Buying used camera gear either privately through websites like Gumtree or via a company can be very intimidating if you don’t know what to look out for or what questions you should be asking the sellers about the second hand products.

Luckily, we’re coming to the rescue with an informative video from two of our resident gear experts: Deon, our long-time OrmsTV host, and Clinton, the manager of our Used Gear & Rentals department. They’ve got years of experience in the industry and insider advice to share with everyone who’s interested in acquiring some second hand equipment.

In this in-depth video on OrmsTV, Deon and Clinton answer the following questions about buying used camera gear:

  • What questions should you ask a seller before you even agree to meet up with them?
  • What should you look for when buying a used DSLR camera body?
  • What is an acceptable shutter count for a secondhand DSLR camera?
  • How do you know how hard a mirrorless camera has worked when you can’t trust the shutter count?
  • What should you watch out for when you buy a used camera lens?

Uncover these insider tips and more by viewing the full video HERE on our YouTube channel.

Are you looking for second hand camera gear? Orms just happens to be a trusted seller of used gear in South Africa. Visit our website to see what high quality second hand items we have available.


The video we’ve featured in this blog post is aimed at DSLR and mirrorless shooters, but we’ve also got our analogue image-makers covered with stacks of resources for those who prefer to rock it old-school with 35mm film.

If you’re new to film photography and want to watch one video that will tell you everything you need to know to get started, check out this blog post where we share our Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to Shooting Analogue.

For those who already have some experience in this field, you might want to step things up a notch by trying to develop your own film at home, in which case we can recommend this step-by-step tutorial where we show you exactly how to do just that.