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Buying advice

Camera, lens and photographic gear buying advice, featuring guides on the best cameras, the best lenses, the best accessories, and more of the best kit we’ve found to buy, plus guides on how to choose new eqiupment, and technology guides.

Here is a highlight of some of our most popular camera buying guides: Best cheap full-frame cameras, Best DSLR cameras, Best camera phones for photography, Best cameras under £500, Smallest mirrorless cameras.

If you’re looking for a great lens, then here are some of our most popular lens buying guides: Best lenses for low-light photography, Best X-Mount lenses, Best Micro Four Thirds lenses, Best RF Mount lenses, Best lenses for wildlife and nature photography, Best macro lenses.

  • Buying portable projectors

    Buying portable projectors

    September 24, 2013

    Want to be able to display your photographs at a moment’s notice? Vincent Oliver offers guidance on what to look for in a portable projector

  • Buying a second-hand DSLR

    Buying a second-hand DSLR

    June 4, 2013

    Your ideal camera may be a lot cheaper than you think. Richard Sibley explains how, with a little research and some patience, you can save yourself hundreds of pounds by buying a second-hand DSLR

  • Buying and trading second hand cameras

    Buying and trading second hand cameras

    February 21, 2013

    Robert Smith runs an online business selling vintage cameras, lenses and accessories. He offers an insight into the intriguing world of camera trading.

  • Buying a used camera? Here’s what to look out for

    Buying a used camera? Here’s what to look out for

    February 6, 2013

    Second-hand camera equipment can be a great bargain, but how do you know that the camera you’re looking at has been well-treated by its previous owner? Here's our second hand buying guide suggesting a few things to look out for...

  • Second-hand DSLRs: What to look for

    Second-hand DSLRs: What to look for

    June 6, 2011

    Buying a second-hand DSLR can save you serious amounts of cash, but the world of used products can be full of pitfalls and duds. Here are some things to consider when choosing your next purchase.

  • How to choose a projector

    How to choose a projector

    February 22, 2011

    Tim Coleman explains how using a projector is the answer to showing off good-quality images, and how choosing a projector is the hard part

  • Buying a second DSLR

    Buying a second DSLR

    June 19, 2010

    Angela Nicholson explains the benefits of buying a second DSLR and compares some of these more affordable DSLR cameras with enthusiast-centric models

  • Second hand medium format cameras

    Second hand medium format cameras

    July 14, 2009

    Years ago a medium-format camera would have been too expensive for many enthusiast photographers, but now the second hand market offers a chance to pick up a medium format camera for an affordable price.

  • Second hand cameras – top second-hand cameras

    Second hand cameras – top second-hand cameras

    July 14, 2009

    In this guide, we’ve picked out some of the best small-format SLR cameras – both film and digital – that we think represent great value for money on the second-hand market.