Used Cameras and Lenses: Where to Go?

Okay, this is just to see if there’s anybody out there paying attention.

Got a new blog reader / future blogger / future SWVA resident /hopeful digi-photographer who may want a used Nikon D70.

What do you recommend as the best place for her to start looking to find a reliable vendor of used Nikon digitals?

She may also want a zoom, and while Nikon’s 18-200VR is great (can’t wait til mine comes back from repair) she may want to consider a less expensive starter lens from Tamron, Sigma etc.

If you have experience / advice, give me a holler. I’ll pass it along.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I might be a source, but can’t testify as to my reliability. I have a used Nikon D100 which is basically the D70 with a metal body. It would come with a Tamron 19-35mm and an old consumer-grade Nikkor 200mm telephoto. I’ll have to do some research on ebay to determine market value before setting a price. Probably 70% of the pics on my website were taken with this outfit. Have her email me sales @ if interested.

  2. has used Nikon gear, and they only sell stuff in good shape. Their prices are not the lowest, but I’m very happy with the used lenses I’ve bought there.