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Camera questions!

I'm trying to figure out what glass to rent for a camping trip to Acadia, ME and I desperately need help!



I've narrowed my budget down to $250 (give or take), no lighting, two lens, two filters, one monopod/tripod hybrid, a grip to balance out the heavy lenses with my relatively light (Canon XSi) camera, an SDHC card and one spare battery. I wrote to the always lovely charlottegeary about what she recommended I stick to in terms of guidelines. So I further widdled down my staggering options to one wide angle (for landscapes) and one telephoto (for whatever wanders up the road) lens.

I've pretty much settled on this pool of options and plan to reserve two lenses today/tomorrow. I've heard awesome things about lensrentals.com and lensprotogo.com (they're owned by the same person, apparently?) but I'm leaning towards cameralensrentals.com because they send you cases with your rental (I don't have a pack right now, everything will be wrapped up in a Northface bag). So, if anyone has any ideas of the two I should go for, please please speak up!




CANON 16-35mm f2.8L II [Wide Angle Lens]

  • 10 days insured $98.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (lensrentals.com)
  • 10 days non-insured $92.00 Lens + local Pickup (Glass&Gear.com)
  • 10 days insured $78.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (thelensdepot.com)
  • 10 days insured $89.00 NON-IS, Lens, Case, Hood, UV Filter + shipping (cameralensrentals.com)
  • 14 days insured $140 Lens, Hood, Tripod Ring, Shipping INCLUDED (lensprotogo.com)

    - Filter 82mm Length 4.4 inches Weight: 1.41 pounds
    - Wide angle: landscapes and decent bokeh.
    - No IS, but great in low light.

    or...

    CANON 24-105mm f4.0L IS [Standard Lens]

  • 10 days insured $74.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (lensrentals.com)
  • 10 days non-insured $80.00 Lens + local Pickup (Glass&Gear.com)
  • 10 days insured $77.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (thelensdepot.com)
  • 10 days insured $76.00 NON-IS, Lens, Case, Hood, UV Filter + shipping (cameralensrentals.com)
  • 14 days insured $127 Lens, Hood, Tripod Ring, Shipping INCLUDED (lensprotogo.com)

    - Filter 77mm Length 4.2 inches Weight 1.5 lbs.
    - Some barrel/pincushion distortion at extreme range.
    - Considered the best vacation lens by many due to versatility.

    or...

    CANON 24-70mm f/2.8L [Standard Lens]

  • 10 days insured $86.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (lensrentals.com)
  • 10 days non-insured $107.00 Lens + local Pickup (Glass&Gear.com)
  • 10 days insured $81.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (thelensdepot.com)
  • 10 days insured $86.00 NON-IS Lens, Case, Hood, UV Filter + shipping (cameralensrentals.com)
  • 14 days insured $135 Lens, Hood, Tripod Ring, Shipping INCLUDED (lensprotogo.com)

    - Filter 77mm Length 4.9 inches Weight 2.1 lbs
    - Stop faster, may be sharper & exhibits less distortion.
    - Compared to 24-105mm it has NO IS & .5lb more, some consider it superior though.

    or...

    CANON 60mm f/2.8 EF-S Macro [Prime Lens] (For the unlikely event I have money left over after the initial two are chosen)

  • 10 days insured $50.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (lensrentals.com)
  • 10 days non-insured $N/A (Glass&Gear.com)
  • 10 days insured $46.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (thelensdepot.com)
  • 10 days insured $51.00 Lens, Case, Hood, UV Filter + shipping (cameralensrentals.com)
  • 14 days insured $N/A Lens, Hood, Tripod Ring, Shipping INCLUDED (lensprotogo.com)

    - Filter 52mm Length 2.9 inches Weight 0.8 lbs
    - Would be good for macros, but not economical unless I have extra moneys.

    or...

    CANON 70-200mm f/2.8L IS [Telephoto Lens]

  • 10 days insured $111.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (lensrentals.com)
  • 10 days non-insured $93.00 Lens + local Pickup (Glass&Gear.com)
  • 10 days insured $93.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (thelensdepot.com)
  • 10 days insured $97.00 Lens, Case, Hood, UV Filter + shipping (cameralensrentals.com)
  • 14 days insured $195 Lens, Hood, Tripod Ring, Shipping INCLUDED (lensprotogo.com)

    - Filter 77mm Length 7.6 inches Weight 3.2 lbs
    - Quality is tops in all conditions, but is super heavy.

    or...

    CANON 70-200mm f/4L IS [Telephoto Lens]

  • 10 days insured $81.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (lensrentals.com)
  • 10 days non-insured $85.00 Lens + local Pickup (Glass&Gear.com)
  • 10 days insured $81.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (thelensdepot.com)
  • 10 days insured $67.00 Lens, Case, Hood, UV Filter + shipping (cameralensrentals.com)
  • 14 days insured $130 Lens, Hood, Tripod Ring, Shipping INCLUDED (lensprotogo.com)

    - Filter 67mm Length 6.8 inches Weight 1.6 lbs
    - "May be the perfect vacation telephoto."

    or...

    CANON 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS [Telephoto Lens]

  • 10 days insured $108.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (lensrentals.com)
  • 10 days non-insured $90.00 Lens + local Pickup (Glass&Gear.com)
  • 10 days insured $88.00 Lens, Hood + shipping (thelensdepot.com)
  • 10 days insured $79.00 Lens, Case, Hood, UV Filter + shipping (cameralensrentals.com)
  • 14 days insured $160 Lens, Hood, Tripod Ring, Shipping INCLUDED (lensprotogo.com)


    - Filter 77mm Length 7.4" Weight 3.1 lbs
    - Push, pull zoom might be awkward for me.
    - Has a huge range for wildlife, but small ap.
    - Could quite possibly break my neck, shoulders, back.

    and...

    Manfrotto 695 CF Monopod
  • 14 days $55.00 (lensprotogo.com)

    - 18 inches closed, maximum height of 63", supports 11lbs.

    or...

    Induro MXC34 Monopod
  • 14 days $55 (lensprotogo.com)

    - Carbon Fiber, 4 sections, maximum height 72", hideaway legs, supports 8lbs.

    and...

    8GB SD Card
  • 10 days $15.00 (lensrentals.com)

    or...

    16GB SD Card
  • 10 days $23.00 (Glass&Gear.com)
  • 10 days $46.00 (lensrentals.com) <-ytf is this so $$$?

    or...

    32GB SD Card
  • 10 days $19 (thelensdepot.com)

    and...

    Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip
  • 10 days $29.00 BG-E6 (Glass&Gear.com)
  • 10 days $29.00 BG-E5 (lensrentals.com)

    and...

    Canon LP-E5 Battery Spare
  • 10 days $15.00 (lensrentals.com)

    x-post. I don't mind ordering from more than one website. Ideas?

    That's all I got.
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