Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing whether to borrow or buy, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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One of the great things about some of the lenses that we've looked at here is that they're…extremely affordable.…Some of the other things that we've looked at here are not so affordable.…Tilt-shift lenses, very long telephoto lenses, high-quality ultra-wide lenses, these can…easily start at a thousand dollars apiece, depending on the specs of the particular lens you're looking at.…And before you think, "Well, then I'll never be able to shoot with any of these,"…consider the possibility of lens rental.…It used to be that to rent a lens you had to have a good rental house in your area,…but with online rental you can now rent just about any type of lens no matter where you live.…
In fact, several of the lenses that you've seen in this course are lenses that we have rented.…And we've rented them all from borrowlenses.com.…Borrowlenses has a huge assortment of lenses for various cameras, great pricing, and they're…very easy to deal with.…If you think shipping the lens back and forth is going to be a hassle, it's really not,…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.