Shooting with two bodies

Started Apr 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Shooting with two bodies

I like shooting my for-pay jobs with two bodies. The primary reason is being able to shoot with two different lenses without having to swap and possibly miss the shot or lose time. Having a backup is an obvious benefit.

When I started shooting events and weddings (and even for outdoor portrait sessions), I went with the Nikon D700 and D300. Their interfaces were similar enough to make switching from one body to the other fairly seemless. Lately, though, I've been shooting with the D700 and D7000. Aside from the doubt that the D7000 may not be fully up to the task since it's not a pro-featured body, the slight differences in interface (AF-ON on the D700 vs. AE/AF-L as AF-ON on the D7000 being one main difference for me) proved marginally irritating. I still have the D300, which I use for sessions and shoots where low light capability isn't paramount.

Enter a used D700 I picked up recently, and yesterday I had a chance to shoot with two D700 bodies. I didn't realize how much I had been compromising in terms of interface differences or (for the D7000) AF capabilities. It was really nice to switch from one camera to the other with only the lens as the real difference. And when I got home and did a quick review of the photos, it was so nice to be able to apply one camera profile (in LR) to all and not have to worry about which is which.

Anyone else resonate with this experience? How many of you shoot with 2 cameras, and if so, how do you feel about mixing bodies vs. having two that are the same?

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