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Lens rental in Iowa???

Michael Riggs , Jan 05, 2006; 10:43 p.m.

I live in the Des Moines area and am interested in renting some pro- level lenses to help make a decision for a future purchase, mainly 500mm prime lenses.


Mike Ferris - Omaha, NE , Jan 05, 2006; 10:51 p.m.

I'm sure you have checked all of the existing photo stores in the sprawling city of Des Moines? I am from Omaha, NE, but moved to L.A a year ago. Omaha only had one rental store at the time, and it was "Rockbrook Camera", but I'm not sure if they carried a 500mm in their rental dept.


D N , Jan 05, 2006; 11:25 p.m.

I left DM many years ago myself but I can can tell you that you can have a rental lens shipped to you anywhere in the world from a reputable dealer.

D N , Jan 05, 2006; 11:26 p.m.

BTW, What system for the 500mm and what subject intent? Are you using Canon, Nikon, ???

Jim H. , Jan 07, 2006; 12:46 a.m.

Might try Alexander Photography on Ingersoll Ave. Steve might accomadate you.

Michael Riggs , Jan 07, 2006; 09:58 a.m.

I would be using it on a Canon EOS camera to shoot wildlife, bears and such.

Alexander's was the first place I went to, I've know Steve for a few years and trust his opinion, well, I listen to him. I refuse to go to Christian photo anymore because they overcharge and make smartalik remarks about me "still" using film (I've given them about $600 of business in a year and have walked away from their store at times wanting to throw rocks through the windows).

Omaha, eh? So the secret to having great camera stores in town is also having a major air force base?

robert wilson , Jan 07, 2006; 01:45 p.m.

christian photo is the only way to go in my opinion. options are limited in this area but the guys at christian photo have always been more than helpful for all my needs. as for the comments about still shooting film- welcome to any camera store in the world. lighten up and laugh, photography is fun no matter what medium you choose to capture light. it doesn't matter how you get there as long as you get there right?

Michael Riggs , Jan 07, 2006; 03:57 p.m.

I'll get there avoiding the camera snobs, thank you.

Mike Ferris - Omaha, NE , Jan 07, 2006; 08:32 p.m.

I don't know if I would call them a "Great" camera store, but they were the only one that would rent lenses. I lived in Iowa for a while, but I don't like to admit it...Go Huskers!


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