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TimP
03-13-2009, 08:10
I am going on a mission trip to Namibia with my church in the coming months, and we will have a chance to go on a 2-day photo safari, and I was looking at renting a high-end L lens to take with me. Either a 28-300L, or the 100-400L

if I go with the 28-300 f3.5-5.6L that would let me also take candid pictures inside the building, on the plane, during church services etc, and have enough zoom to capture some of the more distant wildlife on the photo safari.

if I go with the 100-400 f4.5-5.6L it would limit my ability to take some shots, but it would give me a bit more magnification for the longer shots of the wildlife.

I suppose I could always take my 24-105f/4L IS, then just swap lens to the 100-400 when I go on the safari.

Has anyone ever rented a lens before? what to rent
HELP!

Thanks
Tim

airmotive
03-13-2009, 08:32
I would caution about renting a lens you can't afford to replace if you're traveling abroad. Also, depending on how long you're going to be traveling, the rental costs can add up rather quickly! That said, the nice thing about L glass is you can sell it for pretty much what you pay for it (assuming you buy used). It may be worth a visit to the classified ads at POTN and win 'temporary custody' of some nice glass.

I just got back from a week in South Africa. I was very nervous about taking my shiny new 70-200 f2.8L. Never let it out of my sight! I am kicking myself for not taking a super wide lens on that trip. It could have provided photos every bit as stunning as the tele.

Depending on your routing, some airpors you can pretty much assume your luggage will be pilfered of anything valuable. Always carry your gear.

Glkster19
03-13-2009, 10:44
The 100-400 is a superb lens, got mine a week or so ago. It does have the slide zoom vs. the traditional twist zoom, some people say it is difficult to adjust to. I actually thought it was nicer than the twist. Play with it before you leave to make sure you're comfortable with it instead of getting on your safari and realizing that it is awkward for you.

TimP
03-13-2009, 12:26
airmotive: Yes I wouldnt carry it in anyway other than on my person in my carry on. I can afford the 100-400 if I needed to purchase it outright, but I just dont have a need to do it as all of my needs are filled with my other lens.

glkster19: yeah i figure this will go on the 50D when I travel there and possibly even used with a 1.4x extender. Seeing as how it will be in the summer/dry season, they say cloud cover is almost nonexistent, so even at a 5.6 f-stop I will be good to go.

pdogkilr
03-14-2009, 17:14
The 100-400 is a superb lens, got mine a week or so ago. It does have the slide zoom vs. the traditional twist zoom, some people say it is difficult to adjust to. I actually thought it was nicer than the twist. Play with it before you leave to make sure you're comfortable with it instead of getting on your safari and realizing that it is awkward for you.

I am soooo lusting after the 100-400 ISL for my 40D. A friend rents one for "big games" when his kids are playing. One day rentals are not bad. You are fully liable for loss !

Being the paranoid SOB that I am, I am not taking the 40D and accessories on our cruise this June (40th Anniversary), just taking the Olympus point and shoot. Really worried about loss, damage, theft, etc. Would definitely be a carry-on, just not comfortable with getting in and out of customs, plus things coming up "missing after bag search" type of stuff.

Good luck on your trip, be sure to post up some pics when you return.

JimBianchi
03-14-2009, 17:50
I've taken a few pics overseas and yuo always need more focal length.

100-400L is a great piece of glass.

Buy it new on Ebay for $1460 (using the buy now option) or a little less used and sell it for 90% of what you paid for in a month ago.

I use a 70-200L 2.8 with a 1.4 extender and my 400L 5.6 for all my wildlife travel photos. (On a 1DM2 and I am shopping for a 1DsMIII)

TimP
03-14-2009, 19:04
Jim: Do you think a 400L 5.6 work work ok for an African safari? I dont have a bipod, and I am not sure if I could get one there with me to use.

I have a 70-200 f2.8 IS, it will obviously make the trip, I just know I will want more focal length.

I have thought about renting the 300 F4 IS, and adding a 1.4x. That would give me a 420 f/5.6 WITH IS. what do you think?

JimBianchi
03-14-2009, 19:30
You will need the IS! I love my Mono Pod but know that on many occasions it is not practical.

Of all the possible lens combs, the 70-200 and 100-400 are you best bets for high quality images and practical carry.

TimP
03-14-2009, 19:41
sounds good. So you think the 100-400 will offer enough focal length?

JimBianchi
03-14-2009, 20:34
There are going to be times when you will want to use a 1.4 extender, but with your camera that would mean manual focus.

For me, not a big deal, I didn't go auto focus until 1998 or so.

For many young guns, auto focus is the only thing they know.

Just so you know, magazine pros working in Africa start with a 600m lenses and work up.

Journalists (and budget pros) work with the 100-400L and its near cousins very well.

You will be well served by the 100-400L and I bet you will not miss any shots, but you will wish for a little more length about 10% of the time.

I wish I was going too!!!

TimP
03-15-2009, 21:08
the plans are subject to change but here is the current list of things that I will take with me

Things I own:
Rebel XT with 70-200 f/2.8 IS
40D body


Things I plan to rent:
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

I would love to have a little more focal length, but I will just have to make do with what I have :)

hatidua
04-14-2009, 18:06
I used to rent the big glass (400/600/800) but for the lenses being discussed above, I'd just buy one. For what the rental rates will stack up to on a trip, you'd be close to the cost of those zooms listed.

RWBlue
04-23-2009, 12:17
Where do you rent your big lenses?
and what is the cost?

This would be for a Nikon D100.

airmotive
04-23-2009, 16:52
B&H has a Canon 1200mm f5.6L for $4,000/day. <--Not a typo. (Or you can buy it for $120,000)

TimP
04-23-2009, 17:26
Where do you rent your big lenses?
and what is the cost?

This would be for a Nikon D100.

this is who I use

http://www.lensrentals.com/for-all

El Capitan
05-13-2009, 20:43
try these guys, only great reviews from what I've read:
http://www.borrowlenses.com/category/canon

I'd also make sure and take as long a lens as possible, and make sure you have IS or a monopod at a minimum. Can't you buy a cheap, travel monopod and store it in a backpack if needed?