how many enthusiast/hobby photograophers are carrying 2+ DSLR bodies?

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sirhawkeye64 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,770
how many enthusiast/hobby photograophers are carrying 2+ DSLR bodies?

I know that pro shooters will always carry at least 2 (if not more) DSLr camera bodies.  But how many enthusiasts/hobby photographers on the forum carry two bodies?

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sirhawkeye64 wrote:

I know that pro shooters will always carry at least 2 (if not more) DSLr camera bodies. But how many enthusiasts/hobby photographers on the forum carry two bodies?

I am not a pro but I often carry two DLSRs. However, I must be a very unique case because I am often asked why I have two cameras. I do it because I find it much easier to carry two cameras than having to change lenses all the time.

The only other people I've seen with two cameras are pros.

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It doesn't matter.   You have permission to do whatever you want.

It's nice to have a 2nd body with a telezoom at the ready while composing scenics. . . you  know, for when that eagle flies by. . . Or shooting street both up close and afar. . . And any other rationales for any other subjects one can concoct also apply.

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Kerry Beverly Regular Member • Posts: 338
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I carry two to avoid changing primes in the field. Would carry three if I could afford it and had the stamina.

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I always keep an SL-1 in my bag as a 2nd body. I only walk around with 2 cameras if I'm out with a long zoom and think I might see something I'd quickly need a different lens for.

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Kerry Beverly wrote:

I carry two to avoid changing primes in the field. Would carry three if I could afford it and had the stamina.

That's kind of how I feel many times during shoots.  I find myself switching lenses here and there ,and I'm sure I've missed some great shots because I was switching lenses around.

There are a few hobby photographers that I know of that carry more than one body, and I know it's a choice, not like you need "permission" as one person pointed out.   I was more or less just curious as to if  many people on here do that sort of thing.

I can see some benefits though too, like if you have to send one body off for repair, you at least will have a second to fall back on, plus is one decides not to work on site, you at least have a backup, not to mention if you get different camera types (ie. full frame and crop) you can get best of both worlds in my opinion as well, which is what I was consdering.

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MaxCh Senior Member • Posts: 1,398
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sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Kerry Beverly wrote:

I carry two to avoid changing primes in the field. Would carry three if I could afford it and had the stamina.

That's kind of how I feel many times during shoots. I find myself switching lenses here and there ,and I'm sure I've missed some great shots because I was switching lenses around.

There are a few hobby photographers that I know of that carry more than one body, and I know it's a choice, not like you need "permission" as one person pointed out. I was more or less just curious as to if many people on here do that sort of thing.

I can see some benefits though too, like if you have to send one body off for repair, you at least will have a second to fall back on, plus is one decides not to work on site, you at least have a backup, not to mention if you get different camera types (ie. full frame and crop) you can get best of both worlds in my opinion as well, which is what I was consdering.

I think it is extremely unusual for an "average serious enthusiast" ( I would define that person as somebody who has a mid-level DLSR and few good lenses) to carry two cameras.

I am going to Disney soon and I assume I will be the only person there with two cameras who is not a pro.

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sirhawkeye64 wrote:

I know that pro shooters will always carry at least 2 (if not more) DSLr camera bodies. But how many enthusiasts/hobby photographers on the forum carry two bodies?

I'll take two on some trips. However, I'm taking E-Mx's and they aren't very big. Usually I'll have an E-M1, and my partner will have the E-M5. Occasionally she uses it to take photos, but it's also there as a backup in case I break mine.

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MaxCh wrote:

sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Kerry Beverly wrote:

I carry two to avoid changing primes in the field. Would carry three if I could afford it and had the stamina.

That's kind of how I feel many times during shoots. I find myself switching lenses here and there ,and I'm sure I've missed some great shots because I was switching lenses around.

There are a few hobby photographers that I know of that carry more than one body, and I know it's a choice, not like you need "permission" as one person pointed out. I was more or less just curious as to if many people on here do that sort of thing.

I can see some benefits though too, like if you have to send one body off for repair, you at least will have a second to fall back on, plus is one decides not to work on site, you at least have a backup, not to mention if you get different camera types (ie. full frame and crop) you can get best of both worlds in my opinion as well, which is what I was consdering.

I think it is extremely unusual for an "average serious enthusiast" ( I would define that person as somebody who has a mid-level DLSR and few good lenses) to carry two cameras.

I am going to Disney soon and I assume I will be the only person there with two cameras who is not a pro.

Disney with two cameras is overkill if you are going to do any rides.    You will spend time looking for spots to stash your camera gear & miss shots.   Take a good pns and get a photopass.   The Disney photogs have all the great angles covered and you have to wait until no customers or take and off angle shot.  They also have lights setup where needed that you would never be able to take.

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I can't because I only have one, but I will occasionally carry my DSLR and one of my Fuji mirrorless cameras.

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MaxCh Senior Member • Posts: 1,398
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braysghost wrote:

MaxCh wrote:

sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Kerry Beverly wrote:

I carry two to avoid changing primes in the field. Would carry three if I could afford it and had the stamina.

That's kind of how I feel many times during shoots. I find myself switching lenses here and there ,and I'm sure I've missed some great shots because I was switching lenses around.

There are a few hobby photographers that I know of that carry more than one body, and I know it's a choice, not like you need "permission" as one person pointed out. I was more or less just curious as to if many people on here do that sort of thing.

I can see some benefits though too, like if you have to send one body off for repair, you at least will have a second to fall back on, plus is one decides not to work on site, you at least have a backup, not to mention if you get different camera types (ie. full frame and crop) you can get best of both worlds in my opinion as well, which is what I was consdering.

I think it is extremely unusual for an "average serious enthusiast" ( I would define that person as somebody who has a mid-level DLSR and few good lenses) to carry two cameras.

I am going to Disney soon and I assume I will be the only person there with two cameras who is not a pro.

Disney with two cameras is overkill if you are going to do any rides. You will spend time looking for spots to stash your camera gear & miss shots. Take a good pns and get a photopass. The Disney photogs have all the great angles covered and you have to wait until no customers or take and off angle shot. They also have lights setup where needed that you would never be able to take.

I am going there with my family and a bunch of friends, taking Canon 15-85mm and 70-300L lenses. I don't usually go on too many rides, but when I do I just put the stuff into lockers. It all works out well, I've done it before but I've never seen anybody else do it. I sometimes hike with two cameras too.I assume it is unusual too.

Having said that, I know it is overkill but it is part of the fun. Can't wait to go.

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MaxCh wrote:

sirhawkeye64 wrote:

I know that pro shooters will always carry at least 2 (if not more) DSLr camera bodies. But how many enthusiasts/hobby photographers on the forum carry two bodies?

I am not a pro but I often carry two DLSRs. However, I must be a very unique case because I am often asked why I have two cameras. I do it because I find it much easier to carry two cameras than having to change lenses all the time.

Same here.

I get asked the same question too.

The only other people I've seen with two cameras are pros.

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I've done it (with FF DSLR bodies), but rarely.  Events only.

It's unwieldy.  I've got one of those harnesses that straps a camera to your chest and the other to the hip.  The harness makes a big difference (much better than 2 cameras dangling on straps)  but you're a bit tired at the end of a few hours.

On travels, it's not uncommon to see me with 2 cameras, but they're mirrorless Fuji X bodies.  So less weighty and bulky than full-fledged DSLRs.  I can go all day with this configuration without getting excessively tired.

In both scenarios, the 2 bodies eliminate the need to change lenses with the further advantage in the travel scenario that the 2nd--and compatible--body is a backup.

As an aside, in nearly every situation when I've only got  a single DSLR or a Fuji X, I'm packing 2 cameras due to the minuscule size of Sony's RX100--I'm nearly always packing it in a pants pocket, completely unnoticeable.

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I bought a second body last summer.  I chose the same model as I already have, to make it easy to swap between them.  I usually take only one body.  When I take a second, I usually leave it in the car.  I'll take it with me only when I don't expect to have much time to change lenses.

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Two bodies and a child carrier backpack (occasionally with an additional lens tucked away in storage). One APS-C camera with telephoto lens for wildlife and a FF camera with zoom for scenery.

Not having to switch lenses is well worth the added weight when hiking  It's a lot of gear, but I'm a stronger hiker than my wife so I'm still walking behind her to keep from getting too far ahead.

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That used to be me

For a long time I always travelled with a camera bag with 2 cameras and several lenses. Until I found myself in the Nevada desert in 110 degree heat. Lugging all that weight around took the fun out of our hike. In the meantime my wife was having a great time with a point and shoot camera that she kept in her back pocket. So, now it's one camera with me, one back at the hotel, and a zoom and a prime lens in the camera bag. The lens selection varies according to the kind of outing that we are on.

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yesterday

yesterday I carried 2 mirrorless bodies. and the day before yesterday.

I carry two cameras many times but usually the second one is a point and shoot.

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I carry 2 if I know I'll be using more than 1 lens and don't want to swap lenses.

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sirhawkeye64 wrote:

I know that pro shooters will always carry at least 2 (if not more) DSLr camera bodies. But how many enthusiasts/hobby photographers on the forum carry two bodies?

Always two

An FF and a DX

sometimes from different systems

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Once you get the taste of two, and if you shoot fast action / events even as an enthusiast it is hard to go back.   I find one with a 24-70 and the other with a 70-200 a must for most stuff

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