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Why do you own 2 cameras?

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Sep 17, 2008 07:24 |  #46

Mark_Cohran wrote in post #6321100 (external link)
How about, "because they can?" Seriously, lots of times when you upgrade to a new body, it's just not worth the trouble to sell the older body (it has depreciated), and it's just easier to keep it for a backup which can be used withe a 2nd lens.

Ahh.. another good answer.
You're right, sometimes the older body is not worth selling. Which leads to people buy an older body from those that are willing to sell.
Which may then lead to everyone else saying backup camera.
And of course, what do you do when you have 2 cameras? One wide, one regular.

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Sep 17, 2008 08:21 |  #47

Two? Ha. I own nine or more...  :p

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Sep 17, 2008 08:28 |  #48

I have two of the same model.

The flexibility to switch wide to telephoto without changing lens in the field.

Also, as a back up.

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Sep 17, 2008 10:10 |  #49

When I get the 5DmkII (if I can get the money for it), then I'll have 2 bodies :)

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Sep 17, 2008 10:24 |  #50

Just shot the MTB World Cup in Schladming, Austria - 40d with 135L and 350d with 24-70L or Toke fisheye. In those dirty, muddy and (in the case of Schladming last week) rainy conditions, you really don't want to be changing lenses much, if at all.

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Sep 17, 2008 10:29 |  #51

I plan to shoot weddings, so its a must, both for safety and practicality of the need to change lens.

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Sep 17, 2008 11:12 |  #52

I only have one, but I plan on keeping the 40D when I buy a new one, because as previously mentioned, it would be too big of a hassle to sell, plus, I can have a UWA and tele!

(Talk about a run-on sentence...)


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Sep 17, 2008 11:30 as a reply to  @ CAL Imagery's post |  #53

All of the above....

My normal setup for general and travel photography is a 30D and 40D with 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses attached. I carry the camera with the 17-55mm around my neck on an OPTECH strap and the camera with the 70-200mm lens in a holster case at my left hip. I use a round screw-in shade, a hand-strap and an OPTECH Hood Hat on the camera in the holster case. It is very easy to grab the camera, pull off the Hood Hat and start shooting. Effectively, I have a 17-200mm focal range with excellent IQ and IS throughout that range and an f/2.8 aperture in my mid-range zoom. I don't miss the 55mm to 70mm gap at all.

When I am shooting fast moving sports such as hydroplane racing, I use the 40D on a tripod with my 400mm f/5.6L lens and a Manfrotto gimbal mount. I have the 70-200mm in the holster case slung beneath the apex of the tripod on the hook designed for a stabilizing weight. I can pull out the 70-200mm and start shooting very quickly. In fact a lot faster than I can describe it.

Finally, a second camera is an insurance policy against loosing coverage if one camera goes down. Even photographers who are not shooting professionally can benefit from this insurance. It paid dividends in July 2008 when I slipped on a slope during the first day of a ten day Alaska trip. I broke my 40D (which has since been repaired) and if I did not have my 30D with me, I would not have had any photos of that very interesting and photogenic trip. Cameras can go down for any number of reasons and I often wonder about photographers who will take a half dozen lenses on a once in a lifetime trip and rely on a single body.

Now, to answer your question of why I am not shooting with two of the same cameras. I have collected my bodies by the simple expedient of not selling or trading in my older body when I get a new one. I also have a 10D which comes in handy every so often. I do like the fact that all three cameras take basically the same accessories such as batteries and remotes.

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Sep 17, 2008 11:41 |  #54

Joey40D wrote in post #6320586 (external link)

Other than professionals, why does one have 2 cameras. Some have 2 of the same camera and others have a good one and a lower model.

If you have 2 of the same, what's the difference? If you have different models, why not constantly use the better one?

I'm just trying to understand why.

i own the 1d mark III and a 30d. the 30d is a back up to the 1d mark III plus in africa i used the 30d with a short zoom on game drives while the 100-400L was on the mark III.

we're going to katmai NP next year and i'll also have a back-up camera. can you imagine being on a trip of a lifetime and your only camera fails :D?

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Sep 17, 2008 12:06 |  #55

Mainly becase if I decide to upgrade I would keep the other as a back up rather than take a big hit price wise selling it.

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Sep 17, 2008 12:11 |  #56

I do so I can set one up in front of the other and get this really cool mirror effect. :)

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Sep 17, 2008 12:12 |  #57

Having always wanted a backup DSLR, I never considered selling my 300D when I bought my 30D a year ago. I don't think I could have gotten much for it anyway.

On several occasions I have taken both of them on an outing, with a wide or ultrawide zoom on one and a tele zoom on the other.

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Sep 17, 2008 13:26 |  #58

Joey40D wrote in post #6320965 (external link)
ah... good call.

For those that say "backup". Come on, really?! (not being sarcastic). Most people don't have $1200-$3000 disposable income to have such backups. Especially the fact it depreciates. Don't get me wrong, if I had the extra money lying around.
I certainly agree to owning a backup if you are a professional.

"JBillings Very simple, try going on a workshop/safari/tour, whatever you want to call it, and find out your camera is on the fritz. With the expenses involved in such a trip, it makes that backup body look cheap!"
Why not bring two of the same lenses as well? In case you drop it and it gets destroyed. Again not trying to be sarcastic or asking to get flamed. I just find it insane to have the need to have redundancy just for peace of mind.

My backup would be my pocketable point and shoot.

Yes, really. Sure a lot of people can't afford a spare, but a lot of people can. It's not money "lying around" either - it's money that one decides specifically to devote to that based on that person's own values and priorities. One doesn't have to be a professional for that. And a backup camera doesn't have to cost as much as you say - there are many quality used cameras to be had for much less that can serve the purpose. Or just keep your old camera when you upgrade (as I did).

Case in point, when I went to Alaska last November, I spent the better part of a year planning and preparing for that trip. As it turns out, my new 1DIII died with an Err99 on the last day of the workshop. Had I not had my trusty 30D along as a backup, I would have missed an entire day's worth of shooting, which happened to be the only sunny morning we had. Since I made it my priority to give myself the best opportunity for photography, I came away with this shot, which my best of the trip. I wouldn't have gotten it without my backup camera (and certainly not with the P&S I also brought along.)


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Sep 17, 2008 14:01 |  #59

Well i only have one camera, but alot of people use 1 for a wideangle lens and the other with a high zoom lens.​el-lech-photography (external link)

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Sep 17, 2008 14:11 |  #60


Saves changing lenses so often.

At times, all are set up, different lenses, for different subjects.

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