Deal 9: Hacking Photography mega-deal
Recently we published a post here at Digital Photography School titled Where to Rent a Lens Online.
One of the companies that was mentioned (and then recommended by quite a few readers in the comments on the post) was BorrowLenses.com. Since publishing that article we’ve been in contact with BorrowLenses.com and they have generously agreed to put up a prize on a competition here at DPS this week.
The winner of this competition will win a 2 week rental of any lens that BorrowLenses.com stocks except for super telephoto lenses. BorrowLenses.com has a wide range of Nikon and Canon lenses for you to choose from.
As BorrowLenses.com only ships within the USA this competition is only open to our US readership. We understand that this excludes a lot of readers and endeavor to make our competitions international (if there’s other lens rental services outside the US who would like to sponsor localized versions of this please do let us know).
To put yourself in the running to win this lens rental (and if you are in the USA) all you need to do is tell us what lens you’d like to win the rental of and why. Take a look at the lenses that they stock before writing (and remember it doesn’t include the super telephoto lenses). The team at BorrowLenses.com will select the winner and I’ll announce it early next week. Entries must be received by Monday at 9am Melbourne time (Sunday night for those in the US). Please include a valid email address in the comment form area for emails below. These will be kept private and will help us to contact you if you win.
There are three conditions of entry.
BorrowLenses.com offers online photo equipment rental by mail. They offer a service that is perfect for trying out new gear before buying it, getting back up equipment for an event or renting for that special occasion. Simply place your order online, receive the equipment via FedEx 2 day or 1 day shipping and return using the prepaid label inside the box. Reservations are accepted and you may purchase optional damage insurance. BorrowLenses will work with you on any special request and have highly rated customer service.
We thank BorrowLenses.com for their sponsorship of this competition and look forward to seeing your entries in comments below.
Thanks everyone for your entries to this competition – I’ve now closed commments as it is 9am Melbourne time. The team at BorrowLenses will pick a winner and we’ll post it here on the blog in the coming day or two (it’s holidays in the US so there could be a small delay.
September 1, 2008 07:08 am
First I would like to thank DPS. and Borrowlenses.com for creating this opportunity for us all to learn how simple, easy, and affordable it really is to have so much equipment available to us through renting. Being a virtual newbie I had no idea this service was so readily available to help me continue my education in the world of photography. Just reading about a certain lense and how someone else can make it shine is no comparison to holding and using it yourself. However, as usual at DPS, just reading through the comments in this post has taught me a tremendous amount about lenses and what they are generally used for(a very broad subject).
For myself I would like to try my hand with the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. Its wide angle range is one that I have never shot in and I would really like to know what I am missing. I love the outdoors and spend alot of time looking for those perfect shots. Wouldn't it be great to know the perfect lense to fit that perfect shot was in my bag? Better yet on my camera!!
Thanks again, Dave C.
September 1, 2008 06:01 am
I would love you use the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS again. Its such a great lens and takes wonderful portraits at 200 with that 2.8 bokeh.
The reason is I'm thinking about buying a portrait lens or just continuing renting one and I really want to try the 70-200mm again.
August 31, 2008 02:47 pm
The Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
The Why: My wife! For several months now she has been talking about her dream lens, the one she can't live without, the one she MUST have to complete her (as a photographer anyway), and the one she knows she won't be buying anytime soon. So when I heard about this contest I thought it would be the perfect way to make her dreams come true, at least for a few weeks. I don't know if she even knows about renting, but what a great way to be able to test drive a lens, or to have it for that one special occasion. Especially the more expensive ones like this one (she always has enjoyed the finer things in life). So please help me be her knight in shining lens armor!
August 31, 2008 11:56 am
I'd like to try the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S. Marching band season is starting, and the combination of the f/2.8 and the VR would help _immensely_ with those night-time football halftime shows!
Last year I was able to sell some shots to help raise money for the band boosters. If I could get cleaner shots of kids' faces, I could do even better this year.
August 31, 2008 08:11 am
I would choose the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S, because I am thinking of purchasing one and this is a perfect way to evaluate a lens befor buying.
August 31, 2008 01:00 am
i wish they rented olympus [zuko lens] for my e500
August 30, 2008 11:39 pm
I would love to borrow the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS. I've been drooling over the Canon L lenses. I've not been totally happy with the sharpness of my pictures and would like to see the results of using this lens.
August 30, 2008 10:59 pm
My oldest of 4 kids is a senior this year...his last year with the family before departing into the world, leaving the nest, and venturing out on his own. He's been my best friend since day 1; we do everything together; I've coached his soccer teams, referee'd them, coached him in track & field; and am now a NY state track official..just so I could be right there with him while he competes. Seriously, I'll cry when he leaves next summer. My budget is very cramped, however, I did save my official's fees just so I could buy a new Canon 40D, but don't have any lenses other than a 50mm from year's ago when I bought an EOS 650(film.)
My son indicated he doesn't have any 'action' shots of him in any sports....I never realized that before. So, I'd very much like to borrow the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS so I can at least capture a moment of youth, a moment in time before it's over.
Thank you for your consideration.
August 30, 2008 04:54 pm
I am new to this site and the concept of renting lenses. I have been researching a lens to replace my 18-55 kit lens and am very interested in the Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS or the EF 16-35 f/2.8L II.
I just learned that I may be attending three nieces' weddings next summer and would like to try either of these in advance. Prior to this contest I was unaware of BorrowLenses and look forward to an opportunity to try your service.
Thank you for your wonderful site (DPS), tips and articles, and for this opportunity with BorrowLenses.
August 30, 2008 01:06 pm
What a great idea for a contest! Thanks DPS and borrowlenses!
I would love to try out the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Micro lens.
I'm a photography student, with a love of macro photography. I've love to try this lens myself, to remind myself what I'm endlessly saving up for! :)
August 30, 2008 01:01 pm
I'd love to try the Nikon 500 f4G ED VR! I'm a wildlife photographer and just purchased the Tamron 200 - 500mm. I read about how the Nikon lenses are so good, and the VR gives the user two to 3 f-stops. This is important as the birds don't want to stand still very long!
Thanks for the ooportunity
August 30, 2008 12:59 pm
I would love to get my hands on a fisheye lens (Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye) I've wanted to play with one, but can't justify the cost yet...
August 30, 2008 11:53 am
I shoot alot of HS volleyball so I want a crack at the Canon 135 f/2 lens. It would be sweet!
August 30, 2008 11:04 am
I will soon be taking a road trip with the dog & wife from Annapolis Md to Albuquerque NM to the Annual Balloon Festival & would love to tryout a wide angle lens (like the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5) or a fish eye to capture the immensity of the hundreds of balloons & the amazing landscapes along the way.
August 30, 2008 10:50 am
I would love the opportunity to use the Nikon 85mm f1.4D AF lens from BorrowLenses.com! I have never rented equipment before, so I would be interested in trying out this service. It seems like a good alternative to be able to use an expensive lens for a period of time instead of making the purchase, especially until you see if you are going to like it or not! Thanks for the contest!
August 30, 2008 09:14 am
There are 2 lenses on Borrowlenses that I've been tempted to try, well actually 4, but 2 I really want to try:
Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye for Canon
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L
But, if I had to pick one - I'd go for the Fisheye - I could use the heck out of it in 2 weeks, but it would take a bit to use the TS-E (learning curve and opps).
August 30, 2008 07:45 am
I would love to borrow the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS. I have heard so many good reports on this lens that I would like very much to try it. I need a new walk around lens and this could just be it. As an amateur, the chance to try before buying an expensive lens would be heaven!
I am a little confused about the entry process. Is this considered to be the entry?
Thanks for the opportunity to Borrow Lenses and Daren.
August 30, 2008 06:19 am
I'm dreaming and saving for a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S. Then I researched and found the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S ED DX - what if it is the better choice for my life!? Ohhh, (with hand to head) the choices. It would sure help to try the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S ED DX out - perfect solution - pick me, pick me!
August 30, 2008 01:18 am
I would absolutely wish to "BORROW" the Tokina 12-24mm f4 Pro for Canon. Being able to get ultra wide shots in a nearby slot canyon would be awesome. If it performed as I suspect it might, then purchasing one would be more important than food or fuel.
August 29, 2008 11:32 pm
I would LOVE to tryout the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye on my Nikon D80.
August 29, 2008 10:12 pm
My reasons for NEEDING to borrow a Canon 70-200 L IS 2.8 are many, but the most important is that according to my wife I'm not very sharp and I am completely incapable of maintaining my focus. From all that I've read about this lens, it alone, at least temporarily, has the ability to improve my life in those two areas. Basically, my mental well being and social standing are dependent on the short, but valuable use of this lens.
August 29, 2008 03:47 pm
One of the challenges for an amateur photographer is the cost of upgrading hers or his equipment to expand and better capture the possibilities and creativity. For example, a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S ED DX seems like a perfect lens in a photographer's bag, the cost prevents most of us amateurs to experience the quality of a lens of this quality.
Do lenses such as Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S ED DX really worth over $1,000?
August 29, 2008 03:11 pm
Charlie - find me a lens renting company that stocks Olympus lenses that is willing to sponsor a competition here at DPS and I'd be only too happy to run a competition that is open to those with Olympus cameras.
August 29, 2008 02:32 pm
Since I've changed my mind on which lens I would LOVE to borrow, I think I'll repost my entry-I can do that, right? :) While my reason for wanting a lens remains the same, I have decided that I would instead like to borrow the Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR. After scouting both of my upcoming wedding and "Trash the Dress" session locations I have decided that this lens will actually work out better for me. The focal range is perfect but more importantly, this lens has VR. As this is my first wedding, I would much rather be focused on capturing every possible moment perfectly than worring about whether my shots are blurry. Eventually I will purchase a couple of these great lenses but for now I can only hope to win this for 2 weeks to make my job as a first timer a lot more easy!
August 29, 2008 01:51 pm
I'm interested in the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR. I have some volunteer opportunities for my kids school and my church where it would be nice to have that lens to get some great keepers to share.
August 29, 2008 12:17 pm
I agree with Will's comment about Nikon/Canon - I wouldn't swap my Olympus for ANY Nikon or Canon. It has served me well and given me photos as good or better than any Nikon or Canon and I have numerous awards (including Best in Shows). Sorry but I have had enough of all the Nikon/Canon hype. There are others in this world, it's just too bad that we can't join into your slanted competition
August 29, 2008 10:58 am
The Canon 70-200 2.8 IS. EVERYONE raves about this lens. I have a Canon 70-200 f4 IS (the 2.8 just seemed a lot more and a lot heavier). I would LOE the chance to see for myself. My husband and I fight over the 70-200 so having a second one might not be a bad idea.
OK, no fair, I'd LOVE to try out the new Canon 800mm, but you said no supertelephotos. I tried out a 500mm from a Camera Store in PA and then bought it (part of the deal if you wanted to keep the lens they would deduct the rental fee from the price). I just LOVER my 500mm but 800mm would being those birds in even closer! We are looking into renting a second 500mm when we make our trips because my husband is envious of my 500mm because he has the 300mm f2.8 non IS (it still takes great photos!)
August 29, 2008 10:06 am
I have been dying to try the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens. I have heard nothing but amazing reviews about it. It's amazing sharpness has been the overwhelming response from those that I've talked to with the lens. As I am becoming more and more serious about photography and eventually making it my profession, this is THE lens I want that I just don't have! I currently don't have the funds to buy it as of yet, and I wouldn't want to without trying it first. I have never rented a lens, and so this opportunity would help me become more comfortable with that process as well as help me get a feel for the lens that I've been admiring for so long. Thanks for a chance!
August 29, 2008 09:53 am
I've recently been getting back into photography with the birth of my first nephew and would love the opportunity to try the Canon 85mm 1.8, I think the medium telephoto would allow for more candid, less intrusive shots. I've been really interested in trying out a lens rental service for some time now. Yours looks pretty good! Thanks.
August 29, 2008 09:31 am
My choice of a lens to borrow would have to be the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8. I love taking portraits and landscapes, but the thing I would really like to try is macro photography. I've seen a lot of great photos taken with this lens and I'd like to give it a try before deciding whether to purchase one of my own. I've got some bugs in my back yard that are just begging to be photographed :)
August 29, 2008 09:26 am
If I were selected, I would *love* to try out the telephoto Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens. With high school football season kicking off soon, this lens would be great fun. Further, it would be ideal to get to try it out before saving up all the money to buy one (which would probably take me about a year!) :)
August 29, 2008 09:16 am
My pick would DEFINITELY be the Canon 200mm f/2.0 L IS. Mike Colon and my friend Corey McNabb has the Nikon equivalent and just LOVE how fast and stinkin' sharp it is. I've always wanted the lens but have never gotten to play with it ever. Being able to "rent" it for 2 weeks would probably push me over the edge. I'd absolutely love the opportunity!
August 29, 2008 07:58 am
I would love to play with the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II to do some natural light portraiture.
August 29, 2008 07:41 am
Would love to borrow the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S VR. Will be going to Yosemite for the very first time in October ! Would like to be able to test the lens before purchasing it.
August 29, 2008 07:12 am
WAHOOO - what a great offer!
I'd love to try the Nikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6D ED VR. I could have a lot of fun with this at some of the youth soccer games coming up.
August 29, 2008 06:59 am
The Canon Ef 70-200 f/2.8L IS lense is one that I would like to try. I have heard great things about and it is definitely on my wish list for my small photography business. Funds are limited at this time. I work out of my home and my studio is my dining room, and my yard is my outdoor studio. Being able to try this lense out before making the investment that I need to make, would definitely be a plus. I have great clients and I want to be able to give them the best portraits I can and I know that this lense will help me do that. Being chosen to receive a two-week free rental will help me make this investment decision. I hope that you will let me do that.
Thanks for a great contest.
August 29, 2008 06:55 am
I would love to rent the Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO DG lens for a Canon camera. I live in Charleston, SC. We have a wonderful heron rookery in the Audobon Swamp at Magnolia Gardens Plantation. This lens would afford me the length I need to get really great shots of the nesting herons. Although, it is a little late in the season, there are always lots of birds and other wildlife to photography in and around the Charleston area. Thanks to Borrowlenses for hosting this competition.
I'm assuming that since this lens is listed under the telephoto lenses that they do not consider it a super telephoto.
August 29, 2008 06:49 am
I have looked at your site for some time now and would love to borrow the Canon EF 24-105MM f/4L IS lens.
I am a very serious amature, totally self taught, and have been shooting action hockey pictures and other types for the past 5 years.
My niece is getting married in January 2009 and has asked me to take pictures for her. The 24-105 would round out my lenses so that I would be prepared for any type of picture she would want. Her husband-to-be is returing from Iraq (4th tour pilot) just before their wedding and I would love to be able to give them they pictures they want and deserve of their special day. I feel greatly honored that they would even ask me to take these special pictures and this lens would make the day.
August 29, 2008 06:48 am
With my oldest son now playing football, It would be thrilling to rent the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR lens for a couple weeks. This would give me the opportunity to reach out and get some fantastic shots of some great plays, since we are not allowed to stand very close to the field of play!!!
August 29, 2008 06:47 am
This is amazing. I've been doing a little research lately and actually found BorrowLenses.com through a fellow photog's site. I've been contemplating which lens to rent and then this offer popped up! I'd like to rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS because it's so BOSS! I have photog friends who have and rave about it. I just want to give it a try before I buy it. I'm in the process of outfitting my 40D with some great gear and I think this would really help me in that regard.
August 29, 2008 06:08 am
WOW !! This couldn't come at a better time. I haven't planned for any extra lenses in the budget this year, but, am working to save for a wide angle zoom, specifically the
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S ED DX.
Have a Disney vacation planned for 2009 and this would be a great addition for those extra special shots.
August 29, 2008 05:58 am
Well, I thought any lens? Why not go all out, wide aperture, IS...? But really I would be super happy with just the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L. No reason in particular other than I have never used a telephoto lens (outside of my P&S). I read through some these posts and there are a lot people I'm secretly rooting for - too bad we can't all win. Thanks for all that you do DPS and thank you www.borrowlenses.com for sponsoring this great contest!
August 29, 2008 05:27 am
Thanks to borrowlenses.com and DPS for the contest! Of course, I'm drooling over the super-telephotos, but since they're barred, I'd love to try the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS. I want something with more reach than I currently have, and I'd like to try an IS lens. I'd love to be able to get decently composed shots of the birds at my feeder (IE: not cropped to 1/10th of pic size) and a nice full frame shot of the moon.
Thanks again for the contest!
August 29, 2008 04:50 am
I would love to try out Canon EF 14mm f2.8 Mark II.
August 29, 2008 04:49 am
I would love to try the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II. I am shooting a wedding soon and this would be a great addition to what I have to shoot with.
August 29, 2008 04:22 am
I would love to try the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S! I've been drooling over this lens and it's been out of stock every where! I really like the versatility and the quality of this lens and hope that I can get my hands on this lens and try it out.
Thank you all for the contest!!
August 29, 2008 04:21 am
I would love to try the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S! I've been drooling over this lens and it's been out of stock every where! I really like the versatility and the quality of this lens and hope that I can create some
Thank you all for the contest!!
August 29, 2008 04:20 am
Wow. What an offer!
I think it'd be great to try out the Nikon 200mm f/2 If-ED AF-S VR; those nikkor lenses are top-notch, and though it is a fixed lens, i think the f2 will do the trick for the darker fall weather and sports! Whee!
August 29, 2008 04:13 am
I would like to borrow the canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS. I have just discovered the concept of borrowing lenses and would love to give it a try. My daughter plays indoor basketball and the gym lighting is horrible. The lower f-stop would enable me to catch the action shots a little better without having to rely on flash which is distracting to the players. Given the plethora and high cost of the many lenses out there, this concept of renting lenses make a lot of sense!!!
August 29, 2008 03:53 am
The lens would be the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L !!
My wife works for a Ready-Mix Plant and I would like to shoot all the drivers standing next to all the mixers. Like in the old pictures of all the workers on a steel beam way up in the air. Big view but not fish eye.
August 29, 2008 03:48 am
Either the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 AF DX Fisheye or Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 DX Fisheye Zoom for Nikon is something I would enjoy playing with. There are a few architectural shots I've had in mind, but I can't justify spending the money for a new lens.
August 29, 2008 03:44 am
Ref BorrowLenses Contest:
Have a trip to New Englandin October to tour by seashore and Boston. Would like ti try the Nikon 17-55mm, model #2147.
Have just blown my current budget ton a Nikon D40X an this lens would be great for sea shore photos....
August 29, 2008 03:22 am
I've always wanted to try more macro work, and even bought one of the "cheaper" quasi-macro lenses. Never quite cuts it though. I would love the chance to test drive the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro AF-S VR lens for a couple weeks to see if it was worth the investment. I also want to experiment with some macro time-lapse work! Thanks for the contest!
August 29, 2008 03:22 am
I'm saving up right now for a new lens, and would love to try the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. It's a lot of money for me, and I'd love to try it before I buy. I've heard that it's amazing!
August 29, 2008 03:16 am
Hi! Just "digging in" to building a portrait photography biz - I've been dying to try the sigma 30 mm 1.4 for my Nikon - I am told by fellow photogs that it's a really cool lens for wide-angle family portraits.
August 29, 2008 03:05 am
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS is my dream lens. Great for action on the beach, downtown, anywhere you need to zoom in and out for the varied subjects and shots. I've never used an L-series lens, and I'm afraid this might just ruin me for any other lens type out there...
August 29, 2008 02:57 am
What perfect timing. I am a new and learning photographer and still stuck with my horrible kit lens. I have the Canon Rebel XSi, but hope to upgrade in the next year. With the help of a very successfull photographer friend, she has encouraged me to start my portrait photography business sooner than I'd planned. She has this crazy faith in my work! Lol! So I am in the market for two lenses. The 50mm 1.4 (wish I could afford the 1.2) and a zoom lens. I am already sold on the 1.4 and will be buying that for up close and indoor shots. But I am still a little lost as to what zoom to get so I can let my clients run in the park and I can take shots from the outskirts and let them feel comfotrable. Plus it would be wonderful for the lil kiddos to not be distracted by me & my camera. So she suggested (just 2 days ago) that I rent a couple different lenses and see which I like! And as luck would have it I was coming on today to find rental places! YAY! So the lens I would love to try out would be the Canon EF 70-300 f4.5-5.6 DO IS. I like the size (I'm only 5'2" so the smaller the lens the better) and the zoom ratio. I don't have a lot of money to buy the top grade lenses and would be so grateful to win a 2 week rental with this lens to try it out! Pick me pick me! Haha!
August 29, 2008 02:55 am
If I win the drawing, I'd like to try out the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens. I am using an 18-200mm Nikon lens on my D300, but it doesn't have a constant maximum aperture (f/3.5).
I like to take advantage of the maximum aperture for a shallow depth of field, and would like to try a wide angle lens for the first time.
August 29, 2008 02:43 am
Seeing as I am shooting my first wedding in a few weeks and don't have all the gear that I've read I should have I've been considering renting anyway. If I could rent a lens for free that would be even better. I'm thinking something like the Canon 50mm 1.2L or the 70-200mm 2.8L. Good luck to everyone!
August 29, 2008 02:30 am
Having been inspired by the recent work of Zombie, I would like to try my hand at some street reporting photography during this political season. Since a papparazzi style doesn't fit my temperament :-), I would need a much longer lens than the ones I now have, so my choice would be the Canon 100-400L zoom lens. Of course, I would also like to try it out as a walk-around do everything kind of lens, and to check out whether it could work as a hand-held bird photography lens.
August 29, 2008 02:29 am
Great idea! Am interested in a Nikkor 300mm f/4 AF-S, as my wife and I are taking a vacation trip which will require a long lens. Hope I get picked! Thanks.
August 29, 2008 02:19 am
I would like to borrow the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S. Pick me!
August 29, 2008 02:03 am
I'd love to try the canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 for some architecture photography i'm doing. Keeping my fingers crossed!
August 29, 2008 02:02 am
Will you offer this soon to readers outside the united states? Anyway, good luck on your blog and your life as a blogger has been so productive. Keep it up.
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August 29, 2008 01:55 am
I would love to try the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8. I have an upcoming event that I think it would be perfect for, and I love my 50mm f/1.8 so much I think I would adore the 85--but I haven't the cash to buy it without trying to make sure.
August 29, 2008 01:51 am
I would love to try out the Sigma 50-500 mm lens on my Nikon D70. I am going to Costa
Rica in March and love to take wildlife pictures
August 29, 2008 01:48 am
I'd love to try out the Nikon 200mm f/2 If-ED AF-S VR. My girlfriend skates inline marathons and the biggest one of the season is coming up. Last year I started a website to provide participants with photos I shoot during the race. I currently have a 55-200 VR and I would love to have some nicer glass to go for some unique shots of the race this year.
August 29, 2008 01:46 am
I would love to hold and try the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR. I have thought long and hard about buying this lense but cannot justify the cost at this time.
I have signed up for Moose Peterson's Digital Landscape Workshop Series being held in Killington, VT in October '08. I would love to try this lens while taking his class. I am a serious amateur and currently have 6 of my photos hanging in 'Frames Unlimited' store in my town hoping to sell a few to apply to purchases of Nikon equipment for my camera. This would be such a great chance to try this big lens out. I hope I win!!
August 29, 2008 01:42 am
Since I'm salivating over the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro, that's the lens I'd most want to work with for a couple weeks before I decide whether or not to add one permanently to my arsenal. Macro is the one element I miss most since I got my DSLR. Try as I might, I just can't get the same quality images without that lens.
Plus, I want to show my son how macro photography really works. Two weeks should be just the right amount of time to get him hooked.
August 29, 2008 01:39 am
I am new to the Canon Family. (my camera arrives today)
I am currently getting the Canon 300, however I would be really interested in seeing the difference on the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS
I take many pictures of my children and grandchildren and would love to know if I am going to need to upgrade.
August 29, 2008 12:45 am
I would love a chance to use the Canon 200 f/2.0 - It's a lens I have heard people speak highly of, and I'll probably never have my wallet match my _need_ for a lens like this!
August 29, 2008 12:30 am
I would love to spend time with a Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR. She's so classy and elegant. She can do whatever you ask her to do. My girlfriend, Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6 AF-D is doing well. She alright but she's aging quite fast these days. You know how you feel so good when you know the other one your staring at is so much better than the one you're with? You do know it could be a long term relationship, don't you?
August 29, 2008 12:09 am
It would be awesome to shoot with the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8. I'll soon by shooting my first wedding for some close friends, and a spectacular piece of glass would allow my creativity to be the limiting factor in the quality of their wedding pictures, rather than the equipment I own. Thanks for the opportunity!
August 28, 2008 11:51 am
I'd love to try the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. I've been wanting a nice zoom lense. My daughter's basketball season is starting soon and this would be a great lense to take the indoor shots. I'm excited about BorrowLenses.com since this will be a great way to try a lense out before we buy it or just to borrow a lense for a special occasion. Thanks for the great contest.
August 28, 2008 11:06 am
I have been eyeing the Canon 16-35 f2.8L like crazy lately. I got my first "L" lens, the 70-200 f2.8L a couple of months ago and I am hooked, I think the 16-35 will be my next, or the 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 (oh so much glass and so little green), but I am pretty sure I want the 16-35 next, trying it out will undoubtedly seal it for me!
August 28, 2008 08:56 am
Great company! I have a couple lenses of theirs right now. I would love to check out something wide for my D700. Maybe a sigma 8mm.
August 28, 2008 06:56 am
wow how exciting! I would love to borrow the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 AF DX Fisheye lens! I've always loved the look that the fisheye produces and wanted to try one out for myself. Its one that I'm considering buying when I can afford it! Wish me luck on the drawing!
August 28, 2008 04:31 am
If, we happen to be so lucky to actually win...are we obligated to take the lens we mention in this comment? Just curious...I'd be so excited to try out a new lens, I wouldn't care!
I guess I would have to say the Sigma 10 - 20 for Nikon. I am really looking forward to trying some great fall landscape shots.
August 28, 2008 04:20 am
Man-- this would be so awesome to win!!!
I am a serious amateur who is trying to get my feet wet in the world of actually being paid for my photography :) At the time though I only have a 50mm f1.8 which is super great for portraits, but not that great for a lot of other shots.
I would love to be able to build my portfolio some trying one of these lenses, and take some fun candid shots of my friends with a wide angle lens-- like at the Mizzou v. Illinois party I'm having this weekend. Go Tigers! So I would LOVE TO try the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II Pick me! Pick me!!
August 28, 2008 04:07 am
Wow, great contest. I was undecided at first but I think I would love a crack at the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 I've been meaning to do some extreme wide angle work and was considering buying one. But if I could work with such a great quality lens for free, I'm in!!!
August 28, 2008 03:32 am
I feel trapped in a small box with my kit lens that came with my camera. Sure I get some good shots here and there but there are just so many thing that are out of my reach. I think the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 would really help me feel more free with what I can do. I have pretty much dreamed about that lens every night for the last 5 months waiting for the time when I can afford it. I think trying out the lens would put me to sleep. Or it might just keep me up after the two weeks or renting wishing that I had it more. Either way I would love to try it out.
August 28, 2008 01:54 am
I would love to play with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED. I've been interested in experimenting with wide angles taking pictures of my kids indoors.
August 28, 2008 12:58 am
I would love to win the lens rental for the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. It is a lens that I am considering to buy and would make a nice addition to my lenses for my first paid wedding this October. (I'm super excited about this!) The slight distortion at the 10mm adds a nice whimsical touch to an otherwise ordinary picture. It will allow me to take shots of the whole church during the ceremony.
August 28, 2008 12:55 am
The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G is an expensive lens when you buy it new. And as an inspiring photographer (whether it's just as a hobby or not) I don't get too many chances to try out the different gear that's out there, especially at those prices. And where as desire and creativity are usually all you need, it helps to be able to try out different equipment that is on the market. So with this being said, I'd love to be able to try out the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 for a couple weeks and see what my creativity and desire can do with it. Thanks!
August 28, 2008 12:51 am
I would love to try the Canon 50mm f/1.2 .. I'm just delving into becoming a better portrait photographer and from what I've read, this is the lens to have for indoor portrait photography. Thanks for the opportunity!
August 28, 2008 12:03 am
I would rent the Nikon 80-400 VR. because this is a lens I have been contemplating purchasing. I would try it out to see how it worked for me.
ps: great site!
August 27, 2008 07:31 pm
I would love to try the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. I just recently purchased my first dlsr a couple of months ago. My grandson just started playing organized football. I want to be able to capture some good action photos of him. (since he is the starting quarterback):) I also have three other grandsons that will soon be playing organized sports, baseball, soccer etc. So i know I will be purchasing a lens soon. I would really like to try this out. Way to go BorrowLens.com !!!!!!!!!!!!
August 27, 2008 03:04 pm
What a coincident, I have just rented a lens from BorrowLenses.com today (Canon EF-S 10-22mm)
Anyway the one I would love to try is Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. I read so many good reviews and I see it's one of the very popular lenses and that's why I'd love to try it myself.
I can't afford it now so renting it sounds like a way to go.
August 27, 2008 01:48 pm
I'm a wedding photographer in the Phoenix area (newly here from Michigan). I'd love an opportunity to work with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. It is at the top of my wishlist but at $1800, I'm also considering the Tamron equiv. It'd be great to be able to try the Canon to see if it's worth the extra $1100. The low-light ability is crucial to those dark wedding reception pictures. Thanks for considering.
August 27, 2008 12:36 pm
Hello..I really don't have s sob story to tell.
The Nikon 17-55mm and Nikon 14mm are my 2 dream lenses...being retired and very poor, I guess that's about all I can do - dream about owning those lenses...unless of course I have a chance of winning .. just imagine..WOW
August 27, 2008 12:02 pm
Nikon wide angle!
August 27, 2008 11:36 am
I would love to try the Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS lens. I've had the 17-55 F2.8 IS for a year and I just recently bought the 70-200 F4.0L IS. I got the 4.0 version of the 70-200 because it's a lot lighter than the 2.8. I am going on an African safari in a month and I want to get THE best zoom possible so I can capture every precious second while I'm there.
Thanks for the opportunity!
August 27, 2008 10:50 am
I would love to borrow the wide angle lens Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8.
I am due on September 22nd, 2008 and would LOVE to use it to photograph our very first baby girl, Clara Jayne. I am new into the digital photography world and try to make the best I can with my Nikon D40. My husband and I just both recently graduated college and have moved out to Seattle where he is originally from. I have been practicing with my current lenses(18-55mm (kit lens), and my 50mm f/1.8 lens) all summer in preparation for our little one's arrival.
I have done research on this lens (17-55), and I love what I have read and heard from fellow photographers who use it in their professional business.
I would love and be so thankful for the opportunity to rent this lens so that I can experience a lens that I would love to own in the future, as well as document my baby's first days in this world.
Thank you for your consideration!
August 27, 2008 10:34 am
$2000 for an "L" lens, are you nuts?! If I had that kind of money laying around, I wouldn't be here begging for a chance to try out the Canon EF 14mm f2.8 Mark II.
And besides, I'll put in free plugs for this place when my customers ask about a good place to look for new lenses (as they always do when buying new cameras). I pinky-swear it!
I think it's a win-win situation. What do you think?
August 27, 2008 10:24 am
I'm going to San Diego at the end of the month, and I've been looking at the Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L lens to add to my collection. This would be the perfect opportunity to test the lens in the field. We'll be doing all sorts of touristy things, including the Wild Safari Photo Tour and this lens would be the perfect compliment to my 100-400 f/4-5.6 L telephoto lens.
August 27, 2008 10:12 am
My lens of choice would be the 70-200mm 2.8L IS lens. As expensive as the lens is I have rented it numerous times for special shoots.
August 27, 2008 10:01 am
If I were fortunate enough to be chosen I would like to borrow the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR. For the last 10 years I have been shooting high school sports photos for area parents . At times the local newspaper has had trouble covering all of the local high school events and they would then give me a call to see if I could help out. They never had money in the budget to pay me so all of my photos for them were gratis. As a thank you they have offered to get me a press pass to shoot the Iowa-Iowa State football game on September 13. My Nikkor 80-200mm suddenly seems a little inadequate and I'd love to have the reach of the 80-400mm. Thanks for the opportunity to borrow this lens.
August 27, 2008 09:10 am
I would love to try the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8. I'm always fighting sharpness and low light, so I'd like to see if the reviews are true and if this is the next lens to add to my arsenal.
August 27, 2008 08:42 am
Thank you for sponsoring this contest- I was not familiar with this company; now Iâ€™m looking forward to experimenting with some different lenses in the near future!
As for why Iâ€™d like to win a lens rentalâ€¦
I live in Maui, Hawaii. DEFINITELY one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Maui also happens to be one of the premier watersports locations in the world- home of the windsurfing Mecca, Hoâ€™okipa Beach, and Peahi (better known as Jaws), home of the largest waves ever surfed.
Iâ€™ve been shooting here for several years, but not all aspiring photographers can just run out and buy every lens they needâ€¦ unfortunately my family responsibilities usually prevent my photo gear requirements from rising to the top of my financial priority list!
I really feel like finding the right lens for my environment could help me take the next step towards being a better photographer. Plus, perhaps a few published photos ($) could help me convince my wife to let me splurge on some new gear!
Click here to see my dilemma: http://web.me.com/mmoq/Site/The_Lens_I_Need.html
August 27, 2008 08:01 am
What a great opportunity! I'd really like to use the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 for a fall project: capturing the changing colors across the wide expanses of historic Valley Forge park outside of Pennsylvania.
In addition to it's history, the park is a great example of open space preserved amidst heavy development, and I'd like to capture a bit of that before the surrounding landscape changes too much more.
The concept of easy, affordable country-wide lens rentals also offers a real creative boost to today's photographers, and it'll be interesting to see how that plays out in this contest and in general.
August 27, 2008 08:01 am
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS is the lens I would like to rent because I'd love to try out a long range lens for my Fairytale sessions to see if I could get a more magical feel to the photos than I could with my 50mm Macro.
August 27, 2008 07:49 am
I absolutely love macro photography â€“ it opens up a whole new world of photo possibilities - but unfortunately I don't have (and can't afford) a dedicated macro lens with which to do great up-close work, yet. Iâ€™d love to try out the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens to help me see if itâ€™s the one I really want, before saving up and shelling out all that money to buy one.
August 27, 2008 07:27 am
I recently took some pictures of a family from our church group who will be moving to New Zealand. I'm learning and was glad they would let me practice on them. Thankfully they loved the pictures, but I was so stressed b/c I don't think they came out as clear and bright as they should. Two other families who saw the pictures have asked me to take pictures of their families. I appreciate their confidence in me...but I'm having panic attacks. I'm using a tamaron 18-250 which is so not a portrait lens. I would absolutely LOVE to try a 85mmf/1.2LII. Then I would have a better feel if it's me or the lens - you know it's not the arrow dummy, it's the archer:)
August 27, 2008 05:58 am
Hi I would love to borrow the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED! It would be a great way for me as an amature to experiment and build my portfolio. And because I'm a poor 28 year old student who can't afford to buy one :)
August 27, 2008 04:27 am
Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 AF DX Fisheye
I think I would like to rent this one, mostly because it is a fun lens to carry around with you all the time. It's good for parties, and places where you normally wouldn't bring your camera.
I really wanted to try a few HDR images with the fisheye.
The fisheye is last on my list of things to get unfortunately, mostly because of its lack of function in a lot of the scenarios I find myself in (news photography). However, it would be a lot of fun to own for a few days or a week or so, just to test it out and see if I actually wanted one!
August 27, 2008 04:05 am
I used to be a point-and-shoot camera person. However, I got inspired to buy a Nikon SLR D60 camera after seeing some of the amazing shots my friends were getting with a DSLR. The type of pictures I take are family shots and vacation shots. I've had my Nikon for a couple of months and the quality of our pictures has gone from being run-of-the-mill boring to really amazing shots that I am actually proud of.
My Nikon came with the standard 18-55mm "kit" lens. The lens that I would love to try out is the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S VR. Someday I want to invest in this lens. What I am wondering is, will I be able to see a marked improvement over the pictures taken with the kit lens. I should be able to take better portraits and landscapes with the wider zoom capability. With an aperture of f/3.5 it'll be fun to narrow the depth of field...
Will I see a 'quantum leap' such as when I switched from point-and-shoot to DSLR... perhaps, but I would like to find out!
August 27, 2008 04:03 am
I would really like to give the Nikon 24-70 a spin. I have heard such amazing things about this lens and what it has to offer. It is a much larger and heavier lens than some of the smaller, lighter DX lenses and I just don't know if the quality difference is enough to justify the increased price, size, and weight. I am a fairly casual shooter who is almost always on the go so portability is a big deal for me. Thanks!
August 27, 2008 03:55 am
I'd love to try the Nikon 70-200 2.8 vr. Three of my kids are in soccer this season and I typically take photos for all the players. I'd love to see how this much superior this lens is for low light action.
August 27, 2008 03:34 am
I would love to borrow the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM for Nikon. I have a wedding to shoot in a couple of weeks.....my first one! Not only am I shooting the wedding but I will also be shooting a "Trash the Dress" session up at Lake Tahoe for them the following week. This lens would give me a total range of distance options and the speed is just right. Having the best would sure help a first timer!!!
August 27, 2008 02:59 am
So here is my bid for the lens rental contestâ€¦
I work in IT, but photography is my passion. The truly beneficial part of my job is that I work in the aviation industry which is what I love to photograph.
My current goal is to get published in an upcoming calendar for an aircraft manufacturer which I hope will be a valuable addition to my portfolio and give me a bit more credibility when attempting to sell myself as a decent photographer.
I shoot with a canon 40D, which I absolutely adore, along with a small kit of lenses. What is truly missing from my kit is a telephoto.
Taking pictures of aircraft often relies on shooting from a distance due to the nature of air operations. I have kicked around with the idea of a telephoto but I am torn when it comes to a selection.
Another issue which is a very sensitive topic with pilots is flash at night. Pilots rely heavily on their night vision, so pointing a flash at an aircraft and popping off a shot can get you anything from a black eye to a free ride in a police car.
I hope to catch a spectacular night shot to really put me in the running for this competition. Night shots are elusive due to the reasons mentioned above, and I feel that capturing a truly stunning night shot of an aircraft would set me apart from the field.
With this in mind, I would enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to shoot with a Canon EF 200mm f/2.0
My reasoning is as follows
1) The aperture is fixed and wide enough to afford good opportunities at night
2) A 2.0 aperture would give me a narrow depth of field to place my subject in focus and make it â€œpopâ€ from the background so to speak
3) 200mm is an optimal focal length when working from the distances that I find myself confined to
4) Every prime lens I have worked with provides clear and crisp images
5) This particular lens has outstanding reviews
A sample of my work can be found at my flickr account at the following address.
Thank you for both (Digital Photography School and Borrow Lenses) your consideration in this contest and also your contributions to the community.
I hope that whoever receives this prize can make great use of the chance to try out some new gear and see what a unique perspective a different lens can add to their images.
August 27, 2008 02:52 am
I would love to rent a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF - I've been researching it for a long time but haven't had the finances to purchase one yet. I would LOVE to try it out on a wedding I'm shooting in September. I've seen such gorgeous, shallow-depth-of field images taken with it and I've been inspired by it for a while! I shoot in a lot of low-light/available-light situations so I think it would be very helpful.
Love this site!!
August 27, 2008 01:56 am
I'd like to borrow the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens for Nikon.
I don't have a wide angle lens. I have some ideas percolating about the Delta and cotton harvest time, and a wide angle lens would do much for them.
My arthritis would also appreciate a lighter-weight, modern lens, instead of the lovely but heavy vintage, manual focus glass I tend to stick on my camera.
August 27, 2008 01:47 am
I would like to enter this contest for a lens for my new wife. We were married a few weeks ago (here's some pics; http://tinyurl.com/mikecherylwedding ), and will be going on our honeymoon in two weeks.
She was previously in a marriage where he was constantly putting her down and making her feel as if she had no value. When I first met her, she had no hobbies and no way to celebrate the wonder of life. I asked her what sort of things interested her, and several times she said photography. She had a camera way back in the day, but had no idea of how to use it.
I felt that putting a camera in her hands wasn't just a nice thing to do. I felt it was an opportunity to give her a chance to see the world and capture the beauty she sees. It was a chance to let her show me and the world the beauty that catches her eye, and a chance to let her know that I think she is incredibly valuable. I bought her a used Nikon D70, and she has astounded me. We are still working our way through the "the bigger the f number the littler the hole right?" kind of questions. I have always had a hobbyist's interest in photography, and have been able to teach her some things, and have recently found out about some local classes that we will be taking after our honeymoon.
I would like to be able to put a Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S VR in her hands for our trip. This lens should be an excellent vacation lens and should offer her significantly more flexibility on our honeymoon than the kit lens she presently has. I'd like to win, not for myself but for my new wife who I believe has some talent and deserves encouragement. I will give her all the encouragement I can, and if you could help her with this lens, that would just be awesome.
August 27, 2008 01:46 am
I'd love to try out the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED.
August 27, 2008 01:22 am
I just got back from a trip to Yellowstone and Glacier National Park for which I purchased a Canon 55-250 lens, (my first lens with IS, love it).
This lens is a great lens, but I would like a lens with a greater range, so the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS would be the perfect lens to try for a couple weeks. We are coming into the fall color season, (earlier than usual this year), and it would be great to have this lens because of its greater range of focal lengths - no constantly changing lens.
I could take another trip to Avalanche Gorge in Glacier National Park up in Flathead County...
August 27, 2008 01:20 am
I've love to try out the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro AF-S VR. I've been wanting this lens to do more micro work and it would be great to play with it for a few weeks before taking the plunge.
August 27, 2008 01:02 am
Iâ€™d love to use the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR. :)
August 27, 2008 12:36 am
I would like to try tye Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 or the 50mm f/1.2. I am going to be shooting a wedding soon (friend of the family) and would love to try either of these lenses before I buy one. Thanks to borrowedlenses.com and DPS for this opportunity!
August 27, 2008 12:21 am
I would love to borrow the Nikon 14mm f/2.8 AF ED wide angle lens. Living in Northern New England, the leaves are already starting to change and I'd love to get some wide-angle shots of the beauty of Fall in New England to add to my portfolio. Thanks for the opportunity!
August 27, 2008 12:16 am
My soon-to-be-bride would love to have fisheye shots, but our budget doesn't allow for any lens rentals...and since this is my first official wedding, I don't have a full arsenal of lens to choose from!! I'd love to get my hands on the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye for Canon or the Canon 15mm for the wedding this September 20! She would be so excited to see the shots and it would make for a wonderful surprise....plus I'd have more of a chance to get all 18 people in their wedding party in the shots! Oh-vey, for my first official wedding shoot...this could be a real challenge, and I'd love to win the free lens rental!! Thanks for reading and thanks for posting such a great prize!!!
August 27, 2008 12:10 am
I would love to try out the Nikon fisheye lens. I've always wanted to try one out, but i don't have the budget to buy one. I think it would be fun to play with for a couple of weeks.
August 27, 2008 12:09 am
I would love to "borrow" the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED. This wide angle lense will help me with my upcoming wedding shoot in early November(FIRST ONE!!!). I am an amateur trying to start up a portfolio for the "big time." I have been saving my pennies for an external flash for the big day(can you beleive I am MORE excited then the BRIDE!!??) And since I am not getting paid for this gig, ordering extra lenses and gear is out of the questions for my current hobbiest budget. Having the opportunity to use a wide angle lense will help me gather those large family and wedding party shots that otherwise I would have to make due with the lense I have. It would also give me more experience that I need to improve my skills into the "big time." Kudos to Borrowlenses.com for offering such a great opportunity.
August 27, 2008 12:08 am
Wow, so many choices. I think I would like to try the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro or Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens to shoot some jewelry that I want to sell on Etsy. I've never tried a Macro lens before and so I would love to see what kind of detail I can get with these lenses.
August 27, 2008 12:05 am
I would love to try the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR.
I am an amateur photographer who loves taking nature and macro shots, while also photographing my family and friends as much as possible. I have been looking for an all around zoom to replace my 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses so I don't have to change as often. This will help prevent dust spots, and time and opportunities lost (it always seems like the best photo ops pop up while I am changing lenses). I also love the fact that Nikon gave this lens macro capabilities with its' 17" focal distance! This makes it an awesome all-around lens and I would really enjoy a chance to try it out to see if it is worth the money.
This is a great contest, and best of luck to all who enter!
August 27, 2008 12:03 am
Love the site layout, Borrowlenses.com! I'd like to use the
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye for a few weeks. Nothing like squeezing the whole gang in one shot! I haven't had much practice with this lens and am dying to play around with it. Thanks to DPS for the great articles, as well! Peace.
August 27, 2008 12:00 am
I'd love to try out the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS as this is a lens I've been looking into buying. I'd love to be able to take it for a test run.
August 26, 2008 11:59 pm
I love the various wide angle shots I've seen, including landscapes, portraits and others. As a result, I'd like to try out the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5.
I've had my eye on this lens for quite a while but haven't been sure that I would choose it over other options. The opportunity to give it a try for free would be fantastic.
August 26, 2008 11:53 pm
This is a great competition and I thank Borrowlenses.com for the opportunity.
I would love to try out the Canon 24-104mm f/4L IS and I have 3 reasons I would love to win
First, I have never used lens rental services before and i would love to try it out and see how it goes
Secondly, I would love to try out an L series lens because I have never owned or used a canon L series lens...All I use are Sigma regular lenses and i own one Sigma EX lens...
Thirdly, I just started shooting weddings and I use my Sigma 28-70mm which gives me a limited reach...I would love something a bit longer and wider and trying out the Canon 24-105mm L lens would give me an idea...then if I win, I will go ahead and rent a canon 70-200mm L lens just to compare with the canon 24-105mm to see the one that would mostly fit as a walkabout lens and a wedding photography lens.
After all this, when everything goes as planned, I would be more open to using lens rental services like borrowlenses.com instead of worrying about saving up thousands just to buy a lens I will not use regularly...
I REALLY HOPE I WIN
August 26, 2008 11:51 pm
Hi everyone at Borrowlenses.com! I come from an architecture background and love photographing buildings. Ever since I first got my DSLR I have been taking precious vacation memory card space up with pictures of building details and not of the wif and me. Our walls have countless pictures of the Eiffel tower, Big Ben, a detail of a wall in Switzerland but not a one of my wife and me at these locations. I have been practicing and studying more about architectural photography but there is only so much I can do with my kit lens. I have an opportunity coming up for my first paid job in architecture photography but I really need to build my portfolio up and the ability to come through for this client. I think the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II will help me get some of the interior shots and wide angle shots that I just can't capture with my kit lens. If this shoot goes well I promise to take the proceeds and make up to my wife for my indiscretion of subject matter while shooting vacation photos. Thanks everyone for this chance!
August 26, 2008 11:44 pm
The lens that catches my eye is the Canon 28-300 f/3.5-5.6 L IS. Here's why:
My husband and I are planning our "trip of a lifetime" for our 34th anniversary.
We are going to Africa in December 2009, hoping to bring home myriads of images of the "big SIX"...lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, buffalo...and beautiful PEOPLE. I am, therefore shopping for the right zoom that is both travel-savvy and suitable for my prospective subjects. I would love to have the opportunity to experiment before I decide on that all-important, second safari companion. (Sandy is number one!) Thank you for the chance!
August 26, 2008 11:25 pm
I concentrate on horse related photography and would love an opportunity to try a wide angle lens, specifically the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L. I have focused (sorry for the pun) on horse photography for so long, I am yearning to try some wide angle shots just to feed my photography soul and do something just for me. My "horse lenses" are specifically zoom related and a nice wide angle lens just screams solitude and peacefulness as I dream about walking around and just shooting for the sake of shooting.
Thanks for the contest.
August 26, 2008 11:22 pm
I thought that the lens rental post was fabulous! I had not considered that rental was even an option! I am a beginning photographer learning my Nikon D40's abilities (and mine). I have an older 105mm micro lens that I need to use on manual and I have found that with a tripod, I cannot get close enough, and without a tripod, I move. So I would like to try the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro AF-S VR, to see if the VR is something that I need for my close-up photos. Alternatively, I also want to try out the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 AF DX Fisheye lens, as those kinds of photos have always intrigued me.
Thanks for the opportunity!
August 26, 2008 11:13 pm
I would rent the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, because I've read some good reviews about it, and am looking to replace the kit lens on my digital rebel xti.
August 26, 2008 11:11 pm
My daughter (20) and I (37) are both working hard on improving our photography skills. We've been talking about trying out more specialty lenses than what we currently have for our Nikon D40X and D60. We've been talking about sharing the cost and buying it but this would be a great opportunity to try out the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED lens.
Thank you from both of us!
August 26, 2008 11:11 pm
I LOVE BorrowLenses.... I have used them before and loved it.. they shipped fast and the service was great. I would love to rent the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. I love doint macro but Havent been able to since I have gotten my new camera and would love to get back into it!... Thanks for the contest!
August 26, 2008 11:06 pm
I would love to try either the all around lenses like the Tamron 18-250 or the Canon 70-200. I am always changing lenses and having to deal with dust spots. I would like to see if using an all around would be worth it. I also would love to see the difference in the quality of the L lenses as with the Canon 70-200. I could only afford maybe one new lens and I don't know which way to go. I take lots of scenery, but also birds etc too. Then you have the weddings and group pictures, which I need a wide angle. I am constantly changing lenses or carrying my P&S with the 10X zoom. It takes really good pictures, but it is only a 6mp.I appreciate the opportunity to try and get a free rental. Thanks.
August 26, 2008 10:52 pm
I haven't used the borrowlens.com service, but I rent lenses fairly often from a local source. Most often when I deciding what lens to purchase next.
For my rental wish: The Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 AF DX Fisheye. I've been looking into the possibility of getting a fisheye lately. And I think it'd be fun for street photography.
August 26, 2008 10:35 pm
I'd live to use the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S, what an awesome piece of glass!
August 26, 2008 10:16 pm
I have been using this site and forum for a couple of months now and have really enjoyed it, especially the assignments. The best thing about it has been that people from US, UK, Europe and Australia have all had input and it never seemed to matter where you are from. Not any more...
I'm not angry or anything and am sure the powers that be would do the same if it was an Australia-only contest. Just wanted to comment that this is the first time on DPS that I have felt it mattered that I am not from the US.
August 26, 2008 10:13 pm
I was just looking at renting a lens at Lensrental, I will be shooting a wedding for my sisters friends daughter. The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS worked wonderful for my nieces wedding. I was not sure if I would rent the XSI body and the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II also. But if one of these items is free, it would sure help.
I appreciate the opportunity!
August 26, 2008 07:48 pm
I am a recent graduate and with the economy in the condition it is in at the moment, I haven't been able to find a job opening to suit what I've spent my last four years studying, political science. I have always been interested in studying human interaction through a political scope. On the other hand, I have always had a passion for art and photography and minored in contemporary arts, which was the closest minor/major had to anything photography. With this in mind, I have been considering becoming a photo journalist and capturing pivotal moments in the US, and with this historical up coming election, the War In Iraq, possible other wars, the economy, gas hikes, there will be no shortage of controversy that needs to be covered. Similarly, Cartier Bresson's mixture of political awareness and mastery of photography allowed him to be at the right place to take iconic photographs in history. I believe that the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS would give me the range and speed that is needed for photojournalism today. The range will allow me to capture from a distance where I do not intrude environment and the aperture and IS will allow me to shoot in low lit settings, both of which is needed to create accurate portrayals of events. I hope to create a portfolio with the images taken with the lens and to further my goal of becoming a photojournalist.
Thank you for your consideration,
August 26, 2008 05:52 pm
Ooh ooh! What an opportunity! I would love to try out the
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS to document my son's first days at preschool.
August 26, 2008 02:23 pm
I would like to try the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AF if I were to win this competition. I have wanted to use a real portrait lens to get my creativity growing more. I use telephoto and standard zoom lenses and I want to "not get lazy" as they say with using all-purpose lenses. I want to understand what this lens can help me with.
Thanks, for the support BorrowLenses.com
August 26, 2008 02:08 pm
I've been dying to get my hands on the Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens ... Please please please let it be me!
August 26, 2008 01:41 pm
I want to borrow the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8G AF-S ED lens. The widest angle lens I have is the 18-55mm kit lens for the D40 and I desire to get some wider angle shots with a larger aperature that I just can't capture with my current set up. And BONUS this one will autofocus on my little D40.
I've got my fingers crossed!!
August 26, 2008 01:38 pm
I would love to try out the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. I've been wanting to give the lens a try for a while, just haven't had the funds.
August 26, 2008 01:05 pm
I'd love to borrow the Canon 50mm 1.2!! I have the 1.8 and hear amazing things about the 1.2.
August 26, 2008 12:25 pm
I've rented a lens (Canon 10-22mm EF-S f3.5-4.5) before, renewed the rental for three times too.. I won't tell where I borrowed it from but I'm very, very satisfied with the product and the service.. I returned it only because I moved out of NYC & wasn't expecting to use it anymore.. If I was to rent another one, I'd go for the Canon EF-S 60mm because where I am now, I see a very good opportunity to shoot some macro, and I hear that it's good glass.. :D
August 26, 2008 12:20 pm
I want to rent the canon ef 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS for a korean festival. They ususally have big musical acts from korea showing up in New York to perform for free.
August 26, 2008 12:11 pm
I'd like to borrow the Canon 100mm macro. I've never held a macro lens, but it's something that I'd really love to try.
August 26, 2008 12:04 pm
I would be ecstatic at the chance to use the "Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS" for 2 weeks. I think this lens would be great to capture wildlife while hiking, kite boarders in the bay, and the kitty cats at home who are a bit camera shy. I've thought about saving up for this lens, but am not sure that I can or want to spend so much money on a lens. I'd love to see if it's worth it!
August 26, 2008 11:45 am
I've always wanted to try a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L, or one of the other Tilt-sifts. I didn't really know enough photography when I last tried large format, so I never had much success, but now I'l like to try some of the same focal plane techniques without shelling out $1k for a lens I may only use rarely.
August 26, 2008 11:39 am
I would love to rent the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro!! I love the fact how you can take a macro shot of something intricate and not be able to tell what it is when looking at the detail up close. Those are the types of shots I would love to try with this lens, so please let me try! :)
August 26, 2008 11:39 am
I would rent the sigma 30 1.4 because I'm considering buying one.
Borrow lenses is a bunch of cool, friendly dudes. Last two times being in there I got to play with a D3 and a d700 and even let me call out any lens I wanted to try with it.
Support these guys!
August 26, 2008 11:38 am
I would *love* to rent the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro! I would love to get several macro photos of my younger sister who turns 6 months in a few weeks... Thanks so much for this opportunity!!
August 26, 2008 11:34 am
I would love to try out the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM. It is next on my list of lenses I would like to purchase, but need to give it a try first. I'm headed off on vacation with my family in 2 weeks, and it would be great to take this along for great photographs of my 2 month and 2 year old.
August 26, 2008 11:12 am
I would LOVE to rent the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Lens, the fisheye. I'm the yearbook photo editor for my college, and it would be such an amazing thing to give a splash of fun and interest to some of our yearbook pages. How awesome would it be to see some pictures of the dodgeball tournament 180 degrees? It would be really, really awesome, believe me.
August 26, 2008 11:05 am
oooh, what a cool contest! I would love to rent the Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens. I've been wanting to get into macro photography, but haven't wanted to put the cash towards a lens until I get a chance to get my hands dirty with it a bit.
August 26, 2008 10:54 am
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
As a young photographer (19 years old) I have a very limited budget. I am constantly on the go getting myself to every event I can find. I go out on my bike everyday with my Canon Rebel XTi just to see if I can catch something interesting. Unfortunately, 2 days ago I pulled out my camera to take a picture and it wouldnâ€™t turn on. I knew this point would come, but it caught me off guard and ruined my day. The camera was 6 days out of warranty and I am currently waiting to hear back from them when they receive my camera for repair. Hopefully they will cover it. When I do get it back I am traveling to Virginia to see the Oceana Air Show. I go to air shows all year long with my best zoom lens being a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III (the cheapest one out there).
Around here people see me as an amazing young photographer, but when I go to the air shows Iâ€™m a dwarf with my crappy lens and the $10,000 lenses around me. I have always wanted to get these amazing air show shots I see all over the web but my budget would never allow it. Despite my shots not being as great as I want them to be I still go every time there is an air show and do the best I can. The point is that I am enjoying myself and donâ€™t want anything to let me down. For once I just wish I could go to an air show and be like one of them with a nice lens and come home with some amazing shots. I know I have the potential but lack the money and proper equipment to do so. If I were to win it doesnâ€™t even need to be the 2 week rental, a simple 3 days would mean so much to me. There are several other entries so my chances of winning are limited, but either way Iâ€™ll go to the air show and do the best I can with what I have.
August 26, 2008 10:24 am
Will - so you'd rather me say to a company offering to give one of our readers a prize 'no thanks, not until you stock more than just Canon and Nikon lenses'?
Sorry Will but the saying of 'don't look a gift horse in the mouth' applies here.
I've run 10 or so competitions over the last couple of years here at DPS and have always tried to make them global and non brand specific - it's not always easy to find a sponsor that fits that though unfortunately.
I'd ideally love to do something that suits everyones needs and wants - but it's just not possible all the time. Sorry that you're obviously angry about this but if I only ran competitions that suited 100% of readers I'd never run them.
August 26, 2008 10:09 am
I would love to rent the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. The world does not have enough butterfly-and/or-bee-perched-on-a-flower-petal close-ups, methinks. (;
August 26, 2008 09:57 am
I'd LOVE to rent the Nikon 200 f/2 AF-S VR.
I've heard too many great things about this lens, but will never have the funds to rent/buy it for myself. I'm a student with minimal funds and would like to get my hands on this glass to take it for a spin.
August 26, 2008 09:51 am
What a great opportunity! I've been wanting to try out the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 for some time. I think it may be the next lens I purchase. I would love the chance to try it out and see if it is where I want to put my money! Thanks for the opportunity!
By the way, I was pleasantly surprised at the rental prices. I plan on trying out borrowlenses.com as soon as I can! (Especially since I have a shoot coming up that I want to try that lens on!)
August 26, 2008 09:38 am
The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS is at the top of my lens lust list for my next purchase. The only thing I'm a bit concerned about is on the 24mm side; with an XTi's crop factor, I'm concerned about losing the wider angles I have now with the 18-55 kit lens. It'd be nice to know how valid this concern is with some testing before a purchase.
August 26, 2008 09:30 am
I would absolutely love the opportunity to shoot with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. My wife and I are going on a trip to China soon for two weeks. A trip like that is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us, so what better all-around lense could you get to document the experience and wonders of that country than the 70-200mm IS?! The large aperture and high focal length are perfect. And you can't beat the "L" class lenses for Canon bodies! I'm an aspiring (mainly landscape) photographer who would love to make a living from it someday. However, I know I have to start small. I currently have my budget put mostly into a camera body and a wide-angle lens, which didn't leave any funds left to buy another lens before the trip. I've had my eye on this lens for a long time now though! I think it would be the perfect travel photography companion for the trip, as well as a great opportunity to try it out for a possible future purchase.
Thanks BorrowLenses.com for giving all of us the chance to rent our dream lens!
August 26, 2008 09:28 am
Oh, so many choices! I'd have to say I'd love to try out the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S. Though the 50 1.2mm is a close second!
August 26, 2008 09:28 am
Holy Cow, are you serious? I did not know you could rent lenses. I have so wanted to buy some different lenses but was unsure what to buy and a free rental would be ideal to try before I buy. But which one to pick? I have heard that a 50mm is a must have so I guess I would ask to win a free rental of the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.2 L.
August 26, 2008 09:27 am
Nice Darren, way to further the stereotype that you aren't worth a damn unless you shoot Nikon or Canon. I sincerely hope that someone that doesn't own either brand of camera wins just so the prize is wasted.
August 26, 2008 09:18 am
Am I the only one who doesn't use Canon or Nikon?
August 26, 2008 09:01 am
May I please borrow the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L lens. A depth of field that shallow is only in dreams, I want to brings my dreams to life.
August 26, 2008 08:28 am
I would have to take the Canon EF-S 10-22mm because 17mm I can go down to on my tamron simply is not wide enough sometimes on my crop body. I have been invited on a trip that includes a stop at the great pyramids and I need something really wide to take in all the beautiful scenery I will come across. I also will be on a ship some of the time and plan on buying one of the cheap Chinese intervalometers for some great wide angle time lapse videos. Sure there are some more expensive lenses to choose from but the 10-22mm will help me capture the memories that will last a lifetime.
August 26, 2008 08:12 am
I'm saving my pennies for the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S. I'd love to give it a go first.
August 26, 2008 08:10 am
I would LOVE to rent the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS. I will need this exact lens for a wedding in October!
August 26, 2008 07:30 am
I'd love to try out the 105 Nikon micro. I've done some macro photography, but only with close-up lens filters. There are a lot of tiny things that I'd love to shoot!
August 26, 2008 07:24 am
I would like to rent the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L to take engagement shots for my friends. I never bought a lens before, and I've been thinking about getting one for portraiture. I would like to try if this one is the perfect one for me. My friends are getting engaged next week, and it would be awesome if I won the prize =]
August 26, 2008 07:18 am
I would love the chance to take some indoor portraits of my 12 month old with the Canon 50mm f/1.2L or try out the 70-200mm IS USM f/2.8L.
I'm also taking photos for my son's daycare and would love to use those lenses for the school's fund-raising events and their website.
August 26, 2008 07:04 am
Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS USM L Lens. Enough said.
The few times I've been able to use this lens to shoot high school football, it allowed me to take vastly superior photos in dark outdoor stadiums compared to my terrible 70-300 lens (not IS nor USM).
August 26, 2008 06:55 am
I've been trying to work on sports photography, especially figure skating -- and I'd love to try this lens for those low-light ice rinks: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S.
August 26, 2008 06:43 am
For me the obvious choice would be the Nikon 14mm f/2.8. There is just no way I can afford such a beautiful piece of glass.
I am traveling to Scotland on 6 September for two weeks to shoot in the Islands and Highlands. When I get to Callanish, which I expect to be the highlight of my trip, I know that I will wish that I could have used a truly wide angle lens for my camera. I expect to return from this trip (which I've planned for the past two years) with too many images, and am excited with the coming work of making digital negatives so that I can create many wonderful Bromoil images, as I try to capture the magic of the area.
August 26, 2008 06:40 am
I would love to try out some real macro photography... I think the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Micro would do just perfectly!
August 26, 2008 06:36 am
Is there a minimum age?
August 26, 2008 06:32 am
Whoops! Guess that falls into the Super Tele range. How about the Canon EF 14mm f2.8 Mark II
August 26, 2008 06:30 am
The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 for me! The elk will start bugling soon here in Colorado,and the aspens will be changing color at the same time!!
August 26, 2008 06:30 am
Nikon 200m F2 VR sounds good. My dream lens. Low light, here I come.
August 26, 2008 06:28 am
Definitely the Canon 24/1.4L. The wife is pregnant with our first little baby girl and I think this lens would make for some really fun shots. Definitely.
August 26, 2008 06:25 am
Would love to try Sigma 4.5mm. I take panoramas and have been thinking of getting that lens.
August 26, 2008 06:24 am
I'm dying to rent the canon 16-35mm F2.8L II .. I need a wide angle lens, and I haven't tried this one yet :)
August 26, 2008 06:17 am
I'd love to spend some quality time with the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. We'd take long walks through the Pisgah National Forest, and I'd handle her gently as we captured gorgeous vistas with clarity, impact, and precision. I haven't spent much time on the wide angle end of the spectrum, and I'd like to try my hand at it. It's also the end of focal length range that I don't have in the bag, and I've been itching to buy,m but haven't tried one out yet.
August 26, 2008 06:10 am
I would select the Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 II because as a portrait and wedding photographer I have been iching for this lens for a while. What buttery goodness It could provide my clients who crave a wide portrait. Plus BorrowLenses rocks!
August 26, 2008 06:06 am
The Sigma 14mm f/2.8 EX AF HSM for Canon. I've been wanting to purchase a really wide angle lens, but haven't liked the ones I've used so far. I'd really like to try this one and see the quality of the images it produces.
August 26, 2008 05:57 am
I have lens envy for the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS which is currently beyond my budget. I would love to give it a try and see whether it really makes a difference for my photography.
August 26, 2008 05:51 am
Being able to handle a Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L would be enough of a treat, but to have access to is for two weeks would be simply amazing. It is hard to find exotic glass like this, even in its box, let alone out on a shelf, where you can get a feel for it. To be able to shoot with it would be really spectacular.
August 26, 2008 05:50 am
I'd love to try the Canon 7-200mm F/2.8 IS. I would use it for taking picture of deer in my back yard that way I wouldn't have to use a tripod when in low light. Also for protrate pictures.
August 26, 2008 05:48 am
I have only had the Canon kit lens that came with my xti and I haven't had the opportunity to try out any other lenses yet so I would love to try the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L.
August 26, 2008 05:46 am
I would like the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS.
I have never used an L series lens or a lens with image stabilization on my Canon 350D.
I plan to purchase this lens, but I won't be able to afford it until at least next summer. This would allow me to decide if I should be saving up for this LENS or something else!
August 26, 2008 05:45 am
I'd love to try the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S. I've heard great things about this lens. I enjoy taking mostly portrait photographs, but would like a lens with more versatility.
August 26, 2008 05:36 am
The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS. We are expecting twins in November, and this lens would allow me to shoot candid shots of my wife and daughter with the new babies from just about anywhere without getting in their face.
August 26, 2008 05:32 am
I would absolutely LOVE to borrow the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye for Nikon, like several others. I have been craving fisheye for some time now and love the look it can achieve. Too bad this competition didn't come before the wedding i shot yesterday... if only. but there is SOOO much more I could use it for.
August 26, 2008 05:31 am
I would love to use the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS lens when Virginia Tech's football team takes the field for the first time this season. As a college student and a relatively new photographer, I don't quite have the money or experience to commit to purchasing the lens right now, but would be thrilled to have the opportunity to capture the excitement of the Hokie Nation on game day. Besides the game, it would be a blast to explore the unique architecture of campus with this particular telephoto.
Thanks for the opportunity, borrowlenses.com!
August 26, 2008 05:24 am
I'd try the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II as I'm just now starting to play with wide angle glass. I've been shooting the nice telephoto shots for awhile, but recently tried the EF-S 10-22mm and fell in love. In talking with others, they seem to think that this lens will knock my socks off and it's a more professional L series lens. Plus I'd get to try BorrowLenses.com. They've been in my "favorites" for awhile and I've used some of their competitors as I really Like to try before I buy lately, as I've bought too many lenses that I was disappointed with after the fact. So I always try them first now. In other words, it's a win-win for me!
August 26, 2008 05:21 am
I would rent the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S. My 10 year old is playing footbal and I would love to have this lense to get some great photos!
August 26, 2008 05:21 am
I'd love to try the Nikon 24mm f/3.5D ED PC-E. I'm heading to California for a trip to Yosemite for the first time in late march and then to Tahoe. I've never had the chance to try out a PC lens but would love to give it a spin in the Valley for some Pano shots as well as some of the classic shots in the Park.
August 26, 2008 05:04 am
I would like to try out the 300mm f4 AF-S to experiment with bird and wildlife photography. With a teleconverter I would try "closeups" of dragonflies and such. Good Luck to us all!! :~)
August 26, 2008 05:02 am
I've had my DSLR for about 8 months now and finally feel like I'm starting to take decent pictures regularly. As a sports fanatic the appeal of taking pictures a sporting event is very appealing, but has been completely out of my league.
I recently found out that I'll get the opportunity to be at a big sporting event soon. It'd be amazing to snap some pics while there and I think using either the Nikon 85mm f1.4AF or Nikon 105mm f/2.0D AF DC that Borrowlenses.com offers would do the trick.
August 26, 2008 04:58 am
I am a nature lover and am really facinated with bugs and flowers. My current lens does not allow me to get really close shots of my subjects; therefore, I would like to borrow the 100mm f/2.8 EF Cannon Macro lens.
August 26, 2008 04:55 am
I would love to get my hands on the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II for a couple of weeks. In fact, it's on that I've been eyeballing for a long time, but being that all of my gear comes out of pocket(like everyone else I'm sure), it'll be a while before I can actually afford it.
As it is, I've just dumped all of my equipment funds getting ready to shoot my first wedding, and while I'd like nothing more to have another standard lens for the occasion(I only have the 50mm f/1.8 and my other two are "kit" zooms) because it would have a better depth of field range and speed than any of the ones I own.
It would be great to get my hands on this glass for a few weeks to see get a little taste of shooting with it, it would probably motivate me to save up for it even faster!
August 26, 2008 04:53 am
I am going to Vegas for a wedding in Red Rock Canyon at the end of October and would love to borrow the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. I love shooting landscapes, and know that I have seen some beautiful shots from out there and would love to take some shots with this lens when I go out there.
August 26, 2008 04:42 am
The more and more I hear about it being the ultimate lens, the more and more i want it!! It has got to be the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Fingers crossed!
August 26, 2008 04:39 am
I've been dreaming of the Canon 85mm 1.2 as it would be the fastest lens I would like to try for taking theater photos and portraits.
I live in San Mateo county and never heard of BorrowLenses.com until now! Looks like I have a great local place to try out!
I heard about this contest from Photography Bay.
August 26, 2008 04:38 am
I just (exactly 1 week ago) got a new Nikon D700 and only have 1 lens. I've shot every day since getting the camera last Sunday but I've been limited with just a 85mm f/1.4D. I also just discovered this web site sometime last week and was planning on reading over some forum posts about lenses doing some lens research today. I had added the blog to my rss feed and saw this oportunity this morning and it's perfect for trying out a lens I might buy.
I use to shoot a lot of film 20 years ago but quit shooting much of anything but point-n-shoot. Getting a digital slr has been not only a blast but I've found that I need a lot of practice to get back to thinking ISO/f-stop/etc. It's difficult trying to figure out what lenses to get since I'm just getting back into it I'm not sure what sorts of shots I'll be taking (I do know I'll be shooting club/band shots in low light).
a free two week rental to try out a lens? Please :)
I'd love to try the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G
August 26, 2008 04:34 am
The Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF would be my first lens rental. Looking to take some sports photography of Football and gymnastics and this lens would do the trick nicely. **Crossing fingers**
August 26, 2008 04:32 am
I would like to rent Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L.
August 26, 2008 04:26 am
I would LOVE to try out the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens. My husband and I are expecting our first baby any day now and we would LOVE to be able to take all those cute up-close pictures of his adorable (I am sure) baby features!!!
August 26, 2008 04:26 am
I would love to rent the Nikon 85mm f/2.8D PC. I am going to Mexico to help out on a humanitarian cataract surgery trip. I shoot macro of the surgeries being performed, but I have to set up to the side. I am interested to try a tilt-shift lens to get adequate depth-of-field of the whole surgical field.
August 26, 2008 04:24 am
I'd like to try a fisheye lens. I love the effect they make when you photograph city streets. That would be Nikon, 10.5mm f2.8 AF DX Fisheye for me...
August 26, 2008 04:24 am
If I could rent any lens from borrowlenses.com, it would be the Canon EF 135mm f/2L. From everything I have read it is an excellent lens to shoot theater with. My sister is going to be in several plays this year, and most likely this will be the end of her theater "career." My parents have always wanted good pictures of her on stage, but haven't been able to due to the quality of their camera. I recently bought a DSLR, but can't afford additional lenses at this time. The kit lens probably won't be able to take very nice theater pictures because of how dark it is and how slow the kit lens is, but with the fast F/2 speeds of the EF 135mm, hopefully I would finally be able to take some nice pictures of my sister on stage to give to my family.
August 26, 2008 04:24 am
I have need wanting/needing to buy either the canon 70-200 f/2.8L or the Canon 28-70 f/2.8. I haven't had the chance to rent either one, but I've really been wanting to. I have 2 reason I think winning this contest would be so awesome for me 1. It will finally give me the opportunity to test them out to see just how much I would love it and 2. funds aren't too well right now and I know having these lenses would better the quality of my photos. This would be an absolute dream of winning this contest. I would LOVE to rent the 70-200 f/2.8. Thank you so much for this opportunity!
August 26, 2008 04:21 am
Boy, I'd love to get my hands on the Canon 50mm 1.4 for a bit. I'm getting married in November and then heading to Maui for a honeymoon...we're buying our first SLR sometime before then but will be a bit too strapped to purchase any add-on lenses by then. I've heard the Canon 50mm's are great for portraits, and who better to test it out on than my new bride? Taking as many shots as possible in Maui has been on my mind for a long time, and getting to document the trip with a really fast lens would make it so much more memorable.
August 26, 2008 04:17 am
I would be most interested in a Nikon 105mm f/2.0D AF DC. Most of my shooting is portrait stuff and the large aperture would be great (as well as aiding in low light dusk shots). Also I need to buy a dedicated portrait prime and it's between this and the 85mm 1.4. The time to play with the DC feature would help a lot in my choice between the two.
August 26, 2008 04:16 am
I would choose the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S VR.
As an amateur and a student on a very tight budget, I don't have the ability to expand my lens arsenal at a very fast rate, so I need to make sure that my upgrades, especially the $400+ ones, are fitting of the type of work I want to do. Many of the lenses I am looking at are not owned by my friends and I cannot find a shop willing to let me try in the store, and for the previously mentioned reason, I can't afford to rent lenses either.
I want to try the 18-200mm because while I hear it's a wonderful all-around lens, it lacks in some areas(such as softness at many focal lengths/apertures) that make me hesitant to spend the money on a retail version. I need to experience this lens first hand before I take the financial plunge.
August 26, 2008 04:12 am
Canon EF 14mm f2.8 Mark II - all my digital kit's out the door, but would love to play with one of these and some Velvia!
August 26, 2008 04:11 am
I'd love to have the EF-S 10-22. I know I should probably pick a more expensive lens (I'd really like the 200mm f/2), but a wide-angle is next on my shopping list, and this one is the front runner. I'd like to get a little experience with it before I drop the dough.
August 26, 2008 04:10 am
Oh geez, just one lens?!?! After skimming through their selection, I managed to find four I'd love to try out to see if they'd be worth saving up for (the lensbaby, one of the fisheye's, and one of the tilt-shifts).
But if I have to pick one, I'll go with the most practical as well as expensive one, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L.
August 26, 2008 04:09 am
I would love to test a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. I'm strongly considering picking one up and would love the chance to try one and get my own test images rather than looking them up on the Internet!
August 26, 2008 04:09 am
My choice is the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro AF-S VR. I have often wanted to try my hand at Macro photography. With this lens I could to get out in the woods to record the little creatures.
August 26, 2008 04:07 am
Four years ago, San Francisco's mayor, Gavin Newsom, open the doors of San Francisco's majestic city hall, allowing all couples in love to gain a marriage license, regardless of orientation. My partner and I on a cold February morning at 4:30 a.m. to stand in a long, long line. Ten hours later we had our license and were married in the beautiful rotunda of city hall. Alas, we had no camera at the time and the only photos of the event were taken with a disposable 35mm camera we bought at the 24-hour Safeway. Some months later, the California court annulled all 4,000 same-sex marriages performed during that magical month back in 2004. Fast foward to 2008 and several court cases and appeals later: The California Supreme Court determined that the rights of same-sex couples to marry were protected under the state's constitution. Now my partner and I can once again marry--this time with the state's blessings. We have planned our wedding for next month, September, followed by a nature tour of Northern California for our long-awaited honeymoon. I just this week busted open our piggy bank to buy a Canon EOS 40D and some entry level (read: inexpensive) lenses. We are determined to record THIS wedding in the manner it deserves - no thow-away cardboard cameras this time -- hence, the purchase of the Canon 40D. Oh, how I would LOVE to have a superior lens for this, our wedding, and for capturing the diverse beauty of California's nature and her people during our honeymoon. For this wish, I would like the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS.
August 26, 2008 04:06 am
I'd love to rent the 70-200mm 2.8 IS L series Canon lens. It's on my wish list to someday own and since your post on rentals I have been waiting for the perfect moment to rent it. And now is the best opportunity, to WIN a rental!! And a full two weeks! I have just launched my own photography business and have some family portraits lined up that I'd love to try this out on. I love taking candids of families playing and being themselves, and with this lens I think I could be more obscure with its zoom, and more crisp with the IS and fast speed. What a great contest!
August 26, 2008 04:05 am
I would definitely go for the Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS, as it's next on my list of lenses to try out before I pick one up. Thanks for offering up this great promo!
August 26, 2008 04:04 am
Pick me!!! Pick me!!! I've just been presented with an engagement ring from my love this past weekend. I do not currently own a Macro lens. A couple of creative ideas are swimming in my head now with no equipment to turn them into reality. If only I get my hands on a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro AF-S VR........
August 26, 2008 04:04 am
I would love to see what I could capture with the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR out on some of our nature walks. We like to take the family down to the river and try to get decent photos of the herons and bald eagles around there, and this would help a ton!
August 26, 2008 04:03 am
Hi all :) I'm just starting out in the world of photography. I bought a digital slr recently (the Canon XTi) and I'm starting to get my feet wet and experiment with all the bells and whistles. I'd really enjoy renting the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. I've always loved getting up close and personal with insects and beautiful plants. I've played with this lens once and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd love the opportunity to experiment with it more and develop my macro skills. Thanks much for the contest! Good luck to everyone.
August 26, 2008 04:00 am
ha, they don't trust you with some of their more expensive toys :P
August 26, 2008 03:53 am
I would love to do some wandering with the Nikon 200mm f/2 If-ED AF-S VR. I'm actually thinking of purchasing this lens, but wanted to see if I'd like a prime at this size first. I'm looking to shoot some birdies and small children! (I love telling people that. LOL)
Oh man! Now I just noticed that they have the Lensbaby 3G! Doody! Which do I want?? The practical one or the funky and crazy one?? Curses!
Drat. Um. Aw heck-with-it. Definitely the 200.
August 26, 2008 03:49 am
Of course I would loooove to try Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye for Nikon! I've only seen cool pictures made with fisheye lens. The fisheye lenses are so expensive...only dreamed of making pictures using them. Never knew I could actually rent them.
August 26, 2008 03:43 am
Ever since I was a little kid, I've been obsessed with the space program. In particular, the Shuttle program has held a special place in my heart. I've been to Kennedy, done the tour, and watched shuttle launches from far, far away in Florida. Recently, however, I was offered the opportunity of a lifetime. A dear friend of mine with some connections amongst professional photographers managed to find someone willing to take me down for the launch of STS-125 in October as his assistant! Needless to say I was excited beyond description. I took this opportunity to upgrade my equipment, bought a new Canon 40D and a couple of lenses to goof around with so I could learn the new body. My intention was to rent a nice L lens for the event, and so this contest came at a perfect time!
I think the most attractive lens among those available would be the Canon 200m f/2.0L for its speed and amazing performance. It would be an excellent way to capture the memory of what's sure to be an amazing experience!
Thanks for the chance to enter, I'll keep my fingers crossed!
August 26, 2008 03:38 am
I want to try the 70-200 f/2.8L. I think that and a 50mm 1.2 or 1.4 would be the ideal combination for my walking around setup. I can't imagine needing anything wider than 50mm for most things.
I guess I could also use a macro (60mm or 100mm) to round it all out.
Still, the 70-200 is what I want to try. It might help me convince my wife it's worth it ;)
August 26, 2008 03:36 am
I would love to try the Nikon 24mm f/3.5D ED PC-E for three reasons. (1) I will probably never buy one - unless I just love it after I "rent" it (2) I don't know anyone who has one (3) A PC lens is probably the closest thing to a view camera that I will ever shoot.
August 26, 2008 03:32 am
I'd love to take the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 AF DX Fisheye for a spin. I've wanted to use it to play around with panoramic photography but haven't been willing to drop the money without knowing that it would work. I recently moved to Utah and there's a ton of outdoor panoramas I would love to try it with.
August 26, 2008 03:31 am
I'd like to win the rental of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS.
I would use it to take pictures of birds a local wildlife preserve. My wife loves birds. So, these shots would be used to convince my wife of the following:
1. It'd be a good idea to buy one of these lenses.
2. Renting lenses is safe and a good idea. In fact, renting a 600mm lenses for a trip to Yellowstone would be a great way to capture shots of the wildlife (on budget).
August 26, 2008 03:30 am
I would like to take the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon wide angle lense home for a few weeks because we have the Nikon D40. I am taking a landscape painting class very soon and I would love to capture the colors of fall and the beauty of the local college campus to use for my landscape paintings. However, I need a lense that will allow me to do that and the Sigma would be just the thing
August 26, 2008 03:24 am
Wow, this is like being a kid in a candy store!
As a Canon shooter, my first thought was to go for the fastest "L" telephoto available. BUT, it will be a LONG time before I can buy a lens like that, so I think I would pick a lens I could actually buy (and use this as a chance to try it out first).
Something like the Canon 100mm Macro 2.8 is something I have been interested in checking out. Thanks!
August 26, 2008 03:20 am
Well this one is easy, I'd love to use the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR for a couple of weeks. I am off to NAS Brunswick on 9/5/08 to shoot the last airshow at Brunswick. It has that extra reach which my 70-300mm won't give me.
August 26, 2008 03:14 am
I would love to rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. I have never rented a lens before and i was thinking of buying it. I think this will not only allow me to try out a lens i want to buy, but also see how the rental service works so that i may start renting glass before buying it!
August 26, 2008 03:04 am
I would rent the Canon 100-400mm f/3.5-5.6 L lens. I really want a lens with that kind of reach, but want to know if I'll like the push-pull zoom and if it's fast enough. If that lens falls into the super-telephoto category, I'd get the Canon 16-35 f/2.8 L lens. I've got the 10-22mm Canon, and the barrel distortion/pincushioning make it less than usable.
August 26, 2008 02:56 am
I would LOVE to borrow the Nikon 85mm f/2.8D PC. I've seen some creative portrait work with perspective control lenses and would want to dabble with it to see if my clients would want that unique look. I've played with a LensBaby before but I'm curious if the cost difference is worth buying this lens... If I did end up buying this lens (thanks to the experience from borrowing one), I might also try out some architectural photography.
August 26, 2008 02:53 am
Wouldn't mind trying out the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS.
August 26, 2008 02:48 am
I'd love to try the Canon 200mm f/2L. I've been taking some photos of high school football games with the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens, and I'd love that one extra stop. I've gotten a lot of comments from players' families, and I'd love to give them even better shots. I'm just doing it for fun, and giving away the photos, but I'd still like to give them the best images I possibly can.
August 26, 2008 02:44 am
I would love a chance to take out a Sigma 50-500mm to spend some time out with my dad getting some good waterfowl shots. My dad is an avid hunter and is amazed with my photos of ducks and geese. This lens would be perfect to go the extra mile with my waterfowl photos.
August 26, 2008 02:43 am
Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro. I love macro and bro has the 60mm so this is the one to try.
August 26, 2008 02:37 am
I've been considering a dedicated macro, and I'd like an opportunity to test drive the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro AF-S VR. I love the detail available when getting really close to small items.
August 26, 2008 02:36 am
It's pretty simple really. Addiction. Addiction to a camera lens.
I took a week long vacation down in the Outer Banks in North Carolina, which is a pretty famous birding spot. Given that we were only staying a few miles from the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge I decided to rent the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S.
Mind you, I just bought my Nikon D80 a few months ago and previously had only used my 18-55mm kit lens with it. I kept hearing how much difference a good-quality lens made in your pictures, but I never really KNEW it until I snapped on that monster.
Sharpness. Contrast. Stunning. What, the bird just took off? No problem, the autofocus handles it on burst mode with no problems. It almost laughs at you and says "come on, is that the worst you can throw at me?" So then you up the ante (dusk....shooting into a bright sun...) and it laughs again.
Addiction, I tell you. I felt physical pain when I returned the lens. Since then I've changed my life. I drink less, I eat cheaper food, I work from home. All so I can save pennies until I have the $1700 or so I'll need to buy this puppy.
Winning this contest would let me ease that craving just a bit, let me get by until the day when the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S is MINE.
These other people WANT to win. I NEED to win. Pick me. Pretty please?
August 26, 2008 02:30 am
Maybe it seems simple, but I'd love to test drive the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II. I love the images I see from this lens.
August 26, 2008 02:27 am
I am a young, excited and driven photographer who loves to capture memories of peoples lives through photography. I enjoy capturing those special and joyous moments in weddings from the kiss, cutting the cake down to the little table decorations. I love interacting with people during a portrait session, getting to know them, trying to bring out their personality and who they really are just by talking, asking questions, and telling stories. I want my photographs to be real to people, not posed picture that looks forced.
I use a Canon 30D & XSi with a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and 50mm f/1.4. One day I'll upgrade to the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM.
That being said I would love to borrow the
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM zoom lens.
Thank you DPS! I love this site so much and it's really helped my photography in so many ways, I get an RSS feed from ya'll so its the first thing I see in the morning everyday!
August 26, 2008 02:25 am
I think I would go with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED. Portraits and weddings, and I want to experiment with this lens before I decide if I want to buy it.
August 26, 2008 02:23 am
I could definitely use the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 AF DX Fisheye for wicked shots of NYC's downtown building.
August 26, 2008 02:23 am
i would love to be able to borrow the Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Lens. why? i would like the opportity to try the lens before i commit to buying since i dont know what to expect from the lens and i dont have the luxury of spending money since we are expecting an important addition to the family and i dont think it will be wise to spend money on a "hobby"
August 26, 2008 02:23 am
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS, I have been trying to save up for this lens (but money is always tight), and it would be so great to have a trial period to see if this lens would work for me, I think this is so great thanks guys
August 26, 2008 02:21 am
I want to borrow Nikon 50 mm 1.4 AF. I want to take some really awesome portraits!
August 26, 2008 02:14 am
I would look forward to trying out the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. I like to shoot my friends' city league softball team. As fall and winter approach the games will continue here in Austin, TX but dark night games make it harder to stop the action with my current lenses. The f/2.8L over the full zoom range in combination with the internal stabilization would be fantastic for catching the plays. I currently shoot my EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS and these are certainly nice but once in a while it'd be nice to rent something a little better.
August 26, 2008 02:13 am
I would choose the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro because I've been trying to hone my Macro skills and this would be a great tool to try some different shots with!
August 26, 2008 02:13 am
I would really like to borrow the Canon 10-22mm wide angle lens. Primarily I shoot wildlife (and actually plan on renting the 500mm for my next trip), but there's been a number of times that I'd like a lens for scenery. One thing that I've started shooting a lot of is Lighthouses. The 10-22 would allow me to take the shots at some interesting angles and positions. One final reason is a shot I saw taken this past weekend on the Photo Walk, of a battleship in downtown Norfolk. It's a shot I've wanted to take before, but didn't have the lens!
August 26, 2008 02:12 am
Definitely the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Canon. I've rented it before and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, but I can't afford to purchase one now so a 2 week free rental would be awesome.
August 26, 2008 02:10 am
Though the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro would be beautiful to have, I would have to go with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro instead. I was just looking to rent because my budget cannot afford to buy and this came up. I have been dying to get a macro lens since I took a picture of an ant that came out beautiful. I think (for me) the best things to photograph are the smallest in the world, and i'd like to make sure i get it with awesome detail without having to get so close as to scare the subject(most probably animals). This is the opportunity i have been waiting for. Awesome chance. Thank you
August 26, 2008 02:06 am
I would love to use the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. I have been saving up for this lens, and wanted to take some engagement portraits of my friends with it as a gift to them. I just found out today that they bumped up their wedding to this fall! If I could use the lens for the two week rental period, that would be a perfect solution!
August 26, 2008 02:02 am
I would love to try out the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. I am working on learning the basics of Real Estate photography, and my current minimum-17mm wide-angle zoom on a 1.6 crop sensor doesn't quite get me where I need to be for interiors. I would take advantage of the two-week rental to experiment with interior shots and lighting using off-camera flash (and probably run outside to try some landscapes, just because I could!)
August 26, 2008 02:00 am
Ah, I have been dreaming about a fish eye trial forEVER and the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye for Canon would do just the trick.
Thanks for a great offer BorrowLenses.com and dPS!
August 26, 2008 01:59 am
I would rent the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 AF DX Fisheye. It's a lens that has long been on my wish list. As a hobbiest with an incredibly tight budget, this is an expensive lens for me ($600). I feel that renting a lens like this for two weeks would help me to better understand whether or not it would fit into my persona as a photographer. If I decided I liked the lens, I would be much more motivated to develop a savings plan to one day purchase it for myself.
August 26, 2008 01:53 am
I think I'd try this one: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. I've always wanted to try a macro lens. But I'm just excited to know about this resource anyway. It would be awesome to try a lens before I commit to buying it, especially since I'm such a novice in this arena.
August 26, 2008 01:50 am
I'd like to give the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L a go. I'm trying to decide between it and the 70-300 and would love a chance to compare them on my camera, instead of through random online reviews.
August 26, 2008 01:45 am
I would love the Canon 85mm f/1.2L II. From what I have seen and heard of this lens, it is absolutely amazing! Great DOF and IQ, and on a 1.6 crop its got good range as well! It might be a little bit long for indoor shots, but it is something I would love to try out for people shots outside!
August 26, 2008 01:39 am
I'd like to take the Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Macro Lens out for a spin. I love taking macro shots and would love to see what I could do with a lens designed for closeups.
August 26, 2008 01:39 am
I would love to be able to try the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 while the fall colors are changing here in Indiana in a couple of months. Red barns, green fields and orange leaves. Thanks for running the contest, and thanks to borrowlenses.com!
August 26, 2008 01:37 am
I would really like to try the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S VR because the speed would be much faster than anything I got. I need it for those fast action roping and bronc riding pictures!
Great giveaway and good luck to all who enter!
August 26, 2008 01:34 am
I would love to try out the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR AF-S. I am a stay-at-home mom who is trying to learn as much as she can to start her own photography business. This lens is so far out of my budget right now that it would never be considered for purchase until I am fully up and running. A lens of this quality would really help me build my portfolio and get the business going.
August 26, 2008 01:34 am
I would love to have the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II. I just built a panoramic tripod head a couple weeks ago and would love to try it out with a high-quality wide angle.
August 26, 2008 01:33 am
Darren and BorrowLenses.com, thanks for this opportunity. Great idea.
I would first love to try the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S out for a couple weeks; hard decision, many options. Such a great thing to rent rather than buy.
I am an assistant for an upcoming wedding and I would love to have a more versatile, faster lens in my arsenal.
August 26, 2008 01:32 am
I would take the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF...yes the non-VR 80-200 because I am considering purchasing it. 2 weeks with that bad boy would definitely help me make a better decision than 5 minutes with it at the camera shop. in my opinion that's one of the major plusses with lens rental, especially when you're talking about $1000+ lenses. pay the money, rent them for a few days and make your decision.
August 26, 2008 01:32 am
I would take the Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS. I have only heard amazing things about the L lenses and I've been wanting to get the one lens that you can take with you anywhere and be able to handle any type of shot, whether it be a landscape, macro, portrait, whatever. With a 28-300mm you can basically do whatever you want. And you don't have to carry around 3 or 4 other lenses to get that perfect shot. It would be a dream come true to own that lens.
August 26, 2008 01:29 am
I am new to photography and can't afford to buy right now. However, I have seen lots of pictures with a wide angle lense and love how they look! I would borrow the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus L Lense to practice with and try out new things! Thanks for the chance, this is neat!
August 26, 2008 01:28 am
I would really like to check out the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS lens. I'm in the market for a new all-purpose lens, and this just might fit the bill. Thanks!
August 26, 2008 01:24 am
I've been dying to get my hands on a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED for my F5. I shoot concerts, street, and stills, and often my 20/2.8 just doesn't cut it. I want ultra-super-mega-wide just once! Please!
August 26, 2008 01:21 am
Oh man - I've rented from BorrowLenses before and they've always done a great job with all aspects of the rental process. I would absolutely love to put the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 on my D300 for a week. There's nothing like putting an absolutely great piece of glass on your camera to take things up a step. Even if I don't win, I think I'll just have to rent it anyway - over and over and over.
Good luck to me!
August 26, 2008 01:20 am
I would take the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 - Because I love landscapes, and want this lens, so it would be great to 'check it out' to see whether it's really worth the bucks. Renting to see if they are good is such a great idea - rather than shell out $700 and be disappointed!
August 26, 2008 01:17 am
My Fiance is graduating next June, and I want to get some really nice photos of her crossing the stage, shaking hands with the dean, and etc...
I am rather new to photography, and only have a a lens or two to my disposal, none of them that could come anywhere close to the focal length I'd need to take any decent photographs. Until I saw the article about renting glass, I had been wanting to buy something for this occasion. But, now, I've been trying to figure out exactly what would work best. I have decided on a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and a 2x extender. (which I would rent seperate) I would hope the single aperture over the entire range of this lens would help since I am a very new photographer.
August 26, 2008 01:08 am
I would loooove to test out Canon 28-300mm f3.5-5.6L IS lens.
August 26, 2008 01:05 am
I would love to win a two week rental of a Canon 24-105 F4L IS lens. I am a serious amateur who has been getting into environmental portraits. I am quickly finding that my Tamron 17-50 doesn't quite have the reach I need but I cannot yet afford a different lens. Winning this lens would allow me every advantage as I strive to provide people with very good portraits of themselves. It would also allow me to try BorrowLenses out so that I could rent other lenses in the future as I work toward becoming a bona fide professional photographer.
August 26, 2008 01:03 am
I would take the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Micro. I really want a macro lens, but it's not in the budget; this would be the next best thing! I think you can make anything interesting in macro, and I would just love the opportunity to use a lens.
August 26, 2008 01:03 am
I would love to rent the 50 1.2. I just bought the 1.4 and love it, but I've heard amazing things about the 1.2 and I wanted to compare them:)
August 26, 2008 12:52 am
I'd love the opportunity to "borrow/rent" a macro lens, such as the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro, or the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro.
My neighbor is going to be have a baby (their third) in the next few weeks and I would love to give them the gift baby photos. Unfortunately, I don't have a macro lens in my kit, so the close-up feet and hands shots don't have quite the same pop.
I definitely meet all the criteria... :)
August 26, 2008 12:43 am
I've rented from borrowlenses.com before and they are awesome! Such a nice, friendly, down-to-earth group of people to do business with. I mixed up my return days and sent out my lens a day late so I emailed them to give them a heads up and apologize and they waived the late fee for me, which they totally did not have to do. If I could borrow another lens from them it would be the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED. Thanks for the awesome contest!
August 26, 2008 12:41 am
Woa excellent. Wish I lived in the US though =(
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