“Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) - an occasional affliction of photographers. I'm an enthusiastic hobbyist photographer, and I'm not immune. Lately, I get that acquisitive itch about E-mount lenses. Sony makes some great E-mount lenses, and many of them are expensive. A few of them are "sell a kidney" expensive.
I'm not rich, and I'm so old that nobody would buy one of my kidneys. After I buy camera gear, I need to have money left over for food. And I *want* to have money left over to travel to interesting places and, you know, actually take pictures of interesting things. So, when I've just absolutely positively gotta have that new lens, I shop for deals. Including used lenses.
Recently I found LensAuthority. I like the look of this company, and I like the way they grade and describe their inventory. They were out of stock of the lens I was looking for - a Sony 10-18mm f4. I signed up for an email "new stock" alert. I got it, looked at the new inventory, and added the lens to my shopping cart.
Then, I called them with a question. They answered the phone. I mean, a human being answered the phone. A courteous, well-informed, and helpful human at that. Wow.
I asked if they could ship the lens to my local FedEx store to be held for pickup. Yep, that would work. I ordered the lens, and picked it up yesterday.
I'm impressed. LensAuthority was not just truthful in describing and rating the used lens, they were if anything conservative. This lens looks better than I expected, and is working just fine.
Next time I need - or want - camera gear, I'm shopping LensAuthority. ”