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 LensRentals.com, 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)
Plus this (rented from LensRentals)
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.