While many photographers here in New York cry when B&H Photo and Adorama are closed on the critical part of the weekends, the more savvy amongst us go ahead and rent gear instead without spending lots of money on an investment that may take longer to pay for itself.
A new Kickstarter initiative is looking to make renting cameras, lenses and photo equipment even simpler. It’s called LensShare and it’s an app by photographer Mike Lerner. Lens Share works by having users rent gear through its own community and therefore creating a peer to peer renting platform–letting you reach out to local creatives to make money and some sort of barter. Of course, no one will have the ability to buy in bulk the way that the big retailers and rental houses do, but instead this app is all about connecting photographers locally. Users can set price rates and show off what gear they have available after a user visits your profile. After this, you just message back and forth and figure business out.
The Kickstarter is asking for $15,000 to get started; and we see it excelling the most in the busier creative cities like NYC, LA, San Francisco, Charleston, Portland and a few others. The video demo is after the jump.