Get a free lens rental from BorrowLenses.com


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BorrowLenses screenshotOur friends at BorrowLenses.com have offered to give away another free lens rental to a lucky Photodoto reader. It’s been a little over a year since we did our last lens rental giveaway. Last year’s winner rented an 85mm f/1.8 and loved it.

Lens rentals are a great way to try out lenses before you buy or just to get great glass for the occasional need. BorrowLenses prices and service are top notch. If you’d like to try it out for free, here’s all you have to do:

  • Leave a comment describing which lens you would like to rent and why you want to rent it. Leave a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win (your email address will remain private and is used for no other purpose).

That’s it! (Except for a few conditions, below.) The comments will remain open until Tuesday November 17 at midnight. After that, BorrowLenses.com will choose a winner and we’ll announce it here. Good luck! And a big thank you to BorrowLenses.com for sponsoring this giveaway.

Conditions of entry:

  • You must be in the U.S. to enter.
  • The winner will need to place an order online with a valid credit card number to receive the rental. The card will not be charged but is required to ensure that the lens is returned. BorrowLenses.com is a reputable business but if you don’t feel comfortable with this condition please don’t enter.
  • The offer excludes super telephoto lenses and camera bodies.

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you're interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.
  • http://www.allastonishment.blogspot.com Kiana

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on a 85 1.8 lens! Some of my favorite photographers use this for portraits and get stunning results.

  • http://www.photine.net laanba

    Would that be November 23rd?

    • http://photodoto.com/ John Watson

      Woops! Didn’t change the date from the last promo. I meant November 17, one week from today. Corrected, thanks.

  • Becci

    I’d love to check out one of the micro lenses. Those are some of my favorite pictures to take.

  • PShorten

    I think I would try a fish eye lens…one of those things I keep thinking I would like to have but then thinking that maybe for all that money it wouldn’t get enough use and then I go back to thinking I’d like to have a fish eye lens…terrible circular thinking!

  • Dave

    I would rent a Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM. I’ve been drooling over this lens for a long time, one of these days I’ll be able to afford it. I’ve seen portraits and other pictures taken with it, and I want to see how much of that stunning quality is that L lens, and how much is the photog.

  • http://www.TJunkers.com Tyson Junkers

    Telephoto, Telephoto and Telephoto!!!!!! I have a decent lens now that ranges to 200mm, but I need something with a much smaller DoF! That and I live near downtown orlando, and some of the building’s architecture is beautiful, but all my shots are of the building and another few blocks!!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/people/les_stockton/ Les Stockton

    I would rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lense. I shoot a lot of hockey and this is a lens that I’ve been dying to try out. Currently, I shoot with a cheap Tamron that has an aperture of f/3.5 at 70mm to f/5.6 at 300mm. I’d love to be able to see what I could get with better glass and more light coming through.

  • Laura M.

    I’ve been wanting the 10-22mm lens forever, and would LOVE to try it out!! :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/shoot-art/ Josh Kenzer

    I would love to play around with the Canon 14mm 2.8. I don’t have a wide angle and would love to experiment with what kind of art I could produce with a lens of that quality.

  • http://www.amberture.com Amber

    I would rent the Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF. I’ve been looking to expand my lens collection into the telephoto range. The “kit” telephoto that came with my D80 is just not cutting it for portraits unless it’s bright as can be outside. I’d love to try something that opens up. I’ve been looking into buying this lens but it might be ages before I make the jump – having the thing in my hands could definitely push me over the edge. I’d say I’d want to rent the 1.4 but I can’t afford that and I’m sure ignorance would be bliss in that situation.

  • Maggie

    I would love to try the Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L USM – I will be travelling over Christmas and would love to try and capture fantastic sunsets in the desert/mountains.

  • http://www.brianreyman.com Brian

    I’ve always wanted to try the Canon 85mm f/1.2 to match with my 5D and see what kind of crazy low-light situations I could shoot in.

    Thanks for all the recent prizes – they’re great!

  • Kimberly

    I would probably rent the Nikon 35mm f/1.8. I’ve been trying to decide if I should purchase it so I would like to try it first!

  • http://bydreamtime.com Jeff Claeson

    I’ve just gone full frame and lost my wide angle lens (it was EF-S) and am debating on which lens to replace it with. I really want to try the 24 1.4 even though it’s not super wide, the shallow DOF would be really amazing. I also want to try the 85 1.2, as I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about it.

  • http://log.moonhawk.info/ MK

    I would love to try out tNikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED. Right now, I only have the thrifty-fifty for my D90, and I’m looking to get a wide-angle/wide-angle zoom. Everyone raves about it, but it’s very expensive. I would like to see if it’s worth saving up for in the long run.

  • http://dirtroadphotography.com Chris

    Most of my landscape work is done from side roads and uses a 10mm. There are a lot of barns and cattle that just BEG to have closer shots, but the best I can do is an old, cheap 200mm f4.5 that doesn’t really work well anyway. I would LOVE to get my hands on a much longer/faster piece for a day. Something like the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM!

  • http://iffles.com Jennifer Jacobs

    Oh, definitely the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. I’ve been saving up money to buy it, and it would be nice to play around with it as some motivation to save up that last little bit I need!

  • http://www.resolvedphotography.com Tim

    I’d love to rent the Nikon 45 PC-E lens. I’ve been stuck in a rut creatively and think that this lens will help spark that back up. I’m looking to use it for creative portraits and neat effects.

  • http://feekner.blogspot.com Mike Fiechtner

    I would rent the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L USM. I have to live in reality in what I could eventually afford so that is why I didn’t pick the 2.8 IS version of the 70-200. I’ve thought about getting this lens but am unsure whether I need the IS version or not so this would be very helpful in that decision.

  • http://taylo.smugmug.com Chris

    I used BorrowLenses last spring to rent a lens and better camera to visit Yellowstone and was impressed with their customer service. Bay Area photographers can pick up rentals in San Jose, San Mateo, or San Francisco.
    If I win, I’d like to try out the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS or 24-105 F4 to see how they compare to my existing lenses for a future upgrade.

  • Jon

    I want to try the Canon 135mm prime. The bokeh is amazing and I think it would be a perfect lens to take low light Christmas photos. Catching that distinctive moment when a child’s eyes light up is hard but I think with this lens it’d be a little easier.

    -Jon

  • Kate

    I would love to try out a wide angle lens or a fisheye. Not sure which I’d try first but those are my top two.

  • BrianH

    I would love to try out the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens. I love the fact that it has a constant f/2.8 aperture.

    Last year I rented the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM from borrowlenses – it was amazing. This year I would love to try something out with a longer focal length, and I can only imagine that this Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L would take some pretty stunning, sharp pictures.

  • http://amandablythephoto.com amanda

    I love BorrowLenses, they are awesome. I want to rent the Canon 35mm 1.4. I’m trying to make a tough decision about which lens I want to purchase next, and I’ve heard great things about this one.

  • http://www.whooosthatgirl.com Melissa – Whooo’s That Girl

    I would love to try the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM for portraits!!

  • tracy

    Maybe a 200-400/4 for some sweet ice climbing shots?

  • http://www.erickpuentesdesigns.com Erick

    The opportunity to shoot with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 would be amazing. All I hear are great things about this lens but unfortunately it’s out of my range at the moment. I will get it at some point but it won’t be any time soon. I go hiking and it would be the perfect lens to capture wildlife that I just couldn’t with my current lens. I hear it’s great with portrait work, which would be of interest. Getting the opportunity to play with this lens hands on might even help sway my Wife into expediting the purchase. LOL! ;-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/boinger Jeff

    I’d love to try out the Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens. I really enjoy very close-up macro work, and that lens would be a huge step up for that goal.

  • Isaac

    I’ve been wanting to give wildlife photography a better try for a couple years.
    I would definitely run one of the 400mm f/2.8Ls through the paces!

  • http://www.franklindayphotography.com Franklin

    I have used borrowlenses in the past and love their service. If I had the chance I would like to try the Canon EF 200 f/1.8L. I think this may be the perfect lens to photograph ballet performances in low light from the audience, but I won’t know until I try it.

  • http://www.pearsonartphoto.com Ben Pearson

    I’d love to rent the Canon 16x35mm 2.8L lens, because I’m interested in playing with more wide angle stuff. I’m not convinced yet that I want to buy a lens, but it’d be great to use for a week or two to see if I really can make it work.

  • http://www.kristiwrightphotography.com Kristi Wright

    I love shooting portraits and have heard nothing but amazing things about the Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC. It would be so cool to try out this lens before I plop down the big bucks. Besides I need to break out of my nifty fifty habit!

  • Michael

    The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM as I’m waiting an ultra wide angle to pair up with my new 5D2. Having already rented the 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM I already have dreams of adding it to the collection.

  • http://www.nicoleraestudio.com Nikki

    I think I would try to Nikon 70-200. It’s one I’ve looked at for a long time but just can’t spend the money.

  • http://simplybetrue.net Frances Parker

    I would LOVE to try out the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM. I heard it’s an amazing L lens and would love to try it out for portraits.

  • http://www.alexasphotography.com Alexa

    I love borrowlenses.com! And I’d love to try the Canon 50mm 1.2 – I’m thinking about buying this lens but would like to try it first!

  • http://www.artandsoulphoto.com Erin Cady

    I would love to rent the Canon 50mm 1.2. I’m a full time professional portrait photographer and really want to do more lifestyle work in people’s homes. The problem is those situations tend to be darker and require a really fast lens. I would really like to shoot a session for my website and display in my studio to the best of my potential to show people what I can really do. If it’s a success, I’d be able to book a few more of these and actually buy the lens! I have a family lined up, and it would be amazing to take that lens with me to the shoot!

  • http://gallery.rozinskiy.com Zhenya

    With a 2 year old at home I’d love to try 85mm 1.8 lens.

    I would also love to experiment with a 105mm macro lens.

  • http://fullofpaint.smugmug.com Tim

    That’s easy, the Canon 24-70 2.8 USM. I rented a 70-200 2.8 and a 16-35 from them last year for Christmas and absolutely loved it! I actually ended up buying the 70-200 later. Took a ton of great shots from family Christmas parties and I’m giving scrap books with the pictures out this year as gifts. I’d love to get the 24-70 lens to try out this year, I think it’d work better than the 16-35.

  • http://www.laurenwestphotography.com Lauren West

    I would LOVE to rent the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift lens!! I’ve always love the tilt-shift look (I play around with a tilt shift app on my iphone in the meantime!) and really want to try shooting with this lens. I’m thinking to try and engagement shoot in a field of flowers and some cool urban places…

  • http://urbanshutterbug.com Michelle Logan

    I would rent the Nikon 85mm f/2.8D PC-E Micro. I see so many photographers using T/S. Some of the images look amazing and I would love to try my hand at it. I would use it for both portrait and architectural shots!

  • http://gallery.me.com/ealdioq Jason

    O Man, it would be great to try out the “NIKKOR 10-24mm”. i been telling my girlfriend i would take her around downtown to take some shots of her but work has stopped us from doing that, but i have set a date for next month.

  • http://www.clarusphotography.com Jonathan Chick

    I want to try a tilt shift lens for a bridal session. There a very few photographers that can pull off having that much control over their depth of field an I want to see if I am one of them. Thanks!!

  • http://www.clarklaraphotography.com Clark Lara

    I want to rent a Nikkor 45mm 2.8 PC-E. I ahve been dying to play with one.

  • http://www.radiancephoto.biz Chester

    I would definitely rent the Canon 24mm T-SE f/3.5 L II this is the sharpest lens I have used. The tilt shift is awesome for getting sharp landscapes in the foreground and background. Super lens for architecture to get straight buildings. It’s also superb for Macro photos!

  • http://www.lydiaphotography.com Lydia

    I’d love to rent the Canon 50 1.2. Everyone seems to LOVE this lens, and I want to experience that buttery creaminess too!

  • Brian Chang

    I would love to rent the 16-35mm II. The first version was great when I shot my horror movie. I would like to try the new version.

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/superdewa Deirdre

    It would be hard to pick! It would be a Nikon lens. I’ve been wanting to try a fisheye and a macro lens (going back and forth about which ones) the 12-24mm DX, and the 50mm f/1.4 AF-S. I think if I were to win I’d look at what events I had coming up and base it on that.

  • http://www.JoshLewisPhotographer.com Josh

    I would love to get my hands on a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift. I’ve been meaning to play around with one after seeing all the awesome portraits effects it can produce. I wonder if a week will be long enough to figure out what all those knobs do!

  • Ivan

    I would rent the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 USM. I’ve heard a lot great reviews about it and I need to compare it to my prime lenses and maybe I’ll leave “prime lovers” camp then. Or buy another prime :)

  • http://flickr.com/anclroo____ Andrew

    I’d like to try the 200mm f/1.8 or f/2. just the fact that i know that the photo will be compressed and all that bokeh behind my subject will be so mesmerizing i can’t even begin to comprehend it. *drool

  • http://davidescalante.blogspot.com David

    Canon 200 2.0! Been dying to get my hands on that lens for a while now! Eager to find out if it has the same feel at the 50 1.2 but in a much larger format!

  • Joe

    I would love to rent a Nikon 200mm f/2. It would be the perfect lens to shoot my daughter’s (age 6) first ballet. She’s an angel in the high school’s “Nutcracker” performance. BorrowLenses is top notch!

  • dorn

    No brainer… Nikon 200mm f/2G AF-S VR IF-ED

    One word. Bokah

    Please & Thank you

  • http://morozgrafix.zenfolio.com/ morozgrafix

    Would love to try out one of the tilt-shift lenses for Nikon in attempt to use it for my “miniature” city series.

    I’ve rented from borrowlenses.com before and had a great experience.

  • http://www.dailyphotofix.com/blog Peter

    I have been dying to try out the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens. I have had more than a few ideas for some beautiful macro shots but have not been able to get my hands on a quality macro lens as of yet.

  • http://www.tombagby.com Tom

    Wanting to rent a Canon 85 1.2 ONE MORE TIME before I pull the trigger and spend the money on one. Just want to convince myself that the extra .6 is worth the extra $1600 over a 1.8

  • cw

    Borrowlenses is awesome, even though they are on the other side of the country from me. Shipping is a breeze, and I would recommend them in a second. A couple of years ago, I thought that getting serious about photography would be impossible for me due to lack of equipment and funds. Nervously, I rented a 70-200 2.8. I didn’t know much, but I was wanted to give it a shot. I fell in love with the lens and saw that I really could do this! Would love to continue exploring with other lenses that they make available for “the rest of us.” :)

  • Seth

    There are so many lenses I’d want, macro/zoom/etc, but I guess this would be top on my list:
    Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
    I’ve tried the non-L version, I didn’t like it enough to buy it, but the speed and size of it were great. If money wasn’t an issue, I would have gotten the L version in an instant.

  • http://jenmayphotography.wordpress.com Jen May

    50mm 1.0 Lens. I love the 50mm look and have rented quite regularly with Borrowlenses. It would rock to win a free rental with them and to try out a new lens. I would use it heavily during my rental period and create a unique blog entry featuring photos and a review of it. Thanks for this opportunity!

  • http://www.pbase.com/donutrun Jonathan

    I want to rent a Sigma 50-500 … my daughter is in her senior year of college softball and my 18-200 lens was great when she was a pitcher and a shortstop, but now that she’s the starting centerfielder, I NEED MORE REACH!! :-) She’s got one season left and I’d love to have the rental for her team’s spring trip to florida when they play 10 games in 7 days … I take photos of the whole team and post them, for free, for their families to enjoy.

  • http://www.maltphoto.com Andre

    I’d love to try out the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. I’ve been thinking about getting a nice fast walk around lens and I’ve heard great things about this one.

  • Alex

    I would like to rent the Nikon 85/1.4 and see how much of that gorgeous boken I can handle before passing out in bliss… aah.

  • http://photo.oscarc.net/ Oscar

    I want to rent the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM. I’m going to Joshua Tree National Park over Christmas, and would love to get some ultra-wide-angle shots of the desert landscape.

  • Bianca

    Without a doubt, the 24mm f/1.4L, because I’ve not yet tried an L lens, and the 24mm produces just sweet, sweet photos.

  • Tara Ann

    I would love to try the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM lens :)

  • http://www.mdturnerphotography.com Mike

    We recently ented the EF 35 F1.4L, and loved it, but we’re not in a position to buy it, but continually renting it for our weddings week after week adds up. It would be great to get to use it again without having to pay for it. I’ve also been thinking about using the 100-400 L for Wedding ceremony video, but that might not be an option for this offer.

  • http://www.roxannecooke.com Roxanne

    I’d love to rent a Canon super wide lens and experiment with landscape shots.

  • http://jayesel.net Jen

    ooh I think I’d like to try the 18-200mm 3.5, or the 14mm 2.8… I could go on :)

  • http://jbphotographic.shutterfly.com Jabilson

    I would rent a 400mm 2.8 to get the once in alifetime shots of my daughters soccer tournament. Coach is always playing her on the opposite side of the field and my 70-300 just isn’t cutting it!

  • Bob

    I would rent the Canon 50mm 1.2. I am leaving for Paris in a week and plan to shoot in all lighting situations. The f1.2 should be perfect for any lighting situation I encounter. Thanks

  • Vijay

    It would have to be the Nikkor 105/2.8 VR micro. My 3 month old son is not as active as my 3 year old, so I think I could get some great available light portraits with the VR.

  • Debbie Clark

    I would rent the Canon 50mm F1.4. Family is coming for the holidays and would be great opportunity to work on my protrait skills.

  • Rob Yasharian

    I would rent the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S ED. It will be a very long while before I’m able to buy such a lens and this would be a fantastic opportunity to try out a great lens that I’ve been dreaming about.

  • http://blog.samdevore.com Samuel C DeVore

    would love to try out either the canon ef100-400 f/4.5 for my kids swim team championships or a 85 1.2 for helping friends families with x-mas card pictures

  • Chris

    I would love to rent the Nikon 17-55mm lens f/2.8 as it would provide me a chance to get some great pictures with my dream lens.

  • http://jmbphotos.com Jennifer B

    I’m dying to use either the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye or the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift. I’m so indecisive so getting the chance to play with one would be GREAT!!!

  • http://www.cycle61.com/ Nick Davis

    I’d love to give the 14-24 a try. Got a destination wedding at Lake Tahoe in January, and it deserves nothing but the best. Would love to have Borrowlenses.com on the team for this event.

  • http://www.calvertphotography.com David Calvert

    The Nikon 24mm f/3.5D ED PC-E. I just started a project documenting an organic vineyard and I’d love a little perspective control with my Zinfandel.

  • Molly Michel

    I have been dying to try out the 45mm Tilt Shift for Canon. I’ve be afraid to rent it b/c once I do I know I’ll want one!

  • http://media-sprout.com Brandon Setter

    I’d love to check out the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift. I’ve always wanted to try one out see what kind of fun I could have! A free rental is a great chance to try out something I otherwise wouldn’t be able to…

  • Stuart Sipahigil

    I’d like to try out the Nikon 85mm f/1.4. I’ll be going on a trip to Italy in the spring and I think that might be the one lens I’m missing. It would be great to try it out before I go!

  • Bryn Clark

    I have been dying to try out an L lens… since I do so much portraiture, I’d love to try the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM for the holidays!

  • http://magnobeam.com christopher j

    I’d rent the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 Pro, excellent wide angle for buildings and landscapes.

  • http://www.abbyfoxphotography.com Abby

    i want to rent the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM !

    i like the wide angle look for shooting concerts so that i can get the entire band on stage… there’s so many others i want to try too!!!

  • http://valerieoliveiro.com Valerie Oliveiro

    I love wide angle lenses. I would love to rent a Nikon 14mm 2.8. The list is long, of course. But that one tops the list.

  • http://www.davidphotography.net David Quesada

    Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. Because I am a Prime user under 80mm, I would love to experience The 70-200 glass and have a workout the same time!

  • Joshua P Hertz

    Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM would totally rock my christmas pictures.

  • Eric M

    I want to try the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8. I love doing low/available light photography, and I really want to try this lens out.

  • Ro

    Well if the timing works out right, I would love to shoot portraits of my family over the holidays using the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. It would be ideal since everyone would be together in one place! I recently got some cheap strobes on ebay and want to try out some of the techniques I’ve been pickup up around internet.

  • Val

    I’ve been drooling over the Canon 85mm f/1.8. I’ve been waiting and waiting to try it for myself. I’m going to Mexicali soon to visit some precious children at an orphanage. I would love to use this lens to capture some beautiful images of these kids.

  • http://www.joshrodriguez.com Josh Rodriguez

    I’d rent the Nikon 200 f/2. I’ve rented it before and it is an amazing lens to shoot with!

  • Andria

    I would love to try the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S ED. I’m hoping to purchase a lens soon and I’m trying to decide between this one and the Nikon 85mm f/1.4. They both do different things, so it’s a hard decision.

  • http://www.cindyellisphotography.com Cindy Ellis

    Well shoot, I was going to say either the 10.5 fisheye or a lensbaby but everyone’s talking about the 200 f/2 and that sounds mighty sweet. I have rented from you guys twice before and I wouldn’t go to anyone else. I recommend you to anyone who asks. Thanks for being so awesome and reliable!

  • Andrew Sentipal

    I would like to rent the Nikon 200-400. It looks to be great lens for my nature photography and takes a tele converter too. Borrowlenses is the best for service. Look no further.

  • http://Janetwisnerphotography.com Janet

    I love borrow lenses and have rented from there before. I would try a 24mm just for some
    wide open shots.

  • http://photo.milewski.org Zandr

    Would love to play with an 85/1.2 for a weekend, I keep looking for an excuse to rent it. Or the 200/1.8, just to see what all the fuss is about. :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/poitnarf/ Pete

    I’m renting a Canon 24mm f/1.4L II USM from BorrowLenses.com right now and I’m really enjoying it on my 7D thus far. Wouldn’t mind getting a free lens rental to try out another lens!

  • http://Ziggyp.wordpress.com Ziggyp

    I would love to try the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR IF-ED to shoot a indoor soccer team in their first ever season. Talk about a bunch of excited boys!

  • http://vimeo.com/channels/65303 Paul Colton

    I’m a huge fan of BorrowLenses.com, and now I’m learning how to do video with my Canon 5D. I want to rent the Canon 16-35mm L II so I can do some nice wide angle video of the beautiful Half Moon Bay coastline at sunset, as well as some stop motion video of the waves crashing on the rocks.

  • anukexpat

    Without a doubt one of the new Canon TS lenses – have wanted to try one out for ages.

  • http://www.karenwadephotos.com karen w

    ooooh… I’d love the opportunity to try out the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 or 24mm PC-E lens.

  • Joanie

    No question on this one for me: the Canon 50mm/f1.4

  • http://www.305Fotography.com Joe Rivera

    I would love to win a chance to use the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM – Ive heard so many great things about it. And I would love to use it for one of my photoshoots I have coming up in 2 weeks.

  • http://dcpatton.com/ dcpatton

    My choice would be the Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM.

    I’d love to use it over the holidays to shoot candid portraits of my family and find out what I can do with such a fast lens.

  • Kenneth

    It would be simply wonderful if I can use a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR.

    I am the sports editor in my high school’s newspaper, and in addition to writing/publicizing our teams, I shoot alot of sports. It is a MAJOR challenge to shoot indoor volleyball and friday night lights football with a Nikon 70-300 f/4-5.6 (owing to the fact it has such a high f stop, compromising sports pics.)

    so, I simply need an f/2.8 to help me take “golden” shots of volleyball and football players in action, while allowing me to maintain a high shutter speed without having to go a high ISO, and to entice readership of our newspaper

  • Dave Talboys

    I would like to rent a Nikon 24-70 – I have read a lot about this lens, and would love to test drive one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paulharmo Paul Evans

    I would be unbelievably happy to rent a Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 that I tried briefly (and loved) at a MINI Cooper event, or the GODLY 24-70 (which I had the good fortune to be able to rent once to go to Italy). I know exactly when I would use either rental! Pureto Rico this Winter (24-70), or MINIs on the Dragon in April (14-24).

  • Mark

    The place I live is bigger than a small town, but smaller than a big city. I photograph everything it has to offer, but it doesn’t really offer that much.

    Since I can’t change my scenery, maybe I can change my perspective. I would rent the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 to change my view of the things around me.

  • Karen

    I’d rent the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED… again! An amazingly sharp, incredibly versatile lens. Fast, too!

  • http://www.kristinannephoto.com Kristin Anne

    Hi – I love the nikon 24-70/2.8. I had it for over two months and sending it back was tearful! But those rental fees add up ;)

  • Edwin Serrano

    Canon 50 f/1.0L!!!!!!!!!! I’ve always wanted to work with this lens. And I love how the description of it basically says if you don’t know, you’re in the wrong place.

  • http://www.tentinytoesphoto.com Amy Lemaniak

    Definitely one of the Canon 100mm L lenses!

  • http://kleginphotos.blogspot.com Katherine K

    Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 – I’m thinking about buying this lens, and I’d love to give it a trial run before spending that much money.

  • http://www.heidileighphotography.com Heidi Leigh

    Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G AF DX ED Fisheye
    I have really been wanting to try out a fisheye for receptions!

  • http://www.kiagregoryphotography.com/blog Kia Gregory

    WOULD LOVE TO RENT the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR IF-ED. Why? Because I don’t own a telephoto lens and I need to see if it would work with my style of photography!

  • Edwin Serrano

    Now if BL can only get a hand on that nikon 35 f/0.9 lens haha.

  • http://www.captsure.com Michael Hubbard

    I have been itching to try the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED. I would love to see what I can do with a wide angle lens and the fixed 2.8 is a must. Definitely need to try this lens before spending big bucks to buy it.

  • http://flickr.com/escargotsri srividya sriram

    Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM please! Been wanting to try this lens for ages now.

  • http://sharpcapture.com Kevin Hillabolt

    I’d love to rent a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift, because it’s something I probably wouldn’t rent/buy on my on, but I’d love to see how it works and try to do something creative.

  • http://robalan.com Rob Alan

    Oooo… Maybe the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S ED would be in by then? I’d try that out!

  • http://www.kimberlysalemblog.com Kim

    this is a tough one! for me, the canon 45mm T/S. i’ve been wanting to try that out for a while. coming in at a close second is the new 100mm IS… but i have the old model so that’s going to have to take a backseat:)

  • http://www.jengallardo.com Jen G

    I would love any Canon L series if only to have that glamourous yet wispy little red stripe on my camera! In particular, I’d love to try the Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM. I’m a big fan of my 50mm f/1.8 lens for portraits and would love to take that to the next level.

  • Glenn Wehmeyer

    Love to use the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM in a upcoming photoshoot. Would improve my night shooting while I’m prowling the dark city streets with my model.

  • andrew

    I would love to try the Nikon 85mm f/1.4, I hear it’s a beast for portrait photography and it wouldn’t hurt to rent one for the holidays!

  • http://www.kylabranchphotography.com kyla Branch

    Huum I think it would have to be the 16-35 2.8 L. I’ve rented it before for a wedding and almost cried when I had to mail it back.

  • http://letmeshootyourband.com Chris

    Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8, I’ve got a concert assignment it’d be perfect for, and it’d be a great first interaction with you guys

  • Dennis

    I shoot a Canon 40D and would love to try the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS. It’s out of my price range (other than to rent) and I have not yet had the opportunity to shoot with one. Thanks.

  • dgardyne

    The Nikon 70-210 f2.8 VR, have always wanted to try one out for a variety of different subjects.

  • http://blog.joricel.com Joey

    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro as I would like to try it out prior to purchasing my own unit for product work.

  • http://www.wephotography.showitsite.com Emma Merritt

    I really badly want to borrow the Canon 100mm f1.2 macro! I’ve never used a macro lense and I’ve got a wedding coming up in December and both I and the client would LOVE some crisp, clear close ups of that ring!! :)

  • http://www.jarredsutton.com/blog Jarred

    Hey Guys,
    I am a young photographer serious about wildlife photography. As anyone knows in the field, big lenses can be just darn expensive and often way out of touch. I would want to try one of the biggest telephotos you guys have for a Nikon body plus a Wimberley head and foot to use it to the best of its ability. All the best.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/infondoalmare/ Mik

    I would love to take the new Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM macro lens out for a test drive. My brother is going to be home from college soon and I’d love to get some family pictures and attempt some editorial shoots – he’s a fabulous model.

  • http://mightymarce.blogspot.com Marcy

    I would love to try out the Lensbaby Composer. Been very curious to play with the effect ever since I first heard of them.

  • http://www.ravynstadick.com Ravyn

    I would love to try the Nikon 85mm 1.4 lens.

  • http://www.carolinefontenot.com Caroline Fontenot

    I want to rent a Canon Tilt Shift lens because it’s my current dream lens

  • Pol Santos

    I would love to have the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM or Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM because on the 12th of dec. I will be doing Help-portrait, and will be giving free portraits to people who generally cant afford it, and since I will most likely be paying for prints I cant really afford to rent better glass than I already have for the shoot.

  • Shannon

    Ooooo! The Canon 15mm f/2.8 fisheye would be loads of fun to try out!

  • http://www.dominiceidson.com/ Dominic Eidson

    I would love to shoot with the Canon 85mm/f1.2 L lens. I love playing with depth of field, and from the photography I can see, it is an absolutely fabulous lens to shoot with. And such gorgeous bokeh.

  • Jason

    I would really love to try out Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8 – I’ve always wanted to try this lens, but buying it outright has always been just out of reach.

  • Rey Josue

    I’m soon to get a 300mm 2.8 L IS and i really want to try it out before i purchase the glass. I just recently got the opportunity to shoot sports and this glass is a must have. I would also gladly be pleased if i get the opportunity to use a 400mm 2.8 L IS on my 5dmarkII. These great primes are in my wish list and i would like to try them out before spending a lot of money on it.

  • Cia

    I’d like to experiment with a Tamron or Sigma wide angle lens. I want to really see how they compare to Nikkor. Plus, there are some really cool shots I can get with a wide angle lens!

  • Rosanne L

    I would rent the 85mm f/1.8. Bokeh is just amazingly fun to explore and play with!

  • Jaq Abergas

    Definitely a Nikon telephoto lens because I love close-up shots!

  • Damon Fernandes

    I would like to rent the 85mm 1.2 L II because when I rented it before, I got the best photograph EVER of my 17-month old son. It’s a photo he’ll keep forever. I want to try again for an even better one! Baby boy!

  • http://www.joshualindseyphotography.com Joshua Lindsey

    I love to rent the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 for when I shoot the Football games at my school at night. I feel invincible with this lens!

  • http://www.siaodynasty.com Bernard

    I think I’d like to take the Canon 35L out for a spin….everyone raves about that lens.

  • http://www.SvensonImages.com Brett Svenson

    I would love to get into more Macro photography and what a better way then renting the new Canon 100mm 2.8L IS :)

  • Justin

    I’d go for the Canon 70 to 200 F2.8 IS. It has the focal length I like for portraits, and it is the super sharp, Cadillac of lenses.

  • http://www.sassyshutterbug.com Samantha Decker

    I would probably go for the Canon 50mm f/1.0L because I am fond of low light photography, and I imagine this lens has got to be amazing for that!

  • Joy

    I’d want the Canon 50/1.0 because it’s definitely unheard of too expensive to buy.

  • Erick

    The canon 100-400 seems like it would be an awesome lens to try out. I’d like to compare it to my 70-200 and see which one I’d carry around more.

  • Jonathan

    The canon 200/1.8 looks awesome. I’d love to make some great bokeh with this lens.

  • Grace

    I’ve seen lots of people with the Canon 16-35/2.8. I’d really like to try that one out for myself

  • Sarah

    I am SO drawn to beautiful tilt-shift images, would love love love to try out the 24mm 3.5 T&S :)

  • http://alifeofjoyphotography.com Elli

    I would love to try the Canon 28mm 1.8 because I hear really good things about it!

  • http://kimsphotoworld.com Kim

    I have always wanted to try out a fisheye lens. I love the effect it gives photos. So, I would love to try the Peleng 8mm Fisheye for Canon.

  • Jacqueline I. Martinez

    I’d love to borrow the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L for taking pictures of my son and his father on the day of the welcome home ceremony after a one year deployment to Iraq. I’d love to have it on my Christmas wishlist if I fall in love with it ;-)

  • http://Facebook Kathy Green

    I would love to try the Nikon 18-200 Lens. I have the Nikon 18-135 and its just too short, but its the one I use most of the time. I would love to try the 18-200 to see if that could be my everyday/ grab my camera and walk around lens. Kathy

  • Jon

    I would rent the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Fisheye for Canon, because I have never shot with that wide of a lens before, and I really think it would completely change the way I see the world around me!

  • http://Www.flickr.com/photos/ddevine Dylan

    I’d like to try one of nikons pc lenses just to try it out and see what I can do.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgur/ Mark

    I work in a high-rise in Midtown Manhattan and would love to try to get a shot of a late-night, brightly lit scene with a tripod and Nikon fisheye one day.

  • Kim

    I would LOVE a free lens rental for my upcoming trip to Malaysia and Indonesia… I need a Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 or Sigma 70mm f/2.8 macro lens. Such a better option to rent vs. pay a lot for expensive lenses!

  • Vivien

    I’d love to try out the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. I’m planning on replacing my 18-55 kit lens that came with the XSi and I’ve heard great things about this replacement lens, including it’s f/2.8 all the way, popular focal range, and image quality. However, it’s quite an expensive lens (not an L lens but has an L lens price tag on it) and it’s also not compatible with full frame. Therefore, I’d be awesome if I could rent the lens and try it out to help me decide whether it’s worth the cost. Can’t get any better than bringing a lens home for a couple of days to get the hands-on experience with it before purchasing, especially when rentals from borrowlenses.com is just a tiny fraction of the cost :) For this lens, that means $41.00 (from borrowlenses.com) vs. $990 (on amazon.com)!

  • Luis R.

    Would love to try out the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR IF-ED. Basketball season is coming up in several colleges and would like to try it out.

  • http://carlybish.com carly

    I’ve heard Nikon’s 28 f1.4 is pretty incredible but I can’t find it for rent anywhere! I’d love to give it a whirl before shelling out major bucks, hence my love for BorrowLenses. :P

  • http://memoriestolast.com Khristen

    No nonsense here: I’d like to try the 70-200 for Canon and see if bigger would be better

  • http://www.dutch9.com Ryan Van

    I need to use a Canon 400mm 2.8 for a bowl game in December. I will need to rent one…it would be AWESOME to get a free rental! This will be my first bowl game!! I am excited.

  • http://www.redheartphoto.com/blog Marina

    I have rented the 24mm tilt shift for Nikon before from Borrowlenses.com and I loved it. I was on cloud nine the whole 2 weeks and 5 weddings I shot with it. Now I have shot my last wedding til May as I am due to have baby #4 in early December. I would LOVE to have this lens again to help me artistically capture the first few days of life with my new baby.

  • http://davewilsonphotography.com Dave Wilson

    I’m definitely keen to have some play time with a Nikon 24-70mm f2.8.

  • tim heyer

    Definitely the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. I’ve heard so many good things about it, I’d love to give it a try myself!

  • David Hunt

    I would try out a Nikkor macro lens of some variety. Probably the 105. I would love to see what difference it makes vs my standard lenses.

  • http://www.dbimpressions.com Diane – DB Impressions

    I would rent something along the lines of the 10-18mm range….(yes I know that isn’t a specific lens) because its the only range I’d use that I don’t have covered…and I love trying new things!

  • Rose

    Would love to try the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift. I just saw some TS photos for the 1st time last year and would love to try out this lens!

  • Samantha

    I would rent the 24mm f/1.4 L II lens for portraiture. I love bokeh, and I love the dramatic “umph” you get from wide-angle lenses– so I think this would be the perfect one to rent!

  • http://www.frankkendralla.com Frank

    I plan to rent the Sigma 10-20 for a few events I am shooting during the holidays.

    I rented a Nikon 10.5 fisheye during the summer for weddings and senior portraits and loved the look [and so did the clients].

    Thanks!

    Frank

  • http://www.betsykingphoto.com Betsy

    I want to try the 50 1.2 sooooooo badly!!!! Please, please, please, Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!! I have been wanting to invest in this lens so badly, but would love to work with it for a couple of days first. This would be a great opportunity!

    Thanks!

  • http://throwingwaffles.com elizabetht

    I’d definitely rent the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5… I have been longing to try out a wide angle lens (I have one for my film camera) and from what everyone says, this is one to try.

  • http://hollomans.blogspot.com Hoopensnooper

    Tough choice! Possibly a 70-200mm 2.8L or maybe a fisheye lens or most likely, since basketball season is coming up, a 50mm 1.2L. Too many choices to think about!

  • http://karenrevellephotography.blogspot.com Karen

    I would also love to try an 85mm 1.8… I’ve tried the 1.2 but it’s big and heavy and you have to be ultra-precise with your focal point. I’ve heard wonderful things about the 1.8 and that it’s equally awesome, but less clunky in size, and I’ve heard the motor is much more responsive and fast/accurate. If I got to try it out and liked it, it will be my next prime lens purchase! :-)

  • Jennifer Farris

    I would rent the ever-popular Canon 70-200L IS. I really need to show my husband that this lens is a worthy investment for my fledgling business. He needs to see the difference in the clarity and bokeh.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/derekortiz/ Derek

    I would rent the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. I will be shooting a charity concert that I helped my Dad plan this weekend (Nov. 21st) and I think this lens would be perfect. Also, I could pick it up. If I don’t win I hope Jacqueline (thank you for your families service) or Marina (congrats on your new baby) end up winning the rental.

  • http://www.poppablog.com dwayne

    I would rent the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR, one of those lenses that I want to buy, but need some time with it to seal the deal…just been hesitant to rent it because I’m sure that I’ll end up buying it.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/steveperalta Steve peralta

    i would like to play with a Nikon 24mm f/3.5D ED PC-E tilt shift. since it is a lens i would probrobly never buy becasue of cost.

    • http://flickr.com/photos/steveperalta Steve peralta

      actually the tilt shift lens will not work on my d200 body.. so i’ll go for the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR IF-ED

  • Gabriel

    My wife has wanted to try out Nikon’s 24-70mm ever since it came out. I know we could never afford one, but a few days of bliss is better than no days of bliss. :)

  • Pan

    I’d love to give a 100mm macro a try!

  • http://www.mach-cole.com Deborah Cole

    I love children, those faces melt me. I would love to try out the Canon 85mm 1.8 It is said to be perfect for portraits and low light. Catch kids totally off guard being kids,priceless memories.

  • Trina

    I am dying to try out the AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED from Nikon. I really crave a macro lens and this is expensive for me so I’d like to try it out before investing one!

  • Mike

    85 f/1.2L What more is there to say? It’s the king of all Canon lenses.

  • http://photodoto.com/ John Watson

    Thanks for playing everyone… Winner will be announced shortly.

  • http://photodoto.com/ John Watson

    And the winner is: Nick Davis! Congrats, Nick. Check your email.

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