This is cool. RentGlass. com lets you rent lenses for your SLRs so before you plop down thousands of dollars on a lens you may end up hating, you can try it out for relatively little. For example, the Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift is available for $40 to $30 per week (instead of it’s $1,000+ price tag), and the 50mm 1.4 is only $17 per week. The weekly price goes down if you rent for a slightly longer period. Right now, only Canon-compatible lenses are available, but Nikon lenses should be online around June 20th.
Lens come with prepaid return shipping and label (you ship back in the same box) to make the whole process as easy as possible. Plus, your “week” doesn’t begin until the package is delivered… something they can tell with USPS tracking.
If you live in a city with a specialty camera store, you probably already have access to lens rental… but this is a great service for those who don’t have that luxury. And, be sure to compare the prices of Rentglass with your local shop… one local shop rents that same Canon 24mm TS lens at $30 per day or $120 a week!