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Minox Class DCC 5.1
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the Minox DCC 5.1 (Digital Classic Camera) – it’s a mini replica of the Leica M3, but with a 5.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 2inch screen, lithium ion battery, optical viewfinder, and no optical zoom. It takes SD cards, and there are a number of accessories available for it, including a classic press flash, a wide angle converter, a telephoto converter and even a tripod adapter, as well as a metal lens cap, leather strap, leather case, and the camera even comes in a wooden presentation box! The Minox DCC 5.1 is available for around £139.

close-to-elephants

Ever been this close to a herd of elephants? Neither have I. The lens I rented for my trip to Africa makes them look a lot closer than they were!

I’ve rented for a few reasons.

First, I want to make sure the reviews I read about equipment match up to my expectations. Reviews like the ones here at DigiCamReview.com are priceless. I would never consider buying equipment before checking it’s reviews first. But there’s a lot to be said for having equipment in your hands. Does that giant zoom lens make you feel extra conspicuous? Does Image Stabilization (Vibration Reduction if you’re a Nikon) make that much of a difference? I bought my favorite Lens (Canon’s 100mm f/2.8 IS L Macro) because I rented it first to make sure it was perfect. And it was.

I’ve also rented specialty equipment. I went to Africa this year and I knew my 17-40mm and 18-135mm lenses wouldn’t be enough to get good shots of far away animals. After reading tons of reviews and suggestions I knew the best lens for the trip would be Canon’s 100-400mm zoom lens. It’s the perfect safari lens. But at home in California I do food/product photography and landscapes. That lens would be a $1600 hunk of metal and glass gathering dust in the closet. So I rented it for a month. I spent just $250 USD including shipping and insurance. Pretty sweet deal, huh?

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