Hire / Try Before You Buy

We offer a wide range of hire products, from lenses, DSLRs, lighting and even studio hire at our Liverpool Store. Hire / TBYB equipment is only available in our Southport and Liverpool stores.* Unfortunately, hire equipment can no longer be booked out from other stores. *There is also a Leica M hire kit available at Preston”

Try Before You Buy

Our Try Before You Buy offer applies to any hire equipment. We will refund your hire charge if you decide the buy the same item new. This way, you can take a lens, DSLR, etc. out and fully test it, ensuring it’s the right fit for your photography, before you invest. If you decide to buy the lens within 30 days of your hire period, we’ll refund the hire charge.

Hire rates & times

As detailed below, daily rate means a full 24-hour period, goods must be returned within this time to avoid additional charges. Goods can be collected from 4 pm on the previous day and must be returned by 10 am. Rental can start and finish any day of the week.

Example: You wish to hire a Canon EOS 5DS R Body for the duration of Tuesday May 11th. You can collect this on Monday May 10th from 4pm, and return it on Wednesday May 12th before 10am. This will result in a one day charge. Failure to return the item by 10am will result in a second full day hire charge.

Hire Charges 

A full deposit as detailed below must be paid by credit or debit card on collection of the equipment. When the goods are returned the hire charge will be deducted from the deposit with the balance being refunded to your credit / debit card. Please note that the monies may take up to 3 working days to appear in your account (this is the banking system NOT Wilkinson Cameras).

The same card must be used for the deposit and the refund.

All prices include VAT. Insurance is available as an optional extra. Transfer fees may be applicable up to a maximum of £20 depending on when the equipment is needed and its current location, as detailed earlier on the page.

What to bring with you:

When hiring any equipment from Wilkinson Cameras you will be asked to complete a simple hire agreement contract, we will also require two forms of identification one of which should include a photograph (Driving Licence or Passport is ideal). If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


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