contest 2009


logoOur awesome friends over at have been kind enough to make available a free week long lens rental (excluding super telephoto lenses) to be given away here on the Cowbelly blog.

If you enter you can stand to win a free one week rental of any lens. So my photo snap happy friends, read the post below to figure out how to sign yourself up. You have nothing to lose and may just win a rental of that sweet tilt-shift lens you have been coveting.

BUT DON’T DALLY! The contest ends WEDNESDAY night at midnight PST.

In order to be eligible you need to:

  • Contest open to only those in the US. Lens rentals cannot be shipped to other countries.
  • Be located in the United States.
  • The lucky winner will place the order online at and they request a credit card number to cover the risk of a no-return. They will not charge your credit card. is a reputable business but if you don’t feel comfortable with this condition, please don’t enter.
  • Be able to place an order online with a credit card. No charges will be made, this is merely a technicality. (Don’t fret over this- I read the terms and it’s no biggie at all. It’s just their way of protecting themselves should the contest winner run off with their fancy new Canon telephoto.)
  • The offer excludes super telephoto lenses and pro camera bodies.


  1. Check outย Borrowlenses.comย to find something you’d be interested to rent. Let me know what lens you hope to rent. I won’t hold you to this if you win. I’m just curious. I know my pet photog friends have been wanting to try the tilt-shift lenses since seeing Claire’s amazing work.
    Note: Available lenses are for Nikon and Canon cameras. Not a Nikon or Canon user consider their lighting and tripod equipment.
  2. Add a comment to this post with the item you’d be most interested to rent. Please leave your email address if your name does not link back to a website.
    Note: Your blog comment is worth one entry to the raffle.

Deadline: April 1st at Midnight PST

The winner will be randomly chosen and announced April 2nd.

Thanks for taking part and good luck! (And thank you Max!)

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54 thoughts on “ contest 2009

  1. What a great contest! I would love to try out the Canon EF24-70 2.8.
    Maybe I can snap a shot of no-see-ums aka “biting midges” which are cruising the low country at the moment. They are driving me craaaaaaaaaazy.

  2. I must try the canon 45mm tilt shift. i have such tilt shift envy after seeing kim hayes, claire, and jules bianchi’s work with it.

  3. The 16-35mm f/2.8 is the end-all, be-all lens that I am dying to try. Thanks for the awesome contest, I love reading your blog!

  4. Okay I changed my mind… as much as I want to rent a wide angle, I really want to try the 50mm 1.4 (canon). I’ve been toying with buying it (I need to upgrade my 50) and I should really rent it first…. dang practicality

  5. I can’t tell you what I’d do for the 35 1.4L!! It WILL be mine, someday. It was tough to decide b/w the 35L & the 85 1.2L, but I wonder if the 85 won’t focus fast enough for pup shoots. And Jamie, you are more than welcome to play w/ my 16-35L in DC. But only if I win…

    Kidding. Kind of.. =)

  6. Such a great contest, and I’ve been eager to check out, so thank you! I *almost* have everything I want, but could really use the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L for a week ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds like I need to look into tilt-shifts!

  7. Darn it… I got so excited when I started researching the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift… but then I realized that I stink at manual focus – my vision just isn’t good enough even with my contacts.
    I’d try out the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye. Something new and fun! : )

  8. What a fabulous contest!! Thank you so much for hosting it. How cool. It’s a great site, and I had fun flipping through it. Their prices seem totally affordable. It’s an idea I just may pursue. If I should be lucky enough to win your contest, I would love to play with the 8mm fishey for Canon. Those look like they’d be a lot of fun to shoot with.

  9. Hmmm, I have the 16-35 f/2.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8, so I really want to try the Canon 50 mm 1/4!!! Love, love, love your blog- hope to make one of your workshops!!

  10. Eeek! i would LOVE to play with anything Fisheye, and they have so many! I have been drooling over those lenses for a while now, so a chance to play with one? Greatest part of my Tuesday, even if I don’t win ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Ooooooh my goodness! Decisions, decisions! It’s a tough choice, but I think I’d most love to try out the Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8! What a fun contest! Thanks Jamie!

  12. I would love to try out the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens. I’ve been debating between buying this macro lens or just going the “cheapie” route by getting an extension tube. Being able to borrow this lens for a week will definitely help me make up my mind. My fingers are crossed!!!

  13. I would love to try out the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. It’s a pricey lens, so it would be great to test it out first. Thanks! This contest is a great idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Although I have followed your blog via feedreader for quite a while, I don’t think I have ever left a comment here, sorry. I love your work, and this is an awesome contest! As someone who is still in the beginning stages of the photography business, there are so many lenses I would love to try… dedicated macro, tilt shift,… so difficult to choose! However, I think I would like to rent the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L, to see if I like it enough to want to save up/shell out all the money to buy one.

  15. Can I change my answer? lol. I HAVE to try the 35mm 1.4 L. I am all about the wide angle look, and the shots that this lens produce are *amazing*. It’s like the wide-angle cousin to the popular 50mm 1.4. I want this lens so bad! I also really want the 100mm 2.8 macro but I’ll probably just buy it as it’s only like $500 or $600.

  16. oooh, even looking at lenses is dangerous for me! what a totally cool contest this is (and thanks for that shout out!) so after perusing for way too long, i think i’d have to try to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, because that’s the lens that’s on the top of my ‘to buy’ list. that said, i have been jonesing for a fisheye, too.

  17. Hi Jamie – thanks for the awesome contest!! I’ve been dying to try the Canon 70-200 2.8 – I was thinking about renting it for a wedding I’m shooting in May ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. awesome contest! i would totally get the 24mm 3.5 tilt shift! i have to admit, claire sent the creative bug my way, and it’s one i would probably not buy for myself, but would LOVE to try ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I would love to try out the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. Or the 17-55mm f/2.8. Oh it’s so hard to decide…I’d probably go with the 17-55mm since I love the wide angle shots so much!

  20. Fist of all, love your blog! A friend just sent it to me. I will now be following it! :o)
    I would LOVE to borrow the Sigma 8mm Fisheye for Canon! I’ve always wanted a Fisheye and I think this would be the perfect time to see how I like it.
    PS, Skylark is sooo cute!

  21. This was a hard decision! SO many cool lenses to try. First, though. I rented two lenses from based on your recommendation in your FAQs and they are lovely to work with. Very nice, easy to communicate with and the whole transaction, despite the fact that I was having them shipped to my vacation address, went very smoothly.

    I’d rent the Canon 50mm F/1.2 lens.

  22. I would love to try the Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Wide Angle Lens… I just tried the 24-70 2.8L and didn’t like it. Correction I liked it, but I found that alot of the dogs didn’t like it. I do alot of volunteer work with shelter dogs and alot of the dogs that were nervous on intake seemed really frightened… that’s a really big lens with the hood on, lol. Great contest Jamie ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Ooo… awesome contest, Jamie! I’ve love to try out a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 or a tilt shift. Or a 70-200mm f/2.8. *sigh* So hard to choose! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. oh what a fun contest!! I would love to rent one of these three, but i cant decide which: Nikon 50mm 1.4, 85 mm, or the 105 mm 2.0
    all on my lens wish list!! :o)

  25. oooooh…… what would I rent? I’ve always wanted to try a fisheye lens- wasn’t practical, but why should we be too practical? Maybe the 15MM?

  26. ohhhhhh!
    wow, been stalking and admiring your blog for a few weeks. AND have been going over to borrowlwnses checking out the 70-200 2.8 (canon) for a trip to san francisco after easter, saw they even had pick it up there….i would be checking it out for a month, so, it would be a free week if i won!! how cool is this. THANKS!

  27. Jamie, you need to find a contest that is giving away $4,627.98 to clear out your Amazon shopping cart and get those lenses. ๐Ÿ˜‰ After renting the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L from just last week, its now in my Amazon shopping cart. I think my next rental would be the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS or the 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye. oh and thanks for the contest!

  28. Ok, I’ve gotta put my own entry in here! If I HAD to pick one, I’d rent the Canon the 16-35mm f/2.8 L, which I had rented once, and then promptly lost all of the images from my test shoot before getting a chance to look at them (sigh). I also want to try the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro, and the Canon 45mm f/2.8 tilt-shift…. oh, and the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L. (man, is there anything I *don’t* want to rent??). If I win, the lens I decide to rent will just depend on the mood I’m in, or I’ll need to rent all 4! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Oh, Lord knows I would LOVE to try out the Nikon 50mm 1.4 AF-S lens before I buy it! I hear the bokeh is phenomenal!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Oooh! I would LOVE to try the Nikon tiltshift lens! I’m thinking the 45mm f/2.8 PC-E-ED!! Thanks for the contest!

  31. Wow! I was just talking to my hubby about going to this site and trying out some Fisheye lenses. I really want to get one, but I definately want to test it out before buying. My choice would be the Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye! Thanks for this chance!

  32. Hi ya…i’m going for the Canon 70-200 2.8. I’m dying to take my yellow lab to the beach and catch him splashing around in the waves without getting soaked myself. Thanks for giving us a chance in this contest. ๐Ÿ™‚

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