Photographic equipment hire - UK


Looking to rent specialist photography equipment for a one-off job or simply to try the latest Olympus, Sony, Nikon, Canon or Fuji DSLR camera before deciding whether to buy? Lens Lab is an excellent choice, providing you with access to the latest and best photographic equipment available.

We pride ourselves on good customer service. We provide you with telephone support and email notifications each step of the way. We're always here to help with any queries or requests that you have. Our equipment hire list is continually growing, extending in range and number. Our hire service enables you to acquire specific equipment for a job quickly or to simply try out a new model that you’ve been eyeing up.

We also hire out accessories such as extenders, filters, flashes, studio lighting. The process is fast, efficient and simple so if you'd like to experience what a new piece of equipment can do for your photography, you've come to the right place. We ship our photographic equipment across the UK, and if you reside in or around London or the south east you can collect or return rentals to us in Haywards Heath. Try us for your last minute requirements, we can often get equipment into London cheaply on the same day!

Your first hire with Lens Lab

For your first hire with Lens Lab, we ask you to email us with two forms of ID. One of these should show the billing address. You'll also need to sign and return our Hire Agreement. We aim to deliver the equipment to you the day before your hire starts and we'll arrange a return on the day after it ends. There is usually no deposit if we can verify your ID.

Hire FAQs

Do you supply batteries with cameras?

Yes, you will get a battery and a charger. If you requested a spare battery we will usually include this free of charge. No guarantee or warranty comes with batteries. You should satisfy yourself that batteries supplied meet your requirements. Whilst every care is taken to ensure batteries delivered are in good workable condition, we cannot take responsibility for costs incurred as a result of battery failure. We do not normally supply batteries with flash guns.

Do you supply memory cards with cameras?

Not normally although we will include a card if you specifically request one, there is no charge for this. Whilst every care is taken to ensure memory cards suppied are in good workable condition, we cannot take responsibility for costs incurred as a result of memory card failure. It is your responsibility to check the gear before you use it.

Is there a minimum order?

Yes, the minimum order for hire equipment is £20, you might find that some items are available for less than this but we reserve the right to charge a minimum hire fee.

Can I reserve a hire equipment in advance?

You can reserve equipment up to six months in advance to ensure you do not miss out on the equipment you need for that special event.

Are there any discounts available for booking in advance?

Yes, the longer you hire the cheaper the daily rate, or if you are planning to reserve a equipment for seven days or more, book it at least 21 days in advance and we will give you a 10% discount on the hire price. Contact us here if you would like to make an advanced booking:

What if I want to extend the loan period?

If you find you are falling in love with your equipment and cannot bear to part with it or the job is taking longer than you intended, the hire period can easily be extended as long as the equipment has not already been booked out by another customer. For extensions there will be additional cost, the extension hire period will be calculated according to the number of days you require. If you would like to extend your hire period please email us direct at Equipment will not be extended without prior agreement from Lens Lab.

What happens if I want to cancel my order?

You can cancel your order at any time prior to dispatch. There is no cancellation fee provided you do so within four days of placing your order or at least 28 days before commencement of the hire period. A cancellation charge will apply if you elect to cancel within 28 days of the start of the hire period. For less than 28 days, a £20 administration fee will be charged; for less than 14 days, 50% of the cost of the equipment hire period will be added.

What happens if I want to return the equipment before the end date?

You can return the equipment any time you like before the end of the hire period, although we are unable to offer a refund for unused days.

Can anyone hire photographic equipment from Lens Lab?

Yes, you will need a valid debit or credit card, a valid billing address and can provide proof of billing address.

How long can I hire an item for?

You can hire an item for as little as one day and for as long as you like. The camera, accessories or equipment hire price for your chosen duration is clearly displayed on our website. If you wish to hire equipment for longer than 28 days please contact us and we can arrange that for you.

When does the rental period start and finish?

Your (authorised) hire period starts on the first day of your chosen hire period. You will then need to return the equipment to us the day after your hire period ends. For example, if you hire equipment for three days starting on a Tuesday, we will deliver the equipment to you on Monday or at the time requested on Tuesday and then ask that you return it to us on the Friday (the day after your hire period ends). The equipment needs to be returned via a pre arranged collection service or drop ship service or can be returned by hand to us in Haywards Heath by arrangement.

Can I take the hire equipment out of the country?

Yes, subject to certain terms and conditions. You will need to show us your travel insurance to make sure our equipment is covered. Our own insurance is only valid within the UK. We will contact you to confirm the details and we reserve the right to charge a deposit for the full cost of the equipment in certain circumstances. The deposit will be refunded upon the safe return of the equipment at the end of the hire period.

Costs & Charges

Are there any hidden charges?

No, the charges that you see on the website are what you will pay. We will clearly display the cost of the hire for the period and the delivery charges. If a deposit is required it will be displayed and all our prices are inclusive of VAT and insurance.


When you place an order your credit or debit card will be validated and the full cost of the hire period (including any deposit) secured. We will refund any deposit when the items have been safely returned to us.

What currencies do you accept?

Payment must be in UK Pounds Sterling.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept the usual major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Paypal.

Do you charge VAT?

Currently, we do not charge VAT on your order.

Can I collect or drop off the equipment?

Yes, by prior arrangment. The address is as follows: 22 Stamford House, Great Heathmead, Haywards Heath, RH16 1FH, West Sussex. UK.

Collections can take place between 09:00-16:00 Monday to Friday (Saturday, Sunday we are closed). You will need to take a copy of your Lens Lab order, proof of address and a form of photo ID with you when you collect.

Can you deliver the equipment to an address other than my home address?

We are able to deliver to any UK address. You will be asked to specify the delivery address during the checkout process. In some instances, we reserve the right to charge a deposit for the equipment if it is being delivered to a different address. The equipment will need to be signed for on delivery.

What happens if the equipment arrives when I'm not at home?

We will do everything we can to make sure your delivery arrives at the right time. If there is a missed delivery we will contact you by telephone and/or email to make further arrangements.

What happens if my hired equipment arrives late?

Please contact us immediately if a equipment has not arrived by the start of your hire period. We will do everything we can to swiftly resolve this situation to your satisfaction.

How do I return the equipment?

You will receive full instructions on how to return the equipment along with all the necessary labels and packaging in the box. You are obliged to return the equipment to us on the day after your hire period ends.

Late Returns

If the rental equipment is returned late we reserve the right to charge the daily hire rate until we have safe receipt of the equipment.

In the event that you experience problems returning the equipment on the required day please let us know immediately.

Lost, Damaged or Stolen

What happens if the equipment gets lost, damaged or stolen?

In the event of the equipment incurring damage of any kind, please contact us and arrange to return the equipment, or other equipment, for repair. Similarly, if the equipment should be lost or stolen, please contact us immediately.

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