Do you shoot with multiple bodies?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by hwan, Jun 5, 2015.

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  2. 2 different bodies

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  3. 2 identical bodies

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  1. hwan

    hwan Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 20, 2014
    St Louis, MO
    For those of you who shoot events, having multiple bodies is clearly advantageous as it allows you to not waste time changing lenses. But for those that shoot for fun around town, on vacation, of family, etc... how many bodies do you carry around at the same time?

    Currently, I own the E-M1, O17, O45, O75, and O12-40. I much prefer shooting with the primes, but have to admit that the zoom is much more convenient as I often want to change lenses. Especially as my main subjects are of my wife and kids.

    I'm contemplating getting a second body (or perhaps sell the E-M1 for 2 E-M10s), so that the O17 is mounted on one and the O45 mounted on the other for the most part. However, the wife is not too enthusiastic about having multiple bodies, saying that it's unnecessary and wasteful.
  2. Wolfeye

    Wolfeye Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 20, 2015
    A lot depends on how well I know the location and weather. For example, on a recent zoo trip I carried a Canon 1Ds Mark III, a 6D, a 7D, a 70-200mm a 100-400mm a 1.4x TC and a 40mm lens plus a 420EX flash. Yes, my feet were killing me at the end of the day, but in my defense, here's my logic:

    1. I didn't know how far away the animals would be, so worst case would be using the 7D (a crop-sensor body) giving me a max equivalent reach of 400mm x 1.4 x 1.6 for a total of nearly 900mm. Any animals I couldn't get with that much reach were obviously too ugly to photograph. :)
    2. It was rainy. Had it been too bad I would have switched to my weather-sealed gear, my 1Ds Mark III and 70-200 and lived with what I got.
    3. The 6D was brought along as the low light specialist, and as it all turned out, it was the only camera I used. Due to the rain we frequented the excellent indoor attractions at this particular zoo nearly the whole time. There were several shots only the 6D could have made, and did, as it can AF in near darkness with no AF assist.

    OTOH I am taking a trip to Bar Harbor Maine, and for that trip it'll be the OM-D E-M10 with *maybe an E-PL1 for backup, a Fujifilm Klasse for some slide film, and an Olympus Stylus Epic for B&W film. Film is most often the reason I have two bodies or more.
  3. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    My main two cameras that I carry with me every single day of the week when I step outside are a Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk.II and a Fuji X100T.

    In the bag also includes my O25/1.8, O45/1.8 and O60/2.8 Macro along with the Fuji WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens which gives my X100T the ability to shoot it as a 28mm or 35mm camera. The longer lengths of 50mm, 90mm and 120mm are covered by the Olympus.

    In the third slot of my Billingham Hadley Pro (my daily bag) will usually hold one of the below cameras as a third camera:
    - Ricoh GR Digital III
    - Fuji X100
    - Olympus Trip 35 (film)

    The choice of third camera depends on my mood or what I'll be shooting that day but the third camera usually serves a specific purpose. The Ricoh when I want something small and stealthy as well as for it's superb B&W files. The Fuji X100 when I want to shoot with the Fuji combo with the WCL-X100 conversion lens so I can go between a 28mm or 35mm focal lengths quickly. The Olympus Trip 35, when I want to shoot film.

    For me, this setup covers all the bases for a daily general purpose shoot and it's quite efficient for how I shoot these days.

    Even with three cameras and all of those lenses, I believe it weighs less than when I was carrying my Canon 5D Mk.II with a 70-200/2.8L IS and either a 24-70/2.8L or 24-105/4L along with usually a 50/1.4 prime or sometimes even a 17-40/4L every day just two years ago.
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  4. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    No. If I did own multiple cameras, I would use them individually for different days/outings and not as a team. I switched to m4/3 to simplify and lighten my load, not use it as an excuse to carry more gear.
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  5. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
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    For pro work there are two schools of thought. Backup / second body should be the same so switching is seamless. OR backup should be at least as capable but may offer something the other does not. I've done both over the years.

    But for this I would definitely say go with different bodies and not two of the same. I currently have the E-M10 and GM5. Fitted with the grip the E-M10 suits me for longer / heavier glass as well as the E-M1 I sold did. Fitted with the 12-32 zoom the GM5 easily fits in the pocket of my cargo shorts or a jacket. Since all your glass is Olympus (no OIS) I might think about adding an LX100. Fast 12-75 eq, good video, might pair nicely with the E-M1 and primes.
  6. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
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    For work - I use 2 bodies. For m43 I use an EM1 and EM5Mk2. For Nikon I use a D300/D700.

    For pleasure or personal shooting - I usually take the EM5Mk2 as I like having a smaller kit, or the Nikon Df and some prime lenses.
  7. ex machina

    ex machina Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 3, 2014
    Northern Virgnia
    Does my iPhone count as a second body? ;)

    I hate changing lenses in the field and am often in dirty/dusty environments to boot, so I periodically consider carrying my second body. However, and for no rational reason, I've yet to bring myself to do so. Someday I will.

    For casual walk-arounds and vacation settings I'm unlikely to ever carry two bodies, it's just too much hanging around my neck.
  8. mannukiddo

    mannukiddo Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 28, 2013
    I carry both my bodies, a GX1 and a GX7 all the time. GX7 with a 7-14 or 9-18 to use with IBIS and the 45 1.8 on the GX1.
  9. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    One increasingly decrepit body, bad battery, failing lenses, dodgy mic input, corrupt memory card and slow processor . . .

    Oh, wait you mean cameras . . . usually a couple, a M43's and a film-camera. Or two M43's with different focal lengths (often a 45 and 14 or 20).
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  10. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    Get the $299 EPL6. Its the same sensor, so the IQ will be the same, and the small size makes a great small kit with your O17 (which doesn't really need the IBIS that much). Or also pick up a P14 for $150 new on ebay. Plus, the small size lets you make the case for "carry anywhere, always ready for pictures of the kids" to your wife
  11. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    E-M1 and GM5... couldn't be any more different. I like the E-M1 more, the GM5 usually gets taken on social occasions with just the PL15/O45. When we do take both it's for a bit of video or for my wife with the 12-32/PL15.
  12. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
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    Andrew Lossing
    I have multiple bodies, and take a backup on any trip longer than the next town over if there's photos to be made. I decided to overhaul just how many bodies I have and what they do, though, so my kit would now be the EM10 with grip and the GM1. The little Panasonic is just as capable sensor-wise but tiny, so it would be the one that gets slipped into the pocket for walking or going to work.

    The GX1 went to the wife, the EP1 is up for sale and the beater GF3 is packed away. So, uh, yeah... I only have two cameras.
  13. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
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    I currently have a GH3 & GH4, but am looking to sell the GH3 and get a GH4 because it is a huge improvement in a number of areas IMO. I was at a motorsports event a few weekends ago, and had my 12-35 f/2.8 mounted on one camera, and my 35-100 f/2.8 mounted on the other camera.

    I think it's a huge advantage to have two bodies with identical controls, because you can seamlessly transition from one body to the other. And yes you are correct that it is a HUGE time saver not having to change lenses, especially when you're "on the job" where it may cost you in missing a shot.

    OP, if you shoot a lot of primes, and don't need the "sports camera" capabilities of the E-M1, you may be better off selling it and getting two E-M10's to mount the prime lenses to like you've mentioned.
  14. bikerhiker

    bikerhiker Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 24, 2013
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    I shoot with my Olympus E-5 and the E-P5. 14-54mm on the E-5 and 35-100mm on my E-P5 means I don't have to switch lenses and that's my setup for about 90% of my photography. For low light work, I switch to using the 17 1.8 and 25 1.4 and E-P5. For Macro or portrait work, the E-P5 with the Pana Leica 45. Stripped down E-P5 with 14 Lumix and my Nikon AW110 or iPhone strictly for street photography. :cloud-9-039:
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  15. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 20, 2012
    Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
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    I use the E-M1 mostly with the E-M5 as backup or with an alternative lens as I try not to change lenses when out if I can help it. I also like to include the Stylus 1 on occasions for that quicker grab shot & it's constant f2.8 lens & with built in flash that can all be so useful.
  16. macro

    macro Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 22, 2012
    APS-C and m4/3 for the different crop factors of the two. FF doesn't appeal so that's the formats I prefer.

  17. janneman

    janneman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 6, 2012
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    Jan (John) Kusters
    I have an EM5 (Mk1) and a PM2. For me they are too different to use as a two camera set up with two primes, and I strongly prefer the handling of the EM5. I don't carry them both, although when travelling I will take them both with me. But only one will be at hand for taking pictures. I usually choose what camera I am going to use before I go out, and don't carry both in one bag or something like that.
    I take the EM5 whenever taking pictures is the main goal, or whenever I expect to take a lot of pictures even if it's not the main purpose.
    The PM2 is taken whenever I leave the EM5 at home, and used more like a point and shoot, something to have with me at all time 'just in case'. It also serves as a back up system when travelling, should my EM5 ever fail me.
  18. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 6, 2014
    I use my GX7 for 90% of my photography and generally only use my G6 with the 100-300 or the 60mm macro if I am using my macro flash rig, otherwise the macro is also used on the GX7.

    I obviously prefer to use the GX7 over the G6.

  19. coffeecat

    coffeecat Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 4, 2012
    SW England
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    I have a G3 and a E-PM2. I still use them both. But I've gone out with BOTH of them at the same time about once ever. I can see I would if it was some sort of event. But not generally, no.
  20. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 15, 2014
    Two E-M1's, because I'm too absent-minded to switch between different bodies without fumbling around too much. Otherwise, I'd love a Canon body for their 16-35/4 and a 35/1.4.