Sunday, December 21, 2008

Camera Lenses

As many of you might know, I have a photography hobby. A couple of years ago I purchased my first Digital SLR (The Canon Digital Rebel XTi). This camera is great and does most of what I need it to do. Combine that with some great lenses and you can really take some amazing photo's. The problem is the lenses often times can be almost as much, if not more than the camera body. The other problem is that depending on what type of things you are taking photographs of you often times need several different lenses to really capture that image you want.

For example you may be doing portraits & landscapes, then on your next vacation you might be on an African Safari (well maybe not all of us, I know I want to, but can't afford it.) where you would need a nice telephoto lens to get those shots from a safe distance away from the angry lion. :-) I guess what I am getting at is there is a lot of money to be spent in Glass for your photography hobby. That brings me finally to my point. A friend pointed this site out to me, and he has used it, for renting lenses and other photography/video needs. Lens Rentals has a ton of different lenses, flashes, bodies, tripods and much more to rent. You can rent them ranging from 1 week to 30 days I believe. The nice thing about this is for example, the next lens I would like to buy is about $1,100. I can rent this for 7 days insured for roughly $70 to $80. This lens isn't one that I would typically want to carry with me for an "Every Day" lens so renting it for less than $100 a couple of times a year is a better value. Hell even if I rent it one time to see if I really like it is smarter than spending the $1,100, + any taxes and shipping then make the decision after I determine if I like it.

If anyone else has used this site, let me know if you have had good experiences. I am looking to make my first rental from this site probably in February and would like to get some other opinions.