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jonob66
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Feb 28, 2006 04:24 |  #1

Has anyone tried renting a lens for a specific occasion? I was thinking of renting a canon L lens with IS for an airshow in the summer. I recently spent quite a bit of my gear and felt that for a one off occasion renting a lens made sense. Any thoughts?


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Feb 28, 2006 08:41 |  #2

Specialty glass rental can be an affordable alternative to actually owning some of those bank-buster lenses. It isn't cheap, but a couple hundred for a one shot use as opposite to several thousand certainly makes it an attractive option for many people.


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Feb 28, 2006 08:45 as a reply to  @ Woolburr's post |  #3
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Woolburr wrote:
Specialty glass rental can be an affordable alternative to actually owning some of those bank-buster lenses. It isn't cheap, but a couple hundred for a one shot use as opposite to several thousand certainly makes it an attractive option for many people.

A couple of hundred??

:shock:

I've rented the 100-400mm a couple of times, and the cost was $35.00 each time. I'd pick it up Firday evening (for a Saturday rental). Since the store is closed on Sundays, I'd return it on Monday. Basically, I was getting better than two days worth of rental for one.

I'm also considering renting the 400mm IS, which costs $70.00 per day.

If it was a couple of hundred dollars, I never would've considered it...


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Feb 28, 2006 09:07 |  #4

I usually rent by the week as opposed to a day or two...simply because there are no local rentals available. I was going to mention the drawbacks to having to deal with shipping, but got side-tracked. You are correct that you can rent almost any available lens for less than $100 a day. I usually get the 400 f/2.8 IS for $225 a week. Also, all the rental places I have dealt with thus far, have a 3 day minimum charge for out-of-town customers.


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Feb 28, 2006 09:09 as a reply to  @ Woolburr's post |  #5
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I usually rent by the week as opposed to a day or two...simply because there are no local rentals available. I was going to mention the drawbacks to having to deal with shipping, but got side-tracked. You are correct that you can rent almost any available lens for less than $100 a day. I usually get the 400 f/2.8 IS for $225 a week. Also, all the rental places I have dealt with thus far, have a 3 day minimum charge for out-of-town customers.

In all fairness, I don't know if my local shop has that restriction for out-of-towners.

I'm thinking about renting a 17-40mmL for my trip to Toronto next month. The rental would be for two weeks, and I figure it'll give me a good chance to evaluate the lens for a possible purchase...


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Feb 28, 2006 09:35 as a reply to  @ Steve Parr's post |  #6

http://www.rentglass.c​om/ (external link)


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Feb 28, 2006 09:57 |  #7

When I need a flash or lens I go here.
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Feb 28, 2006 10:55 as a reply to  @ Steve Parr's post |  #8

Steve Parr wrote:
In all fairness, I don't know if my local shop has that restriction for out-of-towners.

I'm thinking about renting a 17-40mmL for my trip to Toronto next month. The rental would be for two weeks, and I figure it'll give me a good chance to evaluate the lens for a possible purchase...

I guess I wasn't clear about the rental...my only option is to rent from some remote company. There are no camera or lens rentals done locally. So I have to deal with the hassle of shipping and the increased fees of transit time. It would be sweet if one of the two in-town Canon Dealers offered rentals, but they don't think there is a market for it. Several of us have discussed forming a photo group and collectively buying some lenses for our own use...I have some reservations about that theory too.

Funny you should mention that lens. The big brown truck just dropped one off on my doorstep. I can feel some test shots coming on.


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Feb 28, 2006 11:08 as a reply to  @ Woolburr's post |  #9

I'll be renting a lens this weekend too, probably two and a body so I don't have to switch lenses while I'm shooting at a car event. I think for me right now, this is more cost effective since I only use my gear twice a month at most, so I'm happy with my current gear.


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Feb 28, 2006 13:01 as a reply to  @ RWK's post |  #10

ever use that place?
any feedback on how they are?
the prices just seem to good to be true.




  
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Feb 28, 2006 13:05 |  #11

Where can/do you rent lenses anyway? I would really like to do this, to see if the lens I want is right for me.


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Feb 28, 2006 13:43 as a reply to  @ Andrew Khan's post |  #12

Rentglass.com currently has 3 different canon lenses in stock, out of about 30 that they offer. Good prices though :rolleyes:


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Feb 28, 2006 13:58 as a reply to  @ orlowskij's post |  #13
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orlowskij wrote:
Rentglass.com currently has 3 different canon lenses in stock, out of about 30 that they offer. Good prices though :rolleyes:

Make that two lenses and a 2X converter...


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Feb 28, 2006 14:01 as a reply to  @ Steve Parr's post |  #14

I'd like to rent from them. It says they don't ship to Alaska, yet.


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Feb 28, 2006 14:09 as a reply to  @ Steve Parr's post |  #15

Steve Parr wrote:
Make that two lenses and a 2X converter...

Make that 3 lenses and a 2x tele:rolleyes:


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