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    cpagilitycpagility Registered Users Posts: 82 Big grins
    edited October 19, 2010
    Lensrentals.com
    Hi -

    I've rented 3 times in the past month from lensrentals.com - I've been very happy with the lenses and the service.

    I rented a Canon 300 2.8 is twice and had it shipped to Virginia to a UPS store and also to a Bed and Breakfast in the Yellowstone area. Last week I rented the Canon 200 2.0 is and had it sent to Louisville KY to a UPS store. I returned to either UPS Stores or Staples. I liked having it shipped ahead of me to the location so I didn't have to deal with it on the flight. UPS Stores and Staples are convenient and usually near airports.

    I opted for the insurance each time but thankfully didn't need it. The insurance was reasonably priced.

    I'm in CA and they are in TN so the shipping was a little less expensive than shipping from CA.
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    Art ScottArt Scott Registered Users Posts: 8,959 Major grins
    edited November 16, 2010
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    shoppixshoppix Registered Users Posts: 93 Big grins
    edited November 22, 2010
    renting lenses from CA
    I think Borrow Lenses is in CA, isn't it? Near LA? Probably less ups charge!
    Steve


    cpagility wrote: »
    Hi -

    I've rented 3 times in the past month from lensrentals.com - I've been very happy with the lenses and the service.

    I rented a Canon 300 2.8 is twice and had it shipped to Virginia to a UPS store and also to a Bed and Breakfast in the Yellowstone area. Last week I rented the Canon 200 2.0 is and had it sent to Louisville KY to a UPS store. I returned to either UPS Stores or Staples. I liked having it shipped ahead of me to the location so I didn't have to deal with it on the flight. UPS Stores and Staples are convenient and usually near airports.

    I opted for the insurance each time but thankfully didn't need it. The insurance was reasonably priced.

    I'm in CA and they are in TN so the shipping was a little less expensive than shipping from CA.
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    catspawcatspaw Registered Users Posts: 1,292 Major grins
    edited November 22, 2010
    shoppix wrote: »
    I think Borrow Lenses is in CA, isn't it? Near LA? Probably less ups charge!
    Steve

    they're near san francisco, but I believe delivery is just about the same within the 48 since it's Fedex 2 day or overnight.

    HOWEVER, for bay area people, they have several local pick up locations (which is awesome since you avoid the $30-60 shipping :) ). DEFINITELY check them out, as their prices are excellent, often have good discounts (advertised on twitter mostly. sometimes facebook) and customer service is pretty much perfect :)

    all their pick up locations (including Modesto!?) are listed at:
    http://www.borrowlenses.com/page/contact
    //Leah
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    borrowlenses.comborrowlenses.com Registered Users Posts: 441 Major grins
    edited November 29, 2010
    Thanks Catspaw -- we have 9 different locations now, including Modesto!
    http://www.BorrowLenses.com
    Your professional online camera gear rental store

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    ThatCanonGuyThatCanonGuy Registered Users Posts: 1,778 Major grins
    edited February 20, 2011
    Has anyone mentioned ProPhotoRental? They don't have that big of a selection (no 200 f/2) but they're the only place I've found with free shipping. Their prices are good too.
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    PupatorPupator Registered Users Posts: 2,322 Major grins
    edited February 21, 2011
    Has anyone mentioned ProPhotoRental? They don't have that big of a selection (no 200 f/2) but they're the only place I've found with free shipping. Their prices are good too.

    I think the "free shipping" is a bit of a mind trick. You know that the shipping costs are very real in the lens rentals business. Let's compare the cost of renting a Nikon 17-50 f/2.8 for 10 days.

    Lensrentals.com: $79.75 + $21 2-day shipping = $100.75 or $10.075/day
    Borrowlenses.com: $78.00 + $26 2-day shipping = $104.00 or $10.40/day
    ProPhotoRental: $100 + free 3-day shipping = $100.00 or $10.000/day

    So, as you can see, they simply build in the shipping cost into the price of the rental.
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    ThatCanonGuyThatCanonGuy Registered Users Posts: 1,778 Major grins
    edited February 22, 2011
    Well, for other things their prices are better.

    Canon 85 1.8:

    Prophotorental.com: 7 days--$44.80 free ship
    Lensrentals.com: 7 days--$31 + $21 ship = $52
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    mbonocorembonocore Registered Users Posts: 2,299 Major grins
    edited February 23, 2011
    BorrowLenses.com, hands down the best I have ever used. They are super knowledgeable, pristine equipment, and AWESOME customer service. One guy (I cant remember his name) actually stayed after they closed so I could return my lens, since I had hit traffic from Marin to San Carlos! I always have, and always will use Borrowlenses.com
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    borrowlenses.comborrowlenses.com Registered Users Posts: 441 Major grins
    edited February 24, 2011
    mbonocore wrote: »
    BorrowLenses.com, hands down the best I have ever used. They are super knowledgeable, pristine equipment, and AWESOME customer service. One guy (I cant remember his name) actually stayed after they closed so I could return my lens, since I had hit traffic from Marin to San Carlos! I always have, and always will use Borrowlenses.com

    Thanks for the kind words. We always do whatever we can for our customers :)
    http://www.BorrowLenses.com
    Your professional online camera gear rental store

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    AndyAndy Registered Users Posts: 50,016 Major grins
    edited February 24, 2011
    Thanks for the kind words. We always do whatever we can for our customers :)

    Great to see you guys at WPPI!
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    BrillBrill Registered Users Posts: 9 Beginner grinner
    edited February 26, 2011
    Putting in another plug for borrow lenses. They were the first place I ever rented a lens from. I never had the need to look elsewhere.
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    borrowlenses.comborrowlenses.com Registered Users Posts: 441 Major grins
    edited February 28, 2011
    Thanks for the kind words Brill.
    http://www.BorrowLenses.com
    Your professional online camera gear rental store

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    HarryB-dHarryB-d Banned Posts: 1 Beginner grinner
    edited March 13, 2011
    Thanks for the help.
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    viridian_vixenviridian_vixen Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
    edited March 17, 2011
    I just finished up a rental of a Canon EF100-400mm with http://cameralensrentals.com/ and it was great! The prices were awesome (around $120 shipped for 2 weeks) and the customer service was great! The lens came in great condition (just a bit of wear, but nothing that effected use) and packed very safe! Will definitely rent from them again!
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    PupatorPupator Registered Users Posts: 2,322 Major grins
    edited April 15, 2011
    Just ordered a battery grip rental from LensRentals.com. BorrowLenses was about the same price (and a 1 week rental instead of 5 days), but they didn't indicate whether or not they included a battery with the grip. LensRentals explicitly states that they do.
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    borrowlenses.comborrowlenses.com Registered Users Posts: 441 Major grins
    edited April 18, 2011
    Which grip were you looking for Pupator?
    http://www.BorrowLenses.com
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    PupatorPupator Registered Users Posts: 2,322 Major grins
    edited April 24, 2011
    Which grip were you looking for Pupator?

    MB-D11

    And now I'm looking to buy one. What a great addition to the D7000!
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    borrowlenses.comborrowlenses.com Registered Users Posts: 441 Major grins
    edited June 8, 2011
    Pupator wrote: »
    MB-D11

    And now I'm looking to buy one. What a great addition to the D7000!

    Grips are nice for sure.
    http://www.BorrowLenses.com
    Your professional online camera gear rental store

    Follow us on Facebook
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    TheDuckTheDuck Registered Users Posts: 68 Big grins
    edited July 1, 2011
    I was offered the press pass for photographing at Carnegie Hall when both my sons were on stage at the same time. I rented a second (and better!) body from Adorama in NYC for the first time and was very happy with pricing and service. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
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    HelenOsterHelenOster Registered Users Posts: 173 Major grins
    edited July 3, 2011
    TheDuck wrote: »
    I rented a second (and better!) body from Adorama in NYC for the first time and was very happy with pricing and service. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.

    Good to hear!

    I've made sure to copy your comments over to Vick in the Adorama Rentals department, and I know that he'll be delighted. Thank you so much for taking the time to post about your experience.
    Helen Oster
    Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador
    http://twitter.com/HelenOster
    Helen@adorama.com
    www.adorama.com
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    labonegrl72labonegrl72 Registered Users Posts: 4 Beginner grinner
    edited August 5, 2011
    Rental for lenses
    I have used lensrentals.com for over three years. There customer service is phenomenal, and when you rent you pay for shipping both ways. When you get lens, return shipping label is included and when your done, just ship it back. Easy, fast and reliable.
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    cybercoxcybercox Registered Users Posts: 11 Big grins
    edited October 3, 2011
    Lens Rentals
    Anyone know of a good lens rental website that they have used before?

    Thanks!
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    divmedic4divmedic4 Registered Users Posts: 160 Major grins
    edited October 3, 2011
    I just did my first ever rental using lensrentals.com and it went awesome. Even as a first time renter, my shipment was on it's way within 2 hours of placing the order. Lens was well packed and worked great.
    Canon 7D, Sigma 17-70, Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS, EF 50 1.8 II, 430EXII

    Tom
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    David_S85David_S85 Administrators Posts: 13,209 moderator
    edited October 3, 2011
    And don't forget the ClubSmug offer for BorrowLenses found here.
    My Smugmug
    "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky
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    SUSU4ECUSUSU4ECU Registered Users Posts: 6 Beginner grinner
    edited October 6, 2011
    Old Post but how about the discounts for Dgrin now?
    Hi Ziggy,

    Thanks for the mention, to introduce myself my name is Jason and I'm the owner of GlassAndGear.com. I feel like I'm crashing the thread with all of the borrowlenses.com love going around but having spoken with Max shortly after we opened I can certainly see why they are so highly regarded. I'd certainly have no hesitation sending people their way if I couldn't help them.

    We offer a 5% discount to users of dgrin and while I normally just give out a coupon code it may be easier to send me a PM and I can add you to a special pricing group so that you don't need to deal with coupon codes.

    If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to post them here, call or email us.

    Thanks,
    Jason

    Do you still offer a discount for Dgrin users?
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    SUSU4ECUSUSU4ECU Registered Users Posts: 6 Beginner grinner
    edited October 6, 2011
    cpagility wrote: »
    Hi -

    I've rented 3 times in the past month from lensrentals.com - I've been very happy with the lenses and the service.

    I rented a Canon 300 2.8 is twice and had it shipped to Virginia to a UPS store and also to a Bed and Breakfast in the Yellowstone area. Last week I rented the Canon 200 2.0 is and had it sent to Louisville KY to a UPS store. I returned to either UPS Stores or Staples. I liked having it shipped ahead of me to the location so I didn't have to deal with it on the flight. UPS Stores and Staples are convenient and usually near airports.

    I opted for the insurance each time but thankfully didn't need it. The insurance was reasonably priced.

    I'm in CA and they are in TN so the shipping was a little less expensive than shipping from CA.
    Great to know they will send to a different location than your address on credit card on file. Most will not send to a resort. My son lives in a resort and we had trouble getting a particular company to rent some things to us due to that so I will keep this in mind! Thanks for sharing!
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    borrowlenses.comborrowlenses.com Registered Users Posts: 441 Major grins
    edited October 6, 2011
    SUSU4ECU wrote: »
    Great to know they will send to a different location than your address on credit card on file. Most will not send to a resort. My son lives in a resort and we had trouble getting a particular company to rent some things to us due to that so I will keep this in mind! Thanks for sharing!


    We ship to Fed Ex/Kinkos as well. It can be nice if you're renting a big lens mwink.gif
    http://www.BorrowLenses.com
    Your professional online camera gear rental store

    Follow us on Facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/borrowlenses
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    KinkajouKinkajou Registered Users Posts: 1,240 Major grins
    edited October 10, 2011
    I've had great luck with lensprotogo.com. You can reserve equipment for a specific date, which is nice.
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    PupWebPupWeb Registered Users Posts: 166 Major grins
    edited October 10, 2011
    David_S85 wrote: »
    And don't forget the ClubSmug offer for BorrowLenses found here.

    Just used borrowlenses recently, great service! I will use them again.
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