Lens Rental companies??

13 years 2 months ago #38064 by Foggy
I'm getting mixed reviews on Lens rental companies. A friend of mine was telling me you need to watch out as there are some companies who will charge you for things you didn't damage or petty things. He gave the example of renting a 300mm lens for a sporting event, he ended up not being able to go as he got sick, never took the lens out of the box and was charged for a scratch on the lens body. :huh: Now he did mention that renting a lens was a good way of "testing" out a lens before committing to it with a full purchase.

Other than Lens Rental.com what other lens rental companies are there?


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13 years 2 months ago #38238 by bhowdy
Borrow Lens

I have used LensRentals.com several times .... Always with excellent results.

Bob Howdeshell

"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera" ~ Lewis Hine

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13 years 2 months ago #38697 by Joves

bhowdy wrote: Borrow Lens

I have used LensRentals.com several times .... Always with excellent results.

+1 I have yet to use borrowlens either.


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13 years 2 months ago #41587 by lenslenders

Foggy wrote: Other than Lens Rental.com what other lens rental companies are there?

An Internet search for "lens rentals" will reveal a number of lens rental companies. Do your homework before renting. Ask how long they have been in business and search their name to find good stories and bad.

Inspect your rented equipment as soon as it arrives. If you find any damage or defects, tell the rental company right away. They may already know about the cosmetic scratch on the tripod mount or wearing of the lettering around the controls, but be sure to document any such conditions in an e-mail so you'll have something to go back to should they later claim that you did it.

Many rental companies sell "insurance" in the form of a damage waiver, but be cautious; it is NOT "insurance" as it is often sold as. A damage waiver excuses you from responsibility for certain perils, such as accidentally breaking the equipment. It normally does not excuse you from responsibility for total loss or theft, however. Talk to your home insurance agent or broker. Often they can sell you a rider on your home insurance to cover all perilsincluding theft, of rented equipment in your care.

Disclosure: I am the owner of Lens Lenders in Canada.


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