The Lust for Gear


The cost associated with being a photographer can be very discouraging, especially if you have professional aspirations. When I started looking at pro gear, reality hit me in the face - this stuff is expensive. I can't afford to spend $2,500 for ONE LENS. It's depressing. I had to make a decision early on that I would not go into debt buying gear. Instead, I'll just work with the gear I do have. So far I've successfully fought off the lust for gear. I wondered, how do all these professionals afford all that high end gear? Inquiring minds want to know. This is where networking or listening to professional photographers comes in handy. I began to learn a lot of the trade secrets. I found that a lot of photographers don't own all that gear, they rent it - that was a ah-ha moment. Renting is a great way to get access to really good gear without the expense of buying it. I started renting higher end gear, and a whole new world of possibilities opened up. I have a good camera body, Nikon D7000, so I've only rented lenses so far. I rent for the following reasons:

  • Test the gear to see if I want to buy it in the future
  • Photographic project
  • Special shooting situations
  • Shooting for a client

Lens Rental

This past weekend I met up with a photography club to shoot a couple of models at the Mandalay Canal, Las Colinas - Irving, TX, which is a great location. I heard from other photographers, that the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S lens was a great lens for shooting portraits, so I decided I would rent the lens and test it out. You can rent camera gear several ways, local camera store or online. I use to rent camera gear, the prices are reasonable and it's convenient. The gear is shipped to your address and when your done, you just ship it back. I looked at renting from a local camera store, but I found there prices much more expensive.

When I got the lens I noticed how "used" it looked. I knew then this must be a popular rental. I shot with the 85mm 1.8 for several hours and I was really impressed. First was the model shoot, then I went to the Galleria to shoot the Galleria Dallas Runway Revue event. This lens is as good as the reviews say, the focus was quick, does well in low light, and the images are sharp. I noticed when I shot the runway models, the images were soft, but that was my fault because my shutter speed was a little to slow. Overall I was very impressed and I will definitely buy this lens. Below are some if the images taken with the Nikon 85mm 1.8.