This isn't a post about nature. But it's related.
Any nature photography enthusiast knows that camera equipment can be very expensive. Just the camera and its kit lens alone is enough to set one back by a few thousand bucks. And these are hardly enough to equip and satisfy the intrepid nature photographer. In fact, more often than not, nature photography requires very specialised lenses and equipment such as macro lenses and a good flashlight for macro-photography and a powerful telephoto zoom lens for taking good clear shots of birds, butterflies and other creatures at some distance away. If one specialises in a particular sort of photography, then it makes good sense to invest in such equipment for personal use. But if one is merely dabbling in such specialised photography on an occasional basis, then it hardly makes any sense at all to spend thousands of dollars.
This is where the Camera Rental Centre comes in handy. I was first introduced to them by a friend when I was complaining about how I will be needing to spend money again on some camera equipment. I was skeptical about the idea at first, but after scrutinizing their website, the price list and reading the quick responses to the queries I posted, I was confident that this was going to work and that it would save me thousands of dollars.
These guys are equipped with mainly Canon and Nikon cameras and lenses, including some of the latest lenses in the market. They also carry all sorts of equipment like speedlites, battery grips, filters, remotes, teleconverters, tripods and a whole lot more. Best part of all this is, the prices are really reasonable. I rented the Canon telephoto zoom lens EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.5 for $40 for the weekend. These guys also have a 'Super Value Saturday' which gives a 50% discount on selected equipment every Saturday. If you sign up with them, you will get an email notification each week on the equipment on offer. They also have other promotions such as the coming National Day weekend where all equipment is half price for the entire 3 days. Pretty neat deal if you ask me. Now you can snap away without feeling the pinch, money-wise!