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8 Best Places to Find Camera Equipment Rentals in Sacramento

Sacramento may not be as big of a film destination as Los Angeles, but it still has a role to play in California’s film industry. Around 60-70 permits are granted each year, with additional projects filmed on locations outside the city, from the farmlands to forests. If you’re looking for the best places to find camera equipment rentals in Sacramento, then we’ve got you covered.

These rental houses will have all of the tools you’ll need for a photoshoot, video production, or animated project. Plus, you can always find a location for your production right here on Peerspace, some of which come with the option of renting equipment too.

1. Mike’s Camera

2200 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Mike’s Camera is an all-around camera store that offers sales, repairs, rentals, and more. Not only can you rent a variety of cameras, lenses, and lighting gear, but you can also come here to process film, print and scan images, and even do video transfers. They have all of the latest digital photo and video cameras, accessories, and drones that you’ll need for your shoot.

All California rentals are processed through the Sacramento location, but you can pick up equipment at other locations, too. They also host workshops on wildlife photography, travel photography, and other topics if you want to level up your photography skills.

2. A&E Digital Productions

6128 Ivory Way, Suite B, Sacramento, CA 95824

A&E is a production studio that offers a variety of film and video services in addition to rentals. They specialize in 4K and HD video production, so this is a great place for camera equipment rentals in Sacramento if you’re looking for a full 4K camera kit, such as the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro with interchangeable Xeen cinema lenses.

They also have a Sennheiser boom kit for audio recording, teleprompters, robotic cranes, and dozens of other accessories. If you’re a small production team and don’t yet have a director of photography, you can hire A&E’s cinematographer and they’ll waive the insurance fee.

3. ATV Video Center

2424 Glendale Ln, Sacramento, CA 95825

ATV is an event production service and rental house with over 30 years of experience in the Sacramento area. You can rent video cameras, projectors, stage and lighting gear, and PA systems. They’re also an authorized dealer of the Anchor BigFoot portable sound system.

If you’re hosting a conference or event and want multiple cameras to capture everything that happens on stage, then ATV Video Center will get you set up with all of the A/V equipment you need for a multi-camera shoot. You can also hire their experienced technicians to operate the equipment during your event. This way, you don’t have to worry about hiring your own crew.

4. PhotoSource

6346 Elvas Ave, Sacramento, CA 95819

PhotoSource is a traditional camera store and rental house that specializes in still photography, although they do have some video recording equipment, such as GoPros. This is a good option for camera equipment rentals in Sacramento for a variety of Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon, and Sony gear. Choose from DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and a whole range of lenses.

They also have strobe lighting, flashes, continuous lighting, and grip gear, including reflectors, bounce boards, and silks. Unlike many rental houses, they’re open on Saturdays for weekend rentals. Use them for indoor or outdoor photoshoots, or rent out their studio or darkroom. PhotoSource can also do film and video processing and transfers, and they offer one-on-one tutorials to help orient you to your camera gear or to the darkroom.

5. Action Camera

1000 Sunrise Ave, Roseville, CA 95661

Action Camera offers rentals out of their Roseville location. You can turn to them for most of your still photography needs, including camera body and lens rentals, plus reflectors, beauty dishes, softboxes, and more. Action Camera also offers repairs and sensor cleaning.

For photographers looking to improve their skills, they host workshops on street, wildlife, and night photography, among other classes. To make a rental, you can use their online booking system to see if the equipment is available on the dates that you’ll need it. Keep in mind that you’ll need a valid CA license, credit card, and utility bill to pick up your equipment.

6. Doodad Studios

7211 Galilee Rd, Suite 135, Roseville, CA 95678

Doodad Studios is primarily an animation studio, so they have a unique offering of a fully decked-out animation studio with white and green screens. You can rent out their 3,000-square-foot facility with a makeup area, built-in lighting grid, conference room, sound booth, and more. They even have an editing suite so you could make your entire project here from start to finish if you wanted!

For off-site shoots, they have an equipment list with gear that you can rent on its own or with a technician to operate it for you. They even have rental drones, with “cinematographers who know how to fly them and get amazing shots.” This is the team to call if you need a few more hands on set to fill out your crew.

7. KitSplit

KitSplit is a great option if you’re simply looking for one or two items and don’t want the hassle of going to a commercial rental house during business hours. KitSplit allows photographers to list their gear and set daily or weekly rental prices. You might be able to pick up the lens you need from someone who lives nearby — or ask them for a tutorial on a new piece of equipment.

This is a great way to find camera equipment rentals in Sacramento over the weekend or when the gear you need is out of stock. The online booking system is easy to use, and there are even options for insurance, so you don’t have to worry if anything goes wrong. 

8. Peerspace

Peerspace is your go-to site for peer-to-peer location rentals and, in many cases, you can add on film and video equipment as part of your location package. For example, this private creative studio can provide a white backdrop, green screen, lighting equipment, and more.

If something you need isn’t included in your rental, call the Concierge team. They may be able to find what you need at a local vendor and include it with your booking. That way, the process is simplified when you’re getting a separate quote from a rental house and renting the gear yourself.

With all of these rental houses and studios to choose from, you’ll have no problem getting the gear you need for a shoot in the Sacramento area. No matter what kind of project you have in mind, we think Sacramento is a great city from which to base your production.

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