In preparation for “helping” out with the Bid Day festivities, I rented a 35mm (1.4) lens from borrowlenses.com to capture some great photos from the day for the girls. It was super easy to order it online and pick it up from a local store, and despite using it for the first time on the spot and not having a full-frame camera, the photos turned out really great.
I kept the lens for the week in order to be able to return it on time, and snapped a few other shots over the weekend. That’s when I realized I had gotten myself hooked on the good stuff… and now going back to my other lenses just won’t be the same. It’s the evil taste of amazing wine when you know you can’t buy the bottle, or knowing just how beautiful a well tailored dress fits in a price range far exceeding your own.
But, then again, it’s nice to know that an amazing piece of technology can be in your hands for a few days if you really really need it… and that at the rental prices it’s not really out of your league. I’m thinking that renting a lens for special occasions might be completely appropriate, especially since there’s no need to spend oodles of money on film and developing costs like we used to back in the day.
I whole heartedly recommend borrowlenses.com to try out some lenses if you’re looking to buy in the future… but just beware that you might not want to give them back!