I have rented / borrowed enough equipment over the years that I have come up with a template for comparing the borrowed / rented gear to something I already own. Even if the gear happens to be NOT in the same league as what I already have got.
Usually it is a new lens or camera that I am trying to “compare”, so I pick a similar lens or camera that I already have as the base.
I had rented the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 recently and though I didn’t exactly take the time to take some comparative shots, if I had the time here is what I probably would have done (or tried to do).
- use my 70-200mm f/2.8 as the base, since 105mm is a setting that I can put my lens at
- use my D700 as the Camera (since my goal is to compare the “lens”)
- find some lowlight scenes to take the comparative shots
A good friend of mine commented on a similar pix I had taken with the first Point-n-Shoot I had, a Minolta G400. That comment more or less got me hooked onto photography. Unfortunately I have not been able to find the original pix. Still looking.
3 day rent starting this Friday.
Will definitely be using / trying the 105mm on my Nikon D700 and also my Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G, 24-70mm and 70-200mm on the Nikon Df. Will only have these for the weekend so not a hole lotta time to use all the different combinations but will definitely try to make the most. Will see.
Not final but am seriously considering for the next week.
It’ll be fun to try the 200-400mm on my D700 but even more fun will be to try my different lenses on the D5.
I personally own a Prime Lens, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G, but I have borrowed & rented a wide range of them over the years and they are simply the best.
Here are a few samples.
Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 (FX Format)
Nikkor 35mm f/2 (FX Format)
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D (FX Format)
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G (FX Format)
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D (DX Format)
Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 (FX Format)