At one point or another a photographer, professional or amatuer, has wished they’d had something in their camera bag they just didn’t have. Sadly, great photographs can be missed without the right equipment. Whether you are headed on a weekend getaway or have an upcoming professional photoshoot, renting camera equipment is a great way to obtain the types of shots you may want without the hefty investment weighing on your pocketbook.
In Denver, there are camera stores, as well as some new rental houses, that will gladly rent you a bevy of photographic equipment. Here are a few to get you started:
- Mike’s Camera, www.mikescamera.com, has a complete list of cameras and peripherals that should impress even the most concerning photographer. View their current rental list here: http://www.mikescamera.com/rentals.html#RentalList. Some advice, in order to rent from Mike’s they ship from their Boulder store. So, if you live in Denver, make sure to inquire about rental availability a few days in advance by calling the Boulder store @ (303) 443-1715. Kelly, in the Boulder rental department, is a great resource for information on all of their rental items.
- MP&E, http://hdgear.tv/default.php, is Denver’s newest rental house where a “passion for the art of visual story telling” meets a dedicated “culture of service to our current and future creative professionals.” MP&E offers an amazing rental menu built around the needs/cravings of camera & lighting professionals and producers. From single item rentals to elaborate packages, their “clients rave about receiving the best possible equipment in the best possible condition.” Visit their site, for more information and to view a complete list of their amazing rental equipment. Located in Denver, Dallas, and Phoenix.
- BORROWLENSES.COM, www.borrowlenses.com, will tempt you with amazing inventory & dedicated customer service. According to their website, “we serve everyone from budding amateurs to seasoned professionals. The next time you need gear for a special event, or just want to try before you buy, try our services. You will NOT be disappointed.” From point & shoots to underwater gear, this is a great resource for every type of photographer looking to gain some new experience with a new technology. With very resonable rental rates & shipping throughout the entire US (yep, all 50 states), renting camera equipment that might not be available locally, is easy. For an FAQ about their rental services visit: http://www.borrowlenses.com/page/about.
So, with a little research (visit http://www.dpreview.com/ for the latest cameras reviews) along with some basic knowledge of the rental resources available to photographers, while we can’t always own everything we need in our photographic arsenal, we can still shoot as though we do.