8 Best Places to Find Camera Equipment Rentals in San Antonio
- Date: September 19, 2021
- Topic: Photography
- By: Peerspace
San Antonio may not be as big of a filming location as other parts of Texas, but it does have a few famous features to its name, including Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Miss Congeniality. It’s also home to the San Antonio Film Fest, QFest, and CineFestival, the oldest Latino film festival in the country. If you’re planning a photoshoot or video production, then you have a wide variety of resources to choose from when it comes to camera equipment rentals in San Antonio.
We’ve compiled a list of the top eight vendors for cameras, grip and lighting gear, A/V equipment, studios, and more. This way, you can get all of the equipment you need with just one or two easy reservations. You may even be able to get your gear delivered right to your rental venue if you book a shooting location through Peerspace!
1. Camera Exchange
6635 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216
The Camera Exchange is a camera store that offers classes, repairs, and rentals out of its San Antonio location. Unlike many rental houses, it’s open on Saturdays, and Sundays are included for free with a weekend rental. You’ll find all of the latest gear, including the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the Zhiyun-Tech CRANE 3 Handheld Stabilizer.
Easily check gear availability and prices on their rental site, or visit their store to see the equipment in person. You can also attend classes on a multitude of topics, including night and macro photography, to expand your skillset. Whether you need photo, video, or audio equipment, Camera Exchange is a one-stop-shop for camera equipment rentals in San Antonio.
125 Lamar #104, San Antonio, TX 78202
CameraRenting is a modern rental house that specializes in Sony, Nikon, and Canon cameras. You’ll also find GoPros, camera rigs, and audio and lighting equipment. CameraRenting’s lighting gear is primarily aimed at still photography, so you’ll find flashes, strobes, softboxes, reflectors, umbrellas, and green screens. They also have jibs, dolly tracks, and handheld stabilizers.
CameraRenting is open until the early afternoon on Saturdays for weekend pickups, and they offer a protection plan to limit your liability to 20% of the cost of repairs in case of accidental damage.
3. JSP Entertainment
7456 Reindeer Trail, San Antonio, TX 78238
JSP Entertainment offers a range of A/V equipment intended for live events. Although they have a smaller variety of camera gear than some of the other rental houses, they’re a solid option for camera equipment rentals in San Antonio if you want to record a conference or seminar.
In addition to camera gear, they offer projectors, LED video walls, wireless microphones, sound systems, stage lighting, and more. They even have an LED dance floor! Choose this option for corporate events instead of photo or video shoots.
4. Media Bar Productions
8647 Wurzbach Road, Suite J202, San Antonio, TX 78240
Media Bar Productions is a full-service production house that offers standalone equipment rentals. They have a range of Canon, Nikon, RED, and Blackmagic cameras that are perfect for shooting in 4K or HD. They also have a drone for capturing outdoor aerial shots!
Check out their gear list to pick and choose the equipment you need, or rent their fully stocked two-ton grip and lighting truck to make sure you have everything covered. In addition, they offer production services if you need additional support on set or in the editing room. Their post-production team can provide assistance with audio and video editing, motion graphics, web design, and more.
5. Armada Grip
Armada Grip is a rental house run by a professional gaffer and cinematographer based out of San Antonio. They have a range of digital cameras available, including the RED Dragon, which shoots in 6K. They also have tungsten, daylight, and fluorescent lighting options so you can shoot indoors or outside. Rent their two-ton grip truck for an affordable price, or design your own custom package. Cinematographer Daniel Maldonado is also available for hire if your shoot needs a DP anywhere in the San Antonio area.
6. ATX Grip
147 Waxwood Ln, San Antonio, TX 78216
ATX Grip serves the Austin and San Antonio region, as well as features some equipment that you won’t find anywhere else, including the electric “Ranger” vehicle for all-terrain shoots. With a range of camera cars and grip trucks available for rent, ATX Grip is your go-to company for shooting on location (and off-road) in Hill Country.
Choose from the ATX Insert Car, which can reach speeds of up to 55 mph or the ATX Precision Tracking Camera Car with a rooftop mount. The Ranger is the only all-electric off-road camera car in the area, capable of reaching speeds of up to 25 mph. Shoot your next car chase or action sequence with the help of ATX!
KitSplit is a great option for camera equipment rentals in San Antonio, especially if you’d rather rent from another photographer than a traditional rental house. This peer-to-peer site lets gear owners list their own equipment for daily and weekly rates. You may also be able to find gear or hands-on tutorials here that are unavailable at commercial rental houses.
Photographers are a supportive bunch who love to share equipment with fellow creatives, so long as the gear gets returned in one piece. KitSplit takes out the hassle — and the risk of theft or damage — with an easy-to-use booking system and built-in insurance options. You can list your own gear, too, and earn extra money by renting equipment out to other photographers.
Peerspace is a great resource for booking unconventional venues and locations from local hosts in San Antonio. Whether you rent a state-of-the-art photo/video studio with equipment included or opt for a minimalist studio (pictured above) in the heart of the city with tons of natural light and backdrops, you’re sure to find the ideal spot for your production or photoshoot. Plus, you can call up the Concierge Service for support coordinating your booking.
Peerspace makes it easy to get everything you need all in one place, without having to visit multiple rental houses and locations on the day of your shoot. You can even arrange for a catering crew to show up for breakfast, lunch, snack time, or dinner. Enjoy a nearly effortless production day!
These rental houses and production services should serve your team well, whether you’re shooting a corporate event indoors or an action film in the countryside. Browse their gear and find the ones that best suit your budgetary and production needs. All of these rental companies have operated in San Antonio for years. They’re owned and operated by gear heads who get what you’re about. And best of all, you’ll learn you won’t have to travel far to get all of the equipment you need in the San Antonio area!
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