The Dark Knight wrote in post #16697593
I noticed a number of you guys have a minimal amount of equipment. Something I see often may be something like a 7D, 17-55 f/2.8, and 85mm 1.8. A body, 2 lens. I'm curious what you guys do when you need to shoot something that your equipment may not cover. For example you go to a pro baseball game or something. Do you rent? Make do with the 85mm and go for wider more creative shots?
If I can't cover the length (usually long end of telephoto), then I can't shoot it. That simple. I won't bother renting for experimentation and fun. I'd rather just save up and buy a good lens that I will use every day for a few years. The short end really is the easy to cover end. You can get really inexpensive lenses that are very good with short focal lengths. It's that long telephoto end that starts to get pricey, when your aperture is wide. Even then though, I'm referring to things longer than 200mm. You can get super cheap zooms that go to 300mm and are good enough for average "whatever" photos. I'd rather buy one of those than rent something, if I wanted to cover a 5% chance of needing that length.
I generally take 2~3 lenses and a flash unless I know I need minimal. If minimal, I take the lens that best suits the project and a flash.