I have been shooting with my T2i for quite some time, and have an assortment of lenses (nothing anywhere near the L's). I recently purchased a T3i bundle (includes the 18-55 IS II and 55-250 IS II), thinking I would keep one body and return/sell (depending on which one I am keeping) the other. I know, it's not really an upgrade from T2i to T3i, but I got a great deal for T3i and lenses, and then some more.
Now that I have two sets of cameras and lenses, it got me thinking. Before selling/returning the extra body and lenses, I was thinking about the road less-travelled (or is it not so less-travelled?), renting the gear - but since renting my equipment to a total stranger is - even if possible - a risky option, I was thinking about leasing my gear to the equipment renting shops, but I have some questions around it -
- Are there renting shops that allow individual owners to lease their gear to be rented? I prefer a local shop so I can go drop the gear myself (and make an excuse to check out the other gear), but would also consider mailing if it is a reputed shop. I live around Columbus, Ohio.
- Is renting my own gear this way a good idea at all? I will, of course, get the insurance on the gear I will be renting, but what are the drawbacks? I would like to hear any issues faced by someone who did try this.
- The T3i and the kit lenses, not being the most sought after body or lenses, would people even want to rent this kind of gear?
Any advice/insight on this is greatly appreciated.