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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Nikkor Lens Rental Versus Outright Ownership


Logic tells me that I will need at least a few basic lens to get by each day, leaving perhaps the more professional range as a rental option. But a simple calculation should tell you whether an outright purchase becomes a wiser decision.

Yes, you would want it insured as breaking or loosing the rental set may effectively mean an outright purchase! Say, the Nikkor 24-70 F/2.8 AF-S ED. A 7-day insured rental will cost approximately $150 (including two-way shipping). The lens itself at the point of writing cost approximately $1500 on Adorama. Now, these lens are built like a tank and has an estimated shelf life of at least five years. You do the maths...we are talking about 10% of total net worth of the lens value for each 7-day you shoot it with.

Personally, my breaking point would be those Nikkor super telephoto lenses! I would resort to rental when I am on those once-in-a-lifetime trips to the African Safari, Antarctica or planet Mars...apart from them, I would rather buy to own.

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