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Rental Requirements

In order to get you on your way without delay, we need the following from you:

  1. Completely fill out and return the Rental Account Agreement.
  2. Provide a copy of your current Driver’s License and Credit Card (front & back).
  3. Provide a Certificate of General Liability Insurance naming Bolt Productions as Additional Insured and as
    Loss Payee, with limits not less than $1,000,000.00 for General Liability Insurance, including Premises
    Liability and Product/Completed Operations Liability Insurance and the full replacement cost of rented
    equipment on an All Risk, Replacement Cost basis.

Rental equipment must be returned in the manner it was rented.

Bolt Productions requires customers to have a Certificate of Insurance (COI) on file.  Please be aware that there are many types of insurance and as such, a general Certificate of Liability may NOT protect you against damage, loss, or theft of rental photo equipment or grip truck incidents.  More often than not insurance companies require a special provision, or “rider” to be placed on your existing policy to name specific articles to be insured. All policies submitted to Bolt Productions are required to include at least the following:

  1. Name Bolt Productions the additionally insured or loss payee
  2. Specifically state that the policy is for rented photo equipment (or equivalent verbiage) or grip truck rental
  3. Policy value is equal to, or greater than, the replacement value of the rented equipment

Please feel free to download this sample policy to help explain the requirements.  The red text on the sample form hi-lights the important information required on a policy. The sample download form below has dollar amounts filled in that are required for equipment and grip truck rental. Discuss with your insurance agency or agent, exactly what is covered and for what amount in your policy.

Q- What is the difference between mirrorless and DSLR cameras?

A- At face level, compared to mirrorless cameras, DSLR’s have a very different design. However, the main internal difference between mirrorless and DSLR cameras is that the DSLR has a mirror inside the body to reflect the image into an optical viewfinder (using a digital sensor), while mirrorless cameras have no mirror. Mirrorless cameras tend to be smaller in size, and the lenses tend to be more expensive than those for DSLRs’. Mirrorless cameras can often showcase better performance and digital quality.

Q- Is Nikon better than Canon?

A- Nikon vs. Canon, that is the question. Both cameras are top industry quality, and each boast their own benefits. Broken down, the main difference between the two is auto-focus. All Canon EOS lenses have auto-focus capability, whereas only the Nikon AF-S lenses offer this. Canon cameras have a faster SLR, especially in terms of sports photography, while Nikon cameras tend to be lighter, with a better battery life. Many professionals prefer Canon in the battle with Nikon, but we’ll leave that up to you to test and decide.

Q- What does image quality mean on a camera?

A- In terms of photography, Image Quality (AKA IQ) refers to the characteristic of an image that measure the perceived degradation, as compared to the perfect image. This is typically based on the file type and compression ratio used during saving processes. The image size refers to the image’s physical dimensions. Although many may think of image quality to refer to one element of a photograph, it’s really determined by a multitude of factors, including equipment characteristics and the imaging variables the operator may select. The overall image quality is determined by the contrast, blur, noise, artifacts, and distortion contained within.

Q- What is the best DSLR camera for a beginner?

A – Bolt has much experience with a variety of industry professionals, but we definitely recognize our humble beginnings as photographer and videographers. When you’ve decided to start such a journey, it’s imperative to remember that cameras are not a one-size-fits-all solution; A camera for beginning portrait photographers will not be the best camera for a beginner wildlife photographer. Our recommendation is to really look into the specifications between brands to determine what you need for your photography practice, especially in consideration with your budget and need for customization.

Really, you must look into the different specs between brands to see what you need in your specific photography practice. Our go-to’s are the Nikon D850  and the Canon EOS 5DSR.

Camera Equipment Rentals

Looking for the latest in high quality digital camera rentals? Bolt Productions has the best products and service in Dallas. From DSLR, Cinema, Medium, and Large Formats, you’ll be sure to have all your rental needs met.

All Dallas camera rentals rentals require insurance to protect not only our equipment, but also the renter.
Please provide a Certificate of Insurance to have on file prior to the pick up of your rental.

Cine Cameras

Canon C300 Mark II

From Canon, Sony, and Zacuto, you can find every top-tier cine camera brand to rent at Bolt Productions! Cine cameras are the most dominant type of camera in the motion picture industry, used for film and television productions and even video games in some instances. Paired with a variety of cine lenses, these cameras can record continuous motion while capturing exceptional video quality.

Record high-end compressed 4K images with the Canon C300 EF MK II, our number one cine camera that also features a mount for interchangeable lenses and full hd shooting. Or if you need a Sony, how about the Alpha a7SII, a mirrorless camera that offers an impressive blend of sensitivity, dynamic range, resolution, and speed to benefit a versatile multimedia workflow.

DSLR Cameras

Canon EOS 5DSR

DSLR camera rentals, or digital single-lens reflex cameras, are the industry-preferred tool for videography. Such cameras combine the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, compared to photographic film. Compared to mirrorless or point-and-shoot cameras, DSLR’s allow videographers to see in real-time the exact scene to capture via the optical viewfinder.

Looking for an action camera? Rent the Canon EOS 5DSR, boasting a 50.6MP sensor and the absence of the low-pass filter that makes images appear to be sharper.

On the higher-end digital SLR camera spectrum is the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II, a must have piece of equipment that brings shooting speed and video capabilities required by professionals to a new level.

Large Format Cameras

IQ280 H w/ Cambo Actus DB2

Unsure of where to find your favorite large format rental brands at an affordable price? Bolt’s got what you need. Our Cambo camera kits and accessories are classic large format equipment pieces, utilizing sheet film sized 4×5″ or larger with the most common film sizes being 4×5″ and 8×10″.

Large Format Cameras like the IQ280 H with Cambo Actus DB2 boasts better, sharper resolution in photography. Additionally, such cameras feature interchangeable lens mounts, allowing the photographer to move the lens up and down and to either side or angle it in almost any direction, within limits, all in relation to the position of the film.

Medium Format CamerasHasselblad H4x Camera with 80mm Lens

Medium format film cameras make use of the 120 film size by utilizing a digital imaging sensor that mimics that size. Such cameras are known to produce very high-quality images with near perfect color reproduction accuracy, and are often used for advertising or fashion photography.

Medium format sensors capture images that are slightly smaller than the large format film size, but are larger than those taken using full-frame sensors or 135 film. Curious to see the results? Try out our Hasselblad H4x Camera with 80mm Lens, permitting a wide range of digital backs and a film magazine to suit a versatile workflow.