Some time ago, we gave out a few free lens rentals via BorrowLenses.com — and now we’re doing it again! We’ll give out a one week equipment rental to two different winners (see details below for entry). This is a cool deal as the holidays approach, and it’s a good way to try out some new equipment or even use it for a paid shoot or personal project.

BorrowLenses.com

If you haven’t checked them out in a while, they have a few new things happening. First off, they’re selling some of their equipment as the bring in new stuff — not a bad way to pick up a new lens or camera body at a discounted price. Also, you can get a 10% discount as a first time customer if you use the code “First10″ when placing an order. And finally, BorrowLenses.com is offering a membership program to the heavy users — $99/year gets you a full-time 10% discount on orders, increased availability of rental items, and no cancellation fees. Not a bad deal if you’re shooting a lot of paid projects that require top quality glass. They’ve also been bulking up on lighting equipment for you Strobists, and they now do sensor cleaning for you dSLR users.

For the rental giveaway, here are a few ground rules:

  • You need to be in the US.
  • The order will need to be made online and you will need to provide a credit card number. This won’t be charged but they will need it to ensure you don’t run off with their lens :-). BorrowLenses.com is a reputable business but if you don’t feel comfortable with this condition please don’t enter.
  • The offer excludes super telephoto lenses and pro camera bodies.

To enter the raffle, just leave a comment and tell us you’d like to win! I’ll draw two winners on December 12, 2009 — so get your entry in right away.

[UPDATE 12-8-09] You can enter multiple times by doing any of the following:

  1. Leave a comment on this post. (1 entry per person)
  2. Retweet (Via your Twitter account) “Another lens rental contest! http://bit.ly/56AGTp Retweet and post the RT as a comment for a second chance to win! (via @BorrowLenses)” Post the RT and/or (preferably) the link to your RT here in the comments (as a separate comment from the #1 entry method). (1 entry per person)
  3. Post about this giveaway on your blog, in a forum, or any other appropriate avenue — just don’t spam the forums and other public spaces. Then leave a comment (again, separate comment from your other entries) with a link to your post. (1 entry per person)

So there you go — 3 ways to improve your odds at winning.

[UPDATE 12-13-2009] The raffle is over, and the winners have been chosen. See my follow-up post for more details.

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I’d love to win! I’m sure I’ll be getting out once finals are over — nice glass would be sweet. :)

December 7, 2009 10:38 pm

Free? Why not. I’d try something out for a week.

December 7, 2009 10:42 pm

It would be a Christmas present like none other to win!

December 7, 2009 10:42 pm

There are so many lens I would like to try before buying. Thanks for this chance.

December 7, 2009 10:47 pm

You know I’d love to win some glass to play with! Thanks for the chance.

December 7, 2009 10:47 pm

Thanks for this opportunity! I’d love to win!

December 7, 2009 10:50 pm

I’m blind without glass! I want to win!

December 7, 2009 10:55 pm

A chance to play with glass I can’t afford for a whole week? Sign me up! :)

December 7, 2009 11:26 pm

If I’m not in too much trouble for my mutton chop comment, I’d like to enter! :D

December 7, 2009 11:36 pm

A tilt-shift & a macro would be such a wonderful experience! Thanks for the contest!

December 8, 2009 12:04 am

The 12th is my nieces 4th birthday and would love to have a new piece of glass to shoot her and her baby sister! Thanks for the opportunity.

December 8, 2009 12:20 am

I’d love to win as well! I’m heading to England in less than 6 weeks and I’m in the market for a new lens and it’d be great to try some out before I buy :D

December 8, 2009 1:18 am

Well I checked out thier site, here’s what I’d like if I win:

nikon_35_1.8

December 8, 2009 1:23 am

I’d love to play with a fisheye in the snow!

December 8, 2009 2:20 am

Hi
I’d like to win :)

December 8, 2009 2:36 am

I’d love to get a chance to play around with the Tokina 11-16mm for free before I commit. Thanks!

December 8, 2009 5:07 am

I would love to win! I share info on this site with my students and they have been very happy with the service — My Christmas photo journey could be a perfect time to try something, and winning would be great!

Either way thanks for a super blog.

December 8, 2009 5:16 am

Would love to win!!!

December 8, 2009 5:25 am

Thanks for the opportunity. I’d love to try some new lenses!

December 8, 2009 5:43 am

I would love to win, and to try out some lenses I do not have.

December 8, 2009 5:52 am

This is a great company and I would love to win a rental from them. Thanks for the opportunity!!

December 8, 2009 6:12 am

YES, I want to win!!!!!!!!!

December 8, 2009 6:12 am

A seriously good wide angle would rock!

December 8, 2009 6:13 am

I’d like to win!

December 8, 2009 6:19 am

Oh yeah, I would LOVE this! So perfect, thanks!

December 8, 2009 6:36 am

I’d love to try out a different lens!! Thanks for doing this.

December 8, 2009 6:40 am

I’m definitely up for some quality time with a Nikon 24-70mm f2.8.

December 8, 2009 6:45 am

well of course i’d like to try out them fine glasses.. ^.^

December 8, 2009 7:24 am

I would love to win this. A perfect way to try before I buy. Thanks.

December 8, 2009 7:38 am

Awesome!!! I could sure use a macro for a project I’m working on.

December 8, 2009 7:45 am

Sign me up, this would be great!!

December 8, 2009 7:53 am

I have a new prime lens on my wish list and would love to try out Nikon’s 50mm 1.4 or 1.2, 85mm 1.4, 35mm 1.8, especially since I just got a D700 and am finding that my current lenses act very differently on full frame sensors. Thanks for a chance to win!

December 8, 2009 7:54 am

What fun. I’d love to win. Thanks.

December 8, 2009 7:55 am

Looking to try this service

December 8, 2009 8:06 am

I am thinking of purchasing a few new lenses. I’d love to try one out. I’ve also never rented a lens before, and would love to try the experience first hand.

December 8, 2009 8:06 am

I would love to try out a new macro lens. Here’s hoping to win.

December 8, 2009 8:41 am

Who wouldn’t love to win? Not me!

December 8, 2009 9:09 am

I’d love to win! Of course then I’d have to figure out what is my highest priority on the new-toys-to-play-with list, but that’s a problem I’d love to have….;>

December 8, 2009 9:18 am

Dear Mr. MuttonChops, please enter me to win. =)

December 8, 2009 9:26 am

I would LOVE to win this!! :)

December 8, 2009 9:31 am

I’d like the Canon “Harold”, the 70-200 2.8 IS famous lens. I’d love to see if I could lift it and get some great outdoor beach portraits with it.

December 8, 2009 9:32 am

I’d like to try out either the 70-200 2.8 IS or 24-105 lens to compare to my current lenses.

December 8, 2009 10:28 am

I would LOVE to rent a lens for a week! There are many I would like to try out before buying!
thanks!!

December 8, 2009 10:35 am

I wanna try to win the free rental.

(C’mon random number generator…pick my post).

December 8, 2009 10:45 am

We’ve rented a Nikon fisheye from them before. Hope we can do it again (for free this time)!

December 8, 2009 10:50 am

Sweet. I have tried them out yet and this would be a great way to do so.

I’d love to win the free rental from Borrowlenses.

December 8, 2009 11:32 am

Win? You bet I’d love to win this deal! There’s a few lenses I’ve always wanted to try but I’ve never found the right rental store yet!

December 8, 2009 11:46 am

I’d LOVE to win a sweet lens rental! I’ve been looking at buying a new Canon lens but I want to give it a test drive before I commit to dropping the money!

December 8, 2009 12:26 pm

Would love to try out some new glass!

December 8, 2009 12:33 pm

I would love to win the chance to play with a very nice fast 70-200mm nikon lens. I have an engagement session coming up soon.

December 8, 2009 12:42 pm

I wanna win! I wanna win! I wanna win win win win win!

December 8, 2009 12:42 pm

How can I choose just one lens? But I’ll give it a try if I win…

December 8, 2009 12:49 pm

I’d love to win, thanks for the chance!

December 8, 2009 1:05 pm

I’m just starting out and would love to try out a fish eye lens and see what results come from it!

December 8, 2009 1:14 pm

I would like to win as well. Would love to try out renting some new glass.

December 8, 2009 1:18 pm

Of course I want to win! Who wouldn’t?

December 8, 2009 2:35 pm

Let me win.

December 8, 2009 2:48 pm

I want to win! Thank you!

December 8, 2009 2:58 pm

I want to win! Big Time!

December 8, 2009 3:13 pm

Free is always good. I’d like to win. 80)

December 8, 2009 3:19 pm

I’d like to win because trying out a 105 macro lens is a lot cheaper than buying it. No matter how much I think I’d LOVE her. (yes, it’s a her)

December 8, 2009 3:26 pm

gimme gimme ;) I’d love to win!

December 8, 2009 3:41 pm

I’d love to try a lens out for a week! thanks!

December 8, 2009 3:55 pm

i’d love to win a free lens rental

December 8, 2009 3:56 pm

I’d love to win so I could try out the specialty lenses !

December 8, 2009 4:01 pm

I’d like to win this! Thanks for the chance!!!!!

December 8, 2009 5:00 pm

I had a week rental from them for a trip I took, they were awesome.

December 8, 2009 5:19 pm

rented from them a few times and great experience each time. Would love a free rental

December 8, 2009 5:23 pm

I know this may seem far-fetched, but I’d like to win. :)

December 8, 2009 5:24 pm

Thanks for the chance to win a free lens rental!!

December 8, 2009 5:25 pm

Another lens rental contest! http://bit.ly/56AGTp Retweet and post the RT as a comment for a second chance to win! (via @BorrowLenses)

December 8, 2009 5:27 pm

I still want to give one of those TS-E lenses a try…

December 8, 2009 5:29 pm

I would love to win a nice rental for the holidays!

December 8, 2009 5:30 pm

BrynClark RT @BorrowLenses Another lens rental contest! http://bit.ly/56AGTp Retweet and post the RT as a comment for a second chance to win!

December 8, 2009 5:31 pm

I want to Win! a free lens rental, got my eye on that Canon 50 1.2.

December 8, 2009 5:33 pm

I’d LOVE to win a free rental! Can’t afford to buy or rent the lenses I’d like to use/try out!

December 8, 2009 5:39 pm

I would really, really love to win…

December 8, 2009 5:43 pm

Yes, I would like to win. Thanks for the contest!

December 8, 2009 5:46 pm

BorrowLenses Another lens rental contest! http://bit.ly/56AGTp Retweet and post the RT as a comment for a second chance to win!

December 8, 2009 5:50 pm

i want to win so i can try something with a sketchy remote mount over a bottomless pit and not be too worried.

December 8, 2009 5:57 pm

I have been following borrowlenses.com for about a year since I first heard about it from @Scottbourne on This week in Photography and on Twitter. I have two family portrait shoots and a landscape photowalk coming up so I could put some great glass and a body to use. I would absolutely love to win the free lens rental for a week. Thanks for the service you provide! Scott says you are awesome and have out of this world customer service. I will experience it soon I am sure!

Thank You, Kelly C aka @pentaxfan

December 8, 2009 5:58 pm

I’d love to win cause there’s some lenses I’d love to try out but can only afford the ones that I “need”.

December 8, 2009 6:01 pm

Another lens rental contest! http://bit.ly/56AGTp Retweet and post the RT as a comment for a second chance to win!

December 8, 2009 6:01 pm

I would love a free rental.

December 8, 2009 6:02 pm

I’d love to win! I’ve been meaning to rent the lensbaby lens for Nikon because I am obsessed with tilt-shift photography!

December 8, 2009 6:04 pm

I’d love a shot to win a rental myself!

December 8, 2009 6:09 pm

Thanks for offering this giveaway opportunity. I have my eye on a Nikon lens or two that I’d like to try out.

December 8, 2009 6:15 pm

I want to win the one week rental from http://www.borrowlenses.com

Thank You!

December 8, 2009 6:16 pm

BrynClark RT @BorrowLenses Another lens rental contest! http://bit.ly/56AGTp Retweet and post the RT as a comment for a second chance to win!

December 8, 2009 6:17 pm

I would love to try out the new Canon 100mm 2.8L Is Macro!

December 8, 2009 6:19 pm

i’d love to win!

December 8, 2009 6:25 pm

Sweet! Count me in!

December 8, 2009 6:36 pm

I would love to have some great glass, like a 14-24, for in-car pictures of an incredible trip this spring… MINIs on the Dragon! Great roads, Great people, and hopefully, great pics! As a college student, I just don’t have the money to rent a lens like that, but I want to be able to remember the trip well. Please pick me, what a heck of an opportunity!

December 8, 2009 6:37 pm

I would love to win!!!

Tried BorrowLenses once and love them :)

December 8, 2009 6:38 pm

I’d definitely be renting the 105 macro lens to see if it’s what I really need. Thanks for the chance to win!

December 8, 2009 6:46 pm

Ooh ooh me. I have been meaning to try out this rental process.

December 8, 2009 6:59 pm

I want to win!!! Yeah!!! Would love to rent a new lens!!!

December 8, 2009 7:08 pm

Count me in! I want to try out a tilt shift!

December 8, 2009 7:18 pm

Will be great to be able to try out the Nikkor 70-200

December 8, 2009 7:23 pm

I’d like to try out the canon d7 body to see if I should upgrade and use it for video production

December 8, 2009 7:27 pm

So many lenses so little time!

December 8, 2009 7:30 pm

I would love to win! I want to rent a tilt shift lens.

December 8, 2009 7:35 pm

Posted an RT of the contest on my twitter page!

http://www.twitter.com/jtabergas

December 8, 2009 8:02 pm

I’ve posted the RT on Twitter: http://twitter.com/dawn_armfield/status/6484978975

December 8, 2009 8:09 pm

Oh! Pick me, pick meeeeeee!

December 8, 2009 8:10 pm


Sigh. I guess I’d like to win… yeah okay – count me in.

December 8, 2009 8:20 pm


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December 8, 2009 8:22 pm

I’m trying to decide which lens to buy. Nikon’s 24-70mm or the 17-35mm. I hear such good things about both. I’ll use the free rental to rent one and rent the other myself to decide. Thanks for the contest!!

December 8, 2009 8:28 pm




what a cool idea I have never heard of them before

December 8, 2009 8:48 pm

Ooooo….I’d love to play with a telephoto ! Thanks for the chance :-)

December 8, 2009 8:56 pm

I tweeted, too. Link

December 8, 2009 8:58 pm


Have my eyes on a lens I would love to rent!

Christy

December 8, 2009 11:01 pm


I wanna rent a rocking awesome lens!

December 9, 2009 1:31 am

Entered!

December 9, 2009 2:15 am

Another lens rental contest! http://bit.ly/56AGTp Retweet

December 9, 2009 2:22 am

peter_carvalho Another lens rental contest! http://bit.ly/56AGTp

December 9, 2009 5:38 am

Free rental . . . I’m there!

December 9, 2009 6:31 am

Pick me, pick me ;)

everardok Another lens rental contest! http://bit.ly/56AGTp Retweet and post the RT as a comment for a second chance to win! (via @BorrowLenses)

December 9, 2009 8:08 am

I’d loooove to win! My boyfriend has a company that hr could definitely use it for! :)

December 9, 2009 8:14 am

December 9, 2009 9:14 am

I would love to win….obviously

December 9, 2009 9:21 am

My RT as seen here http://twitter.com/carriehasson

Another lens rental contest! http://bit.ly/56AGTp Retweet and post the RT as a comment for a second chance to win! (via @BorrowLenses)

December 9, 2009 10:51 am

…would love to win! Could have used a lens yesterday at the Eddie surf comp. yesterday for sure!

December 9, 2009 10:52 am

Ooo! Ooo! Pick me!

December 9, 2009 11:22 am


Wow I would like win!

December 9, 2009 2:31 pm


REteweeted: http://twitter.com/dtnorth/statuses/6515435564

Won’t be able to get a third entry, ’cause my site is temporarily down….:(

December 9, 2009 6:10 pm

Yes Please

December 9, 2009 6:36 pm

I would so love to win this contest.

http://twitter.com/tomw1962

December 9, 2009 8:11 pm

I would love to win a free lens rental. I could really use it, since all I have is a telephoto for my Canon.

December 10, 2009 11:36 am

woo hoo a chance for a free rental – i’d try a wide angle or macro lens

December 11, 2009 9:25 am

This this is a great way to try a lens before buying it!

December 11, 2009 2:01 pm

Weeeeeee free rental – great contest

December 11, 2009 2:05 pm

I’d like to win. I would love to try out the 70-200 f2.8

December 11, 2009 2:06 pm

Me, me, pick me! :)

December 11, 2009 2:17 pm

I would love to win!
RT in the comments for a second chance to win.

http://twitter.com/c_bStudios

December 11, 2009 2:27 pm

retweeted this via a button so i can’t put a direct link to mine, but it’s at my profile http://www.twitter.com/scottymchotty

December 11, 2009 2:42 pm

yay free lens rental, i

December 11, 2009 2:56 pm

I’d like to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

December 11, 2009 3:36 pm

I WaNnA wIn!! :)

December 11, 2009 5:40 pm

I’d love to win. Tilt shift would be my lens of choice.

December 11, 2009 8:07 pm

I’d love to win! I bet the customer service for the freebie will be as great as for the paying customer service.

December 11, 2009 9:07 pm

Win lens rentals from @BorrowLenses http://bit.ly/56AGTp Retweet and repost the information as a comment for a second chance to win!

This was posted to Blogspot, Posterous, Twitter and Facebook accounts. I hope to win, I would really like to win.

December 11, 2009 9:16 pm

i’d love to try out the canon 85mm f1.2!!!

December 12, 2009 12:11 am

Oh heck yes! Enter me PUHLEEZE!

December 12, 2009 10:16 am

We’ll call this the cut-off for entries. I’ll pull the random numbers and contact the winners before announcing them — so hang tight, and I’ll keep you guys posted.

December 13, 2009 1:37 pm


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