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01-24-2011, 11:49 PM   #1
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Another potential Pentax Rental Company - BorrowLenses.com

I was looking for any other websites that rent out Pentax gear and it seems it's only camera lens rental.com so I emailed a business in San Francisco to ask them if they will ever carry Pentax and they said they are planning on it. I told him they should because there will be enough demand for it and once he saw I was more serious he asked what kind of equipment would I be interested in and I told him bodies, lenses, and accessories. I also told him that I would tell everyone at Pentax Forums about it. Email them at help@borrowlenses.com and show your interest in renting Pentax gear if you are for it. They ship of course so it would be available to everyone.

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Very glad to hear it. The more places that rent Pentax the better for us.
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i doubt they'll do it, anyone who's into "renting" gear 80% gonna be nikon or canon... investing in a system costs them just as much as nikon or canon for only 10% of the user base... not gonna happen.
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well the more interest we show the more likely they'll carry it. Cameralensrental.com has a monopoly on it so this other company can take advantage. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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interest emailed.
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i sent him a list of lenses i'd rent a few months ago; i do hope they bring on Pentax and will support them if they do.

that said, i have had excellent dealings with cameralensrentals.com and they carry plenty of Pentax lenses. the prices are fine too...i would love to use a local rental house but so far cannot complain about the alternative.
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Sorry lads too far away to be of any help in registering an interest.

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QuoteOriginally posted by crossover37 Quote
Cameralensrental.com has a monopoly on it so this other company can take advantage.
AFAIK, this is an agreement w/ Pentax, so yes it is a monopoly...

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I was just talking with a rep from Borrowlenses.com this evening at a the SF SMUG meetup this evening. They are expecting a shipment of Pentax lens next Monday. Among those I remember then are getting: DA*16-50, 540 Flash, K7 body, K5 body, FA 50mm, FA 100 Macro, DA 200mm/2.8. There were others, but I didn't catch them all.

For those in the Bay Area they will drop off at selected local camera shops for pickup and return.
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Ask and we shall receive! They now have Pentax listed as being available April 4th (as tybeck suggested)

Only thing actually up right now is the K-7 body, but the other categories are there waiting to be filled in.
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Nice! Great job everyone who helped them recognize that Pentax is a brand they need to carry.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
Sorry lads too far away to be of any help in registering an interest.
I believe SRS in watford do Pentax rental for the UK market.
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i just took a peek since they went live this week. so far only 4 lenses and i have all 4 of those lenses covered, dang! i will check back in time, however.
Also, i didnt compare side by side but my impression is that their prices are higher than cameralensrentals.com. also a bummer.
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Their prices are outrageous (at least for the lenses). The 10-17 FE is $311 for 4 weeks, are they serious? The same lens for the same amount of time is $77 from cameralensrentals. Now that people have called and asked that they carry Pentax gear, we need to call and let them know their prices are ridiculous.
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Pentax 60-250mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM AF smcP-DA
QuoteQuote:
CameraLensRentals.com

4 Days - $47
7 Days - $58
10 Days - $75
14 Days - $91
21 Days - $125
28 Days - $156
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BorrowLenses.com

3 Days: $89.00
1 Week: $128.00
10 Days: $179.00
2 Weeks: $240.00
3 Weeks: $367.00
4 Weeks: $450.00
Interesting when you compare to BorrowLenses prices for roughly equivalent lenses for CaNikon

QuoteQuote:
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

3 Days: $36.00
1 Week: $53.00
10 Days: $72.00
2 Weeks: $93.00
3 Weeks: $124.00
4 Weeks: $146.00

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S IF-ED VR

3 Days: $47.00
1 Week: $68.00
10 Days: $91.00
2 Weeks: $118.00
3 Weeks: $159.00
4 Weeks: $186.00
So, lets compare apples and apples.... 14mm f2.8 lenses

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BorrowLenses

Pentax 14mm f/2.8 ED (IF) Wide Angle SMCP-DA

3 Days: $49.00
1 Week: $70.00
10 Days: $99.00
2 Weeks: $130.00
3 Weeks: $198.00
4 Weeks: $249.00

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L Mark II USM

3 Days: $57.00
1 Week: $82.00
10 Days: $111.00
2 Weeks: $144.00
3 Weeks: $194.00
4 Weeks: $227.00

Nikon 14mm f/2.8 AF ED

3 Days: $47.00
1 Week: $69.00
10 Days: $93.00
2 Weeks: $120.00
3 Weeks: $161.00
4 Weeks: $189.00
Much closer overall, but still fairly costly compared to CLR

QuoteQuote:
CameraLensRentals

Pentax 14mm f/2.8 ED AL (IF) smcP-DA

4 Days - $22
7 Days - $25
10 Days - $36
14 Days - $43
21 Days - $58
28 Days - $80
I understand these lenses involve a significant investment on BorrowLenses part, but its simply unreasonable to try to recoup their costs in a handful of rentals. Of course they are free to charge whatever they want, but at some of the price differences they are not going to rent these lenses often... and then it will take even longer to recoup their costs...

Mike

p.s. Funny thing is... BorrowLenses is actually cheaper if you want to rent a K-7 for a month... $311 vs $374 at CLR. CLR, however, gets the edge back on the K-5... CLR $310 (note it's $64 cheaper than the K-7) vs BL's $465.

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