The answer to situations such as these are always always to do your research and then settle on a production company who not only understands your vision, has the experience and creativity to deliver what you want, in the time-frame that you need it, but that also has access to all the proper photography equipment necessary for your project. It may seem less expensive to just say that you will rent it, but open it up and look at the bigger picture.
You are going to need to have the equipment and its then assumed that you already know how to set it up and use it all to their best advantages. If you don’t, then you will be doing your project a disservice by “practicing” and “learning” as you go. Your presentation will not be the best it could be and you end up spending more money and time. When you look at the situation for every angle you will quickly see that its extremely advantageous to collaborate with a company with this all taken care of ahead of time; even if it may cost a little more.