Renting Lenses for the Canon 40D

In my post yesterday I might have told a “little white lie” about the most economical way to get really close when doing wildlife photography. Oh, I didn’t lie about the equipment I use or the images I brought back, but I kind of glossed over the “rental” option.

Honestly speaking, one of the least expensive ways to “get really close” in wildlife photography is to rent the long glass from folks like, especially if you’re a Canon shooter like me. In a matter of minutes you can find the long glass you need, schedule your FedEx delivery and be ready to shoot your heart out, for a fraction of the cost of buying the lens before you try it out!

Last weekend I used my 70-200mm f/4L and 1.4 Extender on my 40D body to get as close as possible and bring home some decent exposures of these wonderful Texas waterfowl. And some of these shots look fairly decent after some serious cropping in Adobe’s Lightroom 2.

Next weekend I’ll be using this (as usual)

Canon 40D

Plus this (rented from LensRentals)

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens

All lens images courtesy and copyright © Canon.

This is Canon’s EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens and one of the most popular telephoto-zoom lenses on the market today. On a  1.6 FOVCF (Field of View Crop Factor) body like my 40D this lens gives an equivalent focal length of 160-640mm. Add on the 1.4x Extender and you have a 224-896mm F/8 lens that “may” still autofocus in some lighting conditions.

The really cool thing is that a 7 day rental of this lens with insurance & shipping is only about $15 per day. Given the high purchase price of this long lens ($1500), renting is a great alternative and opens up all sorts of shooting opportunities for amateur photographers like me.

Stay tuned later this week and I’ll post some images of the lens and shipping container for those of you looking to rent some fine glass on the web.

6 thoughts on “Renting Lenses for the Canon 40D

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  3. Mark,

    Thanks. Unfortunately for me, Houston has only one substantial camera store and it’s about one tenth the size and scope of B&H or Adorama. Prices are way too high for all but the simplest of gear such as filters and micro-fiber cloths. You’d think in a city of 3-1/2 million, we’d have at least one significant camera store.

    Don’t get me wrong. The folks there are great but after B&H and Adorama, it’s pretty hard to get worked up for a place smaller than my house. it’s a good thing I don’t live in South Jersey anymore. For me, walking into B&H or Adorama is like an alcoholic taking the 3-hour tour of the Johnny Walker distillery in Scotland. “Oh no sir, just a wee drop if you don’t mind”.

    I’ll post images late Sunday!

  4. I’d also recommend some local camera shops if you have the opportunity. No Fed Ex time and some reasonable rates. I didn’t think my local shop rented…until I asked. And they do.

    Jeff, can’t wait to see what you come back with!

  5. Suzanne,

    Thanks for reading and for the comment. Next time I’m looking to rent I’ll give a try.


  6. Hey guys-

    Lensrentals is good and certainly one of (if not “the”) largest out there.

    After experimenting with a few of them though (including LR and borrowlenses), my preference is

    They allow a shorter minimum rental (4 days) compared to the week minimum of all the other stores. I also really like their reservation system.

    Anyway, just thought you and your readers might want to know.

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