So I have a bit of a dilemma. I've recently purchased a $8500 'cinema' camera (with lenses) and I got it on credit so I still have to pay a lot of it back. I run a small video production company so I can pay it off through various client projects but recently I've been approached by a camera hire company who are interested in renting out our camera to their customers in return for 50/50 split of the rental charge. The hire company has assured us that if anything were to ever happen to the camera it would be covered by insurance that the person hiring the camera would be forced to take out before being able to hire it in the first place. They've said that if for any reason this wasn't an option (if they ran off with the camera) then the hire company's own insurance would kick in and cover it. I'm also fully insured. So - this could make me some money and could help pay off the camera. It's currently not being used too much at all so at the moment it's just sitting here not making me money. Could this be a really great way of letting it pay for itself? Part of me worries about it being treated carelessly by the people renting it out and my valuable asset being exposed to excessive wear and tear such as scratches and spillages (which might not necessarily be evident but which could potentially mess up the camera).
I was wondering if anyone had any experience of this or any strong opinions? What would you do?