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When it comes to acquiring a kit for storm imagery, even entry level cameras can do you wonders. When I began shooting storms, I was borrowing my parent's Sony HX100V - a point and shoot camera that now is being sold for as little as $75. I would drive out into the country and await the arrival of those pulse storms that light up the sky for a mere hour before dissipating. As a midwestern kid, this was all I knew for a while, and I loved it. Now I'll admit, though, did I outgrow it? Yes. It took about one storm season with that camera before I finally decided to make the jump to a DSLR (Digital-Single-Lens-Reflex). This is what propelled my interest in storm photography, and eventually, put me on a path for a career with a camera.

But this isn't about me, this is about the gear that I believe can be valuable for those starting out.

Buying used camera gear can be a great way to save money without sacrificing quality. Many photographers upgrade their equipment frequently, leaving behind perfectly good gear that can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of new equipment. By buying used, you can often afford higher-end gear that you may not be able to afford brand new. Additionally, buying used equipment can be a more sustainable choice, as it keeps functional equipment out of landfills and reduces the demand for new manufacturing. Of course, it's important to buy from a reputable seller and inspect the gear before making a purchase.

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