Rent Lenses

Recently I had the pleasure of using the services of to get my hands on a Lensbaby Composer. I had never used one before but thought that it would be fun to try.

The whole process went quite smoothly. I made the request for the Composer on a Wednesday evening, it was shipped from CA on Thursday, and arrived Friday morning for a week. The lens was packaged extremely well in it’s own nylon pouch surrounded in thick foam rubber that both fit the box perfectly and had a cutout for the lens that made for a snug fit and a safe delivery.

Once the Lensbaby arrived, I got a chance to take a few shots with it and thought it was a well-made and interesting tool. The Composer is a combination between a bellows and a tilt-shift system that allows you to create some special effects in-camera without having to do it all in post. This version of the Lensbaby also features a locking ring to make sure your composition is set without fear. It also comes with aperture discs to allow you to have even more control.

After playing with the lens I realized two things:

  1. I didn’t give myself enough time to really put it through its paces given my hectic schedule lately.
  2. I’m glad that I at least got to try it out even though I don’t see myself ever buying one.

That brings me to the best part of the whole concept. If you don’t have the money to invest in a new lens, you have a special need or event coming up or if you want to test drive one that you might be considering, the folks over there are prompt, knowledgeable, and easy to work with so you can get exactly what you need.

When all was said and done, all I had to do is pack up the lens as I received it, seal the box, and place the pre-paid shipping label over the original and drop it off with FedEx. Very straight forward and user-friendly.

Next time I need some specialty glass, want to supplement my kit, or just want to go for a test drive, I know I’ll be heading back over to Check ’em out!

  • Excellent tip! Thank you.

    April 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm
  • Thanks for sharing!
    The idea could help people explore and try out new lenses without having to spend a lot of money.
    Good one!=)

    April 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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