Used specialist MPB has sponsored a survey of over 2000 UK shoppers (not just photographers and camera buyers) which reveals that more than quarter plan to give at least one used gift this Christmas. With more than half (54%) becoming increasingly concerned about the environment, according to the survey, consumers are also considering the packaging of their gifts. Nearly half (45%) will make a concerted effort to buy products with recyclable packaging, while two in five (40%) are planning to use recyclable wrapping paper and cards this year.
However, the rising interest in environmentally friendly gifting does not overcome the hesitation to gift used for some people, with over a third reporting that they worry the recipient would be upset or offended. These concerns may be unfounded, as 45 per cent of consumers surveyed said they would be happy to receive a used gift if it were in good condition, and three in 10 (30%) consumers would actually prefer to receive second hand or used gifts where appropriate, suggesting the conversation around sustainability is starting to shift people’s attitudes on how and what they consume.
As you’d expect, 51% of respondents would buy more second-hand if the product’s quality was covered by a guarantee (which is offered by all reputable used-camera dealers).
“The data shows the stark reality of the pressures gift givers face at Christmas time, yet many people hesitate to gift used, which is more sustainable and often offers better value,” said Matt Barker, founder and CEO of MPB. “That said, it’s heartening to see that so many people are open to receiving something special that comes with its own unique history and backstory… we expect to see an even bigger boom in used retail over the next 12 months as the trend for buying sustainably continues to grow. The world needs more circular businesses, who advocate the mentality that buying used is better than buying new – and begin to offer products that, quite literally, don’t cost the earth.”
Returning to photography, MPB has put together some used camera/lens recommendations for the early festive season. Check out its site for the latest deals, which change frequently.
Best for landscape photography – Nikon D810 and Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
“The Nikon D810 is still revered for its great colours, resolution in a robust pro package that will never let you down. The Nikon 14-24mm lens is a landscape photographers dream, giving you a usable wide angle zoom that performs as well as most prime lenses.”
Best for street photography – Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Fujifilm 23mm f/2
“Fujifilm’s homage to old rangefinders in its design of the X-Pro 1 means it was made for one thing in mind: street photography. With options to use the optical viewfinder or electronic viewfinder you can tailor your experience of how to shoot it, while enjoying those gorgeous colours synonymous with Fujifilm cameras. Add a sharp, contrasty and lightweight 23mm lens, and this is a set up that won’t leave you wanting for much.”
Best for travel photography – Fujifilm X100F
“For those who don’t wish to skimp on image quality when on their travels, but size and weight are considerations – look no further than the Fujifilm X100F. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t, finished off in a robust all metal package that is super stylish to boot.”
Best for YouTube/video creators – Sony Alpha A6400 and Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
“Sony is renowned for cramming impressive tech features in a small package and the A6400 is no different. Whilst a capable camera for all round photography, it really shines as a vlogger and creator’s tool to make the job of solo filming as easy and efficient as possible. With impressive tracking autofocus, great low light ability and dynamic range, this is a camera that won’t just get the job done, it will get it done with style.”
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