My extended family is taking a big trip around Christmas this year. It would be really nice to have some decent camera gear to be able to have some nice photography of this once-in-a-lifetime gathering. Currently, I can't afford to go out and purchase what I would like to have and am wondering if rental would be a good option.
Ideally, what I would like to have is a DSLR body, a prime lens, and a good general lens that would offer decent performance and zoom capabilities.
My budget would be kind of tight, as I'd like to keep under or as close to $300 as possible. But, I realize that having the capability to come away with some good photography is worth an investment.
Looking around, it seems like the new Nikon D3100 body would be a great choice, as it would give me the ability to shoot some video and seems cheaper to rent than a D90 or equivalent, but that's not really a main goal.
The timeframe for this would about 2 weeks. Which I figure would give me some time prior to the vacation to get comfortable with the camera.
Any suggestions for gear would be great as well as reviews of various rental outfits.