Introduction

We are using some lenses less than others: for example tilt and shift lenses.

These lenses are mainly used for architecture and landscape photography. And they are often also expensive.

24mm f/3.5D ED PC-E NIKKOR

24mm f/3.5D ED PC-E NIKKOR

Issues

Let’s look at the 24mm f/3.5 PC-E NIKKOR. It is a really good tilt & shift lens but…

  • it is not a zoom lens
  • it is a manual lens (no autofocus)
  • the public price is about 2200$

2200$ for a manual lens? It is a high price for a lens nowadays. If you are not a photographer specialized in architecture photography, it is a big expense to have some fun and try new things.

Furthermore, if you only have only few orders for architecture works, it will be hard to have a return on investment.

The answer

As a Nikon professional, you have certainly subscribed to NPS… You have to know that you can rent lenses at an official NPS shop if you are a NPS subscriber.

If you have an order from time to time for an architecture work, you should rent this tilt & shift lens. You can rent the 24mm f/3.5 PC-E NIKKOR for around 100$ a day. If you have a full day of architecture work, it would pay for the rent.

It is also a good solution to try a new lens during a full day before buying it. Furthermore, if your NPS shop is a good businessman, you will probably be able to negotiate a discount on the lens if you buy it after that.

When to buy the lens?

That will depend on the number of work that will use this lens.

Regarding our example, the lens is sold around 2200€ and you rent it for 100€ a day. So, it will be better to buy it if you have at least 22 days of work with this lens.

In all cases, I strongly advise you to rent the lens before buying it. You will be able to play with it and check if it really fits your needs.