From start to finish the hire process from Lenses for Hire is well run and 'does what it say on the tin'. I needed a 500mm lens for a long weekend trip but as they cost £5800 buying one was not an option - I hired the lens from Lenses for Hire at reasonable cost and wouldn't hesitate to do the same again.
Lenses for Hire have been great for me. As a semi-pro event photographer, it's seriously expensive to get a hold of a 'full set' of lenses, when the pretty much industry standard tele-zoom (70-200 f/2.8) is £1600. to buy. I shoot a handful of events each year where I need that range, and so it's more economic to take a 3 or 4 day hire. LfH's website is easy to navigate, easy to make a selection and easy to put an order in. They've got a massive range of lenses to choose from, whatever purpose you're hiring for. The couple of times I've had to have anything more than the bog-standard automated conversation, their staff have been polite, courteous and helpful. I can't compare on value as I've never hired from anywhere else, but their service and selection mean I probably won't ever need to.
Lenses For Hire provide very cost effective access to all those expensive lenses that you would never buy yourself because they cost a fortune and you might only use them occasionally. In my case that lens was a 24mm tilt/shift. I believe the cost if hiring was very reasonable. In addition the equipment was in immaculate condition, so no question of having to use damaged or battered kit. Also, you do get to use the lens for the full time you have paid for. The lens is delivered the day before your hire period and you return it the day after the period ends. Friendly helpful service on the phone too. Highly recommended.
This is my first time using this company, I gave them a call to find out how I go about hiring the lens and how they get it to me. As I am up in Scotland and they are based in London and I was travelling to London they gave me the option of picking it up form store. As this was the first time using this company, I was worried about the condition if they where reliable.
They Kept to there word and delivered it on time and they lens was in good working order and in great price 3 day hire. As most places do one day hire.
Pleased with the responsiveness of the company as well as the service received - found it an invaluable way to test what could have been a rather expensive purchase! I will be using LfH again and can recommend them
I rented a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 for my Nikon D3200 to take on holiday to Iceland with. Both the lenses were in perfect condition with all accessories and the box contained clear instructions in how to ship back to them. I could not be any happier with the service, and the value was brilliant during the month of February where they were offering 50% off all lens hire! I hope they repeat this deal in the future!
I hired a Canon 24-70 F/2.8 ii, and it was delivered as stated. It came with a parcel bag to return it and instructions on how to use it. I used the lens for a shoot and it worked perfectly. I decided to post the lens back myself. All in all, I will be using this company again to hire equipment.
After being invited to go in a press pit at a fashion show (and that not being what I usually specialize in), I realised I needed a fast 70-200. Had a look at other reviews of which as far as I can remember were ALL positive I thought it worth a go. Anyway, placed my order, lens turned up exactly when they said it would, extremely well packaged with instructions and checklist. The lens worked beautifully on the day and they collected exactly when they said. What else can I say? Great value especially if you are going to do something out of your usual genre. Will definitely use again and as my title states, I couldn't ask for more!
I hired two lenses to shoot a wedding, the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L II & Canon 70-200mm 2.8L II. They arrived Thursday afternoon and I kept them until Monday morning, which was a bargain for just over £100 with the return courier included. I calibrated both lenses in case of back focus issues but didn't have to make any micro adjustments at all. On the Friday I shot a portrait session in a local park. I was extremely pleased with the results. I was therefore confident in the kit for the Saturday wedding. I shot over 1000 images in very challenging conditions and again the image quality was superb. I had planned a shoot on the Sunday too to get the most value out of my hire but I was so shattered I stayed at home. The courier collected the lenses on Monday morning. The whole process was incredibly smooth and stress free. I'd definitely use the service again and would recommend it to others without hesitation.
Hiring the equipment was fine, really friendly staff and very prompt response. On returning the equipment the courier company they use was awful. I waited all day for them to collect and after calling them three times they said the collection would have to be made the next day, there was no explanation for this. I would probably not use them again because of this. Being self employed means waiting all day only to get told I would have to do the same thing the next day meant I lost money by using this company.
I hired a Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM lens to take to Finland on a trip to photograph the Northern Lights. The on line ordering process was easy and the delivery and collection processes worked perfectly. The lens was well packaged when delivered and was in perfect condition. It came complete with a UV filter, lens bag and instructions. This was my first experience of hiring a lens and it was an excellent. I would highly recommend Lenses for Hire.
As the lens was available for the period I wanted to hire I guess my experience has to be good. Very efficient service other than a missing e-mail with the padlock code! It is a shamethat the weathjer was so dismal during the hire period despite me extending it very easily over the weekend for a small extra charge. Would definitely use and recommend LFH again.
Having just had a weekend hire of a canon 200-400mm lens, I would like to say the whole Lensforhire process was simple, straight forward and very cost effective. The guys at Lensforhire could not have been more pro-active and helpful.
I was considering buying this lens but for the 3 or4 times a year that I will need it, it is simple Maths, Hire from Lensforhire
The process of ordering and arranging the delivery and pickup was simple and went without a hitch. The lens supplied, a 500mm f4, was in excellent condition and the cost of hire was more reasonable than other hire companies I looked at.
I'm not the expert, they are. When I rang this time with a 'firm' idea of what I wanted and needed they suggested a completely different lens for my trip to an Indian Safari. They were right. I have some superb and memorable photographs even though I am not (far from) a pro.