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Ian
25th November 2009, 05:32 PM
At last I can now reveal our pricing for our forthcoming Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire service. I say 'forthcoming' but the fact is that we have one customer already, whose 7-14 is on its way to him as we speak!

A provisional price list, which include summaries of other aspects of the service can be downloaded from here (pdf format):

http://e-group.uk.net/files/e-group_hire_details1.pdf

The list is not complete - camera bodies are not listed and some accessories may be missing. But the bulk of what we will be offering is there.

I believe that the rates are substantially cheaper than a Nikon or Canon user would have to pay for hiring the same value of gear from other independent hire services.

AND, we are in the final stages of working out rates for a rebate scheme through which you can claim money back on your hire if you purchase the same model of item hired within four weeks of hiring it. More details on this will be published soon.

If you have any questions - please don't hesitate!

Ian

Ian
25th November 2009, 07:50 PM
Some comparisons:

7 day hire prices (Canon from lensesforhire.co.uk), Olympus - our prices.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM, typical retail price 3790, hire 144
Olympus Zuiko Digital 150mm f/2, typical retail price 1890, hire 59
Olympus Zuiko digital 300mm f/2.8, typical retail price 5500,hire 149
Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM, typical retail price 5500, hire 197.50
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35-100 f/2, typical retail price 1890, hire 58
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS, typical retail price 1539, hire 70
Olympus Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f/4, typical retail price 1345, hire 46
Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L IS USM II, typical retail price 1090, hire 59.25
Olympus Zuiko Digital 50mm F/2 macro, typical retail price 429, hire 18.50
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, typical retail price 425, hire 28.50

Ian

Timberry
29th November 2009, 03:03 PM
Hi Ian, just wondering what's the procedure for booking? Been waiting a long time for something like this and would love to give it a try.

Ian
1st December 2009, 09:04 AM
Hi Ian, just wondering what's the procedure for booking? Been waiting a long time for something like this and would love to give it a try.

I have now set up a board dedicated to the hire service here:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=44

Basically, email me your requirements at hire@e-group.uk.net and we'll see what we can do! :)

I can also confirm that we will announce details of a hire rebate offer that means you could reclaim up to your whole hire fee if you later buy the same model of gear that you previously hired from us.

Ian

bammo
4th December 2009, 04:45 PM
Great that you took the initiative on this one. *chr

It deserves to be a great success. There is a lot of great stuff on the list too... I can see me being tempted in the future.

Ian
4th December 2009, 05:05 PM
Great that you took the initiative on this one. *chr

It deserves to be a great success. There is a lot of great stuff on the list too... I can see me being tempted in the future.

We have already had a couple of happy customers. :)

And we have a couple of firm bookings, but mostly the interest is somewhere in the future.

If anyone would like to rent something for the holiday period...? :D

Ian

Xpres
4th December 2009, 06:30 PM
Is the 7-14 available over the 'holiday period'?

Ian
4th December 2009, 06:45 PM
Is the 7-14 available over the 'holiday period'?

Yes it is - we only have one example at the moment, too.

Ian

Xpres
4th December 2009, 06:50 PM
OK, I'll have it then. What shall I do?

Ian
4th December 2009, 07:14 PM
OK - there will be an online ordering system at some point, but for now, drop me an email to hire@e-group.uk.net with the days you wish to use the lens (remembering that the hire periord is for full days use of the lens, not the two days we factor in for you to receive the lens from us and the two days necessary for you to return it, assuming you will be shipping it).

We can take it from there.

Ian

Ian
8th December 2009, 05:38 PM
Interest is slowly picking up even though the service has not yet been publicised widely. A press release will go out tomorrow.

There are some revisions to the pricing too. The 3, 7, 14, and 21 day rates previously published are unchanged, but we've decided to compute more sensible rates for other days. The price list can be downloaded from here:

http://www.e-group.uk.net/hire/prices.pdf

A general information document can be found here:

http://www.e-group.uk.net/hire/hire_info.pdf

If you are interested in hiring an item, please email: hire@e-group.uk.net or tel: 01442 242 960

It's worth noting that we don't have unlimited stocks, so in those familiar word - to avoid disappointment, book sooner rather than later! :)

Ian