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Smile Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

At last, we've received a porttion of the stock we're intending to offer for hire. Rental rates have not yet been finalised, but this could be done soon and equipment availability could commence before the end of next week.

If you have some dates in mind and would like to be at the front of the queue for a particular item, if you can send me a Private Mail here on the forum, I can hopefully reserve an item for you.

As of today I have:

300mm f/2.8
90-250 f/2.8
35-100 f/2
150mm f/2
50-200 f/2.8-3.5 SWD

I hope to announce the availability of other lenses in dues course, but if your requirement isn't too imminent, you can make reservations for the following items:

7-14 f/4
14-35 f/2
Twin flash set
Ring flash (restricted lens compatibility)
Heavy duty FL flash battery

Other items will be added to the list in due course.

Naturally, as we haven't yet published finalised rates, you won't be held to your reservation!

I can't guarantee that you will be able to off-set part of your rental fee against a discount should you eventually buy the item model you rented, but we are looking in to this.

Minimum rental period is 3 whole days, with one shipping day either side. The fee will be for the 3 full days that you get to use the item, though there will be a surcharge if you are late in getting it back to us.

The next period is 7 days (plus 2 days for shipping), then 14 days. Longer periods are possible; we'll customise arrangements accordingly.

I'm aiming to finalise the rates by the end of the week!

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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

Superb idea and news.Wish it had been a bit earlier as I am in London at the moment taking pictures of our new granddaughter (born sunday).I would have asked for the 35-100mm had I but known.Ah well at least theres always next time.
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Will you have any cameras for hire as well? My G1 will use Olympus lenses but not focus them and it would be nice to have a matching camera.
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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

Ian

Just a question about the ring flash.I know it will fit the 14-54 but is it compatible with the 50mm macro??

If it is I'll be interested next spring.
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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

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Ian

Just a question about the ring flash.I know it will fit the 14-54 but is it compatible with the 50mm macro??

If it is I'll be interested next spring.
yes but you need the adapter (as you do for the 35) - I would expect this to be included in the RF-11 'kit' (not putting any pressure on Ian... )
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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

I could be very tempted to hire the Zukio 7 - 14 towards the end of the month, prices depending, dates for needing the lens would be the 27th, 28th, 29th November.

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p.s I think It could be out my budget but I'd be very interested to see what the prices would be.
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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

Please forgive my total ignorance, but will these lenses fit any Olympus E series? Or are there lenses only for the E-1? I know next to nothing about all this [surprise!] so find it quite confusing, and with nowhere to consult to learn more. With just a 14-45mm lens that came with the camera, and lens prices being way out of my league, this could offer a means of at least trying something different that gets me closer to a subject.
Assume insurance is in place to cover loss or damage in transit?
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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

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Please forgive my total ignorance, but will these lenses fit any Olympus E series? Or are there lenses only for the E-1? I know next to nothing about all this [surprise!] so find it quite confusing, and with nowhere to consult to learn more. With just a 14-45mm lens that came with the camera, and lens prices being way out of my league, this could offer a means of at least trying something different that gets me closer to a subject.
Assume insurance is in place to cover loss or damage in transit?
Any Panasonic Lumix, Leica, or Olympus Four Thirds (and even Micro Four Thirds via the appropriate adapter) camera, from the E-1 onwards.

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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

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Please forgive my total ignorance, but will these lenses fit any Olympus E series? Or are there lenses only for the E-1? I know next to nothing about all this [surprise!] so find it quite confusing, and with nowhere to consult to learn more. With just a 14-45mm lens that came with the camera, and lens prices being way out of my league, this could offer a means of at least trying something different that gets me closer to a subject.
Assume insurance is in place to cover loss or damage in transit?
This site should help you.
http://www.four-thirds.org/
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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

Thanks Dave,
I could drool over these for hours http://www.four-thirds.org/en/fourthirds/lense.html but I shan't even look at the prices.
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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

Here is an update concerning the development of our Olympus gear hire service.

Insurance:

We've sorted out the insurance for our service and as previously detailed, we will be insured, rather than the customer, though in the event of a loss we would ask the hirer to compensate us for any excess we would have to pay to our insurer (up to 150).

If the loss was due to negligence or some other easily avoidable reason, there is a chance that our insurer would seek compensation from the hirer too. So, if you made use of the item against the terms and conditions of the hire agreement (in a war zoone, for example!) or accidentally left it on bus, for example, you could be liable for more than the 150 we'd want from you. My understanding is that this is perfectly normal for a rental service like this - we are basing our service on established services specialising on Canon and Nikon gear. Full terms and conditions will be available when we start the service, of course.

I don't see any reason why we couldn't let you arrange your own insurance, though. Naturally we'd need the appropriate evidence that the necessary insurance has been arranged.

Hire rebate!

I can confirm that we will be able to offer a partial rebate on the hire cost if the hirer subsequently decides to buy the model of equipment that he or she has hired through us. There will be a time limit, probably three months. Exact rebate rates are still to be calculated. There may be restrictions if other rebate schemes are active - we will have to work out the best way to manage this.

Payment transactions

We will almost certainly be basing all transactions via PayPal. It's simply too expensive to do it any other way as far as I can see - with regards to the size of our business, at any rate. I know there are just as many fans of PayPal as there are no-fans! However, you won't need to be a PayPal member to pay for your hire, and you won't be charged a surcharge for payments.

The e-Commerce side of things is quite complicated for us to set up and that's what we are focusing on this week.

As ever, I'll keep you posted!

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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

If you're going to use paypal does that mean you'd want a hefty deposit along with the hire fee? They have no option to 'reserve' an amount on a card, it comes straight off or out of ones bank account. And, presumably, you'd only take payments from verified and confirmed users?
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If you're going to use paypal does that mean you'd want a hefty deposit along with the hire fee? They have no option to 'reserve' an amount on a card, it comes straight off or out of ones bank account. And, presumably, you'd only take payments from verified and confirmed users?
No, there will be no mandatory requiremnent for deposits to be taken, although you can make one if you prefer that arrangement - usually if it means our insurer can't cover you, e.g. if you are under 18. A deposit does mean a transfer of funds, through whatever means mutually agreeable, to us at the beginning of the hire and back to you at the end.

We will be modelling our service on lensesforhire.co.uk. Do check out their T&Cs. Our hire rates for equivalent value kit will be around a third cheaper though

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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

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Any Panasonic Lumix, Leica, or Olympus Four Thirds (and even Micro Four Thirds via the appropriate adapter) camera, from the E-1 onwards.
Which leads to the question, how about carrying the MFT adapter, so I can try a long lens on my E-P1 ?
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Re: Lens hire - informal, no obligation reservations now being taken!

Hi Ian,

Sorry to be a pest but do you know if the ZD 7- 14 will be would be added to list by the end of November? I've listed the dates in an above post when I'd like to rent it if at all possible?

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