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Smile E-System lens and accessory hire!

It's early days, but I have been discussing with Olympus UK the possibility of reviving the proposal to run a rental service for selected high-end Zuiko Digital lenses and accessories like the pro flash units, here in the UK, in partnership with Olympus.

It has now reach the stage that I can go public and seek your feedback on the proposed service. Olympus will provide the gear, and retain ownership, but my company will operate the rental service.

It's in Olympus' interest to get more people to try these fairly exclusive lenses and accessories; hopefully after sampling their delights, some of you will be persuaded to buy them! On the other hand, if you could never afford to own one of these items, you may be interested in using one for a limited time for an appropriate fee.

Just as I run the e-group site for Olympus for a (modest!) commercial fee, the proposed rental service would be commercially operated by us for Olympus.

I have no idea how popular this service might be, which is why I'm keen to hear your response to the idea. Certainly at this stage the stock of kit will be reasonably modest in numbers, for example. Pricing is another sensitive area that we need to consider.

I can say that we aim to offer all the Top Pro lenses, like the 300 f/2.8, 90-250 f/2.8, 150 f/2, 14-35 f/2, 7-14 f/4, for example, plus the twin-flash and ring-flash units, etc. We might be able to add mid-range lenses if there is demand.

In a sense, it's an experiment and once we start, it will have to be operated as a trial. But if it works, is popular, and everyone is satisfied, I'll see if we can develop the service further!

So if you have any questions, please don't hesitate!

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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Discount rates for e-group members in good standing?

(Sorry - but if you don't ask...)

Actually I think it is a great idea and congratulate Ian for taking it on. This fills a major hole in the 'professional' Olympus marketplace.

My one fear is that if I borrowed a 300 or the 90-250, how could I ever give bring myself to give it back?

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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Such a scheme is long overdue although it has been talked about for some time. Bring it on!
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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Certainly would be interested in trying a 35-100 in the studio for a shoot or two

Look forward to hearing more details

How would you plan to distribute?

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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Adding a couple of back-up E-3 bodies might not be a bad idea - it would remove some of the critcism of the 'repair' period.

Just an idea

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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

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Adding a couple of back-up E-3 bodies might not be a bad idea - it would remove some of the critcism of the 'repair' period.

Just an idea

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very solid idea Nick - use the infastructure and deposit system for a valuable secondary function.

as the the original - it's going to come down to price and convienence; I would certainly like to try the 90-250 one weekend to see just how much practical difference it makes to me over the 50-200. that with a view to buying.

otoh I can see me hiring a 14-35/35-100 for a specific event rather than buying - if you get my drift.

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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Great idea. There are quite a few posh lenses I would like to try, but could never afford.

There are some of the semi pro ones I would like to try and might be able to afford.... It would be great to try them without being under pressure in a shop..

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I have always been amazed that you can`t hire Olympus lenses! so much so that I was considering starting my own hire business a while ago, but decided this risks outweighed the rewards! (as the insurance side of things was a mine field). So it gets a BIG thumbs up from me as I have wanted to try out the 300mm for as long as I can remember, as I am seriously interested in buying one!
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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Insurance is going to be a big challenge to get sorted! We're looking into the options now.

I'll look into camera bodies, but we can't confuse the hire service with Olympus' repair service. If you need to hire a body because your usual camera is being repaired, that's fine, but you will still need to pay a rental fee.

I'm curious to know if anybody has experience of renting photographic equipment.

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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

A fanatastic achievement if Ian pulls it off,although the insurance side might be a bit more difficult to arrange.

For me also the hire of different bodies would be a absoute gem. I wouldn't in the least mind paying for the priviledge of trying out say an E3 or E30 body as a possible future upgrade from my current model.

As an added idea would you consider the possibility of adding to the inventory of stock by acquiring second hand lenses from the forum,or such like. I never had a bad one from this forum.
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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Some hire companies place the entire liability with the renter. Calumet does, for example. Would that be acceptable to you?

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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Perhaps great potential for owners of kit only lenses to also try out some of the pro range, 12-60, 50-200 etc for special events, weddings etc, or linked with hire of an E3 or E30 for a try before you buy experience. it would certainly interest me.
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Some hire companies place the entire liability with the renter. Calumet does, for example. Would that be acceptable to you?

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I think this is the only way you can do it!

BTW. Could you do a deal with Olympus, so that if someone hired a piece of kit, & then as a result went out & purchased that bit of kit, then they could claim their hire money back ? ( I think Olympus would sell alot more this way & have happier customers! so it could be a win win situation).
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I think this is the only way you can do it!

BTW. Could you do a deal with Olympus, so that if someone hired a piece of kit, & then as a result went out & purchased that bit of kit, then they could claim their hire money back ? ( I think Olympus would sell alot more this way & have happier customers! so it could be a win win situation).
That sounds like a good idea

I have come across one company, so far, which offers insurance via a third party underwriter - we're looking into that option.

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