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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All speculation: Bodies go out of date more quickly, so the store will be renting it out for a shorter time period.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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I would think at least one external flash that you will be able to bounce off of walls etc is not only a "nice to have" , but probably a requirement for event photography.


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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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Two big ones I'm aware of : Borrowlenses.com Lensrentals.com Both feel reasonably priced to me, have good reputations (that I'm aware of), and have large selections (esp for Canon). If you're close to one of their physical locations, you may be able to avoid shipping costs. Some other options: CameraLens Rentals (US only) Calumet Photo (UK, US, ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Have you tried a place like borrowlenses.com or lensrentals.com that offer insured lens rentals? They have good reputations and can offer the insurance at the time of rental. In general, its an easier option to purchase and, if something happens, to deal with the consequences of.


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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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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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As it turns out, the little nubs that make the panel stay in place had worn down and finally gotten to the point where they were to small to reliably hold the panel in place. The rental place swapped my unit for a working one.


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I have not used these guys, but I have been tempted (especially as they are based near me). I believe you can collect or courier. http://www.hireacamera.com/about/index.asp


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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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The Sigma 8mm is considered one of the best wide lenses you can shoot. All you have to do is figure out how to keep your feet out of the frame.


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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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It depends how wide you want to go and whether you have a full-frame or cropped-sensor body, but you probably can't go wrong with the highly-praised 14-24mm f/2.8


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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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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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I just recently used http://www.thelenspal.com/. If you happen to be shipping to Florida they ship next day via UPS ground which saves a few bucks. They do not charge a deposit.


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As rfusca answered, borrowlenses and lensrentals are probably the most popular. $100 per day for a Canon 5D Mk II LOCALLY is not expensive to me. That is quite reasonable. Lensrentals.com has a minimum of a 4-day rental period, but it will also require you to pay for shipping, but in the end the daily rate will be less then if you rented locally at ...



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