I decided the time was ripe to upgrade my camera, the Fujifilm X-T1, which I've been using for the past couple of years. I've loved this camera and it was my first, but felt that since it has been almost two years since the X-T2 was released, I might be able to get a good deal on a used one. But still, how to pay for it? I knew I could get some money for my X-T1 and I also had a Fujinon 14mm f/2.8, which is a very good lens but had become redundant since I also have a Rokinon 12mm f/2. So I had my old camera and one lens to sell. But then I thought about my Fujinon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 and decided that it wasn't quite right for me. I never shoot long and the image quality, while very good, isn't as sharp as I might like. Fuji has recently released a spectacular new lens, the16-55mm f/2.8, which I thought would be perfect. It is pricey and a bit of a tank by Fuji standards but it has everything going for it for landscape capture - excellent for low light, a nice spread of focal lengths, weather resistant and spectacular optics. So then I decided to also sell my 18-135mm as well as my old photo editing monitor ( no longer needed since I got the iMac) and bought the 16-55mm. I sold everything on Kijiji in less than two weeks for the prices I was asking as well as getting a great price on the 16-55mm. Then, just when I was despairing of finding a good used X-T2, a used one came up a couple of days ago on B&H for an excellent price and now I'm all set. A whole new kit, including the terrific little 35mm f/2 prime that I picked up last September, also on Kijiji, and I'm all set for Mardi Gras week in New Orleans!! It will be my first crack at doing some street photography. This will definitely be one to cross off my bucket list.
Buying used is the way to go as far as I'm concerned. Cameras depreciate so rapidly, why pay for it when there are so many used models in near new condition constantly available. As for lenses, you know what they say, "You date your camera but you marry your lenses." A good lens will always be a good lens so buying them used makes so much sense. Anyway, thought I'd share my wheeling and dealing experience.