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Why You Should Rent Camera Equipment Before You Buy It

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

Buying equipment for your camera is expensive. Fortunately, there are options to rent instead of buy. In addition to saving money in the short term, renting can provide many benefits to photographers.

This article will look at the benefits of renting camera equipment so you can determine if it’s the best move for you to make.

It Lets You Try the Equipment Out

Once you buy a product, you’re stuck with it. Of course, there is the option to return it, but then you have to deal with possible shipping fees, poor customer service, and other inconveniences.

Renting a product allows you to try it before you buy it. So, if you are not happy with it, you won’t have spent a lot of money finding out.

You Can Use the Equipment for a Specific Purpose

Let’s say you’re doing a shoot that’s taking you out of the box. For instance, maybe you’re doing a night shoot when you usually shoot during the day. Or maybe you’re going to try an underwater shoot.

Rather than buying gear that you may never use again, you can rent it and return it when you’re done.

You Don’t Want to Travel with Your Equipment

Camera gear can be bulky and heavy. It can get in the way if you’re traveling with it. It may also get damaged. And if you’re taking it on a plane, it can add to your fees.

It may be a more convenient and less expensive solution to rent gear when you get to your destination. That way you won’t have to worry about packing it.

Your Gear is Out for Repair

A photographer can’t afford to miss out on a good opportunity just because some of their gear is out for repair. Instead of saying no, rent replacements for the gear that’s being repaired. This will keep you from missing out on making money and it will keep your reputation intact in the industry.

You’re Just Starting Out

If you’re just starting out in photography, you may have no idea which camera, lenses, and lighting will be best suited to your needs. Renting the gear will provide you with hands-on experience with different equipment so you know how to move forward with your hobby.

You Want to Try Out New Gear

The problem with buying camera gear is, you always run the risk of it becoming out of date. You may have just gotten a new model only to discover a similar model with advanced capabilities has come out a month later.

Renting gear means you are never stuck with an outdated model. What’s more, it allows you to try out new models so you can determine if they really are better than the ones you have.

What Kind of Camera Gear Can I Rent?

There really is no end to the type of camera gear you can rent. This includes cameras and lenses, lighting and grip, video cameras and electronics, accessories, and more.

Now that you know the score, will you be renting or buying the next time you get the hankering for new gear?

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