Lens Rental – Part One

I rented the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS from LensRentals.com (I love them). I needed a lens that would perform in low light conditions to take some rehearsal shots for Bob’s production of Peter Pan. The lens arrived Thursday and I won’t be taking theatre shots until Tuesday or Wednesday… In the meantime, I’m taking some outdoor shots, of course.  These are from Chautauqua Creek, between Hannum Road and Lyon’s Road.

Chautauqua Creek

My kit lens is the 18-55mm with no image stabilization.  So the focal length on this lens isn’t much different.  I ordered it because the largest aperture is f/2.8, rather than the f/5.6 of my kit lens.  I figured it would let in more light and take pictures under darker conditions.

Maple Leaf

It has been interesting playing with this lens.  With my kit lens, I can set it on “P” (which automatically sets shutter speed and aperture for me) and be pretty satisfied with my shots.  Sometimes, I set it on “Av” (Aperture Priority) just to try to teach myself more about photography.

Fossil in Chautauqua Creek

With this lens, I find I get my best results when I set it on “Tv” (Shutter speed priority).  Sometimes the photos are a little dark.  But a slightly faster ISO, or a little tweaking with my Canon software and the results are pleasing to me!

Does anyone else use this lens?  What do you think of it?  Do you have any tips for me?

9 thoughts on “Lens Rental – Part One

  1. I wish LensRentals.com did Canada, too. Apparently they’ve tried and have run into customs problems. We have a few rental places in the big cities, and one online one, but they all have much more limited selection and are more expensive. It’s a really handy service, especially given how expensive many lenses are.

  2. Although you photography is great your comments about camera settings is a little troubleing. I would be glad to help when you have some time.


  3. Hello,

    I work for Pro Photo Rental, and just wanted to respond to “themarvelousinnature” and other Canadian readers.

    As far as I know, there is one online rental company that is based in Canada. They are lenslenders.com. As you mentioned, there are other walk-in stores that rent equipment, but they tend to be pretty expensive. (and if you don’t live in a big city, they can be difficult to get to)

    We are a US-based company, but we also serve the Canadian market. Feel free to check out our website prophotorental.com or send us an e-mail (service [at] prophotorental [dot] com). I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Jennifer, I really like the middle shot you posted of the leaf in the water. It’s so amazing to juxtapose the bright oranges and reds against the dark background of the rocks, isn’t it?

    Regarding camera settings, I would highly recommend the book “Understanding Exposure” by Bryan Peterson. Your photography is wonderful now, but you’ll be amazed at what you will learn and how much it will improve after reading that book.

    The end results of P, Tv, and Av should all be the same for a given scene. It simply depends on what you need to prioritize. With Av, you’re prioritizing depth of field. With Tv, you’re prioritizing movement (or lack thereof). With P, you’re prioritizing ease of use, by letting the camera “decide” what is best for a given scene.

    In any event, keep up the good work!

  4. Yeh, in general, I think you want to control the aperature….. It’s exceedingly rare that I can bring myself to give that up….Talk to Dave Cooney (I don’t know him….’just sounds like he may be thinking along the same lines) or shoot me an email if you care to take this further.

  5. Jen, I really like your photos. This past weekend I splurged and ordered myself a new camera. I was getting frustrated with my point and shoot – it’s slow in focusing. And when you want to take a picture of a bird or other moving object it can be gone by the time my camera would focus. Anyway, I am getting a Canon Rebel XSi with EF-S18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS lens. And I sure hope my photos will turn out as good as yours. I like the idea of renting different lenses. It’s a good way to try out various ones before you invest in them.

  6. I agree about lensrentals.com but I just found another one that has a good selection of Canon, Nikon,and Pentax! Being a Pentax user I start drooling on myself when I find somebody who rents Pentax. Also have a larger selection of lighting options. http://www.eastcoastlensrental.com – They are a “mom & pop” like lensrental.com and the service is always better then some of the big rental houses.

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