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Hi guys, I'm new here but not new to Photography forums. We are a school photographer and are looking to get our own lab and production next spring.

Can any of you suggest a good company for wet or dry lab. we are looking at Fuji dry labs but with the way technology keeps moving is there any lease option from any companies out there?

We can go for out right payment but the money can go to better use if we can do a leasing scheme rather than own our own.

Minolta and Canon do this with their huge office printing equipement just wondered if any do it in the photographic printing area?

Thanks in advance.


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Thanks Neil.  not heard good things about Photo me.  

Mark Amies put in touch with this site.  

and our Fuji rep said that Fuji are not doing Leasing at the mo.

We could go out and purchase  a mini lab but we though leasing would be better with the chance of changing and upgrading in three years like big firms do with Canon/Ricoh/Minolta large photo copiers/printing machines.

so still at stage one at the mo......

Is there any 'Lease rental'?

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I would be very, and I mean very suprised if a company that is willing to sell you capital equipment, does not have a leasing partner.

They will not lease themselves (never have done) but they will be working with a leasing company, that should give good rates.

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Hi Daz,

If you are considering investing in capital equipment, leasing is definitely the way to go. It is never a good idea in business to own your capital equipment. Leasing capital equipment as opposed to purchase protects your cash flow and also protects your business against redundancy and obselescence.

Furthermore, lease "rentals" are a business expense and therefore tax deductable and if you want to replace your equipment at a later stage, there are also legal ways to ensure that you receive the proceeds from the sale.

Photomart's leasing partner is Photolease and here (below) are a few of the benefits of leasing off their website:


1   Banking facilities are left available for special projects and unforeseen expenses.  


2   Small initial outlay usually amounting to just one month's rental.  


3   Payment can be spread over a period of two to five years dependent upon value and type of equipment.  


4   A single payment at the end of the lease guarantees retention of the asset for the remainder of its working life.  


5   If you want to sell the equipment after the lease has ended you will receive the sale proceeds.  


6   Rentals are fully tax deductible.  


7   Cash flow is protected and the asset earns revenue in payment of the lease.  


8   No need to be VAT registered.

Best of all, most leasing companies will also consider your finance application even if you have an unfavourable credit history and will usually take other factors (reason for poor credit history, business plan, previous experience etc.) into account.

Hope that helps and compliments of the season to everyone!

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Hi Jurieg, many thanks. Looks like that is the way to go. The software we need to go with it is ais nearly as much as the machine.

So we will crunch the numbers and see what to do.

It's all go for 2011 new staff, new togs and a new premisses to sort out.

Merry Xmas to everyone!

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