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How does renting a lens through a rental house change it's value?


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#1 Ryan Constantino

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 04:41 PM

I'm curious about how renting a lens through a rental house (or otherwise) affects the resale value of the a cinema lens? 

 

For example if a lens is only owned by one person and never rented through a rental house, it's likely to have a higher asking price under the assumption that they took really good care of it and didn't get used as much right? 

 

Would this also mean that a lens that has been rented a lot will likely be less expensive because of general wear and tear? 

 

And finally, if a lens is rented through a rental house a lot and is evaluated by duclos or abelcine etc. as being in good condition would that asking price be more like the single owner price?

 


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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 04:58 PM

A busy single owner could put a lot of wear and tear on a lens or may not maintain it to the same level as a good rental house, Rental houses tend to put their lenses in good cases, some owners cut corners on their cases,

 

It'll be the condition of the lens that matters, not who the owner was.


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#3 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:39 PM

Yes it's the condition that matters, not necessarily who owns it or how much work it's done. As Brian said, rental houses tend to maintain their gear more regularly than owners (especially ones with an in-house service department) and use good travel cases. Assistants continually test the lenses and issues are quickly flagged. Of course an old rental lens may have more superficial wear, such as fine coating scratches or barrel dings etc, and no doubt the odd lens will have more serious wear that a rental house may have decided is too expensive to repair or the part is no longer available. Which is why an evaluation is always worth doing.

 

A lens evaluated by a reputable company like Duclos should fetch more than a lens in an unknown state, or one where the owner simply states that it was hardly used or whatever. I've seen lenses advertised as pristine or "minty" that had fungus or focus shift or were out of calibration. Many issues are not visible just in photos.


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