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12-02-2009, 12:36 AM   #1
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John Woo Style - Do you shoot with two cameras?

Usually when I do any sort of major event photography, I bring my main camera and a backup. So i'm always shooting with two cameras in those circumstances (or one on me and second nearby as backup). To me, this is pretty much a necessity. One, i use prime lenses and constantly changing lenses means I miss shots and my timing is off. Two, if one camera dies, I have a backup to cover my butt! (and probably a third somewhere just in case)!!
I'm actually considering seriously carrying around two cameras even when I'm doing photowalks! Yes, it might make me look silly, but I love prime lenses... however I dislike changing them ALL the time.

I currently have a K20D and a k100D, but thinking of picking up a used k10d to supplement the k20d as backup and second shooter since my K100D is starting to go a little haywire due to age (or something) and the viewfinder doesn't suit my manual focus style.

My current setup:
K100D - Sigma 30mm F1.4 / Pentax DA 21 Ltd [My normal to wide angle camera]
K20D - Pentax DA*55 / Pentax DA*50-135 [My moderate tele to long tele camera]


So, does anyone else here use two cameras, even just for regular shooting? i know back in the older film days it was sort of the norm for photojournalists. Am I just nuts and maybe just want to be a John Woo style DSLR fanboy?? haha

12-02-2009, 12:49 AM   #2
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I use two cameras a lot and not really as backups. I either have both cameras on a double strap or I keep the second camera in a messenger bag on my shoulder where I can pull it out quickly.
I don't consider it John Woo style, style is in the final image not in how many cameras you're carrying.
Do whatever works for you and don't worry about anyone else, you're nuts anyway, you shoot Pentax.
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Duly noted. And proud of it!!
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I almost always have two cameras with me, K10 and K20 reside in same carry bag so easy to grab and put in vehical. K20/BigMa, K10 16-45 or sigma 28-70. jim

12-02-2009, 06:28 AM   #5
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I'm strictly amateur but have twin K20Ds and really like the versatility. There's something to be said, btw, for component (i.e., battery) interchangeability in a multi-camera system. It's also a benefit for folks like me for whom user interface adjustments are an intellectual challenge ;~)

I rarely take them out on a walking shoot together. Typically, I'll have a long lens (DA*300mm + 1.7x TC or one of the big tripod lenses) on one and the other available for hand-held shooting.
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I have a K20D and K100DS. On nature walks, I have the K20 + 55-300 around my neck for quick access and the K100 in a small shoulder bag, with either a 16-45 or 10-17 fisheye.
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When shooting wildlife and out in the sticks, I will have a 400mm on my K20D and a 16-45 on my Kx for landscape shots. I got tired of dust on the sensor of my K20 because I was changing lenses so frequently so I bought the Kx. Now, for me it's the norm, I even take both to work with me.
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Who is John Woo and what makes carrying multiple cameras "John Woo style?"

I routinely carry multiple cameras when I'm shooting motorsports. K20D and Bigma on the monopod, K10D with either the 16-45 or the Tammy 28-75. And the K110D is always handy in the bag.

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All you guys would be nice targets for thieves specially if you take two along for casual photo walks.
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Shouldn't you be shooting with both cameras at the same time to qualify for John Woo style?

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I currently have a K20D and a k100D, but thinking of picking up a used k10d to supplement the k20d as backup and second shooter since my K100D is starting to go a little haywire due to age (or something) and the viewfinder doesn't suit my manual focus style.

Why K10D, a K20D could be picked up for not too much more and the new price is coming down nicely.

I use K20D and K10D on jobs and keep a *IstD with pancake M 40mm in the glove box.

Good shooting,

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Oops, my first sentence is a quote from Dugrant153s original post
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Always. Digital has taken the place of the 'color or slow film body'


Especially in days of film, it was never much of a thing to slip a backup body in a bag. Even with digital, if you're shooting Pentax, there's no excuse not to at least put an ME Super in there.

If you're talking two digitals, apart from a hedge against failure, it means two *lenses.* Which can be quite handy as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GerryL Quote
All you guys would be nice targets for thieves specially if you take two along for casual photo walks.
Hey, one of my bodies is an F-1N with a winder: that's a legal weapon in some states.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GerryL Quote
All you guys would be nice targets for thieves specially if you take two along for casual photo walks.
That kind of thievery is exceedingly rare in my experience. I've been wandering around Baltimore for over 60 years and have been robbed once (and all they wanted was cash.)
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