NEVER let friends borrow camera gear. EVER!

2 months 2 weeks ago #665600 by MYoung
So frazzled.  I let a friend borrow one of my flashes and two lenses.  She just returned it and there are little scratches all over the flash and one of the lenses looks like it rolled around in her car for the  last 2 weeks that she had it!  Actually so does the flash.  There is scratch and scuff marks all over this.

No wonder why she  just dropped  it off and said she had to run.

Annoyed.  Beyond annoyed!  


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2 months 2 weeks ago #665606 by garyrhook

MYoung wrote: So frazzled.  I let a friend borrow one of my flashes and two lenses.  She just returned it and there are little scratches all over the flash and one of the lenses looks like it rolled around in her car for the  last 2 weeks that she had it!  Actually so does the flash.  There is scratch and scuff marks all over this.

No wonder why she  just dropped  it off and said she had to run.

Annoyed.  Beyond annoyed!  


Unfortunate.

I have a strict policy when I ask to borrow something: it will be returned in the same condition as when I borrowed it, or I will replace it. Or whatever is necesssary.

I say this out loud, to the lender's face.

The trick is to say the same thing to a borrower, before they've left with the goods, and get their agreement. So that expectations are set and clear. And then, only with people that you trust enough that you really don't have to say it in the first place.

Otherwise, the answer should be "no", followed by a link to borrowlenses.com.

You need to confront your friend, calmly, and make it clear that there's a problem that only she can fix. Unless you think it will not change anything, you figure the friendship isn't worth it, and you won't lend her anything ever again.

Although she sounds more like a user than a friend. But what do I know.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #665618 by Missy J
WOW, not cool at all.  Did you call her up and ask her about the condition of the returned gear? 


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2 months 2 weeks ago #665631 by effron
This has been discussed ad nauseam...I never loan my vehicle, camera gear or golf clubs....My sons are the exception, and a good friend would never ask.

Why so serious?
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2 months 2 weeks ago #665634 by Nikon Shooter

effron wrote: My sons are the exception, and a good friend would never ask.



:agree:

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2 months 1 week ago #665721 by Sawyer
I would have them replace anything that has ANY scratches on it. 

Canon 5D Mark II | Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM | Canon 35L | Sigma 85 1.4 | Helios 44M-6 58mm(M42) | Zeiss 50mm 1.4 (C/Y) | Canon 135L | (2) 430EX II
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2 months 1 week ago #665737 by Garbo
Messed up.  Not a good friend.  Get it replaced/ repaired.  

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2 months 1 week ago #665744 by garyrhook

Garbo wrote: Get it replaced/repaired.


The friend?


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2 months 1 week ago #665763 by Paris Gal
Ha ha ha!!! 

I was going to say the same thing.  Not a good friend to have, ditch them.  

Horrible though.  

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2 months 1 week ago #665829 by Rob Conley
I would be sympathetic and more understanding if she was upfront about it.  However it's hard to have mixed thoughts when she takes off like that.  

Did you reach out to her yet?  


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2 months 1 week ago #665858 by Olivia
No comment.  Nothing positive at least.  


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