jwcdds wrote in post #14103157
Shooting with 2 bodies provide the convenience of mounting WA (or standard zoom) on one camera, and a longer telephoto prime (or zoom) on the other. Non-stop seamless shooting experience. It's actually rather convenient.
And if you're a professional events/wedding photographer, 2 camera shooting is almost a must to provide the best coverage, and not only as back-up purposes.
Yeah, that's it basically. Many events have things occuring at different distances. If I am shooting re-enactment battles I can be using 400mm one minute, to capture a cannon being fired at the far side of the battlefield, then having a cavalry formation charge past me close to and need something quite short. No time to change lenses, but there is time to drop one camera and grab the other. I can be swapping between both bodies very quickly all afternoon. In fact, I may well hang on to my 5Dc and carry 3 bodies on some shoots this year, to allow me to have an extra lens mounted.
Even when there are no time constraints, I just find it a pain to be having to change lenses when walking around a show and wanting a different lens to the one I used 2 minutes ago. I can mount 10-22 on the crop and 24-105L on the 5D for a walk around pair when I expect mostly close work, or 24-105L on the 5D and 100-400L on the crop when I expect mostly wide to medium but also some longer stuff. If out birding, or at a zoo, my combo is typically the 100-400L on one body and the 300 2.8L on the other (often with a 1.4 or 2x TC). I still have to do occasional lens swaps, but with the two most frequently used mounted as default, it cuts it down dramatically and I miss less shots due to having the wrong lens on when something unexpected happens.
I always carried 2 or 3 bodies when shooting film and it really bugged me to only have one when I first switched to digital, I seemed to be wandering round events and changing lenses all the time, or sometimes ignoring a shot because I couldn't be bothered to swap to another lens and then straight back again after that shot. After 12 months of that, I was really glad to add a second body.
I know that some people like to just carry one body and a walkaround lens, which is fine, but it doesn't bother me to carry two or three bodies and a backpack of lenses, and it suits the events and shows I tend to attend.