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    Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    Dear members,

    Over the years, people often ask me if they can try our cameras first before their purchase. They usually have our bigger cameras in their minds when they asked me this because the dollar amounts are not small.

    So I came out with a rental idea a few months ago. It works this way: you tell me what format you like and I will have a camera shipped to your home, sometimes it will be a brand new camera from our factory and sometimes it will be a barely used camera shipped from California.

    The renter will pay the shipping cost plus weekly rental fees from $50 for a 45 camera and $100 for an 8x10 camera. The rental fees can be applied to the purchase price if the renter like the camera and decide to keep it. Otherwise he/she can just pay the rental fees and ship the camera back to me. The rental clock starts when the renter receives his camera and ends when he/she sends the camera to the post or FedEx/UPS offices.

    I have done this privately three times in the last year with good results. Everyone is happy. A good way to try our cameras without big commitment. It also works if someone has a special project that only needs the equipments for a short period of time. I have some lenses that are sitting here that can be rented with cameras as well.

    At this moment, I don't want to put this serive in our website yet as I want to limit this to our forum members only since I don't want to ask for security deposit upfront.

    Ideas and suggestions are very welcome.

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    Re: Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    That is a fantastic opportunity… thanks for making your cameras available for rental!

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    Re: Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    That is a great idea, Hugo. I hope it works well!
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    Re: Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    Excellent idea. I think you will get a lot of interest, especially for the larger formats.

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    Re: Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    Dangit Hugo, lol. I want to try out ULF but I don’t want to *more easily* try out ULF. ;-;

    Awesome idea.
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    Re: Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    This is a great idea!
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    Re: Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    Great idea, but will you ship overseas as well?

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    Re: Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    Quote Originally Posted by G Benaim View Post
    Great idea, but will you ship overseas as well?
    Not this time as shipping cost will be too much.

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    Re: Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    I think it is a great idea and can help folks determine if LF is for them as well as how they like the Chamonix camera. In addition to the matter of lenses (they may not have any) there may also be a need for some film holders not to mention a tripod. So their rental needs may be a bit more than just the camera body. But again, great idea.

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    Re: Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    Since our rental period is open ended, someone emailed me with question if he could own the camera after his total monthly rental payments equal the purchase price. Yes and consider it as an installment payment plan if you really like the camera and prefer a small monthly payment instead of a big check upfront. You can own the camera in a year while enjoy it with a small monthly payment.

    But I have to limit this kind of special deals to just a dozen per year, otherwise I would have no purchase orders.

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