By George Mtandao
Published February 21, 2014
If you need to have an expensive camera for filming and you don’t own one, you may wish to consider rental services instead of buying one outright. This article suggests some ways in which you can find a suitable rental service to use.
When it comes to basic cameras – the type most of us use from time to time – we tend to buy them. However, not all cameras are as cheap as these are. Indeed, even the more advanced DSLR cameras are more affordable than those used for filming purposes. This is a different kind of camera altogether, and quite an expensive one too, running to several thousand pounds in many cases.
Fortunately there is a solution here, and it involves hiring the camera you need instead. This is a good option in many cases, not least because it means you can hire it for the period you need it for. You can also choose the most appropriate camera for your requirements, which could be one you wouldn’t be able to afford outright if you had to buy it.
Before you can rent your camera for filming you need to find somewhere to rent it from. This means searching for a reputable source of cameras designed for this specific purpose. Let’s say for example you need Optimo 28-76 hire to get you the lens you need, not to mention a camera to go with it. Your first stop will be to look for companies that specialise in renting equipment like this. In this case it can be good to look up the specific item you require. Look up Optimo 28-76 hire and then scan the results you find to see what comes up. This should enable you to narrow the field to a few of the most likely looking sources.
Once this stage is complete you can look at the terms and conditions each company provides. How long can you rent the lens or camera for? What do you need to remember when you return the items? Is there an additional charge for late returns? How do you get hold of them? Are they sent to you or do you need to pick them up? Questions like these will enable you to find out exactly how each service works, so you can narrow down the options still further.
Of course there is also price to think about. Quite often you may get cheaper rates if you rent for a longer period, so make sure you know roughly how long you will need the camera for and perhaps add on some extra time to be sure. If you haven’t finished your work prior to your due date coming up, you may incur extra charges or penalties for keeping it longer.
In the end you need to consider all the options and think about which rental service looks the best of all of them. Looking for experience in the field is a good bet too, since some will undoubtedly have been around longer than others. This is not necessarily an indication of how good a business is, but it certainly helps to point you in the right direction. Use this knowledge to rent the cameras you need for the best possible prices.