frugivore wrote in post #14808948
...So how far do you go with backups?
I go pretty far. I've had plenty of failures on all types of gear.
Primary wedding bodies: 1Ds mark III and 40D.
Backup wedding bodies that sit in the car: 1D mark III and 40D. I guess you can say I have a backup for BOTH of my primary cameras.
Lenses: I don't duplicate too much here. I use the advantages of shooting crop and FF to fill voids where needed. My wedding set is a 10-22, 17-55, 50L, 85 1.8, 60 macro, and 70-200 2.8 IS. For example, if my 70-200 goes down (6 years of hard use and not a single glitch... knock on wood!) I would slap the 85mm on my 40D to get a quasi-135mm. The only lens where I don't have overlap is the 10-22. But I have a Tokina 11-16 waiting in the car just in case that goes down, so really I'm covered. Yes, there are many distinct advantages of always having a crop strapped to you. I have a 40D, 17-55, 10-22, and 24-105 out to Toshio for repair right now. All of them have been dropped and crashed around multiple times. They all work, but I know they're not quite at 100% anymore. No problem shooting though, I can get on fine without them.
I bring 5 speedlites with me just in case I have problems. I also bring an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra for the bridal photoshoot. I bring two heads just in case one goes down. Ironically, one of the heads blew up during a shoot a couple weeks ago so luckily I have the backup to use. I also bring multiples of any triggering system I use, be it pocketwizards, skyports, cybersyncs, or radiopoppers (I use them all). Always at least two transmitters and two receivers!
The main reason I shoot with a 1-series camera as a primary is for the dual card slots. I write RAW files to BOTH cards. A 32GB card in each slot and I'm set for a full wedding day of 21mp RAW shots. I download jpegs at the reception to my laptop. So if I lose a card, I'll have most of the photos on my laptop. It is a last ditch resort which I've never had to use. Unfortunately, I HAVE had about 7 CF card failures. Good thing for dual card slots!
Here's another backup that I always bring. Clothes! I have a FULL change of clothes in my car for every wedding. That includes socks and underwear! Just this last weekend's wedding in the morning I slipped on some mud while running and went down on my knee HARD on pavement. I tore a layer of skin off my knee, and tore right through my pants! I had to pick bits of rocks and thread out of my knee. I slugged through the wedding and shot to my standard, but the next three days I was on crutches because I bashed it so bad. But if I didn't have backup clothes, I'd have been shooting in torn muddy pants which is totally unacceptable.
So yeah, I basically have backups of everything. It is our JOB to be prepared. We are pro wedding shooters. If something goes terribly wrong and you cannot continue to deliver a product 100% of your usual standard, then you shouldn't be wedding shooting. You are selling yourself as a wedding pro but you're not adequately prepared for it. Clients couldn't care less what bad stuff happens to you, they pay you for a quality product so they should get it regardless. I have no sympathy whatsoever for shooters that don't come in adequately prepared.