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There’s this thing about lenses…

You can never have enough!

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Give me an unlimited budget and I’d buy one of everything. Then I’d shoot with each one until I found my favorites. The rest would go on a shelf, waiting for the perfect occasion.

But I don’t have an unlimited budget so I was glad to find BorrowLenses.com.

Of course, you don’t really get to “borrow” their lenses. They rent them out for three days minimum. If you need the equipment longer you can choose a term of from one to four weeks.

You can reserve an item in advance and they ship it to you so it arrives on the date you choose. There’s no deposit charged to reserve your equipment.

When your shoot is over, you put the lens back into the box it came in, stick on the return label and drop it off at FedEx. Simple.

They also rent most of the other production equipment you might need, from memory cards to camera bodies, filters, monitors, meters and even water housings.

The prices are great. For $35 you can check out a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for three days. This lens will cost you around $600 so spending $35 to have three days see how it works for you makes lots of sense. For $52 you can shoot for a week and get to know the lens really well.

If you’ve got a couple of projects to shoot you can rent it for a month for $149. In a month you could shoot, edit and deliver more than enough work to afford to buy your own.

Which is exactly why I found these guys.

I’ve got an upcoming project where I’m going to need a couple of fast, high-quality lenses. It would be a stretch to buy lenses just for the two days of shooting. But I can easily rent them for a week, get the shots I need and still be profitable.

If you have a fixed schedule they recommend getting the lenses a couple of days in advance so you’re not at the mercy of shipping delays.

I’ll want at least a day to get a good feel for the lenses and I have a travel day to get to the shoot. So I’m renting for a week just to be safe.

Besides the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, I’m getting the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. That’s almost $2,000 in lenses that I’ll be working with for a total cost of $171 – including shipping and insurance.

So, if you’re trying to decide which lens to buy and need more time than you’ll get standing at counter in a camera shop or have a specific need for a project, check these guys out – BorrowLenses.com

If you’re worked with them or any other lens rental shop, let me know.

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PS – I just became an affiliate of BorrowLenses.com and appreciate your support

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Gerry Loew August 6, 2010, 3:13 pm

    Great resource – thanks!

  • Gerry Loew August 6, 2010, 11:13 am

    Great resource – thanks!

  • Herman August 6, 2010, 4:20 pm

    Thank you for this great idea

  • Herman August 6, 2010, 12:20 pm

    Thank you for this great idea

  • Gerry Loew August 6, 2010, 10:41 pm

    Espcially given this: I’m a Nikon owner, and if they don’t step up to the plate and deliver an HDSLR that is equal or close to Canon as far as video, I’ll probably abandon Nikon. That said, I certainly don’t want to invest in any more Nikon glass if I go with Canon. Renting is the only option for now.

  • Gerry Loew August 6, 2010, 6:41 pm

    Espcially given this: I’m a Nikon owner, and if they don’t step up to the plate and deliver an HDSLR that is equal or close to Canon as far as video, I’ll probably abandon Nikon. That said, I certainly don’t want to invest in any more Nikon glass if I go with Canon. Renting is the only option for now.

  • John August 9, 2010, 7:47 pm

    Borrowed a bunch of Canon lenses last month to test out. Got fast service and great customer support. These guys will be my “go to” lens rental house.

  • John August 9, 2010, 3:47 pm

    Borrowed a bunch of Canon lenses last month to test out. Got fast service and great customer support. These guys will be my “go to” lens rental house.

  • Malnad Sagar August 29, 2010, 7:08 am

    I should say Tokina 11-16mm is one of the best for DSLR. The quality of video it produces is amazing. I had used to produce my last movie and I’m thinking of getting it. This lens is a work horse and must have for filmmakers.

    • Adriel Brunson August 30, 2010, 12:51 am

      Thanks, Malnad, looking forward to shooting with the Tokina 11-16mm. If it’s as good as you say it will go on the list for buying ASAP.

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