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Are you looking for your next camera? Are you trying to pick between lenses? Do you need something specific for a vacation or event that you don’t currently own?
While buying new gear is a lot of fun it does come at a huge investment. Renting can be a much more affordable option for those times when you’re looking to get something for a specific event or maybe just wanting to test something out in the field before dropping the big investment.
I thought I’d talk a bit about what BorrowLenses does for those that might not know and how my experience as a first time lens renter went and then of course open it up for discussion. So let’s get started!
I suppose the first thing I should do is introduce to you what this company does and why they’re so popular.
As you can see from the image above they are in the business of renting camera lenses and other assorted camera equipment including professional level DSLR bodies like the Nikon D4 which retails for over 5,000 dollars and that’s just for the body, yet you can rent this for a weekend for under 300!
There are two main reasons why I’d recommend renting over buying and while they can seem to be common sense to some others might not see it as such.
Additional Event Gear
Of course, you could just take out a small business loan and buy the Nikon D4 from amazon right now and Nikon’s flagship 24-70 f/2.8 lens, but that’s probably not the best scenario if you’re just starting to line up clients.
Be it weddings, concerts or senior portraits renting gear on a client to client basis is a great way to keep from having to pay that one lump sum upfront and the cost of the rental can easily be factored into your charges to the clients. For example the two items linked above would cost upwards of $7500 on Amazon, but if you rented them for an event the total cost to you would be less than $400!
The Test Drive
This is basically the method I used for my rental and I’m happy I did it.
I was really interested in both the Tokina 12-24mm and the Tokina 11-16mm lenses for my pending ultra wide angle purchase. For under 200 dollars, I was able to test both of these lenses out for an extended period of time and made sure I got the one that worked best for me. Which ended up being the 11-16mm option.
Ultimately, it’s really up to you what you want to rent from them, but odds are they’ll have something that will fit your needs.
Now that you know what Borrowlenses does and why you might want to rent instead of buy let’s talk about my rental experience through them.
I knew I wanted to add another lens to my collection and I knew I wanted it to be a wide angle lens after seeing some awesome shots from Trey Ratcliff from Stuck in Customs done using wider angle perspectives I thought hell, “I wanna learn how to do that!”.
For 67 dollars + Shipping, taxes and the optional peace-of-mind-insurance I was able to rent the lens for two full weeks! A fraction of what it would have cost me to buy it on Amazon!
Overall, the company was outstanding. They answered the questions I had, shipped everything on time and as they advertised, and the return shipment went off without a hitch. They send you the return label in the box and all you have to do is stick it on over the old one and drop it off at your local FedEX shipping center. Very painless.
The lens came packaged tightly in a cardboard box insulated with foam packing material inside a plastic bag for extra waterproof protection. There really is no way this lens could be damaged during shipping so you shouldn’t have to worry about that.
All in all I’d highly recommend them for your gear rental needs.
Have you rented from Borrowlenses.com? Tell me how it went for you? Would you rent from them again or recommend them to a friend? I know I sure would!