As restrictions have lifted, old and new connections are possible again. No need to feel isolated and attached to the same close contacts – And not just in terms of gathering with friends or the moments highlighted on your social media stories. Now, it’s also possible to find new connections for your camera gear!
Those with a passion for photography have had time to create over these past long months, but may have moved on from early equipment, or may have the desire to do so. With new cameras and lenses available, and used gear demand increasing, it’s the perfect opportunity for another Cash for Cameras event at Camera Kingston.
Camera Kingston hosted the first Cash for Cameras event in 2017, and after putting the event on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic, they are ready to see what the Kingston area has to bring. Together with its partner KEH, the world’s largest used camera dealer, Camera Kingston’s event will be held this coming weekend as a two-day event.
Have a Pandemic Pentax, Lockdown Leica, or a COVID Canon on the shelf? Camera Kingston will purchase previously-loved camera equipment so it can be appreciated by other passionate photographers.
“It’s amazing,” said Don Sleeth, one of the local owners of Camera Kingston. “In 2019, we collected about 17 large shipping boxes full of gear, ready to make other photographers happy. We provide either cash or store credit to those who sold to continue their love of photography, which has only grown during the pandemic.”
While Camera Kingston does accept trade-ins of worthwhile used camera equipment from local customers on a regular basis, KEH will be purchasing the used equipment at this historically-popular event. “It’s like a camera equipment version of the Antiques Roadshow when they come to town. It’s always interesting to see what comes in, and each piece has its own story from over the years,” Sleeth said.
Both Camera Kingston and KEH have been in business for over 40 years. Both businesses are staffed by photography enthusiasts, and they want gear to keep taking pictures, whether it is with an older film SLR, or a newer digital camera.
“Our goal is to give each camera a new life with someone who will love it as much as the original owner,” said Brent McAlister, purchasing manager at KEH. “Photography equipment is generally long-lasting, so it’s not hard to think of cameras as having their own stories over time.”
Cash for Cameras will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Camera Kingston, 114 Princess Street. See Camera Kingston’s Facebook event for more details.
Camera Kingston will provide a $10 coupon for in-house services to anyone who mentions this article.
This article was co-written by David Cheng and Jessica Foley and is promotional content sponsored by Camera Kingston.