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1 camera vs 2 camera shooting

Danzel C , Jul 03, 2009; 07:25 a.m.

i currently shoot with two 40D's, one assembled with a 17-55 2.8 and the other with a 85 1.8 or 70-200 2.8. and the 40D w/17-55 is on a flash bracket most of the day. carrying two cameras (flash bracket in hand, second camera on shoulder) is manageable, but i am wondering what others are doing to manage their equipment. 1 camera shooters - how do you keep your other key lenses near you (ex. belt pouches, shoulder bag, etc)? and how do you keep your sensor from getting dirty from all the lens switching? 2 camera shooters - anyone keep their second camera stuffed in shoulder bag such as the think tank urban design 35, assembled with a lens and ready to go?


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Marc Williams , Jul 03, 2009; 08:42 a.m.

I basically shoot with one camera most of the time. Sometimes I will sling a Leica M over my shoulder. But the second camera is always at the ready ... I just do not carry it around with me while shooting. I simply anticipate what type of shooting I am about to do and select the lens I want for that. I do use two lenses during the first dance ... a wide angle zoom and a 85/1.4.

I do have a Think Tank Urban Disguise bag that I'll use when going out on a golf course, or into a house for getting ready shots ... basically places where the rest of my gear is not readily available. That bag is like "a Volkswagen with clowns pouring out of it" ... it is simply amazing how many cameras and lenses it will hold for its small size.

Swapping lenses has not been an issue for all the years that I have done it this way. Just take some care and change swiftly.

David Wegwart - Denver/CO. , Jul 03, 2009; 08:48 a.m.

Just uploaded a shot of my setup in the thread below.. "Royal question".

Brian Wickett , Jul 03, 2009; 09:46 a.m.

I shoot with one camera (Canon 5D) and normally carry with me three lens (16-35L, 70-200IS 2.8 L, and 50 1.2 L) . I have found over time that I can cover any situation with this set up. I use the ThinkTank belt system and have found it to work very well. I also have on my belt, Canon battery pack for my 580 EX II flash, spare memory cards and batteries, lens cloth, and small note pad/pen. The belt and bags are of good quality and quite comfortable to ware. My normal time at a wedding with the belt system on is about 8 hours. I had a client send me the below photos from a wedding last month. You can see the belt system pretty good in the two photos.

ThinkTank blet system

Brian Wickett , Jul 03, 2009; 09:48 a.m.

Second photo.

ThankTank belt system 2nd photo.

Michael Brown , Jul 03, 2009; 10:19 a.m.

I'm kind of a minimalist when it comes to gear. I'm primarily a one-camera shooter. I shoot with a Nikon D-700, but, interestingly enough, my back-up camera is a D-40X. I never mix the two as the images from the 40X look tremendously different...so it is truly a back-up (oh, poo...mt D-700 isn't working) camera.

But I also shoot primes, so I need access to wide or tele lenses at my beck and call. I have an assistant who serves wonderfully in this respect, but also find an accessory belt is a useful thing to have for particularly mish-mash weddings in which I can't accurately plan and execute my next shots.
Part of being prepared is knowing as much as you can know about your event, and being able to anticipate shots and what you might need for them.

So, yeah...knowledge and an accessory bag/belt. :-)

Marten Holmes , Jul 03, 2009; 10:32 a.m.

I use one camera and take my wife as my second shooter and assistant. I do take a bag with longer lenses but hardly ever need to use them so leave it nearby where it is safe just in case. I rarely even carry spare batteries with me but keep an eye on the charge remaining and change when convenient to the situation. I have on occassion had to resort to nicking the flash of my wifes camera and send her scurrying for batteries but not often.

Danzel C , Jul 03, 2009; 11:28 a.m.

i tried the belt system a few times and the big pouches on the side just kept bumping into people. i'll probably have it on craigslist in the next few days. i'm anxious to try out the think tank urban disguise bag (thanks for the correction mark!).

John Deerfield , Jul 03, 2009; 11:59 a.m.

I envy those that can shoot with one camera! My staple set up is a 17-50 on one body and something like the Sigma 50-150 (lighter than the 70-200's) on the 2nd. For on location shooting, I also carry a Boda bag that has everything I might need (cards, lens pens, batteries, etc) as well as my fisheye, Tokina 11-16, some sort of 105, and a 70-300 (consumer lens, yes, but handy on occasion). I use the Black Rapid straps with the connector as the strap system. For places like a reception hall, I don't carry the Boda bag, but will keep Fisheye and the 11-16 with me. I also set up off-camera lighting so that with one body I am not using any on-camera flash, just a PW on the hot shoe.

MaryBall Pierson , Jul 03, 2009; 12:54 p.m.

Two assistants (one's my husband) - three cameras. One loaded with black and white - the other two... 1 is 70-200 and the other is either fixed 1/4 or wide angle or 35-70 - those I switch out as needed.

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