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Rent the latest, top cameras like the Canon EOS R5 C, Nikon Z9, Panasonic GH6, and RED Komodo, plus our full range of lighting and production equipment with no or low deposit. Get the gear you need for events, gigs, personal projects, and more.
So, how does it work? Just browse our selection, choose your need-by dates in our date picker, select your shipping (all shipments come with return labels), and let our professionals handle the rest. We can ship directly to your home (the most common option) but we can also ship to your set location!
There are rentals for a lot of things, from cars to designer dresses, power tools to bikes, and much more, but you might not realize just how useful renting photo and video equipment is. For one, buying the gear you want for each of the types of gigs you do can get very expensive – prohibitively so for the hobbyist. But that doesn't mean you should go without trying the latest tech! Here are just a few of the benefits of renting:
Convenience When Traveling
Leave your personal gear at home and eliminate the risk of it getting broken or stolen.
Perhaps most of the time you shoot solo but you have a particularly large event to cover and you want your second-shooter to use the same type of gear as you. This is a perfect use-case for renting.
Don't learn on the job study a piece of gear ahead of time! Rent a camera or lighting kit and get hands-on with it before jumping into a major event assistants, take note!
Not sure if you want to upgrade or if some certain new shiny system will work with your current accessories? Instead of using credit to purchase that high-megapixel camera and relying too much on a decent returns policy, why not just borrow the item for as little as dollars a day?
Brand, mount type, sensor size – there is a lot to consider when getting a camera! Here are the basic types that we offer:
With the rise of mirrorless, these are quickly becoming our "classic" models. But they are still incredibly relevant and popular. We offer DSLRs in both Canon EF and Nikon F mount with both full frame and APS-C/crop frame sensors. DSLRs have great ergonomics, good battery life, and a wide variety of lenses to choose from thanks to their long history.
With their svelte size, handy menu-displaying electronic viewfinders, and ever-improving video specs, it's no wonder everyone is making the switch to mirrorless. We carry mirrorless cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Blackmagic, Panasonic, and Fuji.
RED, ARRI, Blackmagic, and the Canon C-series – these are just a few of our ever-expanding offerings in the professional cinema space.
Not just for soccer parents, camcorders have remained an important form factor not only for broadcast work but for vlogging and documentaries – in addition to being a great choice for casual recording.
When only the biggest will do, get yourself behind a medium format camera! These make particularly good rentals since few need this kind of resolution every day. They are the ideal choice for that special assignment.
Point & Shoot
Instead of being taken over completely by smartphones, brands have made point & shoots smarter with bigger sensors, sharper glass, and incredible digital zooming.
Every year, brands like GoPro push the envelope on what you can do with these palm-sized devices. With the right accessory you can now record from just about any POV you can dream up.
Without a doubt, the trend this year for cameras is mirrorless with hybrid specs. More than ever people are doing both photography and videography assignments, as well as taking a more multimedia approach to personal projects. This means having a camera that can "do it all", so to speak. And this year we have some major heavy hitters that can, indeed, do it all.
The choice now comes down to personal preference. Do you prefer the lens selection of one mount type vs another? Can you sacrifice a little speed in favor of a higher-megapixel sensor? Is full frame essential or would you rather have the portability and unique color science of, say, a Fuji camera? Do you have the storage and processing power for 6K footage or is 4K enough?
If you're ever confused about what the right camera is for you, our crew are all working professionals and passionate hobbyists themselves. BL gear experts are here to help you figure out what's compatible with your setup and answer any questions about workflow. In the meantime, here are our top recommendations for 2022:
Record 6.2K or high-speed 4K/120P for up to 240 minutes thanks to a new heat-dissipating structure and a much faster processor compared to prior models. Photographers can enjoy blackout-free, high-speed burst shooting up to 40 FPS. An improved AF prediction algorithm offers a major boost in subject tracking and autofocus accuracy for both still and video shooters.
5-axis image stabilization, 8K30p recording, and a massive 50.1MP full frame sensor all help make this camera hard to beat. With extensive weather sealing, great connectivity, and a large I/O selection, the Sony a1 is suitable for a huge range of projects such as high-speed photography, fine art and portraits, journalism/documentary, landscapes, and more.
Covering the needs of both fast-action photographers and high-resolution videographers, the Z9 is equipped with a 45.7MP full frame sensor, 8K recording with full pixel readout, a powerful processing engine that is 12x faster than prior models, and built-in wireless LAN.
Canon EOS R5 C
Take advantage of 8K raw without having to spring for a large and professional cinema camera. With baked-in workflow for Canon VR, 4K120p slow and fast motion recording in 4:2:2 10-bit, and the latest version of Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with iTR AF X, this camera is ready for just about any video project you throw at it.
Blackmagic Pocket 6K Pro
This is probably the most portable camera you can get while still taking advantage of many of the kinds of features you get only on large cinema systems: built-in neutral density filters, dual (mini) XLR ports, a huge monitoring screen, built-in timecode, and Dual Native ISO.
RED V-RAPTOR 8K
This dual-format RF mount cinema camera offers large-format 8K VV and 6K Super 35 as well 4K, 3K, Super 16, and a bunch of anamorphic options for ultimate shooting adaptability. With 17 stops of dynamic range, a vast I/O array including dual 12G-SDI outputs, and an integrated right-side control display with physical buttons for easy settings navigation (especially handy for assistant operators), this is RED's most powerful and intuitive camera to date.
When paired with the Atomos Ninja, you can record 5.9K/29.97p raw. While designed primarily for videographers, this camera also offers ultimate control over your environment whether you're shooting stills or video. Fine-tune your AF sensitivity to match different conditions and take advantage of the Advanced Depth-from-Defocus technology, which calculates the distance to subjects and adjusts the focusing position at rates up to 480 FPS!
OM SYSTEM OM-1
Olympus got a rebranding and released this new flagship that's equipped with cutting-edge noise processing technology at the highest ISOs, a 1,053-point Quad Pixel AF system for high-precision focus stacking, and digital ND filters – all while maintaining their legacy micro four thirds mount so you can take advantage of a wide variety of lenses new and old.
GoPro HERO10 Black
GoPros just keep getting better and better. This one offers 5.3K recording, 240 FPS slow motion in 2.7K, advanced stabilization, and a webcam mode for live streaming in 1080p – all while maintaining its 33' depth rating and unique form factor.
The folks at BL can help you pick out a camera, whether it's just 1 for personal use or 10 for a workshop you're leading. We have over a decade of experience, drawing talent from film and photography schools to help us choose and maintain our inventory. Here are some tips to make sure you rental goes smoothly:
1. It's always a good idea to receive your gear well ahead of when your gig begins so that you can get comfortable with your equipment or avoid any weather-related delays with carriers.
2. Your return day is your postmark date no worrying about calculating transit times when sending stuff back!
3. Take advantage of our UPS shipping locations if you cannot receive your order at home or on set.
4. Rent for a minimum of 3 days enough to cover a fun weekend event all the way up to 90 days.
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