If you just got out of film college and want to get into the production industry but don’t have the necessary funds yet to buy an expensive quality camera and all the equipment that you need for it, there’s no need to worry, there is a simple, more affordable solution – renting camera equipment. Even though this is a short term solution, since renting camera equipment frequently will eventually end up costing you more than buying an actual camera, it’s a good way to start making some serious money.
Most reputable shops and online stores will rent camera equipment at an affordable price for a couple of days or weeks, so there is no need to worry if you were hired as a photographer to a wedding and you don’t have a quality camera at your disposal. Or, if you just want a quality back-up camera in case things go wrong, because people are paying you good money to do some amazing shots, and you can’t let them down if you want to uphold a good reputation for yourself as a photographer. Here are some of the benefits that come along with renting camera equipment:
- Test the Gear – When considering to purchase an expensive camera, lens, external flashes or any other accessories, you should test them beforehand. Most stores will let you equip some lens on the camera to try them out. Furthermore, you can try two or more different items on the spot to see which one will fit you better, instead of reading online reviews or relying on the advice of the salesperson.
- Extra Gear – Most rentals will allow you to take more camera gear if you need it for a shorter period of time. Some will even go as far as giving you a backup camera so you can equip different lenses to save time on changing lenses constantly. This will also allow you to use some accessories that you otherwise wouldn’t, which might be essential at this point.
- Budget Friendly – You will have access to camera gear out of your budget – amazing cameras, long and specialty lenses. In other words, you will be able to use equipment way above your budget, without breaking your bank. However, you need to weigh in the factors. For example, if you intend to rent camera equipment on many occasions, you should consider buying it, as renting it far too many times will eventually surpass its price.