Owning lights

I'm just starting out as a DOP, having made a few short films in the past month.

I've noticed in a lot of casting calls for DOP's that ask for someone who owns a camera (which is expected) but also lighting. Is it normal for a camera person to also own and deal with lighting on a shoot? I actually thought that's what a gaffer was for?

It's bad enough getting the right camera equipment (camera, lenses, etc)... but also to own and transport a ton of lighting too? Seems excessive to me. Is this the norm, or are people taking the proverbial pee?

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