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Old Mar 13, 2012, 11:14 AM   #11
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Somehow, I can't read into the original post that Grounded is a commercial/professional photographer who needs to have a backup camera with him at all times. Maybe 'spare' camera is more what was meant, but it was quite understandable.

Let's try another scenario: you are hiking with your camera(s) and fall into a rocky stream. Hiker A had one camera and lens damaged - a shame, but he has a spare camera at home. Hiker B had two cameras, with lenses, and a camera bag with spare lenses and other gear. Which one was stupid?

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Can we stop throwing around the word "Stupid" please? This agro is not warranted.

In this scenario, i would have my little S90 with me. So i can continue to get images on my hike. I can then head to the photography store the next day and buy a new camera, in the knowledge its warranty starts from when i buy it, and has not been wasting away in a box in my press.

Do what suits you best guys, there are no hard rules in this game! If it suits you to have a spare camera in a box at home, go for it! Il happily admit that i keep a spare pair of trainers in a box at home "just in case"!

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Old Mar 13, 2012, 2:22 PM   #12
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I agree with schmintan do whatever fits your needs, don't put down others for having different views & needs.
For me it is making images over the equipments safety.

On rivers, or when water is involved, LowePro DryZone bags and Pelican cases are your friend.

Going a bit off-topic here
Kayaking I just use a lower end xxD body on a cotton chest carrier and a spare in a dry bag, picked that up from Jerry as in the link below.
I have yet to unintentionally do a roll since I have built up my skills over the years, though I have probably cursed myself now.
With this unseasonably warm weather we are having I am just itching to get the kayaks out on the water.
Here is a neat video on kayaking with a dslr by Pro eco-photographer Jerry Monkman
http://vimeo.com/25415581
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My apologys if I have upset anyone, to the subject, I am not a proffesional photographer, I just take pictures for pleasure as do most of us do, however I have worked with a few pro's and don't recall any of them carrying a second camera, though they may have had one in their car, that by the way was before digital cameras were even thought of. I do carry a little pocket camera, but that is not really a substitute for a good modern bridge model. In retrospect I should have used the word spare as VT suggested.
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I have three DSLR's and I use them all. A lot of times I carry 2 DSLR's to a photo opportunity...each one with a different lens.
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... I have worked with a few pro's and don't recall any of them carrying a second camera, though they may have had one in their car, .....
Most wedding 'togs I see on my rounds have 2 cameras in use - different lenses etc > first time I asked one the Q he quickly came back with 'don't have to worry about dust & the unnecessary hours of work involved to erase spots later on ... ' It worked for him

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Old Mar 15, 2012, 8:59 PM   #16
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I always carry a spare camera with me (at times it may be in the car) but I always carry a spare when I got complete with charged battery and full memory card. Although the back-up camera is no way as perfect as the main camera but it can do in a pinch and get decent pictures and the back-up camera is water proof so in a rain or snow storm it can act as my main camera.

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I always carry a spare camera with me (at times it may be in the car) but I always carry a spare when I got complete with charged battery and full memory card. Although the back-up camera is no way as perfect as the main camera but it can do in a pinch and get decent pictures and the back-up camera is water proof so in a rain or snow storm it can act as my main camera.

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Dont you mean empty memory card?
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however I have worked with a few pro's and don't recall any of them carrying a second camera, though they may have had one in their car, that by the way was before digital cameras were even thought of.
I think you are right that back in film days a lot of wedding togs had their camera with them and spare stuff in the car. Now it is pretty common for a wedding tog to have 2 bodies with them at all times.

I use the Black Rapid Duel strap system with a 5DmkII hanging off either side, one with a wide/normal lens (24-105, 35mm f1.4, 17-40) and one with something longer (70-200mm f2.8, 135mm f2 etc). I also have a 5D out with another wide/normal lens on (as well as a flash) during the ceremony just in case the first body goes down.

IMHO, and getting back to the initial point, I see no problem with having a spare body if you really need, one, however, as prices are always dropping and you are not shooting professionally, why bother, just buy a replacement if there is a major issue.
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Dont you mean empty memory card?
Yeah that is what I meant to say..... not sure what I was thinking at the time to type that.

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