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Old Jun 18, 2012, 9:06 PM   #1
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Default What do pros use for backup?

I know the pros typically have very expensive and big cameras, but I would think most of you also have a camera just for carrying in your pocket for those casual times. Curious what kind of camera that is, because that is the kind I probably want.
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Old Jun 18, 2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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A GoPro Hero 2

http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero2-outdoor-edition/

Before that it was a Canon G11 that's been replaced by the new G 12 now I think
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Old Jun 19, 2012, 3:25 AM   #3
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I wouldn't mind guessing that one or two carry a Panny' LX5 or an Oly' XZ-1....
Maybe also Canon's S95/S100,Nikon's P7100,Canon G12 or G1-X.
Some may plum for the fixed lens of Sigma's DP1x or 2x or maybe Ricoh's GR Digital IV.
And how can I forget the Fuji X10 or X100-or their X-pro1.

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Old Jun 20, 2012, 4:26 AM   #4
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I consistently hear a lot about the G12.
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 5:02 AM   #5
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For backup pros typically have enough kit that it doesn't matter if any one thing fails.

There is no one kind of pro. But often it means two identical cameras, or perhaps an earlier model.

A wedding photographer for example is not going to use a G12 as backup. They will have at least 2, probably 3 or 4 SLR bodies with a selection of lenses. This is true for most types of pros - sports, journalist, portraitists, etc.

What you may be after is the kind of camera they carry everywhere as a personal camera. Here's a shortlist of a few smallish non-interchangable lens cameras that I would choose from (there are many more options):

Canon S100, G12
Fuji X10, X100
Sony DSC-RX100
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 5:07 AM   #6
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Yes sorry, that is what I meant by casual times.

I am going to have to get either the Canon S100 or G12. I'm not good about understanding specs., but it seems like the S100 has the edge over the G12?
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No not really. They have the same sensor inside but are quite different cameras. The S100 is very small and pocketable. The G12 has a bigger zoom and a lot more features, and is more expensive.

Most stores carry them both, I suggest you go down and have a look at them before making a decision.
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I use a Pentax K-5 and a Panasonic Lumix TS3 in my camera bag. I also have a Fuji HS20. I tend to always carry at least 1 extra battery and 1 extra memory card more that I know I will need in case something fails me.......

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to me the G12 beats out the S100 because of all the controls at your fingertips rather than buried in menus, not to mention a viewfinder - okay, not a great one, but still when you need one, there it is. the G12 also has a flip out screen, which i often find useful on my G3, and the G12 is highly customizable. on the other hand, the S100 is very portable, has a faster aperture (too bad the G12 doesn't offer f/2.0) and offers better video, although i've been reading reports on an issue with the S100.

the bottom line is that i don't think either is a better camera - which one you prefer depends on what your photography needs are.
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I have heard but not read any concrete data that the G12 is far less of camera than the G11........

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