Professional camera gear is prohibitively expensive for most hobbyists. If you're not paying your bills with your lens work, use PetaPixel's guide to pick up great lenses and other gear on the cheap.
Photo by Marc Lacoste.
Photography website PetaPixel shares a guide to purchasing nice gear on a student budget. The heart of their technique is to purchase exclusively used lenses. The best way to get used lenses? Search out package deals:
It's pretty much always the case that someone selling multiple items together as a package must sell it for significantly less than the sum of each item separately. They are, in a sense, exchanging the extra money they could earn for the time they save by selling it all at once. This presents a great opportunity for the photographer looking for a good deal on a particular item in the package. If a package you come across includes a piece of equipment you want along with many pieces you don't want, and is extremely cheaply priced, buy it all and sell off everything you don't want. If the price was good enough, there's a good chance you'll end up paying nothing for the gear you wanted after selling off the rest.
The inverse of that rule is to always sell your gear in individual pieces to maximise your profit. Using their own purchasing log as an example, they point out that if they were to sell all their gear right now at fair market prices, they'd be out roughly $US300 or so but would have enjoyed the use of nearly $US4,000 worth of equipment, all thanks to careful shopping in the used market. Check out the full article below for more tips on filling your camera bag on the cheap.