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Rent classic wide zooms like the 14-24mm or sharp primes in lengths anywhere between 10mm and 35mm, plus our full range of portable lighting, production equipment, medium format cameras, and so much more – all with no or low deposit. Reserve your lenses, have them shipped directly to you, and use the prepaid return label after you're done.
BL carries popular brands like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, and Leica. We also have an expanding inventory from brands like Rokinon, Venus Optics, DZOFILM, and more.
There are rentals for a lot of things, from power tools to purses, but you might not realize just how useful renting photo and video equipment is. For one, buying the gear you want for each of the types of gigs you do can get very expensive – prohibitively so for the hobbyist. But that doesn't mean you should go without trying the latest tech! Here are just a few of the benefits of renting:
Convenience When Traveling
Leave your personal gear at home and eliminate the risk of it getting broken or stolen.
Photographing air shows once a year is the perfect use case for renting vs shelling out upwards of 10K on a super telephoto lens!
Don't learn on the job study a piece of gear ahead of time! Rent a camera or lighting kit and get hands-on with it before jumping into a major event assistants, take note!
Not sure if you want to upgrade or if some certain new shiny system will work with your current accessories? Instead of using credit to purchase something expensive and relying too much on a decent returns policy, why not just borrow the item for as little as dollars a day?
Wide angle lenses are not all created equally. Here are a few key things to consider when picking out your lens:
Almost all wide angle lenses create some distortion, though different lenses result in different distortions. The most obvious in wide angles is perspective distortion, where, for example, if two objects are the same size, the one that is farther away will appear smaller. This is why a straight road appears to converge to a point or a dog's nose will appear comically huge when close to the wide angle lens. All wide lenses will exhibit this to a greater or lesser degree.
With barrel distortion, the edges of the image look bent, causing straight lines to appear curved and it’s more pronounced the wider a lens is. Sometimes this effect is desired and other times it's not so pay attention if a lens touts having low barrel distortion or low distortion "at the edges".
A rectilinear lens is made to reduce barrel distortion and the best lenses can virtually eliminate it. If a little bit remains, image editing software can often correct it. The majority of our lenses are rectilinear but their ability to control distortion still varies. For a wide angle that captures true-to-life lines, a tilt-shift lens might be required.
The counterpart to this is the curvilinear lens (most often seen as "fisheyes"). These generally are found at the shortest focal lengths (less than 15mm) and create an almost circular image with a field of view that can reach 180 degrees.
One of the main perks of the wide angle lens is the ability to squeeze more into your frame. They’re a natural fit for landscape and night sky photographers and documentarians. But they are also incredibly popular among those who specialize in real estate, urbex, and concerts/festivals/clubs. Here are a few of our most popular models:
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III
This is a versatile and extremely popular wide angle zoom that's the ideal companion for landscape work, vacations, events, and street photography. It offers edge-to-edge sharpness, excellent light transmission, and minimal distortion.
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G
This is a fast, sharp ultra-wide zoom lens with a rugged construction and professional-grade dust and moisture resistance suitable for landscape photography in almost all conditions. It features low coma and aberrations, making it a good choice for night sky and star photography.
Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM
This is a high-quality ultrawide lens that is part of Sony's esteemed G Master series. It offers outstanding optics designed specifically for night sky landscape shooting, with high-curvature XA elements that minimize sagittal flare for more accurate rendering of stars.
Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm f/4
This micro four thirds mount lens, when mounted on a Lumix G camera, offers advanced contrast AF performance in addition to normal AF, which is smooth and precise, making this a popular choice for everyday video shooting.
Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM
For users of Canon's new RF-mount mirrorless system, this sharp prime lens is an ideal choice for street and lifestyle photography. Its smooth AF performance makes it perfect for shooting video and would be a great photo/video hybrid lens for weddings and other major events.
Fuji XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM
This lens is equipped with a field curvature correction mechanism that adjusts according to the position of the zoom in order to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness while aspherical lens elements control distortion and spherical aberration. This means having an ultrawide angle of view without giving up accurate rendering.
If you ever have any trouble figuring out which lens goes with your camera, our crew at BL are all shooters themselves and are happy to walk you through every step of the way! Contact BL for assistance on your gear order.
Browse our selection, choose your need-by dates in our date picker, select your shipping (all shipments have return labels), and let our professionals handle the rest. Some handy things to know:
1. It's always a good idea to receive your gear well ahead of when your gig begins so that you can get comfortable with your equipment or avoid any weather-related delays with carriers.
2. Your return day is your postmark date no worrying about calculating transit times when sending stuff back!
3. Take advantage of our UPS shipping locations if you cannot receive your order at home or on set.
4. Rent for a minimum of 3 days enough to cover a fun weekend event all the way up to 90 days.
BL gear experts are here to help. With locations on both the east and west coasts, you will love the quick shipping and expert service.
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