Renting camera gear: Unleash your creativity without breaking the bank.


In the world of photography and videography, capturing the perfect shot is the highest goal. But as many creatives eventually discover, the constant evolution of camera gear can put a strain on their ability to create and make them question if owning the latest gear is even practical. Some may think they wont be able to progress their careers until they have the funds available to keep up with this fast moving industry.

Fortunately, there are options available to help you grow in your craft without getting stuck on the seemingly never-ending cycle of spending money. Renting camera equipment has emerged as an attractive alternative, offering numerous benefits that can significantly enhance your creative journey.

 Daniel McCullough

As an industry professional who has used aperturent for several years, my experience with them has only been elevated from great to beyond fantastic! The whole team is always welcoming, swift, and I have never had any gear issues! is my first stop when a new project comes up and I start dreaming of what top-notch gear I want to use!

 Jen Scott

I absolutely love using Aperturent! As a wedding photographer, I need two bodies on me, and an array of lenses. When I switched to mirrorless, I had to do it a little at a time, and Aperturent has allowed me to use the best gear while making smart financial business decisions. Delivery is quick and shipping back is easy. I don't rent anywhere else!




Renting camera gear is a, sometimes overlooked, strategy to growing a successful photography or videography business. It can be a practical and cost-effective option for various reasons. Here are some compelling reasons why someone might consider renting:

  • Special occasions or short-term projects: If you have a special project, event, or vacation coming up, and you need specific gear for that particular purpose, renting can save you from the high cost of buying equipment that you may not use frequently. For example, many product photographers have all the necessary equipment for a shoot, but sometimes a client makes a special request or you want to push creative boundaries. Renting the Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens can provide a unique and fresh perspective, enabling you to shoot in even the tightest of spaces. An added bonus is that it is fully submersible! You may not use it consistently, but it can certainly add a "wow" factor to your shots when needed.

  • Trying before buying: Renting gives you the chance to test different camera models, lenses, or accessories before committing to a purchase. It allows you to evaluate how well the gear suits your needs and shooting style, helping you make an informed decision before taking that next step. This approach can be particularly helpful when dealing with the size and weight of lenses and cameras, the bulkiness of a bag or tripod, or the quality of build in different strobes and lights. Renting and trying out equipment can give you a smoother experience and help you avoid being stuck with buyer's remorse.

  • Freedom to experiment: Renting gives you the freedom to try out different brands, models, or accessories you otherwise wouldn’t have access to, and the ability to experiment with new techniques, expanding your creative options without committing to a specific gear lineup. This renting approach is also highly beneficial to freelancers who want to work with other photographers that may be brand specific, and vice versa, for lead photographers who want to hire additional help and need everyone to be on the same type of equipment.

  • Cost savings: Renting opens the door to top-of-the-line equipment at a fraction of the purchase price, saving you a lot of money upfront. This is especially helpful for creatives who only shoot occasionally so purchasing may not be financially justifiable. Renting allows you to pay for only what you need, when you need it, without worrying about the cost and hassle of maintenance, storage, and upgrades. 

  • Travel: There are many benefits to renting camera equipment for travel. Depending on your destination or the type of photos you plan to take, you may not own the appropriate lenses. At Aperturent, we offer a variety of super-wide and wide-angle lenses that are perfect for capturing those landscape shots throughout your trip. We also have a large selection of telephoto lenses for capturing wildlife and animal shots. And if you're undecided or like the "if I can only take one lens" motto, we have options for that too! Are you a Canon mirrorless portrait photographer but happen to be going on a safari or wildlife excursion soon? Maybe you’ve wanted to shoot with the Sigma 100-400mm lens, but purchasing just for your trip would be too expensive and leave you with a piece of equipment you may not use again. On the other hand, renting the lens for two weeks would cover your trip and at a fraction of the price. Lastly, If you're traveling for a job or a personal trip, renting gear at your destination can save you the hassle and potential risks associated with carrying bulky and delicate equipment on flights. With our offices located in several major US cities, considering renting from one of our local offices you may be flying in or out of. 

  • Maintenance and repairs: Equipment repairs can be expensive and take time, especially if you have to send your gear off to the manufacturer. If you ever need to have your equipment serviced or sent out for repair, you can rent gear in the meantime. This way, you won't have to slow down your workflow, postpone shoots, or turn down any jobs!

  • Backup equipment: Renting backup gear can be a smart decision for important events or assignments. If your primary equipment fails, having a backup readily available ensures that you can continue shooting without disruptions. For many event photographers, having two camera bodies with different lenses mounted makes the shooting process faster and easier, while also providing different visuals and perspectives for the event. 

 Ben F

I've been using Aperturent for almost 10 years now. They make the rental experience easy and seamless. I've had great experiences renting equipment from them and the rental rates including insurance are quite reasonable. I find renting a great way to test out equipment before I buy them. I highly recommend Aperturent.

 Scott Andrews

Exceptional experience every time. I have been using Aperturent for seven years. They have saved me thousands of dollars from buying a lens I really don't need to own. The equipment is always in top shape and flawless in functionality. The team is glad to see you and always respectful of your time. The web site is genius. If you are looking to change or upgrade your equipment, rent here first and make an informed decision


In conclusion, renting camera equipment offers a practical, cost-effective, and versatile solution for photographers and videographers of all levels. It enables you to explore and experiment with a wide range of cameras, lenses, and accessories without the financial burden of ownership. Embrace the advantages of renting equipment, and embark on a journey of endless possibilities, capturing captivating images like never before!