Buy, Sell, Trade

Turn your old equipment into new possibilities with McBain! We buy back or trade-in everything from vintage Leicas to the latest full-frame mirrorless cameras. We have been selling and trading cameras since 1949, so you can count on a fair appraisal1.

Sell Your Gear

Red Deer Location Only

Have you got a treasure trove of old photo equipment you would like to sell? Bring it down to McBain Camera Red Deer where our experts will assess its value and provide a quote if we are interested in purchasing the items from you.

Our Red Deer location also offers trade-ins, and should you choose to go that route, the appraisal value increases by 20%!

Please allow 48-72 hours for us to complete your appraisal. While we cannot give assessments over the phone, we can confirm our interest level in your equipment. If you have a collection large enough to make transportation difficult, please contact us, and we will make arrangements to come to you.

Trade-in Your Gear

All Locations

Has your gear passed its prime? Ready for an upgrade? We will consider most cameras, lenses, flashes, etc., for trade towards any new or used photographic equipment we carry.

To determine the value of your gear, we require 1-2 weeks to appraise its condition and test it to ensure it is fully functional. While we cannot give assessments over the phone, we can confirm our interest level in your equipment. Bring your photo equipment to any McBain Camera location for trade.

We work hard to ensure selling or trading in with McBain is a quick and easy process that will save you the time and frustration of selling privately. Once you have received our quote, there is no obligation should you choose to keep your equipment or sell it privately.

For questions and inquiries about trading in your gear, please contact us at

Visit the McBain location nearest you to drop off your equipment for evaluation.

Be Prepared!

There are certain pieces we need to properly evaluate your item. If it’s digital camera, please bring its battery and charger. If it’s a lens, it would be tremendously helpful if you bring it’s front and rear caps. For anything else, please provide as many of its supplied accessories as possible.

1 All potential trade-in items must complete the appraisal before they are accepted for trade. Assessments are based on the equipment's condition and resale value. Therefore, trade-in items deemed to have low resale value may not be accepted for trade.

McBain Trade-In Grading System

Grade Description
LIKE NEW (LN) The equipment is 99-100 percent of NEW, items often include original box and instructions.
LIKE NEW MINUS (LN-) The rating of the equipment is 97-99 percent of the original condition. Only the closest inspections will reveal slight wear. Perfect glass but the box and accessories may not included.
EXCELLENT PLUS (EX+) Rates 90-96 percent of the original condition. Exceptionally nice, but may have slight wear on finish visible only under close inspection. Glass will be very clean.
EXCELLENT (EX) 80-90 percent of original. Shows moderate wear for the age of the item, with the possibility of small dings or blemishes. Glass may have slight blemishes but will not affect picture quality.
BARGAIN (BGN) Priced to sell, these items are 70-79 percent of original condition. More than average wear for the age of the item, and may have dents, dings or finish loss. Glass may have marks or blemishes, but should not affect image quality.
UGLY The look only a photographer would love. Referrences the equipment is rough, with multiple impressions in metal, excessive finish loss and brassing. Glass will have marks, fungus and / or haze which will affect picture quality.
AS IS Useable for parts only. Equipment may or may not work. No warranty or return privileges.
CLA Items that have been cleaned, lubricated and adjusted before resale.