I had NO idea how much renting a camera would be. Suffice to say I have never done it. So I had no clue or expectations. Kind of knew, viscerally, that it would not be ‘cheap’.
Called Fujifilm, U.S., in Edison, NJ, on their standard 1-800-800-3854 phone number and punched ‘3’ for ‘Pro Rental’. An extremely pleasant and helpful lady, ‘Brittany’, answered on the second ring.
They have pre-set time periods like 28 days, 50 days etc.
28 days for the X-Pro2 was $275.
I have to say that was LESS than I had expected. I am NOT considering renting a X-Pro2 and told her that upfront. As always there was ‘method to my madness’.
I was using the X-Pro2 to determine some parameters.
Remember that my dream camera, the X-T2, is said to be announced this week! SMILE.
Funnily enough ‘Brittany’ claims that she had not even heard that there was a X-T2 coming!
She has 2 to 3 X-Pro2s in stock and I could rent one today.
$275 is 16% of the list price — for a month. 50 days was in the $420 mark (though I wasn’t paying much attention to that).
But it has got me thinking.
I love to lease cars. I wonder IF I can start LEASING cameras. I used to be very good friends, 20-years ago, in Chicago, with a father/son team that owned a very successful, multimillion dollar leasing company out of Chicago. They used me as a business consultant on networking stuff. As was the norm those days we did all of our business discussions over a meal. One night they invited me to dinner at a ‘private club’ at the legendary ‘Drake Hotel‘ in Chicago. It was a revelation to I. The club with its very post dining room was hidden behind a wall. No sign, whatsoever, from outside. I had, as I had been told, gone to the front desk to ask to be taken to the club. They opened this wall to let me in! Anywho … They used to tell me this all the time: ‘any item, as long as it has a residual value, can be leased’. They, those days, used to lease Rolex watches and yachts.
Ah! If I can only get them to lease me cameras. That would work out.
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