Friday’s Fabulous Finds ~

I wanted to rent a special lens for a wedding I was shooting last month. After much searching I came across and was thoroughly impressed. I know that many photographers like to go with the “Big Names” in lens rentals – two of which we see at almost every single conference we go to, but after much searching, I think I have found my company of choice.

Lens Giant offers a great selection, they have the lens you want in stock more often than not, unlike bigger companies. They are less expensive than their larger competitors, and the shipping is much lower. The quality of lens you get every time seems like new glass because they are constantly restocking their shelves with new equipment.

The box - I was sooo excited to get my first lens rental!

The box - I was sooo excited to get my first lens rental!

They send you paperwork with all the info you'll need on your rental, how to send it back, and a questionnaire.

They include packing tape, and the return lable to send it back with. My lens even came in a lowpro case!

Included is a foam wrap so the lens doesn't shift when shipping - make sure to keep this and use it when you send it back!

The glorious 17-40mm I rented. I was so excited to use this lens! It is WIDE!

Check out that L glass!

The top photo was taken outside my office window with a 50mm. The bottom photo is with the 17mm. A BIG difference in what you can capture with a wide angle lens.

So here is the lowdown:

Yes, they take reservations. The rental periods span from 5 to 60 days. You can track your package and pick your shipping type depending on how fast you need a rental. Also, sending it back is super easy. They send you everything you need to send it right back to them (everything is prepaid) and all you have to do is drop off the box at your local Fed Ex office – which they give you a print out of your local options, so you don’t even have to look that up. That said, I was a bit paranoid about the box opening with the tape they include, so I put an extra layer of plastic packing tape on my box just to be safe – but it probably didn’t need it at all.

As always – if you know you will need a rental in advance – the sooner you reserve your rental, the more likely you are to get that reservation. But this goes for any place you rent from. As it was, in this case – I was able to rent my lens just fine, about a week in advance. I recommend doing so a month in advance at least – but I had no issues with my short notice rental, and I used regular shipping with no issues. Over all I am so happy I found and I will be using them for all my rental needs in the future – I encourage you to check them out!

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