and rethinking many aspects of my life, recently I’ve started pondering about selling or replacing my photo and lighting gear. Again, with COVID still looming over us, I haven’t had the chance to photograph as much as I used to, or at least the kinds of stories and subjects I used to photograph. So….

Here are a few notes on replacing your photo and/or lighting gear:

White light and visible light. ©Alina Oswald.
White/visible light. ©Alina Oswald.

You might want to replace your photo or lighting gear when:

  • your old gear doesn’t work anymore (obviously)
  • it would cost you more to repair the gear than to buy a new one (many times that happens with photo printers)
  • you switch from one type of photography to another and you need new, specific, specialized gear
  • you don’t use your gear anymore for various reasons or when your gear just takes up space and loses its value
  • you don’t use your old gear anymore in the foreseeable future
  • you cannot physically handle the gear anymore (it’s too heavy) and need a lighter gear (switch from DSLR to mirrorless)

So, what do you do when you need to trade in or sell your old gear or when you need new gear?

You go to B&H!

That’s right. You can check out their Used Equipment page and get a quote for the gear you are interested in selling or replacing. Then, you can either mail in your gear or, if you can stop by the B&H store, in Manhattan, even better.

NOTE/DISCLAIMER: I’ve been a happy B&H customer since 2008 and counting, but don’t get special treatment for promoting them.

Umbrella. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Umbrella. Studio Lighting. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Hence, a few weeks ago, I went to B&H and sold some of my old gear. I chose to receive credit and then applied that credit to buy new gear.

As a result, I went fully mirrorless and borderline minimalist. Now, should I take it a step further and replace even more gear with a smaller, lighter, and more minimalist one? That’s something to think about.

Hope that this finds you well and, as always, thanks for stopping by.

Alina Oswald

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