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tcadwall
09-18-2008, 02:08 PM
Ok... It has been quite a while since I have been on the boards here... Hope everyone is doing well.

"Busy" can't even really begin to describe what I have been in the last few months.

So anyway, I have a challenging wedding to shoot in a couple of months. It is out-doors, right around sunset, and in a swamp / along a river. Besides dealing with insects, I will have to deal with a lot of lighting challenges, as well as a huge variation in focal - length needs.

Well my trusty (now old) D70s, just won't cut it when it comes to noise-levels, and since this wedding is for pay but for a family friend... (who wants me to do this because she likes my work, not because she wants a free-bie - how cool is that?) I am going to pull out all of the stops... lol not really, but kinda.

I carefully reviewed everything I could find about lensrentals dot com. And today placed my order. I thought you guys might be interested in what I think is an EXCELLENT deal, and you can check them out on consumer review sites yourselves to see how great their reputation is.

Here is the kit that I ordered (1 week rental): - dang my table did not render... ok... don't have more time to spend on it... Here is the raw table... not rendering right, but still readable...?:(



<table>
<thead>
<tr>
<th width="50%">Item</th>
<th width="10%">Market Value</th>
<th width="10%">Price</th>
<th width="10%">Pct of Value</th>
<th width="20%">Rentals to Pay for Item</th>
</tr>
</thead>
<tbody>
<tr>
<td>Dynalite Twin Monolite Kit</td>
<td>$1,500</td>
<td>$78.00</td>
<td>95%</td>
<td>14.6</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro AF-S VR</td>
<td>$760</td>
<td>$52.00</td>
<td>93%</td>
<td>14.6</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S ED</td>
<td>$1,700</td>
<td>$77.00</td>
<td>95%</td>
<td>22.1</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S ED DX</td>
<td>$1,200</td>
<td>$64.00</td>
<td>95%</td>
<td>18.8</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR</td>
<td>$1,630</td>
<td>$82.00</td>
<td>95%</td>
<td>19.9</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Nikon D3</td>
<td>$5,000</td>
<td>$289.00</td>
<td>94%</td>
<td>17.3</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Nikon D3 spare battery</td>
<td>$100</td>
<td>$18.00</td>
<td>82%</td>
<td>5.6</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Nikon D300 spare battery</td>
<td>$40</td>
<td>$8.00</td>
<td>80%</td>
<td>5.0</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Nikon D300</td>
<td>$1,700</td>
<td>$169.00</td>
<td>90%</td>
<td>10.1</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Nikon SB-800 Flash</td>
<td>$315</td>
<td>$39.00</td>
<td>88%</td>
<td>8.1</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Shipping / Tax</td>
<td>$1,115</td>
<td>$105</td>
<td>91%</td>
<td>&nbsp;</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Total</td>
<td>$15,060</td>
<td>$981</td>
<td>93%</td>
<td>15.4</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>


When you judge how good of a value it is, think about this, I would have to rent this kit 15 times before I would have paid the purchase price. For someone who does not need a kit like this more than a couple of times a year, that keeps them with the latest gear, and for a fraction of the purchase price.

Anyway thought I would share that...

rawpaw18
09-18-2008, 07:20 PM
Yo Tracey,

Bad idea, the rental is going to make you purchase new gear.

I was going to use them myself a couple of months ago, but could not get the gear in time before my trip. I have read on several boards they are great to deal with, seem reasonable too. Keep us posted and don't be a stranger!

civster
09-18-2008, 09:58 PM
I have good experience with LensRentals and will definitely use then a lot.

Like Rich said, be careful because rental places will make you to purchase new equipment. For example, I rented the 24-70 2.8L and ended up purchasing my own before returning the rental. Currently renting the 70-200 IS 2.8L, very good lens but due to the recent announcement of the 5D MKII, I will be holding off on new lens purchases.

eddie_dane
09-19-2008, 08:39 AM
I would be nervous not using my primary camera for such an event. I hope you have time to use the D3 before to get familiar with it.