Why rent when lenses hold value so well? I see a lot of experienced photographers recommending to the newbies they experiment by renting a few lenses before deciding which to purchase. This really seems like a waste of money. Trying out just a handful of lenses for a very short period of time adds up quickly.
A 70-200 2.8L IS II costs $140 (nearly 10% of the purchase price) to rent for just one week after paying for shipping and insurance.
I'd rather patiently search the used market for a good price and have the lens for a couple months. If I decide after thorough testing the lens isn't a good fit, I can sell it for little or no loss.
Am I missing something?