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Renting camera lenses: 5 reasons why it’s worth your while

With a staggering number of camera lenses out there to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your needs. This is where renting lenses is king.

Renting vs buying camera lenses

Whether you’re a professional photographer or a hobbyist, having the right equipment to hand plays a key role in honing your skills and getting the desired outcome. Buying equipment has its advantages, not least that you’ll always have that lens in your inventory and can use it as much or as little as you see fit. The problem with buying? It’s a costly investment and you may end up having to make do with a Nikon 50mm prime lens when, say, a Sony SEL 16-55mm zoom lens would have better fit the bill. Sure, it’s always a good idea to have a couple of core lenses in your kit bag for when the occasion calls for it, but much of the joy of photography comes from the infinite number of ways you can approach a scene or situation – and this calls for you to be able to adapt your setup accordingly.

5 reasons renting camera gear makes sense


Renting DSLR camera lenses is ideal if you handle various photography projects consecutively, such as weddings, products, sports events, portraits and so on. Renting allows you to change your entire setup at short notice and prevents you from being tied down to specific equipment. Need a telephoto lens for an impromptu job? Left your best portrait lens at home by accident but need one for a full day’s work? Rent one from Grover and get shooting.


Camera gear is expensive, as any photographer knows – so why spend big on new equipment when you can rent for a fraction of the price? Let’s say you have a one-off job covering a tennis competition that requires the use of a full-frame sport telephoto lens. Buying that lens only to then leave it languishing at the bottom of your kit bag is inefficient and hurts your bottom line. Renting is an affordable way to help you get the most out of a piece of equipment.

New tech

Unless you’re extremely fortunate, it stands to reason that you won’t always be able to rush out and buy the latest lenses when they hit the market. Once again, this is where renting comes in. Browse our rental inventory, stock up with what you need and then get out there with the latest models in your bag. This doesn’t just apply to new lenses, either: there may be a lens you used a few years ago that you’d like to try again. With renting, you can do exactly that.

Lens variety

Instead of sticking to a single model or brand, renting opens up the full world of camera lenses to you. You can rent Nikon lenses, Canon lenses, Sony lenses and more. You can go mirrorless, DSLR, prime or zoom. You can experiment, challenge yourself and explore different disciplines. And it’s all safe in the knowledge that you aren’t committed to any single lens – unless you choose to be.


Dropped a lens while out on a job? Never fear: rental lenses are 90% covered by Grover Care. That means no bitter costs for you and no need to weigh up whether to repair the equipment straight away or put it off until you have more liquid capital in the bank.

How to rent camera gear with Grover

Our service makes renting camera lenses a breeze. We offer a wide range of rental DSLR camera lenses, including the Nikon Z 85mm , a professional-grade portrait lens with Z mount, and the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm super-telephoto lens for high-intensity shoots. You can also rent a full spectrum of camera accessories and camera bodies. And if the lens suits your needs? You can always turn the rental into a purchase .

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