Buying a good mirrorless camera these days is a bit of an investment, which means that purchasing one in full can often necessitate months (or years) of saving. Fujifilm South Africa is aiming to alleviate some of that financial burden with the announcement of a new Rent-to-Own programme for its X-series mirrorless cameras.

The programme offers interested photographers the chance to rent one of the X-series Fujifilm cameras for a period of time, with the option to purchase thereafter.

The cameras in question includes the new X-T100 and X-H1, along with some select Fujinon lenses.

“The Fujifilm Rent-to-Own system is designed to provide photographers with options to suit their pocket. Now they can pay as little as R350 a month on select products and get exactly what they want, without the high upfront cost,” says Eslie Basson, national sales manager at Fujifilm South Africa.

Sign up happens online at Fujifilm Rentals, where a profile must be created first to facilitate log ins.

The sign up process also requires supporting documents such as an ID, proof of address, payslip and three months bank statement, so be aware of the information will need to submit.

From there users can choose from six, 12, 18 or 24 month rental options. Users can also return the cameras following the rental period, or continue to rent at a reduced rate. There is the added option of paying a fee of R600 to secure the camera once the agreed upon rental period has concluded.

As such this new programme offers budding photographers with cost constraints the opportunity to try out Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless offerings.

“Photography students can also acquire a top-of-the-range Fujifilm camera and lens at a nominal fee rather than investing in entry-level or midrange cameras which would need to be upgraded again after their studies,” adds Basson.

For those less keen on an online application, Fujifilm South Africa has partnered with some retailers across the country.

This includes select Foto First branches, Atphoto (Tshwane), Cameraland Sandton, Cameraland (Cape Town), Photo Freedom (Kwa-Zulu Natal), Kameraz (Johannesburg), Katz Tech Lab (PE), The Kloppers Group, Orms (Western Cape), Outdoorphoto (Tshwane) and Photoquip (East London).