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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

About renting

Do you want to know what a lens is worth? Do you want to buy a dSLR before knowing what it really is capable of? Before buying an expensive product, you want to try it. If you are lucky, you may find a person who already has this same product and accepts to lend it to you. If not, here's an interesting option: renting!

Spotmatic F Spotmatic F with a SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4 lens. The background lenses are a Super-Takumar 35mm and 28mm f3.5 and a S-M-C Takumar 135mm f2.5.    The fist Spotmatic was introduced to the public at the 1960 Photokina and became available  for purchase in late 1964.  It was one of the first SLRs to offer a through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering system.  The Spotmatic F is a refinement of the original.
Spotmatic F by ©tuco

You can find many website which offer to lend photography gear:
  • zilok is a renting website which allow for both professionnal and individual renting of any object. You can search for a place close to yours to rent from.
  • allows you to rent cameras, lenses and accessories for 3 days to 4 weeks. You even get to borrow underwater gear. Free pick-up at San Carlos, CA (headquarters) or $15 fee if pickup in another pick-up location (CA only).
  • is the leading house of camera renting in Singapore. Apart from cameras and lenses, you can also rent a studio and studio equipment.
  • is a uk based renting house which has a nice choice of Canon and Nikon products. Prices are good.
  • is the French branch of zilok website. As there are individuals renting their gear, prices may vary a lot.
  • seems very attractive with nice prices and free two-way shipping over the US. You can rent from Canada too, but shipping is not free.

My, what fast glass you have. *Explored* Project Eighty-Five 43/85 | I know its pornography. I hope no one objects if I dont mark this as restricted.  I wrote an informal review of this lens on my blog. <a href="" rel="nofollow">Check it out here!</a>  <a href="" rel="nofollow">Follow me on Facebook</a> <a href="">Project Eighty-Five group on Flickr</a> with two different projects to choose from!  Strobist: LP160 thru Apollo softbox camera right closeup, SB-900 thru 43&quot; shoot through umbrella back a few feet, camera left.
My, what fast glass you have. *Explored* by ©Sean Molin

I can come up with many situations in which renting can be a good idea.
First before buying stuff. If you take even one day to test a lens or whatever, you can have a good idea of how you feel it. Plus you can rent several challengers and select the one which best fit your needs.
Some things can be useful to you only once in a while. For example if you're rather a macro photographer and go to a motorbike race, you might not have the super telephoto you need, and maybe you don't want to spend too much for this single time.
Say you're on holiday, and you didn't take some lens because you wanted to carry a light bag. Now you really miss it, and it would be silly to buy a new one.

Of course renting is not flawless. First the money spent is lost. Yeah... Then shipping is not always good or cheap. But the worse case is when you look for non Canon non Nikon stuff. It's not too easy to find!

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