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Saying goodbye can be the hardest part of any rental. With our new Keeper program, you can try it, then buy it!

Just rent an eligible item, and then we’ll give you a starting purchase price based on the age of the copy we send you. We’ll even give you a credit for a portion of the rental fees. Even better, you can handle the entire transaction with just a few clicks on our website (although we’d be more than happy to handle it over the phone if you are just dying to talk to one of our friendly customer service agents).


What equipment is eligible?
Almost all of our equipment is eligible. If it is impossible for us to get a quick replacement for a particular piece of gear, either because it is backordered or because our suppliers are slow to get us new copies, it may not be offered for sale. If you see a piece of equipment not offered for sale, just send us an email. In many cases, we just haven’t gotten around to updating the product to be eligible for sale.



12 Comments Tests, and Then Takes Apart the Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Tests, and Then Takes Apart the Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS has put the new Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS through IMATEST against Canon’s other wide angle zoom lenses. As expected, it has come out on top when compared to the EF 17-40 f/4L  and the EF 16-35 f/2.8L II.

“I set a high bar for new Canon lenses. I expect them to be excellent and generally their recent releases have been. Since this was a wide-angle zoom, though, my expectations were lowered a bit. Canon has always struggled with wide-angle zooms. The 17-40 is a good, not great lens. The 16-35 f/2.8 II is better than the Mk I replaced, but I’d consider it, at best, adequate considering its price.

The 16-35 f/4 IS changes that. It’s a superb optic — as good as anything else available. Of course, a lot of people want an f/2.8 zoom. But for many, like me, f/4 with IS is just fine for wide-angle shooting.”

Once they were done reviewing the EF 16-35 f/4L IS, they decided to take one apart. The teardowns are a lot of fun, but also give us an idea of how durable the lens is going to be in real world use.

“Now that I’ve seen the insides I’m very optimistic that this lens will be less likely to deteriorate optically over time, and will be more easily corrected when it does. We won’t know for sure until we’ve got a year’s experience with it, of course, but from a design and assembly standpoint it looks really, really good.”

Read the review | Read the teardown | Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS at B&H Photo



Save 25% At This Week. is having a pretty big sale for the busy time of the year. Now’s the time to rent that big Canon glass you’ve always wanted to try.

From Lens
Had your eye on a certain piece of glass for a while? Then take advantage of our best discount of the summer. For one week only, save 25% on any one item rented.

Just use the promo code: 5DAYSALE


To qualify:

  • Order must be placed by 11:59 PM CT on June 16th, 2014.
  • Order must have an arrival date of June 16th – June 20th, 2014.
  • Applies to the item with the highest rental fee on a single order
  • Not combinable with other promotions
  • One use per customer



1 Comments Updates Damage Waiver Plans, adds Theft Coverage. Updates Damage Waiver Plans, adds Theft Coverage.

Meet Lenscap and Lenscap+
The Lenscap protection plans are optional add-ons that limit your liability in the case of a covered event causing damage or total loss of products on your rental.

Simply, if a covered event occurs to equipment protected by a Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to the lesser of the cost to repair the equipment or 10% of the replacement cost.

What is Covered by the Standard Lenscap Plan?
Effectively, the standard Lenscap protection plan replaces the pre-existing Lensrentals Damage Waiver program and covers accidental damage to our equipment as long as you can return it to us. It even covers bear attacks. In the case of damage, your liability will never exceed 10% of the replacement cost of the damaged equipment, no matter how expensive the repair actually is.

What is Covered by the Lenscap+ Plan?
Lenscap+ offers the same protection as the standard plan for accidental damage to the equipment, but additionally protects you against certain situations that make it impossible to return the equipment that you rented.

Was the equipment stolen? You’re covered. Is it at the bottom of the ocean after it fell overboard? You’re covered. Did it get sucked up in a tornado? You’re covered. Did it fall off an aircraft (seriously)? You’re covered.

Just like with the standard Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to 10% of the replacement value of the covered equipment.

Coverage Recap

No Protection Lenscap Lenscap+
Max Liability 100%* 10%* 10%*
Bear Attacks
Fell from Aircraft

* Liability limited to maximum of $100,000. Amounts in excess of $100,000 are 100% liable.

For full information on both plans, please view our FAQs and Rental Agreement.



Deal: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO for $15,000!

Deal: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO for $15,000! through their sister company is selling their one copy of the Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO for a steal of a price. For $14,995, you can get “SigZilla” at a fraction of the $26,000 retail price. The lens has only rented once, which I believe was a for a World Series a year or two ago.

Sale Description
Only rented once, extremely near new condition and functions perfectly. Comes with 400-1000mm extender, circular polarizer, strap, battery, charger, and gigantic Sigma hard case. This item is being sold AS-IS and DOES NOT include a warranty. No returns will be accepted due to the outrageous size and weight of the item.

Buy the Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO $14,995 (Save $11,000)



The Black Friday Sale is Nearly Here!

The Black Friday Sale is Nearly Here!

It’s time for our 4th Annual Black Friday Sale. This year, we are getting the party started early, 10 AM CT on Wednesday. You can get 25% off any rental placed at during the sale.

At our sister site,, we’ll be giving you 10% off all used equipment. We also have some great doorbusters. And this year, we listened to you, and will be offering at least 6 copies of each doorbuster for sale, increasing your chances of being able to snag one.

To get your 25% off rentals at or to get 10% off your used gear purchases at, simply use the promo code: BLACKFRIDAY

Used Gear Sale Details

  • All used gear purchases take place on our sister site,
  • Sale begins at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, November 27th and ends at 11:59 PM CT on December 2nd.
  • New items will be added during the sale, so if you don’t see what you want, check back. Even better, send us an email about what you are looking for and we may be able to post a copy just for you.
  • Must use promo code BLACKFRIDAY to receive the 10% discount
  • Doorbusters are priced as listed, and not eligible for the 10% discount
  • Doorbusters will be posted at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday. At least 6 copies of each doorbuster will be available

Rental Discount Details

  • Discount begins at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, November 27th and ends at 11:59 PM CT on December 2nd.
  • Orders must be placed during the sale period to be eligible to receive the discount
  • Orders can be placed for any arrival date, as long as you actually place the order during the sale. Feel free to reserve the gear you’ll need in 2014 now, and take advantage of this deal.
  • Must use promo code BLACKFRIDAY to receive the 25% discount
  • Limit – 2 unique rentals per person



2 Comments Announces Announces

We’re so excited to announce the launch of our new company, Lens Authority!

At, we strive to always have the newest and highest quality inventory in the business. That means we constantly have awesome gear that we need to circulate out of our stock and sell. We established to be the exclusive seller of all of Lensrentals’ used rental gear, with the same great service you’ve come to expect from us!

So check out the new site and let us know what you think! Also, if you want to stay in the loop and be the first to know when items become available, feel free to follow @lensauthority on Twitter or Instagram!


41 Comments Introduces LensRentals HD Shipping Program Introduces LensRentals HD Shipping Program has introduced a program called LensRentals HD.
For a yearly fee of $79, you will get free standard shipping on all your orders for one full year. If you rent a lot, this is going to save you a lot of money. The program also qualifies you for 50% off overnight shipping via Fedex.

At only $79 a year, LensRentals HD makes sense for everyone. Only rent a few small orders per year? You’ll still save money with LensRentals HD. You only expect to place a single large order this year? You’ll still save. You rent all the time? You’ll save even more.

Visit to learn more



Win a Canon EOS 6D (Or Other Brand Body) Plus Other Prizes!

Lens Rentals in the US is running a contest to win one of either a Canon EOS 6D, Nikon D600, Sony NEX-7 or Olympus OM-D. Just sign up for the contest below, and take advantage of the options to enter more than once.

The really good news on this one? It’s not USA only, no matter where you are on earth, you can enter. The contest runs until April 15, 2013.


Visit the Contest Page to Enter



EF 24-70 f/4L IS Resolution Tests

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Roger Cicala from has posted his first resolution tests of the Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS.

He has compared it with the EF 24-70 f/2.8L version 1 and 2, the EF 24-105 f/4L IS as well as the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8VC. All of which will probably get your consideration in a very crowded focal range.

At 24mm, the EF 24-70 f/4L IS is the second best performing lens behind the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II. Mind you, the results are all pretty close. It does look like Canon’s MTF chart of the lens holds up against the others.

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 24mm Resolution Comparison Chart

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 24mm Resolution Comparison Chart

At 70mm, none of the lenses are as sharp as they are at 24mm. However, the EF 24-70 f/4L IS is again the 2nd best performing lens by a small amount.

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 70mm Resolution Comparison Chart

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 70mm Resolution Comparison Chart

Part of Roger’s Conclusion
Obviously this hasn’t told us a thing about autofocus accuracy, bokeh, or a dozen other things that have to be considered when choosing a lens. Just like you, I’ll be waiting for more complete reviews to tell us about that.

On the basis of this information, though, I’m . . . well, I don’t know what I am. This is a good lens, but I at the price point I’d probably prefer the f/2.8 of the Tamron VC to the new Canon’s f/4. The macro feature is nice and will certainly pull some people towards the Canon.”

Roger also notes that there was quite a bit of variation at 70mm between the 22 copies they tested.

Read the entire articleCanon EF 24-70 f/4L IS at B&H Photo $1499