Lenses have always been one of the most popular categories of gear on KitSplit and 2017 was no different. A specific lens can make or break a shoot. With so many options to choose from deciding which lenses to rent or to buy can be a challenge.

To help narrow down your list, we wanted to share the top ten most-rented lenses of the year on KitSplit.

These lenses are a great addition to any shoot. You should definitely try renting a few from this list to try them out. And if you’re in the market to buy a new lens, consider some on this list. These lenses are sure to get some good rental action on KitSplit and will likely end up paying for themselves.


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1. Canon L Series Zooms

The Canon 24-70, 16-35, and 70-200 continue to be standard lenses in almost every shooter’s package. These lenses are lightweight, with fast and accurate Auto-Focus, consistent Aperture of f/2.8 across the range, and cover full frame sensors. We are grateful to have a full inventory of these lenses in just about every neighborhood on KitSplit.

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2. Zeiss CP.2 Lenses

The Zeiss CP.2 Lenses have been one of the most successfully rented lens sets in recent history. The consistent design of focus barrels and front diameters combined with the flexibility of the Interchangeable Lens Mount System allowing for native use on Arri Alexas, REDs, Canons, Sony PMWs & PXWs, Blackmagic Cinema, Nikon etc, made the adoption of these lenses very simple for every shooter.

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3. Sigma 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens

Compact, High Speed, Full Frame, and consistent build, the set of Sigma Cine Lenses will continuing growing into a must have in 2018. On KitSplit, the 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens was both searched for and rented the most, but we’ve noticed more multiple lens inquiries as the lenses get tested and used more and more.

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4. Zeiss Vintage Superspeeds

The 33 year old Zeiss Superspeed lenses are living proof that glass is one of the safest investments to make in Cinema Gear. And the image quality of these classic lenses on the sharp, finely tuned mechanics of the new digital sensors has created a look which many DPs find alluring.

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5. Cooke S2/S3 Speed Panchros

Character. The fact that the lens remains the only analog piece left in image capture means lenses are the primary focus (pun intended) on every camera rig. The Cooke Look is a lens character that all DPs are aware of and many do not compromise. That look started decades ago with the series 2 and 3 panchro lenses and has become, once again, so popular that Cooke has recreated the lenses in their new Classic Panchro set, keeping the optics the same as the original sets but adding Cooke’s newer more durable mechanics and color-matching ability.

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6. Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L

The Canon 50mm f1.2 L lens will give you a sharp image, at a super fast aperture, and in a lens that’s affordable for all. A common first lens for many shooters to buy, it is a highly rentable lens for those who buy only zooms, but want that stop advantage from time to time.

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7. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

What would any lens list be without a mention for Macro. The Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro lens is the most used macro lens in the world. Macro photography isn’t hard to learn, but is a challenge to master. We love that when you rent equipment on Kitsplit, you are renting from an owner of the gear who can help advise on best shooting practices and get you one step closer to mastery.

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8. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for EF

The Sigma 18-35 lens isn’t that old, but it became a very popular lens for the simple fact that it’s rare to find a zoom lens at a f/1.8 aperture. It only covers the APS-C sized sensors, but that is perfect for video as most cameras are will working in the Super 35 sensor size anyway. This lens also comes in a variety of mount flavors including Canon EF, Sony E, and Nikon F.

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9. Cine Prime Lens Set for Canon

The Canon Cine primes are an amazing addition to the Canon lens family. These are essentially the L series photo lenses, but updated for Cinema coatings, resolution, and lens mechanics.   

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10. Anamorphic Lenses

We, at Kitsplit, had a lot of requests for Anamorphic lenses this year. Elites, Kowas, Lomos, Masters, and Cookes as well as Angenieux Zooms, this trend does not seem to be going away this time around. In fact, I think many shooters are still figuring out how to best use these lenses in a everyday shooting environments. We look forward to expanding our offering of Anamorphic lenses in 2018 to continue to meet demand from our ever growing community.

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11. Zeiss Master Primes

There is a reason the Zeiss Master Primes are so in demand. These Academy Award winning lenses have played their part is numerous Academy Award winning movies. With perfect focus, edge to edge sharpness, no breathing, flawless mechanics, T1.3 from 14mm to 150mm, and extreme color rendition abilities, the Master Primes continue to live up to their name.

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