Maybe you have a few lenses in your collection now and you’re happy. Maybe you shoot nothing but landscapes or still life photos and don’t see the need. Maybe you just don’t see what you’d do with a second camera body, except to have it as a backup.
I’m here to tell you that, except maybe for studio work, without a second camera body, you’re missing pictures.
Here’s what happens: you’re shooting, moving around, and suddenly you see the composition in a totally new light. You change lenses to accomodate your new vision…and while changing the lens, the shot changes and is no longer there. You miss it.
Typically, for any situation with lots of movement, changing situations, etc. you should have two cameras around your neck and shoulder: the one you’re using around your neck, the one you’re not shooting on your shoulder. This works for news, sports, wildlife, portraits, even nature/landscapes sometimes.
- You’re shooting a wide shot at a big house fire, using a wide angle lens or zoom on one of your bodies. Suddenly a firefighter bursts out of a second-story window onto a porch roof, needing a new air tank. You grab the 80-200mm on your shoulder and get the photo.
- You’re shooting a basketball game, sitting courtside to the left of one basket. As the players work the court near you, you shoot with your 80-200mm lens. When the play goes to the other end, you grab the 300mm f2.8 lens on a short monopod at your side. When a sudden loose ball results in a mad scramble, you’re ready with the longer lens.
The second lens/body setup gives you options. It allows you to respond to changes in your shooting situation. It allows you to be more successful as a photographer. And that is what we all want, isn’t it?
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