CIPA Forecasts 2019 Sales Volume of Used Lenses

Purchasing lenses is an important part of the camera market. CIPA estimates that in 2019, for every ILC sold, there was a sale of at least one lens (or a pair). Lenses can also be more resilient to downturns than camera bodies because for many people lenses are a critical piece of the kit, rather than just an optional add-on.

The business of lenses continues to evolve in a significant way as companies are reorganizing and adjusting their portfolios. This year the news broke that Bausch + Lomb, the company that brought the first soft contact lens to market, was being acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for around $9 billion. Obviously, it is too early to tell how this acquisition will impact the visioncare industry.

In the meantime, it is likely that contact lens manufacturers will continue to invest in new products and innovations to maintain their competitive edge. In addition, the continued growth of daily disposables will likely continue to have an impact on lens sales and shipments.

For those who want to save some money and avoid the risk of buying a dud, it can be worth shopping for used lenses online or in person. There are plenty of options for both, and the savings can be substantial. Online, there are a number of sites that specialize in camera gear such as KEH Cameras or Adorama. Both have a reputation for selling quality gear and will usually have excellent return policies. However, if you’re looking for the biggest savings, it may be better to shop with individuals or at local flea markets.

If you do decide to purchase a used lens, it is important that you take your time and inspect the item thoroughly. You should focus on the condition of the glass and coating, as these will have a big impact on image quality. Be sure to check in bright light and look for any scratches or marks.

You should also make sure you are getting the full contact information of the seller – both a phone number and email address if possible. This will help ensure that you can get in touch with them if there is any problem with your lens after you purchase it.

Finally, don’t forget to consider a new set of lenses if your current ones are beginning to show signs of wear. In addition to being easier on your wallet, a new set of lenses will give you the freshest image and performance. Whether you are buying from an online retailer, local store, or individual, be sure to follow the tips above to avoid a bad experience and make a great purchase! Best of luck!