BorrowLenses – A Great Lens Rental Solution

We have a new sponsor of the site here with! As you guys know, I only do reviews of products and services that I actually use, and I’m happy to say that BorrowLenses has made it onto that coveted list!

What is it? It’s basically NetFlix for Camera Lenses and it’s very cool.

I guess I could end the review right there. You get it, right? They have a website with tons of lenses. You pick out the lens you want, choose how long you want to rent it for, then check out. It couldn’t be simpler.

I tried it out by getting a Fisheye lens for my Nikon. Specifically, it was the “Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G AF DX ED Fisheye””. It’s about a $700 lens, and it’s one of those that I’ve always wanted, but I’m not sure I would use it “$700-worth”! Does that make sense?

So, here are the two main reasons I can think of to rent a lens instead of buying:

  • I am going on a special trip or for a special shoot and I want to rent a lens for just the duration. For example, maybe a wildlife-viewing trip where I wanted one of those monster zoom lenses.
  • I’ve always wondered about how I could use a lens like X, but I don’t want to shell out a ton of money and have buyer’s remorse. A good example is a macro or a tilt-shift lens, in my case. is also more than just Lens Rental. You can rent lights, flashes, tripods, memory cards, and all other sorts of accessories there too.

The process was extremely simple. The lens I ordered arrived in well-cushioned box that contained all the return instructions and Fed-Ex stickers for return inside. Returning was a snap. I just put it back in the same box and affixed the Fed-Ex sticker that came with the lens. Easy as pie!

I certainly recommend the service. I loved it and I’ll be using it for lens rental again and again! Now I have no excuse not to try out new lenses!

Here is their little ad below. We will also run it along the right hand side of the webpage. As always, we like to keep the advertising as unobtrusive as possible.

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  • WOW! Thank you for this information. I did not know this site even existed! I will have to try them out! 🙂

  • Wow! You can even rent cameras as well. Excellent way to try out that new camera or lens you’ve been wanting to buy but as you said didn’t want to risk ending up with buyer’s remorse. I love this idea and will probably rent a lens or two in the near future. Thanks for the heads up, Trey.

  • I’ve used them in the past and was extremely happy with the rental. Thankfully, they live just down the street from me, so easy access is another plus. Can certainly recommend them.

  • kokoko

    How does it compare to adorama rental?

  • Steve Lumpkin

    What, no nice person to give us a discount?

  • Thanks for the feedback.

    Kokoko – I am not sure – never tried them.

    Steve – Alas, no… but if they have specials in the future, I’m sure they’ll let me know

  • Trey, thanks so much for giving us a try and for putting us up on your exclusive vendor list. I am glad you were satisfied with the service.

    Allow me to introduce myself – my name is Max and I am one of the owners of I simply love the breathtaking photos on and am looking forward to a good partnership.

    @Marianne: glad to see a local customer on this site 🙂

    @Steve: we will definitely be having specials starting October/November, so please sign up for our newsletter (by creating an account) or twitter feed ( to get notified of those.

    I will monitor this thread for a bit to answer any questions you guys have.


  • Jim

    I have used several times and am delighted with their service and the condition of their equipment.

  • i rented from them best service got it on time i will def use them again for my next photo shoot.

  • Awesome, When I was looking for a good place to rent lens and a camera Body Borrowlenses was one of them. I went with They are great too. I will try out Borrownlenses also. Thanks!

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  • Howard Klevens

    My wife and I are going on a photo safari to South Africa. She has a Canon EOS Digital SLR. I would like to rent a telephoto lens for her for the period of the 12th thru the 23rd of April. Which lens would you suggest.
    Since we have a Canon, we will need a 2nd camera for myself. I would like to rent a NIKON, digital, SLR, with fast speed picture taking. I will need a telephoto lens as well. We will be looking at animals from 50 yards to 100 yards inclusive. What will I need to rent.

  • John S

    I highly agree Trey! I to have a link to them on my site. I found that they are very good to use for a lot of different purposes, from renting lenses to extra camera bodies, the range is almost limitless. Excellent pricing and shipping.

  • john k.

    Trey..just placed an order with these folks, will see if they get it right. Good timing as my zoom was having auto focus problems and had to be sent for repair. Can’t go to Yosemite without a zoom.

  • I wanted to buy a lens for some photos I needed for a new site I was working on when someone told me about your site…

    Great stuff! Get the job done for a fraction of the price!

  • Akshay

    is it available in indis if yes what are the address details

  • Akshay

    i mean india

  • Jose

    Too bad they don’t carry Pentax lenses.

  • Jose – we do carry Pentax now.

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  • first company i’ve ver rented a lens from, the experience was good and i’ll use them again.

  •  I ordered a lens from their company and I received a bag of mixed “aa” batteries. I don’t know what’s up with that. I ordered from them in the past and everything went smoothly. I’ve emailed several times and never got a response and when I called them about it, I was hung up on. They appeared to be a decent company but this is very disappointing and seems like a scam. I am disputing the charge on my card and continuing to look for answers. All that was in my package was a bag of about 50 used batteries. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

  • Anonymous

    Heck, I wish I had known about this a year ago.  I went to Africa for a photo safari and had some decent lenses but wished for a high quality super-telephoto.  Good excuse for a return trip!

  • Morris Hansen

    Trey, I have used LensProtogo in the past but today decided to try based on your recommendation.  In short, this has not been a pleasant experience.  They need a signature for the delivery so I had to ship it to my work.  I am not sure but based on this, they require a bunch of verification.  They just asked for a photocopy of my credit card (front and back), a copy of my drivers license and a utility bill.  I think this is way out of line and I am not willing to give them my detailed information.  Just thought I would share this with others.  When I used LensProtoGo a couple years ago, it was fast and painless.

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  • Autumn

    Hello, I just ran into this issue with the company, rent They wanted to see my drivers license and a copy of my utility bill. Is this normal?

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