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As an owner and user of both the 450D and the EF 100-400mm, I can offer some help here. From a construction, durability, and handleability perspective, using the 100-400mm on the 450D will definitely not be a problem. Both the camera and the lens are durably built, and the lens mount can handle a considerable amount of rugged use and rough handling. The ...


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All speculation: Bodies go out of date more quickly, so the store will be renting it out for a shorter time period. In order to get an equal return on investment they charge more per rental. Lenses are more reliable (less likely to break) assuming that the renter handles each with care. And perhaps there is more demand for renting lenses.


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The short answer: It really depends on what you're shooting. If you do infrequent big events then renting can be a great way to shoot with top of the range gear. On the other hand if you mostly shoot spontaneously, or spend your spare time experimenting then you'll probably want to own your lenses. The type of photography you do comes into the equation too, ...


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I'm sorry that all of this is based on US situations, feel free to edit anything that doesn't apply. Hopefully this gives you an idea though. I looked briefly into this since there seems to be demand for local pick-up and drop-off in my area. Here are a couple things to keep in mind. Insurance Insurance starts is around $.50 - $1.00 per $1000 of ...


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The biggest thing I'd watch out for is the learning curve with a new camera body. You mentioned some time to come up to speed on the camera - I'd stress the importance of putting in some time ahead of time to take a couple hundred shots. Be sure to upload and evaluate the pictures to get a feel for what works well and what doesn't. Do you have a camera ...


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For event, I would use both cameras in these setups: D300s with 70-200 (rent, Nikon or Sigma with VR/OS) D70 with 18-70 with an SB (flash) So the D300s is for head shots, candid, and low light. Use the D70 for the wide angle, group shots, outdoors, and use flash for indoor. If you can/have the budget, rent a 24-70 or 17-55 and put it on the D70.


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The two main WIDE options for DX are the Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 and Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Since the D5000 doesn't have an autofocus screw the Tokina would have to be focused manually (easier with the depth of field available at these really wide angles). I have the Tokina for my D90 and it's a great lens.


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would people even want to rent this kind of gear? No. The two lenses you mention can be bought new for about $200 and $250 respectively, and used on eBay for around $50 and $150. Anyone who can afford an SLR in the first place can probably cover the cost of a lens, and most people will have at least one kit lens like the ones you're interested in ...


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Most cities have one or two photo shops that rent some gear, but selection is generally poor, and I guarantee they won't rent other people's equipment. Too much liability and accounting to make it worthwhile. This is also the reason why I wouldn't recommend you try renting the equipment on your own—especially since the lenses are not high-end pro lenses (I ...


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It's the same here in Montreal too. I have no inside knowledge yet but my guess has to do with risk. A body is more fragile and expensive to repair than a lens. Bodies have more maintenance between each rental, reseting the camera, checking for sensor dust, cleaning dust, etc.


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Whilst I've not used them personally, I've heard reasonable things about Lenses For Hire - they don't offer a collection server, and you have to return to a courier depot though (read into that what you will). EDIT: Actually, they do offer collection, but it is not form their premises "for security reasons" - you would need to phone & discuss. They do ...


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I used to hire a lot of diferent types of studios! it depends obviously on whats being shot, who your client is, what the budget is etc. Having a studio with a large up and over infinity cove for cars and trucks is great but you must keep it busy for obvious reasons, could also have small table top studio as well, changing rooms for models, office for ...


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Fixation are two stops on the tube from Southwark, I've used them before and they are very highly regarded.....but they don't have the D800 or 135 f/2.0. They have the 200 f/2.0, which is a significantly better lens. It seems none of the rental shops have the D800 yet, it's too new. Are you coming to the Olympics? If so the D3s would probably be more ...


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I've rented two from LensRentals.com, a 15-85 and 100-400L, and neither came with a UV filter. Personally, I wouldn't expect a rented lens to come with a filter since a purchased lens doesn't come with one; like any other lens you get into your possession, the damage-quality tradeoff is up to you to make. LensRentals.com's FAQ explains why, and comes down ...


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Not sure of how much usually this sample represents but I can tell you that the store where I teach photography rents all lenses with a UV filter and the firs thing I do is take it off. As part of the same Lending Library experiment, I rented a Canon lens and it did not come with a UV filter. I suppose that means Lens Rentals Canada probably does not send ...


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Frankly, I think you may be better off with used gear. The reason is that the gear at lower price points rents for a much higher percentage of its purchase cost than does the more expensive gear (which make sense, as a lot of the overhead is the same). You could get a DSLR that was a generation or two old and a good prime lens for $300. Or consider film. ...


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To get the feel of the difference between 250 and 400, you can set your lens to 150 and zoom to 250. That gives you approximately the same difference in magnification. Having a so much heavier lens isn't a problem, as long as you change how you hold the camera completely. As the lens is heavier than the camera, you are putting the camera on the lens rather ...


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Most homeowners policies have a limit to the amount of photography equipment and electronics are covered under the policy, a total of $1000 is common. Also you will take a 'hit' on your homeowner's policy if you do have any sort of claim. Call your agent or find an agent with another firm and look into getting a rider for your homeowner's policy or an ...


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Fixation are very reputable (I've sent lenses in for repair though I haven't personally rented anything from them) and they have a store in central London (Lambeth) they're generally not as cheap as lensesforhire but you save money by not having to courier the lenses. See http://www.fixationuk.com


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Okay, so let me answer my own question. Remember the constraints: EU citizen customer, company shipping to a drop point, lens has insurance or damage waiver. First of all, I have reviewed several online companies, but only LensRentals (lensrentals.com) accepted me as a customer from the EU. (Quick side note about BorrowLenses.com: they do not accept orders ...


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The only time I rented a lens, I did so from a local camera store (Berger Bros on Long Island, NY). I had the opportunity to inspect the lens in person, and was present when they inspected it on return. I see that Adorama (adorama.com) offers rentals and they're located in New York City. I've bought from them, but never rented. Perhaps give them a call ahead ...


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I suppose this depends on how much kit you have, and whether you want to make a business of this or just a bit of beer money on the side. It also depends on what level of kit you have, is it top end pro stuff? or general consumer level? If you are serious, you should advertise in photography magazines - these are probably your main audience.


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The Sigma 8-16mm lens is excellent and really sharp - it's not a FF lens, but should work fine with the D5000 1.5x crop factor. Sigma also makes a 12-24mm FF lens if you think you might get a larger body in the future, and they also make a 10-20 mm lens - though I don't think that lens is as good as the 8-16mm lens.


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The older (than the 10-24) Nikkor 12-24 f4 DX could also be an option. I own this lens and am very happy with it (D80 and D7000). It is tack sharp. I have never compared it with the 10-24, but from a little (very little) Google research, the 12-24 might be the slightly better performer and of better build quality. The latter may not be of interest to you, ...


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If you want to do wildlife photography you want the longest lens you can get so you will definitely notice the difference with the 400. It won't look silly on the 450D, nor will it stress the mount. Balance won't be a problem as long as you're used to supporting the lens when shooting. I'm afraid I haven't any experience with lensrentals, hopefully someone ...



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