Renting your gear?
Posted 01 February 2011 - 03:06 AM
Basically I want to help out friends when I can but it feels like I'm just taking all the risk when loaning out equipment this way. I'm just curious how other people handle it, particularly when it is a friend or associate who is asking to rent or borrow the gear?
Posted 01 February 2011 - 04:28 AM
Lending gear has the same risks, although you could check with your insurer about coverage in this case, since it's not a commercial relationship. If they have equipment, perhaps they could add your kit to their insurance for a short period.
Posted 01 February 2011 - 05:35 AM
No insurance, but the hirer paid eventually.
Bolexes have come back with destructive modifications.
Factor this stuff in your hirage and insist on insurance.
When all is said and done I've paid cameras off this way, and they aren't too shabby once they've done so - maybe I'm lucky
Posted 01 February 2011 - 08:52 AM
Posted 01 February 2011 - 02:09 PM
Typically it's a quid pro quo...I loan out my glidecam for a weekend, and the other fellow lends me his EX1 for a day.
Posted 01 February 2011 - 04:02 PM
Posted 01 February 2011 - 04:34 PM
I have rented to friends who I very much trust. However they take it on a shoot with a larger crew and I have noticed that some professional crew expect their gear to be indestructible and they treat it as such. Not being malicious, but perhaps expecting old or off-brand gear to be as solid as top-of-the-line pro gear. So you would think the more experienced the crew, the nicer they will be with the gear but I have sometimes found the opposite to be true.
I can't imagine my film camera being returned to me with a bad modification made to it. Who would do that!?
Posted 01 February 2011 - 07:00 PM