Sunday, August 28, 2011

Don't buy it, Rent it!

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 300mm f2.8 w/ TC14e II, ISO 400, f5.6, 1/2000, +1/3ev, SB 800 for fill

I'm not sure I need to say this, but here goes anyway. Photography is expensive! Most if not all photographers lust over the latest and greatest gear on the market. Whether it's to upgrade a camera body or get the newest version of a lens we all want the gear. Listen, I'm not different than anyone else that wants something new, but I have come to the realization that I just can't go and buy what ever I want.

For example, the somewhat new Nikon TC20e III retails on Amazon for $650. I can rent that same item from an online rental such as for $46 for 1 week. This fall, I am hoping to head to either to Yellowstone or stay a little closer to home and spend some time at Badlands National Park and Custer State Park in South Dakota. Since I'll have to pay an arm and a leg for gas to get out there and back it only makes sense to rent the Nikon TC20e III rather than buying it.

If you are in the same boat as I am renting is a fantastic option! Online sources such as and are only two options out there. Be sure to check out your local camera store as well.