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Oct 07, 2013 08:37 |  #1

Hi all,

I am going to Lapland on a 4-day trip in December and I hope to photograph the aurora borealis. For that I wish to bring along a fast, wide-angle lens with me (24mm f1.4/28mm f1.8/35mm f1.4).

Does anyone know where I can rent Canon/Sigma lenses (or buy 2nd hand lenses) in Helsinki? I don't think such a lens will get too much use from me after this trip, that's why I'm hoping to rent or maybe even borrow one for the trip.

If you know of any good place or you have a better idea, I'd like to hear from you! :lol:


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Oct 07, 2013 09:28 |  #2

Over here in the U.S. there are some very good lens rental companies that rent on-line and ship right to your door. I would think there might be some similar businesses in the EU that could probably ship what you want right to you. Perhaps some of our European brethren can tell you more.


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Oct 07, 2013 09:36 |  #3

A google search reveals this place in the UK that states they ship to EU countries.

http://www.lensesforhi​re.co.uk/index.html (external link)


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Oct 07, 2013 10:34 as a reply to  @ vorlon1's post |  #4

I never thought of renting it online! Would be nice if I could physically pick it up and return it, so as to reduce the risks associated with shipping it internationally. If I really can't find a shop here then perhaps that may be my only option.


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Oct 07, 2013 12:34 |  #5

Good luck to you. I did some reading of some European posters and they seemed to think that local renting was quite expensive, but I wouldn't know. I know that many members here rent on line. I have several times with no problems.


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Oct 07, 2013 12:47 as a reply to  @ vorlon1's post |  #6

I'll bear that in mind... Thanks for the advice so far!


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Oct 07, 2013 12:52 |  #7

Most welcome.


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Oct 07, 2013 13:43 as a reply to  @ vorlon1's post |  #8

Hi, I dont think there is anykind of lens rental in Finland (atleast neverheard, though I live in Finland...), hopefully you see some good auroras! ;)

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Oct 07, 2013 15:39 |  #9

Of course there are some lens rental services in Helsinki. Here is a few after a quick search:

http://www.fotorent.fi​/ (external link)

http://www.vuokrakamer​a.fi/ (external link)

http://www.kinosfilmi.​fi/ (external link)

Sorry I can't paste those URLs properly as I'm writing this with my phone. But if you need help with translations (I'm not sure if those websites contain english translation), you can PM me and I can try to help.

Also some links for Finnish phography forums with 2nd hand gear being sold:
http://www.digikamera.​net …c0f8d1328cbed0b​2bb817baf5 (external link)

http://www.kameralaukk​u.com …/index.php/boar​d,9.0.html (external link)

And If I can give my opinion on the matter: I don't know which body you are using, but if it's full frame just get the Samyang 14mm f/2.8. It's manual focus, but you ain't gonna need autofocus anyway, plus this Samyang is just excellent in astrophotography. And it's damn sharp :) and you are going to want to go as wide as possible when photographing Northern Lights... :) in that sense since the Samyang is so cheap and excellent I don't necessarily see any point in renting a lens as you probably can get that lens for the same money..


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Oct 07, 2013 15:58 |  #10

Here in Sweden you can rent from Rajala, I don´t know if they offer that service in Finland but it might be worth checking out.




  
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Oct 08, 2013 03:20 as a reply to  @ Jonko's post |  #11

From what I know about Rajala the prices are usually rather high. Not sure if they rent out lenses.

Thanks for the links, Tmuussoni. I simply couldn't find any when I was searching. I'm using a Canon 5D. I don't know what I will do with a UWA lens as I doubt I will use it much after the trip. Also, the 5D doesn't really go above ISO1600, so shouldn't I be going for a faster lens to prevent long exposures?


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Oct 08, 2013 10:09 |  #12

time4d wrote in post #16354725 (external link)
From what I know about Rajala the prices are usually rather high. Not sure if they rent out lenses.

Thanks for the links, Tmuussoni. I simply couldn't find any when I was searching. I'm using a Canon 5D. I don't know what I will do with a UWA lens as I doubt I will use it much after the trip. Also, the 5D doesn't really go above ISO1600, so shouldn't I be going for a faster lens to prevent long exposures?

I can speak only of my previous experience, but UWA is extremely useful when shoothing northern stars or astrophotography generally. I think you are going to find 14mm (UWA) more useful than you think. I had whole bunch of situations where 24mm or even 21mm were simply not wide enough.

So basicly a 4 day lens rent is going to cost you atleast 150€, possibly even more depending on which lens you will choose. Also the more expensive lens doesn't mean it's better when shooting at night. Shooting stars seems to bring out the worst on lenses. For example, the 1500€ Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II would not be my first choise when shooting astrophotography as it has kinda terrible coma. By f/2.8 it's ok, though.

So that's why I suggest you the Samyang. You might as well buy the Samyang brand new for ~350€. If you don't end up using it after the trip you can always just sell it and get ~80 % what you paid for it. Still seems smarter investment than just renting a lens, just my 0.2 cents :). On the downside, there are also owns tricks when using the Samyang, so you better practise using it before your trip (such as no hard stop at infinity, so you better know how to focus it properly as you don't have Live View on 5Dc).

And by the way, ISO 3200 is the max. ISO on 5Dc via expension. ISO 3200 is still very usable with 5D classic. Of course the files are not as clean as compared to 5DmII or 5DmIII, but ISO3200/1600, 14mm lens at f/2.8, and 20-30 sec exposure will go a loooong way when shoothing northern lights :).

Good luck in your decision :)


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