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Old Mar 21, 2008, 6:39 PM   #1
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Called and spoke with the owner of one of those lens rental places today and ended up renting the 70-200 f 2.8 for the XTi. I called with the intention of ordering the straight 200mm 2.8 lens but he was very convincing that I'd be better off with the 70-300. When I told him what I wanted it for (ice hockey) he chuckled and said the last 5 or 6 times that lens went out was for ice hockey. One guy in particular keeps renting that lens specifically for that purpose.

Anyone else use these rental services? Seems like a good way to be able to try lots of different lenses before buying.

Any tips or advice with this lens and the XTi for shooting indoor ice hockey would be welcomed. I should be able to get rink side. If not at the glass, darn close to it.

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Old Mar 21, 2008, 7:16 PM   #2
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Not used one but I sure will before my next purchase. I'm considering a Sigma 300-800mm f5.6 or a Canon 400mm f2.8/500mm f4/600mm f4 so need to try before I buy. I'm sure you will enjoy the 70-200! Not sure how much shooting you've done at the ice, but use manual (f2.8), get the ISO up to 800 or 1600 as you need the shutter speed, and expose for the faces.
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Old Mar 22, 2008, 11:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tips Mark. Whew, sounds like you've got some expensive lens purchases coming up!
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Old Mar 22, 2008, 12:46 PM   #4
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I'm considering a Sigma 300-800mm f5.6 or a Canon 400mm f2.8/500mm f4/600mm f4 so need to try before I buy.
First, I'm very jealous.

Now that that's out of the way: If it's for your sports, I'm inclined to think the 500mm f4 on the mkIII and the 120-300 on the 5d would be a killer combo for the hockey and soccer. I dont recall you doing a lot of night shooting so I'm thinking you'd get more bang for the reach than the 2.8 and save a good piece of change.
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Hey John, at the moment it is only a possible option but I've been considering something 'big' for a long time. The reason for thinking 300-800 is flexibility as I'm trying to get more tournament gigs. I have one hopefully for the end of May with 72 teams in a one day event for tag rugby (not sure if you do anything similar with football there, but rather than tackling the children wear a belt with a 'tag' held on be Velcro either side of their waist, when the tag is pulled off they must pass). To maximise shooting I need to cover the whole pitch with 2 body/lens combos so still trying to work out the best option. Having zoom is always a bonus as we know, but having f4 is a help too. In the UK the 500 f4 is the same price as the 300-800, and at the moment there is a 400 f2.8 2nd hand at my local store for the same........ however I'm not really ready to order yet and will be hiring at least one option before ordering. I've hada 5 min play with the 500mm f4 and it is a beauty that's for sure but there is still a part of me that things 800mm at f5.6 would be lovely, especially as I like to do a little birding for fun sometimes. For sure this is the toughest decision when thinking of lenses as I'm not going to be able to afford anything for a very long time, so this is why initially the hire game is going to be very good, but after 20-30 hires I would have bought the lens.
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Old Mar 23, 2008, 10:41 PM   #6
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Hey Mark,

I was told that if I ever decide I want to purchase one of the lenses I've been trying, they will apply all my rental fees toward the purchase of the lens, minus the shipping and damage waiver fees. Downside I guess is, of course, that you're buying a used lens.
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It depends how they do it, if it is a new one or the one that they have been renting out to everyone. The company I'm looking at will do refund a full weekends rental if you purchase but that's all.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I guess the thing to ask yourself is how many times you will want to use the lens, how much rental is that, how much is the lens going to cost, if you sold it again, how much could you get back for it.... which works out best? This assumes you can afford the lens, or if there is a purchase plan. I'm happy to do one or 2 rentals and for me it will be when I'm covering a specific event where a specialist lens will come in handy.... but this will also mean I'm covering the cost of the lens in the proceeds from the event (hopefully). If it is for your own use I would look at a good 2nd hand option rather than a lot of rentals as I know there are some good places in the US to get 2nd hand quality kit. Also doing it that way you will lose almost nothing when selling again (if you do sell). I'm terrible, I always buy new and I've made quite a lot of changes in my kit and have lost quite a bit of money, however as said they were used for a part time business/hobby gone made, so the costs were covered. It would just have been nice to have been able to afford the kit I'm using now a few years ago.
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