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    Some of you may be aware that we have been working on setting up an equipment hire service aimed at Olympus E-System users in the UK. Well, it's almost up and running. The service will be operated from our UK site, www.e-group.uk.net, and I have just posted this information there:

    At last I can now reveal our pricing for our forthcoming Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire service. I say 'forthcoming' but the fact is that we have one customer already, whose 7-14 is on its way to him as we speak!

    A provisional price list, which include summaries of other aspects of the service can be downloaded from here (pdf format):

    http://e-group.uk.net/files/e-group_hire_details1.pdf

    The list is not complete - camera bodies are not listed and some accessories may be missing. But the bulk of what we will be offering is there.

    I believe that the rates are substantially cheaper than a Nikon or Canon user would have to pay for hiring the same value of gear from other independent hire services.

    AND, we are in the final stages of working out rates for a rebate scheme through which you can claim money back on your hire if you purchase the same model of item hired within four weeks of hiring it. More details on this will be published soon.

    If you have any questions - please don't hesitate!


    I would guess that a possible question here is - can we offer the service to people outside of the UK. The only answer I can give at this stage is, possibly. Priority must be given to UK customers as the service is being driven and supported by Olympus UK. But if you are interested and you don't live in the UK, it's still worth getting in touch.

    Ian
    Founder/editor
    Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
    Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
    Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
    Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
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  • #2
    Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

    Some perverse logic here.....

    Just worked out that by owning the equipment I do I am saving 488 every three days....now that can't be bad. In fact with that type of saving I am sure I could afford a 300mm lens in no time.....!

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    • #3
      Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

      The service serves two purposes: to enable you to try before you buy (and get a rebate of some of your hire fee if you do buy), and to be able to sample the benefits of equipment you will probably never be able to buy outright. But of course, the ideal situation is to be able to own your own gear

      Ian
      Founder/editor
      Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
      Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
      Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
      Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
      Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
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      • #4
        Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

        Ian

        Brilliant job - I may well be borrowing a 150/2 in the new year!

        Andy
        Olympus E-M1 ZD 7-14 f4, 300 f2.8, PL 25 f1.4D
        mZuiko 12-40 f2.8 Pro, 60 f2.8, 40-150 f2.8 Pro
        EC-14, EC-20, HLD-7
        Metz 58 AF-1&2 , Manfrotto 441, Gimbal Head, Velbon Neopod 74


        Gallery: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/elliott.aje.andy

        Website: 361photography.com 361wild.com

        "Oly_OM" @ e_group

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        • #5
          Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

          Have to agree with Andy, Brilliant Job

          Looking foward to my 3 days with the 7-14mm in London this weekend.

          Gotta say a MASSIVE THANKS to Ian and Julia for starting this service.

          Garrie
          One Mile Ahead

          E1 | E3 | Zuiko 12 - 60 | Zuiko 14 - 45 | Zuiko 40 - 150 | Zuiko 35 Macro | Sigma 10 - 20 | Panasonic DMW-FL50

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          • #6
            Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

            Some comparisons:

            7 day hire prices (Canon from lensesforhire.co.uk), Olympus - our prices.

            Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM, typical retail price 3790, hire 144
            Olympus Zuiko Digital 150mm f/2, typical retail price 1890, hire 59
            Olympus Zuiko digital 300mm f/2.8, typical retail price 5500,hire 149
            Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM, typical retail price 5500, hire 197.50
            Olympus Zuiko Digital 35-100 f/2, typical retail price 1890, hire 58
            Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS, typical retail price 1539, hire 70
            Olympus Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f/4, typical retail price 1345, hire 46
            Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L IS USM II, typical retail price 1090, hire 59.25
            Olympus Zuiko Digital 50mm F/2 macro, typical retail price 429, hire 18.50
            Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, typical retail price 425, hire 28.50

            Ian
            Founder/editor
            Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
            Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
            Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
            Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
            Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
            Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/dpnow/
            Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ianburley/

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            • #7
              Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

              Originally posted by Ian View Post
              Some comparisons:

              7 day hire prices (Canon from lensesforhire.co.uk), Olympus - our prices.

              Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM, typical retail price 3790, hire 144
              Olympus Zuiko Digital 150mm f/2, typical retail price 1890, hire 59
              Olympus Zuiko digital 300mm f/2.8, typical retail price 5500,hire 149
              Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM, typical retail price 5500, hire 197.50
              Olympus Zuiko Digital 35-100 f/2, typical retail price 1890, hire 58
              Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS, typical retail price 1539, hire 70
              Olympus Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f/4, typical retail price 1345, hire 46
              Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L IS USM II, typical retail price 1090, hire 59.25
              Olympus Zuiko Digital 50mm F/2 macro, typical retail price 429, hire 18.50
              Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, typical retail price 425, hire 28.50

              Ian

              I think that says it all - we'd all like the answer to be 'free' with 'a box of chocolates thrown in' - but, given reality, the prices look very competitive.

              If I had a specific task to do, or even if it was to just have a play, chucking away 50 every now and again isn't the end of the world. I wish you every success, I think the key thing now is to market it well. Perhaps Olympus UK will help promote it on their own website. I'm sure retailers, with the sniff of a potential sale, would only be too happy to point customers in your direction.

              Andy
              Olympus E-M1 ZD 7-14 f4, 300 f2.8, PL 25 f1.4D
              mZuiko 12-40 f2.8 Pro, 60 f2.8, 40-150 f2.8 Pro
              EC-14, EC-20, HLD-7
              Metz 58 AF-1&2 , Manfrotto 441, Gimbal Head, Velbon Neopod 74


              Gallery: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/elliott.aje.andy

              Website: 361photography.com 361wild.com

              "Oly_OM" @ e_group

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by WPJ View Post
                Some perverse logic here.....

                Just worked out that by owning the equipment I do I am saving 488 every three days....now that can't be bad. In fact with that type of saving I am sure I could afford a 300mm lens in no time.....!
                Put it the other way round, the list tells you how much money you are wasting each day you are not taking a good photo with your kit.

                Take Ian's prices a 7-14 new is 1345 while it is 46 to rent for a week. So everyone who owns one has to show more than 29 awe inspiring photos taken with it, each worth 46 to them, before they can honestly claim they saved a single penny

                That is the economy of owning stuff - it rarely makes economic sense to buy I am afraid, which is why rental places (e.g. cars, lenses, etc) thrive.
                enjoy

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                • #9
                  Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

                  Originally posted by joachim View Post
                  Put it the other way round, the list tells you how much money you are wasting each day you are not taking a good photo with your kit.

                  Take Ian's prices a 7-14 new is 1345 while it is 46 to rent for a week. So everyone who owns one has to show more than 29 awe inspiring photos taken with it, each worth 46 to them, before they can honestly claim they saved a single penny

                  That is the economy of owning stuff - it rarely makes economic sense to buy I am afraid, which is why rental places (e.g. cars, lenses, etc) thrive.
                  I disagree - owning is good because you can just pick your camera and lens up and take pictures any time you like. Later on, you can sell your lens and get back a larg proportion of what you paid for it.

                  Ian
                  Founder/editor
                  Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                  Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                  Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                  Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
                  Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
                  Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/dpnow/
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                  • #10
                    Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

                    This sounds great! What a great initiative, I'll volunteer to set up the Australian branch if Olympus OZ foots the bill.
                    OM-D E-M1 | mzd 7-14 pro | mzd 12-40 Pro|mzd 40-150 Pro| MC 1.4| manfrotto 198xprob | benro 98mc monopod| gorillapod| lowepro terraclime 100| L R4 | Adobe MS 6

                    The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

                      Originally posted by Ian View Post
                      I disagree - owning is good because you can just pick your camera and lens up and take pictures any time you like. Later on, you can sell your lens and get back a larg proportion of what you paid for it.

                      Ian
                      Your argument is mostly about convenience not about saving money.
                      enjoy

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                      • #12
                        Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

                        Does that make the argument any less valid ? Most of our purchase decisions are made with little regard to the economic sense of the purchase. You may be correct when you say that the rental business model thrives but it represents a tiny fraction of the sales business model ! Horses for courses - I prefer to own but like this service for times when I need something I don't want to buy. Gives me an option and allows me to choose and I like as much choice as possible.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

                          Originally posted by joachim View Post
                          Your argument is mostly about convenience not about saving money.
                          Well, yes - convenience has a value of course. But an important point is that lenses tend to retain a lot of value, especially compared to camera bodies, so it's an investment and you will get much of what you paid for a lens back if you decide to sell it later.

                          Ian
                          Founder/editor
                          Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                          Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                          Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                          Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
                          Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
                          Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/dpnow/
                          Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ianburley/

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                          • #14
                            Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

                            If you really want to save money, you could not own or use a camera at all.

                            Whoa . . . I must have lost my mind there for a moment . . .

                            - Hal -
                            A Still Mind - Photography, Music, Meditation, Ministry - www.astillmind.net
                            Olympus E-M5; Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 25mm; Zuiko 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD; Sigma 105 Macro; Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm fisheye; Olympus 8/1.8 PRO fisheye; FL-50R; Giottos MT-8361 tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR ballhead.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Olympus E-System lens and accessory hire

                              Originally posted by hschnee View Post
                              If you really want to save money, you could not own or use a camera at all.

                              Whoa . . . I must have lost my mind there for a moment . . .

                              - Hal -
                              There is nothing wrong in spending money (within reason), I also own some camera equipment. One just has to be honnest to one self that when ever you buy something (even if it is a close-out or used bargain) that one has spent and not saved some money.
                              enjoy

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