When you’re setting off on a trip, one of the most important things you can pack is a camera. These days everyone’s camera also happens to be their phone, and while mobile photography technology continues to improve, there’s just no beating the image quality of professional equipment when it comes to capturing your memories. Of course, there is one huge problem with professional camera gear: It’s insanely expensive.
Depending on how often you travel, where you’re going, and your level of photography experience, it’s not always worth it to purchase the specific camera or lens you’re pining for. With prices for lenses and cameras well into the thousands, buying gear is often too costly. Which is why renting gear, even though it may seem like a bad investment in the long run, is actually the best thing you can do to improve your photography. Here are the top reasons you should rent gear for your next trip.
Not only can gear rental companies ship the gear right to your house or the hotel at your destination, they also make it extremely simple to figure out what equipment you’ll need. Websites like BorrowLenses.com have organized packages for beginners and advanced photographers with gear recommendations for every occasion, whether you want to capture sprawling landscapes or focus in on wildlife.
Instead of paying thousands of dollars for equipment you’re only going to need once, why not pay a fraction of that? You can rent some cameras for as little as $10 a day, which makes it a lot easier to fit in your budget and even add some lenses and filters you might not have bought if you were making a permanent purchase.
Every Destination Requires Something Different
When you’re renting gear, you’re able to cater your equipment to your destination. If you know you want to capture the Grand Canyon’s immense size, get a wide-angle lens. Want to focus in on the artistic details at the Sisteen Chapel—telephoto it is. Everything from underwater gear to a GoPro is at your fingertips for a much lower price.
Practice Makes Perfect
Renting camera gear is not only a smart move for a trip, it can also expose you to different kinds of equipment and brands, allowing you to figure out what works best for you and your photography. By the time you and your budget are ready to add the next big piece to your personal camera collection, you’ll know exactly what you need and how to use it.
There are many websites where you can rent camera equipment such as Borrow Lenses and GlassAndGear.com, but if you’d prefer to see the equipment in person, ask around at your local camera store and see if they offer rental services.
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Jamie Ditaranto is a writer and photographer who is always looking for her next adventure. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.