Want to send a shout out to Lens Rentals, one of the coolest and most helpful businesses for photographers around. Their selection of lenses for rent (as well as cameras and other accessories) have helped me with many a project, from magazine articles to my tower tour atop the Mackinac Bridge to the creation of our coffee table book Wings and the photos on this site.
This service is terrific for both pros and enthusiasts who occasionally need pro-grade tools for specific projects, but may not want to make the leap and purchase those items. For example, I’ve rented both the Canon 70–300mm f/4–5.6L IS and the Canon 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS, lenses that absolutely made certain projects but which I would rather not spend the money to permanently add to my tool kit.
In addition to Canon and Nikon gear, they also carry cool, more niche brands like Leica and Fujifilm. This part of their selection is a terrific opportunity for photographers to try before they buy. I’ve been interested in the FujiFilm X-Pro series since it was announced. I recently rented one from them to try it out . . . and immediately fell in love with it. I’ve already begun saving for one of my own.