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Lens hire

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Drollic, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. Drollic

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 24, 2013

    Posts: 2,590

    Location: East Midlands

    Any online recommendations for lens hire? Anything to watch out for? Can firmware be upgraded? Looking for a fuji 35mm 1.4 for a week.
     
  2. Jase

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 4,379

    Location: Pembrokeshire

    lensesforhire are pretty good.
     
  3. Schizo

    Don

    Joined: Feb 19, 2008

    Posts: 12,481

    Location: Home

    I was just looking at them, deposit is high but they have to cover themselves.

    Was looking at hiring a canon L 16-35 for my holiday.
     
  4. Jase

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 4,379

    Location: Pembrokeshire

    I don't think they usually charge a deposit unless you look dodgy :)

    From their FAQS:

    Do you charge a deposit?
    Generally no. We trust you to look after our gear. Please help us to maintain this policy by repaying our trust. If we can't satisfy ourselves that a customer is genuine, or if the transaction looks unusually risky for other reasons, then we may ask for a deposit. (That's why we ask so many questions.) There are a number of situations in which we will routinely ask for a deposit though:

    • If you live outside the UK.
    • If you’re a foreign visitor to the UK.
    • If you want us to deliver a lens outside the UK.
    • If you want us to deliver the lens to an insecure location such as a hotel where you’re staying.
     
  5. Schizo

    Don

    Joined: Feb 19, 2008

    Posts: 12,481

    Location: Home

    I was on the site yesterday but couldn't check out because of the deposit.

    I'll try it again :)
     
  6. Steeps

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 8, 2003

    Posts: 4,626

    Location: Bedfordshire

    I've never had to pay a deposit for LFH, only used them for really short hires. If I'm planning to use something for more than a week I found it easier to buy the lens second hand then sell on again... then forget to sell it on.
     
  7. Schizo

    Don

    Joined: Feb 19, 2008

    Posts: 12,481

    Location: Home

    I was thinking this as well,the money you pay out for the hire can be used for a used lens,might have to sit down and have a think about the 16-35 as I'm 99% sure I want this lens.
     
  8. robfosters

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2010

    Posts: 22,862

    Location: Welling, London

    The II or III?
     
  9. Schizo

    Don

    Joined: Feb 19, 2008

    Posts: 12,481

    Location: Home

    Probably the 2.
     
  10. D.P.

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 27,858

    That has been my experience, bu the lens second hand and sell it on again, i.e. keep it.
     
  11. divuk83

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 8, 2006

    Posts: 1,154

    Location: York

    Has anyone had any experience with Fat Llama? Looks interesting and is cheap, though there isn't much near me worth having. If I lived in London it would be a different story...

    Dave
     
  12. Steeps

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 8, 2003

    Posts: 4,626

    Location: Bedfordshire

    Fat Llama is p2p so it's as good as the people you're borrowing from. I have been tempted to list some items but as I don't live in a large town/city it all looks a bit inconvenient trying to arrange meetups.
     
  13. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

    Posts: 14,678

    Location: Stamford

    I looked at lens hire once and once only.
    Also figured it was better to buy and sell on. (you might even gain)

    Then, didn't sell on!
     
  14. Schizo

    Don

    Joined: Feb 19, 2008

    Posts: 12,481

    Location: Home

    This is my worry :)
     
  15. And

    Hitman

    Joined: Dec 7, 2002

    Posts: 674

    Never paid a deposit before at lensesforhire. Good quick service and lenses were perfect working order. Would use again. Seem to remember I got some criticism on here for hiring a lens.
     
  16. Troezar

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 6, 2009

    Posts: 2,256

    Makes sense to hire for very occasional use or to try before spending a large amount on a new lens.