Tips and tools for choosing the right insurance for your gear

by Gannon Burgett

posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:23 PM EDT


Photography gear is expensive. So much so that with a single body and a handful of lenses it’s not at all difficult to cross the $10k threshold. To protect your photography investments you’re going to need insurance. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to decide what type of insurance is best for you.

Here to help with that is Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter. In this 13-minute video, he goes over the best solutions, tips and tools for ensuring your gear is soundly covered in case of a catastrophic event.

The video is aimed more towards the cinematography crowd, but all of the options and suggestions given by Pike will work for still photographers as well.

For the options, Pike mentions four options: two photography specific insurance companies, ‘Home Contents Policies’ from your home/renters insurance and the included insurance that comes with a subscription to many photography associations. In presenting each one, he lists off a handful of pros and cons, letting you decide for yourself which one best fits your needs.

Other tips and tools he mentions are keeping track of your warranties for each pieces of your gear, purchasing GPS trackers for your gear, Lens Tag and more.

It’s not something you think about eery day and it might seem like just another added expense to photography, but when something happens, you’ll be glad you have insurance. Press play, take notes and find out what option is best for you.

(via mrxcoffee/Reddit)