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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Funny isn't it back in film days a 300mm lens was a supertelephoto it now covered by a kit lens and lots of us own a 600mm equiv and complain we get camera shake
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When shooting live gigs, well that's a hell of a lens to be using.
And it might be quite handful in street photography, too. Not to manshion in fashion; you have quite a soft, beautiful bokeh (although I would not be using it much for that, I think).
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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Sounds a great idea.

I could imagine hiring one of the top pro lens for a week-end event in 2010.

After handling some of these I guess postage both ways would add up. Any chance of visiting in person to collect and return?
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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Hi Ian,

I think this is a great idea. If I might suggest in addition to the top pro lenses, you include the 8mm fisheye in the lineup? Its the sort of lens that many would like to use but can't justify the cost of ownership.
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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

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Funny isn't it back in film days a 300mm lens was a supertelephoto it now covered by a kit lens and lots of us own a 600mm equiv and complain we get camera shake
I used to use some really bad cheapo T2 mount 300 amd 500mm telephotos - and then bolt on cheapo 2x tele converters!

Those were the days!

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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

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Hi Ian,

I think this is a great idea. If I might suggest in addition to the top pro lenses, you include the 8mm fisheye in the lineup? Its the sort of lens that many would like to use but can't justify the cost of ownership.
Yes the fisheye will certainly be in the line up, and some of the other mid-range lenses, like the 50-200, 50mm macro, etc. I expect.

The service is not yet running, but I can reveal that we do already have a paying customer, someone we know and trust, who is currently renting 300 f/2.8 as a special deal.

The other lenses and items are still to be supplied to us; but we're expecting delivery in days now rather than weeks.

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I used to use some really bad cheapo T2 mount 300 amd 500mm telephotos - and then bolt on cheapo 2x tele converters!

Those were the days!

Ian

And still are
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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Please could you make the heavy duty battery pack for the FL50 part of the available inventory.

RE shipment - yesterday I sent my sick camera to Oly Southend by DHL and it cost 59 to get the max insurance cover of 500 so I am exposed by quite a lot of money if the camera did not make it (DHL tell me that it has been delivered) - if the courier costs of the hire are to cover the insurance costs then just the transportation will be costing more than some of the hire fees.

Custom boxes for each item may well be the best option even though it will significantly add to the set up costs. Perhaps using custom fit Peli cases so as to ensure a safe ride for the kit with combination locks and the recipient informed of the combination number by email.

A rebate (not 100%) on subsequently buying new equipment would make the process very attractive

Also it might be worth doing a deal with Parcel2GO or some similar company that works with the major shipping companies to get a good shipping price.
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Please could you make the heavy duty battery pack for the FL50 part of the available inventory.

RE shipment - yesterday I sent my sick camera to Oly Southend by DHL and it cost 59 to get the max insurance cover of 500 so I am exposed by quite a lot of money if the camera did not make it (DHL tell me that it has been delivered) - if the courier costs of the hire are to cover the insurance costs then just the transportation will be costing more than some of the hire fees.

Custom boxes for each item may well be the best option even though it will significantly add to the set up costs. Perhaps using custom fit Peli cases so as to ensure a safe ride for the kit with combination locks and the recipient informed of the combination number by email.

A rebate (not 100%) on subsequently buying new equipment would make the process very attractive

Also it might be worth doing a deal with Parcel2GO or some similar company that works with the major shipping companies to get a good shipping price.
Derek, you have been fleeced by DHL, I fear. Our local courier can ship items to anywhere in the mainland UK for 20 + VAT next day, including insurance.

In fact they can do it cheaper if we go via their weight tariff.

Our own insurer will probably include shipping cover, so we can reduce the shipping cost (if you use our courier), though the return cost is higher than the sending cost.

Ian

PS Yes I'm intending to have the full pro flash items available
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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

"fleeced" - Yes I suspected that but I wanted to get the E3 and lens back to Oly to get sorted out.
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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

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Please could you make the heavy duty battery pack for the FL50 part of the available inventory.

RE shipment - yesterday I sent my sick camera to Oly Southend by DHL and it cost 59 to get the max insurance cover of 500 so I am exposed by quite a lot of money if the camera did not make it (DHL tell me that it has been delivered) - if the courier costs of the hire are to cover the insurance costs then just the transportation will be costing more than some of the hire fees.

Custom boxes for each item may well be the best option even though it will significantly add to the set up costs. Perhaps using custom fit Peli cases so as to ensure a safe ride for the kit with combination locks and the recipient informed of the combination number by email.

A rebate (not 100%) on subsequently buying new equipment would make the process very attractive

Also it might be worth doing a deal with Parcel2GO or some similar company that works with the major shipping companies to get a good shipping price.
My E-3 was returned last month to correct a fault and Olympus recommended Royal Mail (there were no strikes on at the time). It cost 11.10 including insurance for 1100.00 which I considered to be very reasonable.

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Re: E-System lens and accessory hire!

Ian,

There I was feeling guilty for being able to use such a lens and not sure if I could tell anyone!

I'd like to think I've put it to good use - went down to Windsor Great Park last week, and was lucky enough to catch a bit of action.



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