According to research from MPB, the world’s largest platform for buying and selling used camera gear, the main reason people have not yet sold their old equipment is that they don’t think they’ll earn much money for it. The numbers tell a different story. In fact, the average adult is sitting on $2,000 of unused gear. Depending on what you have tucked away in your backpack, you could trade in your old workhorse camera or tried-and-true lens for a pretty penny.
It’s not just the newest cameras like the Nikon Z8 or the Sony a7R V—both are already available as MPB used cameras—that command high prices. We asked the team at MPB to tell us about the camera models and lenses that are in demand right now and were surprised to discover, among other things, a zoom lens that first hit the market more than a decade ago, a few classic DSLRs, and a couple of compacts. The prices below are for gear in “excellent” condition; if you happen to have one in “like new” condition, you’ll receive even more.
*All prices shown are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.
It’s no surprise that this compact beauty, a favorite among street photographers, tops our list as one of the most in-demand items on MPB. Known for their small size and fast Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH prime lenses, these cameras are snatched up quickly once they hit the market. If you’re considering trading yours in, MPB has some beautiful special editions on offer, including a Reporter Edition, which takes the word “discreet” to a new level.
Rumor has it that Canon might be planning not one but two successors to their blockbuster mirrorless, the Canon EOS R5. The internet has also been speculating that the Canon EOS R5 II might arrive in February 2024. In any case, the original version is still in high demand—it’s often what the pros reach for when switching from DSLR to mirrorless—so consider selling yours now.
Premium compact cameras are here to stay, as evidenced by this wildly popular choice from Fujifilm: at one point, buyers endured six-month waits before they got their hands on it. One of the reasons for the success of the X100V is its popularity among TikTokers, which caused prices to soar. As for upgrading in the future, if the online rumor mill is to be believed, we might see a successor in 2024, and it might even have a new lens.
This Nikon DSLR, first released in 2017, was considered groundbreaking at the time and has continued to be a go-to among seasoned professionals. In 2021, it was even voted into the MPB Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame. Now’s the perfect time to trade yours in for the coveted Z9. The award-winning wildlife photographer Richard Peters, who used the D850 for five years, recently got his hands on the Z9 and said it empowered him to get images he couldn’t get with any other camera.
This hybrid stills and video mirrorless appeals to a variety of storytellers, from those just transitioning from DSLRs to those trying Nikon cameras for the first time. Lauded as the perfect “all-rounder,” it opens up the possibility of using Nikon’s stellar Z lenses, making it even more attractive to intermediate photographers and pros alike. If you sell yours and are thinking about upgrading, you might consider the Nikon Z7 II for its 45.7 MP sensor (it also has more autofocus points, which can come in handy).
Everybody loves this gold standard lens: from the renowned sports photographer Lukas Mengeler, who brought it to shoot the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, to Douglas Jubic, who uses it to shoot cityscapes in Chicago. If you sell yours, consider experimenting with a prime (or several!): Jubic loved the bokeh he got when he borrowed a fast (f/1.4) nifty fifty from MPB.
The last of the legendary 5D line of Canon DSLRs, this camera has appealed to visual storytellers working across genres, from wildlife photographers braving rugged conditions to high-end portrait photographers. The top-notch pro DSLR was also the third-best-selling camera among MPB customers last year. If you’re looking to upgrade after you sell, you can’t go wrong with the mirrorless EOS R line.
First released in 2018, this full-frame mirrorless is still in demand. If you trade yours into MPB, consider opting for its successor, the Sony A7 IV. While the handling is similar between both cameras, some photographers prefer the grip of the newer model. Plus, it offers better resolution (33 MP versus 24 MP) and superior eye and subject tracking, so it’s probably worth it if you shoot sports and action.
The second 24-70mm f/2.8 lens to make our list, this lens combines speed with quality. For those switching from Canon DSLRs to mirrorless, now’s the time to sell. If you trade your EF lens for the newer RF 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, you’re likely to notice a significant difference in detail and sharpness. Many photographers also find the RF outdoes the EF lens when it comes to focusing.
Speaking of RF lenses, this zoom is known for its versatility, empowering visual storytellers to move seamlessly from wide shots to portraits. If you have one on hand and want to upgrade to something faster, the 24-70mm f/2.8 is, again, a great choice. Another option is the bright Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM.
This budget super-telephoto zoom is perfect for emerging wildlife and sports photographers, so it’s an evergreen choice. If you own one of these now, you might consider trading it and upgrading to a 500mm prime with a brighter maximum aperture of f/4. Of course, it’s less versatile, but it’ll deliver better autofocus performance and sharpness.
With the new X-S20 now available, consider this the right time to sell your X-S10. The X-S20 is nice and small, and it gives a similar handling experience as its predecessor while looking almost identical. But the latest model comes with a major bonus, namely a new processor that allows for better performance overall. As an added benefit, you’ll get more battery life (double the shots) by trading in and upgrading.