Camera and Lens Quality at Borrow Lenses

BorrowLenses has all the tools you need to test the quality of cameras and lenses, including a guide on how to make your own quality control checklist and how to get used equipment.

It should come as no surprise that we at BorrowLenses value camera and lens quality. That’s why, between each order, all of our gear is thoroughly inspected to ensure that everything is in working condition whether you rent or buy any of our used gear.

Because renting implies that our equipment has been well-loved, it is critical to us that each item undergoes a thorough inspection before being made accessible to the next renter. Even if a renter is in a hurry, we will not allow an item to be rented until it has passed inspection.

Gear Check: Examining Problems and Maintaining Camera and Lens Quality


When equipment returns to our premises, our receivers conduct an examination that comprises the following steps:


  • Check for damage and dust on the front and back lens elements.
  • Inspect the focus, zoom, and aperture rings on the lens barrels for any damage (where present).
  • At least and highest zooms, check focus accuracy and zoom performance (where applicable).
  • Examine lenses against white cards for any dust or dirt in the inner elements.
  • Lenses and camera bodies should be completely clean.
  • Check for dust or damage in the camera card slots.
  • Take note of any equipment scars that are visible on the surface (much like with rental cars).
  • Using a LensAlign or equivalent tool, check the front/back focusing of lenses on various camera bodies.
  • Sensors in cameras should be clean.
  • Cameras, lights, displays, and other equipment are all restored to factory settings.
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What Happens When Cameras or Lenses Fail Testing


If a piece of equipment fails the quality test, it is forwarded to our repair specialists for additional examination. If a client reports a one-of-a-kind issue, our gear experts will endeavor to duplicate it and send the item to repairs for further investigation. As a result, the item you’ve reserved may become unavailable at any time. Anything that does not pass our stringent quality check will not be sent.

Our gear techs are sometimes unable to duplicate issues that consumers have reported. When your own equipment isn’t working as it should, it’s a good idea to investigate a number of probable explanations (some suggestions are listed below). Give us a call immediately away if you believe something is amiss with your rental or used gear. We’ll work with you to find it out.

Used Camera Gear

Used Camera Gear Because we thoroughly inspect our equipment between rentals, it is in good condition for resale. When it comes time to sell an item, we do all of the previous steps as well as a second examination to determine the item’s value. The item’s listing includes a thorough explanation of any aesthetic problems, so you know precisely what you’re receiving.

We provide a 3-day inspection period on all selling goods from the date of delivery after your used gear arrives. You can return the item for any reason during those three days for a 3% restocking charge plus the equipment’s round-trip shipping cost. Following that, we offer four weeks for general returns, less any rental fees and shipping expenses. Of course, if any of your gear fails to operate as expected, please let us know so we can work with you to resolve the issue.

12 Settings to Check Before Shooting or When Testing Camera and Lens Quality


  • Diopter for the camera’s eyepiece/viewfinder. Is it designed to catch your attention?
  • Sharpness tolerances are included in the lenses. You may compensate for this by adjusting your camera’s front/back focusing settings. Microadjustment for Lens and Camera Front/Back Focusing Issues explains more.
  • Unless the aperture ring is locked or set to a specific locking f/stop (for Fuji X-mount lenses, set the aperture ring to “A”), some lenses with manual aperture rings will not cooperate with a camera in auto/semi-auto settings (Program or Shutter Priority).
  • Check to see whether the Quick Control dial on your Canon camera has been unintentionally locked. Make sure the lock on the Mode Dial is unlocked (applicable to certain Nikon cameras).
  • Whether the shutter button doesn’t seem to be working, check to see if your camera is set to utilize the back-focus button.
  • Check the metering mode on your device. If you’re not receiving the exposures you want, it’s possible that you’re in Matrix/Evaluative mode when you should be in Spot mode.
  • Check to check whether your Exposure Compensation Dial is adjusted to over or underexpose.
  • Select the most appropriate focus mode for your subject. This is not the same as Focus Area. All About Autofocus: Focus Area versus Focus Mode for Beginners explains more.
  • You may choose the file size and quality that you desire. When most cameras are reset, they default to JPEG rather than RAW.
  • Your memory card should be formatted. Check to see if the card is compatible with your camera. Some older cameras are incompatible with modern memory cards.
  • Make sure the ISO isn’t set to auto (common in resets).
  • Cold temperature has an impact on clothing. LCDs, for example, can lose contrast and batteries can expire rapidly. When traveling, keep this in mind.
  • Make a checklist for yourself and stick to it – think like a pilot!

Environmental Factors with Cameras and Lenses

Our equipment is kept in temperature-controlled conditions on shelving that is intended to keep it safe from vibrations (whether from the earthquakes we get in California or just from heavy, moving objects in the warehouse). Many of the more complicated items are transported in protective cases, while others are shipped in shock-absorbing foam that has been specifically cut. To be more ecologically responsible, rentals are packaged into occasionally well-loved cardboard boxes in both situations.

Things do, however, happen. After an item leaves the boundaries of our warehouses, things like storage temperature and vibration become difficult to manage. Please notify us right once if you see any unusual activity or damage:

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