Is Renting a Lens Okay?

Started Dec 31, 2012 | Questions thread
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Wallybipster
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I've always rented before commiting to a lens over $1000
In reply to apwhitelaw, Dec 31, 2012

Sure, it may add a little bit of money to the overall cost if I decide to purchase the lens, but in my mind it's a small price to pay.  And I feel better about that than purchasing the lens and then returning just because it doesn't necessarily fit my style.

Even if all you do is take a lens out on a 3-day adventure, that can be more than enough to let you know how you feel about it, and if it's a lens you will be likely to use often enough to justify keeping it in your collection.

Plus, after a few days of use, even if I don't purchase the lens right away, I will know what it will do well and won't, and if I find myself thinking "boy, that would be a very useful lens in this situation" after the rental, then I may bite the bullet.  But if I only have that thought once or twice a year, then it was a good thing I din't spend so much.

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