In this episode, we talk a bit about what it is like to rent cameras and lenses from an Internet based company like LensProToGo. It is easy and convenient. This isn't meant to be an exhaustive comparison of pricing and features. It is just a report on how you could easily rent some equipment online if you've never tried it before. I also didn't try any video rental companies – tho they do exist.
Our thanks to LensProToGo for shipping us this bit of equipment to test out their service.
As I mention in the podcast, I have rented gear from several of the online services here in the USA – lensrentals.com, cameralensrentals.com, and now LensProToGo. There are many other sites out there as well. You might want to compare prices and services tho they're all somewhat similar.
It is always great to set up a working relationship with your local camera shop because you can get some great advice and service locally. However, when I checked with my local shop about renting a lens, I found that their pricing was a bit high. So I looked into the online options.
Renting online is really pretty easy with most shops. I really appreciated that LensProToGo has photographers answering the phones because they all really know how to help you pick lenses and gear. Paul and Mike (the guys I've worked with) have been extremely supportive and helped me in many ways. It makes the online shopping even better when you can trust the guys answering the phone!
Renting online is a great option – especially if you want to try out some lenses/gear before buying or if you need something just for one or two jobs. You don't have to buy everything! And, you might even be able to charge the customer for the rental if you work it right.
Blogger's Disclaimer: LensProToGo did not charge me for the equipment rentals… but my opinion doesn't change – I have absolutely no complaints about the service they provide and all my experiences with them were exceptional. My previous paid rentals from lensrentals and cameralensrentals were very good – no complaints there either.
(cover photo credit: snap from the LensProToGo page)