Originally Posted by Shane1244
Thats a horrible idea. Knowing how to use a camera does not mean they wont drop it, or a accident won't happen. A pro will know more than you, and will most likely bash their cameras around lot.
When my sister wanted to borrow my camera, I told her that not even the smallest scratch on the body or lens is acceptable, and that I'd want it replaced. she kept saying "Oh, that'd never happen, so dont be all paranoid" I told her to write me a cheque for the total of my gear that I'd rip off after I got back. Friends are Friends, Family is Family, but accidents happen.
I'm not really worried about damage, I just don't want someone calling me every 15 minutes to tell me my camera is crap because they don't know how to use it.
Plus, people who know how to properly use a camera tend to appreciate it more and are less likely to do something stupid.