I mentioned that I "ordered" the big honker D800E and 35mm ƒ/1.4 from Lensrentals.com last night—due here on Wednesday for a five-day stay.
But in case you're not aware, Lensrentals.com is simply one of the best photography sites on the Internet—even if you never rent anything. Take a look at this recent post as an example—just fascinating, and it is information you will get nowhere else. At least nowhere else that I know of. As a former photo magazine editor, I can attest that the lack of this very class of information was always one of the real headaches of creating accurate and factual equipment reviews—even the biggest magazines didn't order multiple copies of every piece of equipment under test to take sample variation into account.
Highly recommended for your bookmarks.
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Rob L: "I love Lensrentals—but admittedly, I'm more spoiled than most, as I live less than five minutes from their door. Funny how renting, or just pricing a rental, of a new 'must have' camera or lens can make you reevaluate it's purchase. If you find the rental price is too much, then you likely aren't that serious about it the first place. They've cured me of my NEX fixation, justified my choice to get a then-new D7000 vs. a refurbed D90, and knowing I could always rent that tilt-shift 24mm(that I've never rented) instead of buying it makes my marriage happier."
MM: "Another great thing about the lensrentals.com blog (besides Roger's entertaining writing) is that they provide unparallelled looks at what is often the most important aspect of 'lens performance': not sharpness, but how well the lens holds up. This page on various lenses' repair data from January to July, 2012 is pretty interesting, for example, and they do a lot a lot of teardowns of expensive lenses that you won't find anywhere else (maybe it's geeky, but I found the dissection of the $2300 Canon 24–70mm II weirdly fascinating)."