How & Where to Rent Photo Equipment

Taken with an 85mm 1.2 rental

Taken with an 85mm 1.2 rental

A great alternative to spending thousands of dollars on expensive photo equipment for special days is renting it! It's so easy!

Where  -  My favorite place to rent photo/video equipment in NYC is Adorama Rentals. They are really easy to book with either online or over the phone and they always have great gear. 

What you'll need

  1. Valid state issued Photo ID - They will make a copy of it every time you rent so don't forget it at home!
  2. Valid Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express Credit Card - The entire value of the equipment will be placed on your card so make sure you have enough of a credit limit and that you've alerted your credit card company so that they don't flag your card for suspicious activity. If you don't use credit cards, your debit card will do just fine. Just make sure you have the full amount to place the hold.

How   -  Once you call and place your order, you arrive at Adorama on your scheduled pick up day. The entrance is next door, to the right of the Adorama store entrance. Take the elevator up to the 6th floor. If you are not making any changes to your order, walk over to the express line on the left, if you are making any changes, take a ticket to the right. If you already have a camera body, make sure the equipment is compatible with your own. If you don't know how to use the gear, just ask whoever is helping you check out. They are always super friendly. To return, if its a Monday morning, Adorama employees are standing outside waiting for orders to arrive. Just hand it over and they will scan it in and email you the receipt. 

Tips and Tricks

  • A "weekend" rental costs just a little bit more than a weekday rental and you get a whole lot more for you money! You can pick up a weekend rental Thursdays after 4pm and you return Monday mornings before 9:30am, that's 3 1/2 days! 
  • It costs $1.00 extra to rent gear online. They don't tell you that until you call after you've been charged. To avoid that extra fee, just look up the order you want on the website, have the list of gear ready and give them a call and place the order over the phone.
  • If you're looking to purchase the specific lens or piece in the recent future and you've rented it, you can "rent to own." This means that your rental costs go toward the purchase of the same lens. Just ask about their "Rent to Own" program.

Please let me know if you have any blog suggestions or if you'd like me to make a post about what equipment I like to rent for what occasions!