Joey40D wrote in post #6320965
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.)