With the high investment costs of the latest and state-of-the-art digital equipment, and along with the huge risks in terms of the return of investment, renting digital equipment seems the practical and logical way to go about your business. For starters, this will enable you to use your resources for other expenditures in the business rather than spending money outright on expensive equipment. If you're looking for companies that rent their digital gears at shoestring rates, you're in luck.
These are some of the companies that offer rentals of their sophisticated digital gadgetry:
- Metromotion - This photography and production company specializes in a wide range of production services that are tailor-fitted to the needs of their clients. Since its founding in 1990, the company has grown to be one of the most versatile production companies today that sees renting as a very viable option for its clients. It's wonderful line of digital equipment includes the Phase One digital backs, Hasselblad H2 camera system, digital SLRs like the Canon EOS Mark II and III, Canon EF 14mm up to 300mm and the Canon EOS Extension Tube 12. Metromotion also offers digital workstations operating on the latest MacPro Eight Core towers with Eizo monitors. You may contact Metromotion via metromotion.com or call them through their telephone number 212-967-2000 for more details.
- CSI Rentals - This Web site considers renting to be both a business opportunity and a means to help starters with digital equipment rentals. With offices in New York, CSI Rentals offers all kinds of digital apparatus such as camera and lenses, computers and laptops, storage devices, lighting gears, grips, video accessories, multimedia services and other miscellaneous supplies all for your digital production needs. Their mail order rentals are available on all lenses and digital cameras with a minimum rental of one week. The rental duration starts from the moment the item leaves CSI Rentals premises and returns, but don't worry as the round trip is insured as seen on your invoice. Its digital brands include that of Apple, ARRI, Bogen, Canon, Epson, Nikon, Gitzo, and Panasonic among others. For more details call them at 212-243-RENT or log on to their Web site at csirentals.com.
- Liman Video Rentals (LVR) - If you are looking for a rentals company that has a proven track record of quality digital supplies, then LVR is the rental company for you. It has supplied video cameras and lenses to the production of four independent films that were nominated in the Academy Awards and the Sundance Film Festival. The movie Frozen River has been nominated in two categories in the Oscars while Passing Strange, Once More with Feelings, and Quest were accepted at Sundance. They have all kinds of digital equipments to rent, LVR offers cameras, VTRs, monitors, audio, lighting and grip and video supplies. Visit their Web site at lvrusa.com or call them at 1-800-251-4625.
Renting digital equipment is the best option, but of course remember to exercise utmost care, as you might be spending a lot of money for replacement parts or the whole equipment itself if proven that you have not been careful in handling the equipment during the agreed rental period.