Would you buy lens or camera from rental companies?

9 years 6 months ago #113651 by Monster
There are companies like Borrowlenses and thelensdepot who sell off their older inventory every so often. I was wondering if you would buy from these companies if good deal? I just got this tip this morning, but was thinking how beat up is this stuff?


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9 years 6 months ago #113659 by Scotty
I've rented lenses from a lot of companies that do this, and I would not purchase one of their rentals. I've had EXTREMELY good experience with renting lenses with stellar results.


I just don't want something that used though. Everyone is different though. I'd rather buy it new.

When the last candle has been blown out
and the last glass of champagne has been drunk
All that you are left with are the memories and the images-David Cooke.

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9 years 6 months ago #113665 by Screamin Scott
Depends on the condition of the lens, the price & whether or not they include a warranty that would determine if I'd buy from them.

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9 years 6 months ago #113805 by effron
Yeah, I'm with Scotty here. I want new, and it never seems to be a big savings buying used anyway......B)

Why so serious?
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9 years 6 months ago #113826 by eryck
Im looking to upgrade and my first choice is used eqiupment. The main reason is I dont want to wait too long for a worthy addition to my gear.

One web site I find very useful for used camera gear is;

www.fredmiranda.com/

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9 years 6 months ago #113860 by Stanly
If it's from a good company like KEH or Adorama, I would buy used. But not from a rental company

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9 years 6 months ago - 9 years 6 months ago #114145 by Henry Peach
It would depend on the gear, warranty, return policy, etc... I wouldn't worry about pro lenses wearing out because they were used a lot. If it works okay when it arrives it's probably fine. Camera bodies and flashes would be a different matter. How do you know they aren't just selling them to used dealers if we don't buy them anyway? Short of knowing the previous owner how would you know what any used gear has been through?

I think it would be like buying a car from a car rental place. Some of them replace early and often. Some drive the cars into the ground.

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9 years 6 months ago #114178 by Johnnie
I prefer NEW, you never know.


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9 years 6 months ago #114229 by KevinA65

Johnnie wrote: I prefer NEW, you never know.

I would agree with Johnnie, although I do know of photographer that had luck with Adorama. Not me, I would prefer new !

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9 years 6 months ago #114230 by Dori
Another vote for new

Don't pi$$ me off, I am running out of room to store the bodies...

Resident Texasotan...

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9 years 6 months ago #114477 by Rocket Man
Not a chance, that would be like buying a used car from a rental company. You never know how this equipment was treated.


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