While Austin is often considered Texas’s creative capital, Dallas, too, has a growing indie film scene, with several production houses and independent movie theaters around the city. In fact, Dallas is one of the 25 most frequently filmed cities in the world. If you’re planning to film at one of Dallas’s memorable landmarks, or shoot at a scenic landscape outside the city, you have dozens of studios and rental houses to choose from. Therefore, check out our recommendations on the best vendors for camera equipment rentals in Dallas.
16475 Dallas Pkwy #375 Addison, TX 75001
Aperturent is an online rental platform that also has physical locations in Washington, DC, Atlanta, and Dallas. You can either pick the equipment up at one of the locations, or have it shipped by FedEx to anywhere in the U.S. Rental periods can be anywhere from 3 to 90 days. Since each item is clearly depicted on the website, it’s easy to mix and match cameras and lens and add them to your cart to see how much the rental will cost. You can also see which items are in stock at which location. Aperturent has a wide variety of cameras, lighting equipment, and accessories. If you have the items shipped to you, simply ship them back in the same box at the end of the rental.
1351 Crampton St. Dallas, TX 75207
Bolt Productions is a full-scale rental house with an impressive range of equipment in stock. In addition to camera and lighting gear, you can also rent a fully-stocked grip truck with 100 miles included. If you need a computer to edit your footage on, choose from an iMac or a MacBook Pro complete with Final Cut Pro X. All of the gear is listed on Bolt’s website, so you can estimate your rental costs in advance, but keep in mind that you’ll need to contact Bolt directly to get a complete quote. You’ll also have to show a Certificate of General Liability Insurance before you can pick up your gear.
2626 Brenner Dr. Dallas, TX 75220
MLD Video has been in business since 1987 and specializes in camera, lighting, grip, and audio equipment — including the new GoPro Fusion, which shoots 360-degree video. MLD is open six days a week and has a staff member on call 24/7 to help with any issues that arise. You can also request an equipment demo when you pick up your gear. Check out the website, for daily, weekly, and weekend rates, and add the items that you want to your cart to request a complete quote. Free pick-up and delivery is available if you spend more than $300 on your rental.
3328 Waypoint Dr. Carrollton, TX 75006
MP&E Cameras and Lighting is a one-stop rental house with locations in Austin, Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver. MP&E is especially suitable for large productions, with new 1-ton, 2.5-ton, and 4-ton grip trucks available at its Dallas location. You can rent some of the latest video equipment to hit the market, including the Alexa Mini and Arri Amira. You’ll have to pay for your first rental by credit card. Fill out the new account form online to get started, or call MP&E for a custom package and have it delivered.
2025 Irving Blvd Suite 107 Dallas, TX 75207
Competitive Cameras specializes in camera and lens rentals, but has some lighting equipment and accessories as well. You’ll find a range of Sony, Nikon, and Canon gear, including a variety of DSLR and mirrorless lenses. Competitive Cameras also offers used gear for sale, as well as rolls of Seamless Paper for backdrops. You can book your equipment up to two weeks in advance over the phone, and will be required to have insurance in order to pick up gear that’s over $5,000 in value.
141 Regal Row Dallas, TX 75247
MPS is one of the biggest rental houses in Dallas, with a 65,000 square foot facility that includes soundstages, production offices, and a studio kitchen. MPS also has locations in Austin and Denver, and can arrange for equipment to be delivered anywhere in the U.S. With nearly 40 years of experience in the region, MPS can connect you with crew and even offer product support if you need help with insurance, permits, locations, or other logistics. MPS specializes in the latest digital cameras, but also has some film cameras in stock, including the Arriflex. To get a quote, search for the items you want to rent directly on the website and then submit a request online.
5151 Mercantile Row Dallas, TX 75247
Showtech Productions specializes in audio and video equipment for events, including concerts, festivals, and conferences. If you’re planning a live event, Showtech has all the gear you’ll need to light the space, project sound and images, and record the event from multiple camera angles. You can also hire a crew to set up and manage the A/V gear, so you don’t have to worry about it. Showtech Productions has been operating in Dallas since 1997 and is open seven days per week. You can request a quote online or call the office to discuss your project.
Although Peerspace isn’t a rental house, you may be able to rent the gear you need directly from one of our hosts. If you’re planning a photo or video shoot at a location you’ve found on Peerspace, don’t forget to see if your host has equipment available too. It may save you money to rent directly from them, and in any case, will save you the trouble of having to pick up your gear at a rental house.
Now that you know some of the best places for camera equipment rentals in Dallas, it’s time to start putting together a list of all the gear you want to have on set. Having your equipment booked in advance gives you one less thing to worry about on the day of your shoot. Whether you rent your gear from one of our hosts, or from one of these local vendors, you can rest easy knowing you’ll have access to the stuff you need anywhere in the Dallas-Ft. Worth region.