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How many cameras do you have/use?
Ric Tapia, Student/Intern, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 7:12 PM on 05.16.07
->> How many cameras do you have? How many of those do you use on a regular basis?

I am asking becuase I am thinking of buying another camera so I can do more remotes. I have a 1D II and a 20D. My next camera would be a 1D II. Do I really need three cameras? Or would it just be nice to have?
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Kevin Leas, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 7:17 PM on 05.16.07
->> If you're doing remote work, three doesn't sound like a bad number to me. It allows you to keep two different focal ranges handy for quick changing, or if your camera goes at the beginning of a shoot, you wouldn't have to rely on your remote images.
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Jeff Etessam, Photographer
Dallas | Tx | | Posted: 7:17 PM on 05.16.07
->> Ric,

I am looking for a third body to use as a dedicated remote body and a back up for the instances that one of my two primary bodies has to go in for service. The third may not see daily use, but it will be nice to still have two bodies if one is in for service, and to have a remote body when needed.
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Daniel Bates, Student/Intern
Taylor | TX | United States | Posted: 7:48 PM on 05.16.07
->> I have two, but I'm about to get another 1D Mk2 body so I can use my 350D as an IR / remote.
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Dan Powers, Photographer
Appleton | WI | USA | Posted: 7:51 PM on 05.16.07
->> Ric,
Another thought is that, besides remotes, if you can afford a third body you now have a back up if one of the other two goes down while shooting an event. Adios...Dan.
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JohnPaul Greco, Photographer, Assistant
Milwaukee | WI | USA | Posted: 8:12 PM on 05.16.07
->> I only have 3 bodies..

a pair of 1DMkII bodies and a 5D body..

I like having a pair of the same cameras when covering PJ work, or action / event photography..instead of two different bodies..which makes for easier switching between the two.. and my 5D has pretrty much replaced my RB67 system! :-) ...and when I shot with that camera, I only needed one one me..

However, if this new 1DsMkIII is as fast as I heard,... I might just sell all three for a pair of them~! I will never need to have more, aside for remotes.. :-)


JP
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Joel Kowsky, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | United States | Posted: 8:23 PM on 05.16.07
->> I have 4 bodies...

A pair of 20D bodies, a 1DMkII, and a 1DMkI..

I agree with JP in that it is nice to cover events with two of the same bodies. I generally only use 2 when I cover an event and the 20D bodies have been relegated to back-ups...

I've worked those two bodies into the ground, so they wouldn't be worth much on re-sale, I've also been tossing around the idea of converting one to a dedicated IR camera...

Joel
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Joel Kowsky, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | United States | Posted: 8:29 PM on 05.16.07
->> The one thing I didn't mention that is nice about having both a 1DMKII and a 20D or 30D is the difference in sensor size, it allows you to 'cheat' a little bit and be able to get closer to a subject without sacrificing a stop by using a tele-converter.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 11:55 PM on 05.16.07
->> I have one body. it's old, worn out, in disrepair, abused and makes weird noises sometimes........oh wait........sorry....I didn't realize this thread was about cameras.......nevermind.
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Kirby Yau, Photographer, Assistant
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 12:07 AM on 05.17.07
->> 2 would like a third as a remote
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Jonathan Castner, Photographer
Longmont | CO | USA | Posted: 12:09 AM on 05.17.07
->> I use 2 but am starting to do a bit of remote work so a 3rd is on the way.
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Rodrigo Pena, Photographer
Palm Desert | CA | USA | Posted: 1:38 AM on 05.17.07
->> My newspaper furnishes me with two Canon Mark IIN bodies and I use two of my own bodies (20D & 30D) on occasion and sometimes I use a 5th body (Nikon D2H system) for a remote.

As for do you NEED a third body? If you want to venture into remote photography it would be a great idea.

And I agree with everyone else, if you ever have a camera in for repair, the third body really helps.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:58 AM on 05.17.07
->> D2H, D200, D80, and D70 converted to IR.
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Drew Broadley, Photographer
Wellington | NZ | New Zealand | Posted: 7:25 AM on 05.17.07
->> D2x (for sports), Fuji S3pro (for weddings) and a D70s (for shits and giggles).
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Westminster | MD | USA | Posted: 8:13 AM on 05.17.07
->> I think you need as many cameras as possible to aid the economy. Simply buy, buy, buy.

Seriously, get what you need to do the job, but make sure the purchase has sound economics for your business.

Only you'll know that "it's only nice to have."

Me, I think I own 26 'serious' digital and film, not counting the Holgas, Dianas, toy (but working), and pinhole cameras. It's a sickness.
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Westminster | MD | USA | Posted: 8:18 AM on 05.17.07
->> 27

I forgot one.
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Joe Livingston, Photographer
Douglasville | GA | USA | Posted: 9:29 AM on 05.17.07
->> Ouch...too many cameras,,,

I guess I am guilty of keeping all my cameras because they all still work like new, I feel if you get a good one "KEEP IT".

The film bodies I use occasionally for family and friends that just want to drop of the film and pick up prints.
I use all the digital bodies for different things from daily newspaper/magazine assignments to sports.

I keep different lens mounted on each digital body so that I can just grab one and run, it seems easier than changing lens and getting dirt/dust inside them.

2- F100 with Grip and Data Backs.

2- F5 with Data Backs.

1- N80 with Grip and Data Back.

1- N90 with Grip.

2- D1H, one with a 80-200 f/2.8 the other with 28-70 f/2.8

2- D1X with buffer upgrades one with 17-35 f/2.8 the other with 50 f/1.4

2- D2H one with 12-24 f/4 the other with 70-200VR f/2.8

1- D2X usually the 300 f/2.8 stays on this body.
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Mark Buffalo, Photographer
Lonoke | AR | USA | Posted: 10:04 AM on 05.17.07
->> I usually shot with a 10D and a 20D and when I need it, i'll throw in the ancient D60!
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Keith Carson, Photographer
Tampa | FL | U.S.A. | Posted: 10:10 AM on 05.17.07
->> I miss shooting with two cameras. When I shot film I had the Canon 1N and a rebel g for the wide angle.

Now I'm shooting with a Canon 1D and waiting for the Mark III. That'll be my Christmas, birthday, and anniversary present for the next ten years.

Keith Carson
Chief Photographer
Community News Publications
http://www.carsonphotography.com
http://www.cnewspubs.com

Community News Publications reaches 120,000 homes in Florida’s Pasco and Hillsborough counties with eight weekly newspapers.
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Jeff Brown, Photographer
Greenfield | MA | | Posted: 11:15 AM on 05.17.07
->> I shoot with two bodies but will have up to three or four in my case/bag. I am most likely to have the extr two ready at weddings and location shoots or if I am going to be out shooting for awhile.
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Paul Nelson, Photographer
Temperance | MI | USA | Posted: 11:42 AM on 05.17.07
->> I use a 20D and 30D on assignments...however, a fellow photog recommends to carry a smaller, less conspicuous SLR for people shots. It doesn't intimidate some people when they see you using something less-complex/technical that the top-end cameras. PnS models are probably too simple for assignment usage, but they are also an alternative. He typically carries an old film camera - and that makes me sometimes consider getting an older or unique camera for "expanding my horizons". We typically get caught up in all the latest gear and sometimes it's nice to carry one that keeps things in check and lets you be creative/unique.

I usually carry a PnS also - more or less for candid shots or really simple video captures. Still kicking around the idea of a nice vintage SLR for fun.
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Jeff Mills, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 11:42 AM on 05.17.07
->> I'll often use up to 3 bodies but honestly I don't think I ever really "need" more than one.

One main shooting body gets probably 95% of my shots. A second body with a "grab lens" gets maybe 4% and if I've got a remote it gets 1% or less, which is just the nature of remotes.

A second body is more about convienance than "need" most of the time. Its pretty easy to switch lens when a team gets inside the 10 during a football game, but having a second body with a 70-200 on it alreadys is easier. I do like things being easy yes, but I've worked for years with just one body and switching lenses as needed, as many people have and still do, and at the end of the day the results never suffered for it.

Is that second body really producing that many shots as a grab body though when I'm shooting a 400 on my primairy body and manage to switch camera's and get an in focus and composed shot of a diving catch though ? Not even close, that stuff happens once in a blue moon for me. So do I "need it" ? I say no

Same applies to a 3rd or 4th body remote. Does they sometimes produce a very cool shot that I wouldn't have gotten otherwise ? Yes, thats the whole point of doing it, but its pretty rare as is the nature of remotes.

What it comes down to though is that if I didn't have the 3rd or 4th remote set up, would I still come away with images to make the client/editor etc happy ? Definatly. Theres never been a game where I didn't get a single good image and "needed" the remote.

To me honestly, remotes are something that we, myself included, sometimes do because we can, rather than because we need to. There are obvious placements where its to get a specific shot that we otherwise wouldn't be allowed to get. But most of the time, its just a do it because and hope it produces something cool. Icing on the cake if you will.

Honestly what it comes down to is the only time I've really "needed" another body is when the main body broke. Then if I want to continue working, the second body was vital.

I love my cake and icing as much as the next guy, but I've really found in this business with the cost of gear we use that if you want to actually be profitable you've really good to keep a firm grasp on need vs want.
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 11:57 AM on 05.17.07
->> I have three total - two 1DMkII's and a 1DsMkII.

For the PJ work I do, I generally use two - one with the 70-200, the other with the 16-35 or the 24-70. I've tried carrying three before, but it gets really cumbersome.

I really try to carry only one body at a time and as few lenses as I can get away with. More gear means more stuff to think about instead of the subject.
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N. Scott Trimble, Photographer
Tempe | AZ | USA | Posted: 12:11 PM on 05.17.07
->> A 10D (which my dad is RE-Learning photography with)
-two 20Ds that work supplied me
-A 5D of my own
-Ordered a Mark III and waiting...
-Canon XH-A1 for my motion picture side...
-Nikon S for FUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNN
-1942 Graflex for looking at in intimidation that one day I will have the cajones to actually learn the bloody thing.
-A Rollei 35S I am playing with in Portland next week.
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Andy Heidt, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | USA | Posted: 1:02 PM on 05.17.07
->> I currently shoot with a D2x, 2 D2h's, and I have an F100 just in case. We are in the process of replacing our D2h's with D200's, which will be arriving shortly. At my last job I had a D2H and a D1 as a backup, so I think at least two, if you aren't doing any remote work, is a good starting point.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
The World | | | Posted: 2:13 PM on 05.17.07
->> For general daily usage I use four bodies. Two 1D bodies, one 1Ds and a 10D as a spare backup.
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Maxwell Yedor, Student/Intern, Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 2:30 PM on 05.17.07
->> I prefer not to count them. Cameras are sort of like surfboards, I always find myself wanting another one, and no matter how many I have, I use them all, as each one is a little different and does something unique.
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Osamu Chiba, Photographer
Vista | CA | USA | Posted: 7:26 PM on 05.17.07
->> Two bodies: D2X and 30D (no typo). Oh, and a 10D with Error 99...

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Brian Leddy, Photographer
Gallup | NM | United States | Posted: 8:08 PM on 05.17.07
->> 2 D2H's, one mine and the other is the the paper's. Also an F5 in case I need to go old school. The paper's also got a DCS620, D1, and a D1H as well, but I don't think they get much use. I'm very happy with 2 bodies, it allows me to work quicker by keeping my 2 favorite lenses on each one. If I were doing remotes I wouldn't hesitate to use one of the above bodies (well at least the D1H).
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Max Gersh, Student/Intern, Photo Editor
St. Louis | MO | USA | Posted: 8:22 PM on 05.17.07
->> I have 1 1DMkII and a pair of D30's. One of those D30's should soon be converted to IR. I would like to add another MarkII and a 5D. Especially if you are doing remote work, it is nice to have a handfull. Also, it is nice to have the different sensor sizes as different tools in your bag. While you might not take all the bodies with you, different ones are good for different assingments. And having an IR body would be nice as well. Every camera is another tool. Of course, one camera and one lens can usually do the trick.

-Max Gersh-
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Robert Benson, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 10:30 PM on 05.17.07
->> 8/4
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Mark Bolton, Photographer
Rochester | NH | USA | Posted: 12:08 AM on 05.18.07
->> I use the MKIIN body for sports with the 1D around my neck w/ a 70-200.
The newspaper provides a Nikon D2H; I'll use it for remotes or grip 'n grins...
I still have the Nikon F5, F4, and F3!!!!
MB
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Ronda Churchill, Photographer
Las Vegas | NV | United States | Posted: 2:32 AM on 05.18.07
->> Mark Why do you shoot grip 'n grins?

I have 2: MarkII and 5d (w/o grip. I like that it's light!). My Holga's in the car with me always for "fun".
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Nik Habicht, Photographer
Levittown | PA | USA | Posted: 12:44 AM on 05.19.07
->> This thread reminds me of the good old days, when I had three T-90 bodies and three New F-1 AE bodies rattling around in the trunk. 2 T-90s in a Domke F-2 bag with a bunch of lenses and a couple of 300 TL flashes, third T-90 had the 20-35/3.5 dedicated on it. One F-1 had the Tamron 80-200/2.8, the second the Tamron 300/2.8, the third the 1.4x Tamron converter....

I haven't been that equipment rich since I switched to AF....
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Edmund Fountain, Photographer
Tampa | FL | United States | Posted: 5:29 PM on 05.20.07
->> I own far too many cameras... more than I want to admit.

Trying to figure out *what* camera and format to use often distracts me from how I am using them and importantly: why I am using them.

I wish I could sell them all and just use one camera and a couple of lenses again. If nothing else the extras make nice paperweights and decorative items.

Three cheers for simplicity.

-e
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Jason Nix, Photographer, Assistant
Atlanta - Sandy Springs | GA | United States | Posted: 5:42 PM on 05.20.07
->> I have a 1DmkII, 1Dmk1, and an EOS 3 w/ PB-E2 just in case. I am about to pick up another 1Dmk1 for remote work.
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