Pawn Shops for the Photography Enthusiast

January 13, 2020 - Electronics

Photography is an expensive hobby, particularly when you’re just starting out.

After you buy your first DSLR, there are an array of lenses, flashes, and other accessories you’ll want to buy to improve image quality. This is why pawn shops consider DSLR cameras very valuable. While you could sell or pawning your DSLR camera and gear using PawnGuru, you can also use it to buy one. In this article, I’ll tell you why you should buy your first DSLR at a pawn shop – and give you some tips on working with a pawn shop, if you’re looking to sell or pawn one.


DSLR bodies typically range from $300-$3,000, no matter what brand you go with. Each year, DSLR bodies are updated with the newest features and technology, making last year’s model decrease in price. The Nikon D3100 was $426 when it came out in 2013; now you can sell or pawn one for at most $300, depending on its condition. At a pawn shop, you can expect to pay a little bit more than this – a shop in my area quoted me for around $340. Because the Nikon D3200 came out the following year with more megapixels and slightly increased shutter speed, shops are likely to offer a discount on the recent but previous model. If you’re looking to get into the DSLR game for the first time, you can get one at a good price for your local pawn shop. In fact, you can use PawnGuru to find out how much DSLRs are at all of the pawn shops near you. Just put in a request to buy one, and you’ll get quotes from all the shops that have them in stock.


A huge reason photography is considered an expensive hobby is the lenses, which can can cost between $99-$20,000. It’s very common for hobbyists to trade used lenses or buy them at discounted prices. Pawn shops are great places to look for lenses too because you can get relatively new lenses at lower than retail prices. Most of the lenses that come through our site are low- to mid-range, going for around $250.

Other Accessories and Gear

On the other hand, if you’re looking to sell or pawn your camera, consider including your other gear and accessories in the deal (like the camera bag, camera stand, or your camera flash). Including your accessories and gear with your camera will make pawn shops more inclined to offer you more money. This is because accessories and complete kits are more attractive for people looking to buy a camera – i.e., they sell for more money. Pawn shops know this, and will feel more confident they can resell your camera, meaning a bigger offer for you.

Pawn shops are perfect resources to helping you enjoy photography without leaving you broke. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email my team at We’re eager to help!
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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