Our Customers Words

I have known Jerry for 18 years. So I can personally vouch for how knowledgeable and professional he is. He knows photography and if you are his customer, he will do whatever it takes to make your rental experience as painless and pleasant as possible.
Andrew Shippin, Aviation Photographer, Northern Virginia
Jerry is always willing to go out of his way to help… whether it be advice, a rental, a possible purchase decision… he knows it all! I’ve worked with Jerry for years and have always had great service, from an all-around great person! Keep up the good work!
Colleen Bucher, Family Portrait Photographer, Falls Church, Virginia

Thanks f8 Rentals !!!! your lens was excellent for this capture! – Joselo A., Alexandria, VA

So thankful for a great place to rent from.  Jerry is amazing he works so hard to make sure every customer is taken care of. You feel like you’re getting personalized service just for you. I can reserve equipment on their website, or on Facebook.  It’s so easy and dependable. I love it!
-Chrissy Tenney, Newborn Photographer, Culpepper, Virginia

f8Rentals always has my back!  –Amr Mounib, DC

Thanks to f8 Rentals for resolving batt grip …. issue – Chuck Fletcher

Thank you so much, f8 Rentals, for the fast glass for my Kennedy Center Concert Hall shoot this past Sunday. The Nikon 300mm lens shot like a dream and here is one of the images that appeared in the Washington Post review of the concert! – Shannon F., Alexandria, VA

Thanks @f8rentals! Loved the Nikon 85 mm 1.4 lens. – Adrianna E., Vienna, VA

I second F8 Rentals. Called them the other day and impressed me with their customer service. – Daniel Soñé

I can’t recommend f8 enough if you need to rent camera gear. They really came through and helped me out when I needed to rent a camera body. I used their site to reserve the item, we had an email correspondence, and that same day I had the rental done. All they ask is first time users make a deposit on their rental, after that they keep you in the system. I used the DC store. – John Payne

F8Rentals is a place to go! –Camera Man F8 Rentals owns the customer service market. Gerald is the best.            – Doug Stroud 

F8 rentals rocks and Gerald H Smith II is great to do business with!!!! – Deb Turner Brown 

I thought customer service was dead. This was before I had the pleasure of working with f8 rentals. I broke a lens right before a wedding. It was 9:30 pm on a Friday when I was frantically searching for a lense rental place open on Saturdays. In my search I found this company. On their FAQ page it mentioned to give them a ring, or shoot them an email after hours in an emergency, and they would try to help. I sent them an email and held my breath hoping that someone would reach out in the morning. Well, 10 minutes later my phone rings!! This beautiful, amazing person offers to meet me that night! I was able to get my lense and the owner contacted me the next day to make sure I was all set. I am just over the moon for this company. They are superstars.                 –Michelle Rednagle

Gerald H Smith II is the man – Babar Cinematography 

We rented a video projector for an important Saturday morning charity meeting in March. I was suppose to pick up the device Friday afternoon. A severe weather event with ice trapped Jerry, the owner, in a place where he could not come and I could not get to his office for the same reason. He got his assistant to call and arrange to come from DC, pickup the projector and deliver it to our home! Small businesses live or die on advice and service to their customers. His advice was spot on and I don’t see how customer service could be any better than this. – Mike Foxworth

Yes, F8 rentals Gerald H Smith II are the best. – Po Chi Fung 

Jerry and Carl are truly remarkable. I returned to f8 rentals for a second time because of Jerry and Carl’s attention, efficiency, and professionalism. I was in a pinch and Carl personally delivered a light kit to my house within less than 24 hours notice. Their level of service is unrivaled. Highly recommend f8. Jerry and Carl will also provide tricks and advice to make your photography results better. I will certainly return again!                     – Chrissy Charba

Gerald H Smith II at F8 rentals is wonderful.- Julie Renee Massie

F8 Reston / F8 DC Rentals
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Mark Webster
Mark Webster
2019-04-17T12:09:57+0000
They are easy to work with. I would recommend being a loyal customer of theirs because I am and Jerry, and the gang treat me as such. Whatever I need, they go out of their way to make it happen and the prices are very reasonable.read more
Vijay Sudu
Vijay Sudu
2018-02-19T16:50:51+0000
Amazing service! Got a call a few days before my rental period to confirm my reservation and make sure I had everything I needed. Definitely recommend using them!!read more
Morgan RM
Morgan RM
2017-11-15T05:48:16+0000
I was probably the most obnoxious customer they could have - last minute, needed a camera to record a pitch video and a lav and mic, realized my camera (that I borrowed from a friend) didn't have an audio jack, asked to rent a camera and they offered to extend the lav and mic set for me because I couldn't use it the first day. Then, I decided to hire a videographer for an hour because I just wanted to get the video taken. Tons of back and forth, but the owner was incredibly patient and nice. They will call you and help sort out your situation, no matter what your needs are. Really great service.read more
Karl Hovey
Karl Hovey
2017-10-03T03:05:13+0000
I met both Jerry and Carl, and I can't say enough good things about F8 Rentals! They had a lens I was very interested in trying, went out of their way to meet me after hours, and gave me very good advice: not just about the lens, but good photographic tips as well! I was able to rent a professional-quality (and cost) lens for an extremely reasonable fee, and the advice was free! My highest recommendation! Would have given them 6 stars if I could ...read more
Jessica Knox
Jessica Knox
2017-09-01T13:57:40+0000
The absolute best hands down! Ken and Jerry are always super friendly and professional, and the equipment is kept it top condition. Better and more reliable than any online rental company.read more
Kimberly Fox
Kimberly Fox
2017-02-06T16:17:35+0000
Alex Hogan
Alex Hogan
2016-12-19T20:25:57+0000
I was in a terrible predicament, having just landed at Dulles and realizing that the airline, to put it lightly, mishandled my gear. I had an incredibly important shoot the next morning. Out of desperation I looked up a rental house and found F8. I spoke to Carl and he did everything he could to help me out, and I miraculously managed to get the shoot done with the subjects of the video none the wiser. I cannot recommend F8 enough!read more
Tammy Hineline
Tammy Hineline
2016-10-18T14:53:19+0000
I've rented from them once and I'm convinced I'll never rent from anyone else ever again.
Cody Dewayne Rutherford
Cody Dewayne Rutherford
2016-09-19T20:14:51+0000
Great people. They were quick to respond to any reqests or questions that I had..and went above and beyond to make sure the equipment was available at my convenience. Equipment was in great working order and easily worth their rates. Definitely deserves 5 stars.read more
Jared Cullison
Jared Cullison
2016-07-26T03:31:51+0000
Service is above and beyond. I had a lens from another company go bad on me Sunday afternoon. They helped me out that same night, even though they were closed! Ken, thank you, I hope you had an awesome vacation!read more
Bryan Doziér
Bryan Doziér
2016-02-22T23:14:20+0000
Top-notch customer service. Went out of their way to open early for me so I could have a backup body for a shoot. Highly recommend!read more
Lis Christy
Lis Christy
2016-02-03T18:38:42+0000
Danielle Guido Lavis
Danielle Guido Lavis
2015-09-28T16:22:22+0000
As a first time renter, I was blown away by Jerry and Carl both going above and beyond to ensure I was happy! Excellent customer service! I feel very fortunate to have found such a great local rental company!read more
Andrew Hyeon
Andrew Hyeon
2015-08-31T13:12:17+0000
F8 is incredible! I stumbled upon the website recently and booked a lens. The prices are very reasonable. Jerry and Carl are incredibly accommodating and are a delight to work with. I will definitely be book with them again soon.read more
Ravi Raja
Ravi Raja
2015-06-27T01:34:13+0000
I needed a last minute rental on a Saturday morning and Carl was happy to help even though they are are closed on Saturdays. I truly appreciate the fact that he came early that morning, opened the store and in less than 5 minutes I walked out with the lens. Keep up the excellent level of customer service.read more
Mike Byrd
Mike Byrd
2015-05-06T02:06:17+0000
Larry  Golfer
Larry Golfer
2014-11-11T00:35:31+0000
Gerry and f8 Rentals is great for any of my photographic rental needs. He provides the best customer service, takes time to explain things and will answer any questions about gear. We're lucky to have this resource in our area.read more
Yuliya Panchenko
Yuliya Panchenko
2014-11-05T13:48:07+0000
These guys are awesome and their services are outstanding! Last Saturday I was shooting a wedding in Baltimore and a day before the wedding on Friday night my camera broke down. My friend, Will Taylor, recommended me to contact F8 Rentals mentioning that they have 24 hours service! Not only they were willing to help me with the camera but they also drove half way to save my time (it was 10pm and I was 1 hour away from the rental company). Carl and Jerry were very sweet and helpful! I appreciate all they've done. To be honest, this is the first time in my life I received a service from a company that was outstanding! Carl and Jerry thank you so so much! You guys are the best!read more
Will Taylor
Will Taylor
2014-10-31T23:10:03+0000
In a pinch this crew comes thru! Outstanding customer service.
Ed Jaffe
Ed Jaffe
2014-10-07T21:55:37+0000
Sanaz Fah
Sanaz Fah
2014-09-03T03:31:36+0000
Bill Lebovich
Bill Lebovich
2014-09-02T10:47:56+0000
Jerry is always patient, with great knowledge of photography and camera equipment, and always willing to share his expertise.read more
Cathy Hammer
Cathy Hammer
2014-08-09T13:55:21+0000
Colleen Roche Ornduff
Colleen Roche Ornduff
2014-08-09T13:39:20+0000
Brandi Bailey Blaha
Brandi Bailey Blaha
2014-08-03T15:22:50+0000
George Legeros
George Legeros
2014-07-31T18:22:10+0000
I've been shooting pictures for the better part of 15 yrs. I specialize in physique (bodybuilding and fitness), Glamour, and Commercial photography. I'm highly published, and my work can be seen on the covers and inside the major magazines in those genres and all over the Internet. What I do requires a good eye, persistence, and photographic techniques that I believe can't be learned out of a book, but rather by actual trial and error, until you find what works best. The other part of that equation is equipment. While I own the equipment needed for most jobs, I ALWAYS need additional equipment for specific shoots, and almost always costs more than I can afford to actually own. My GO TO man to fill my equipment needs has always been Jerry Smith of f8Rentals. Jerry is first and foremost, a photographer with many years of experience and a wealth of knowledge. Whenever I have a difficult shoot, I consult with Jerry and together we come up with a solution. He really knows his stuff...and of course photographic equipment. He Knows what I need to do the job right. Most of my published work has been created with the help of equipment rented from Jerry. It's always there when I need it, and it always works. This is THE most important aspect of rental equipment. The LAST thing I need is to show up on set with equipment failures. There's always going to be problems on a shoot. Whether it's models running late, last minute location/set changes, or contract issues. But bad/faulty equipment should NEVER be a problem because it wastes time and money, and worse, it makes me look bad...No one wants to look bad. I thank my lucky stars every time I rent from Jerry...I can't say that enough...I thank my lucky stars I RENT PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT FROM JERRY! So, if you're in the Washington D.C, metropolitan area, I highly recommend Jerry Smith's f8Rentals. You won't find better equipment at a better price anywhere. One last thing. I didn't receive a single penny for writing this...it's just the way it is. George Legeros Legeros Photography LLCread more
Margot Schulman
Margot Schulman
2014-05-25T15:56:10+0000
Jerry Smith goes the extra mile to make sure that all of his clients have the right equipment they need, when they need it. He is very knowledgeable regarding photo equipment and patiently takes the time to help you solve whatever photo needs you have.read more
Rosina Memolo
Rosina Memolo
2014-05-07T21:11:47+0000
Sarah Ray Ray
Sarah Ray Ray
2014-04-22T21:44:02+0000
Andrew Shippin
Andrew Shippin
2014-04-19T04:11:32+0000
I have known Gerry for approx 18 years. So I can personally vouch for how knowledgeable and professional the man is. He knows photography and if you are his customer, he will do whatever it takes to make your rental experience as painless and pleasant as possible.read more
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