Gear | Renting Lenses

It was a dark and stormy night....

Okay, maybe it was more like a full moon or just plain dumb luck, but I have been without 2 of my lenses in my arsenal for a month now. One month ago, I turned my Nikon 18-200mm lens in for repair because it was making bad clicking sounds and the image was jumping in the viewfinder. I gave it over to the local camera shop to be sent in. Then about a week later, I managed to drop my beloved Nikon 24-70mm at a wedding. Trust me, folks, it didn't fall far or very hard, it just slipped out of my lens bag while I was knelt down about a foot off the ground. It fell on gravel. The barrel got distorted on impact and while it would zoom, it was oh so slowly and with much difficulty.

Sigh. It was hard to send it in, but it wasn't much good to me in its current state. So, I shipped it off to Nikon myself bypassing the local camera shop. This in part was experimentation for me to see which method was better, although I already sort of knew the answer based on how little feedback I was getting on the status of the 18-200. I made a few phone calls on my own and I figured direct communication would be better and so far I am right. Working with Nikon has been easy and all of my questions to service and support have been answered thoroughly and in a timely fashion and with access to online progress reporting, I know where my equipment is in the process. I will keep you all posted on the outcome once I get my gear back in hand.

Right now, all I know is that my 24-70 is being repaired and my 18-200 was waiting for a back ordered part which has finally arrived and should be being repaired now.

I've been getting pretty ancy to have them back as now I don't have any wide angle options. I went out shooting landscapes and sunsets with a friend last week and made due with my Nikon 70-200mm (which does a nice job, but required me to think differently for landscapes) and my 50mm lens. So with 50mm being the widest (on a crop sensor) my angle of view, well, wasn't very wide to say the least. While I produced images I was happy with, it wasn't without whining for some wide angles.

To get me through an upcoming trip to Texas and an outing to Mattheissen State Park, I've decided to go ahead and rent a wide angle lens. I'm renting again from

and based on my previous experience with them, they are easy to work with. I'm renting a Nikon 10-24mm lens. That is a lot of wide! I'm pretty excited about it.

I will be comparing it to the Nikon 12-24mm lens that I rented last spring. I expect a lot of similarities, but I am curious to see if the extra 2mm is worth it for me or not. They are about $200 difference in price to buy with more mm being less money. From what I have read the build quality is where the difference lies. From having already shot the 12-24 I already know it is solid, metal cased lens. Very nice build quality and performance.

I'm looking forward to testing it out. I'll keep you posted on my thoughts and show off some images taken with it.