Rent a Camera or Lens
If you’re going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip and want to bring a good camera (or at least a zoom lens), but you don’t want to shell out the money for something you’ll probably never (or rarely) use again—just rent one! It’s a lot cheaper than you’d think. And it’s exactly what I did a couple years ago when I went on an East African safari with Micato Tours.
After all, you can’t go to Africa and not take decent pictures of the wild animals, right? I snapped the pic above using a rented zoom lens, but when I returned I bought one since I loved it so much!
My travel photographer colleagues recommend renting from BorrowLenses, which rents professional cameras and/or camera lenses from Canon, Nikon and Sony for reasonable prices. No deposit is required, advanced reservations are accepted, optional insurance is offered, and the best part is you can do everything by mail (FedEx).
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I rented a great zoom lens from Borrow Lenses for our trip to Peru. It was perfect for shooting the condors at the Colca Canyon. Seamless process and great equipment.