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Re: More than one camera

Roy,
I think you may have answered your question already, but I'll share my logic relative to my use-case.

I try do one or two wildlife photo-trips per year and have previously traveled with 2x EM1 mkII's. Each with a different lens - one zoom for close and a second with a Pana-leica 100-400mm or the Oympus 300m F4.
This helps for not missing a shot and, of course, losing one camera won't bring an end to my travel.

Used this for previous trips to UK birding trips and also African Safaris and Costa Rica - I would have been devastated if i only had one camera and it failed...
For my most recent trip, I had 2 separate body's:
1. Olly with 12-100 & Panaleica 100-400mm
2. Nikon FF mirrorless with big sigma Zoom and 300mm prime.

While the Nikon worked fine in the UK during the month preceding the trip, it had a fault that only came out when the ambient temp exceeded 30 degrees. - this was an intermittent issue... So i lost many opportunities with the primary camera half way through a burst but leaned on the Olly as a backup.

My conclusion for my purposes - it suits me better to travel with two identical camera's when photographic timing is critical, so I'll go back to using "two of the same", but as its a once a year need, I may just rent a duplicate for the trip, instead of owning two.... (I was really thankful that the Olly stepped up when I needed it - with no drama)
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Re: More than one camera

When I'm doing 'serious' photography such as safaris or longer holidays I take 2xEM1 with appropriate lenses. However I still find space for the EM10 and 14-42EZ because it fills a different niche.
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Re: More than one camera

Keithz

I think you may have solved this for me.
I do not travel abroad, but I do travel to different places within the UK to photograph birds and wildlife as a hobby.
I would be gutted to get to a destination and my camera to fail on me.
So I think I will get a second hand em1 mark 2 to take in the bag with me.

Mmm or that EM1X at LCE :-)

On a side note are the EM10 or EM 5 any good at bird photography

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Re: More than one camera

If it makes you happy then enjoy

Sounds like there is a mistrust in the quality of modern tech or dare I say it again GAS seems to be thriving.

I have taken the antidote so hopefully, I am now immune. I don't want two of anything just the first and the best will do
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Re: More than one camera

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..............On a side note are the EM10 or EM 5 any good at bird photography

My first Olympus was an E-M5, which I took to Borneo and shot loads of things. including many birds. See http://home.btconnect.com/mike.flemm.../Sabah2015.htm for examples.



It depends on your expectations. The E-m5 feels very slow after an E-M1-ii and will not readily follow a bird in flight. The AF is far less certain and needs its time to lock on. Compared with the E-M1-ii, it feels very small and a body takes up very little extra space when packing.



I still use my E-M5 with a 14-42 lens as an 'ever ready' camera around the house and garden, and for jobs like recording the progress of my model-making.
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Re: More than one camera

My recent trip to Papuma and Bromo, I bought a new Em1ii to accompany me with my existing EM1ii. Reason I got another EM1ii was the fact that I would end up needing a different battery if I chose anything else. That would be extra expenses and extra weight. On my return, I have put the older EM1ii up for sale. It's like upgrading to a newer unit but retaining the familiarity.

I love that 2 card slot, the ProCap and the folder renaming. Also, I already have the vertical grip, I would need to get another if it is another model.
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Re: More than one camera

Travel a fair bit and would ruin the trip if a camera failed or went missing.
I have two GX9's, one stays in the hotel with lens, charged battery and memory card.

Many of the places i'm unlikely to visit again so back up of equipment and photos is important to me.
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Re: More than one camera

Thanks all
I decided i did need a second camera body as I also go to places i am unlikely to go to again.

I saw the MX1 at Jessops at a great price so bit the bullet and am now awaiting my new camera :-) which will now become my main one.

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Re: More than one camera

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If it makes you happy then enjoy

Sounds like there is a mistrust in the quality of modern tech ....
In my case that’s a yes. I bought a EM5 mkII but hated the ergonomics so bought a grip, that improved matters 100%. Now the body has developed the known problem where it won’t turn off so I now have 2 x EM1 mkII bodies primarily for wildlife photography.
I even bought an underwater housing for the 5, so that’s toast now too!

When I travel I also take a TG-4 and a GoPro. If either of the EM1s fail then I suspect it will be goodbye Olympus, although I’m not going back to lugging Canon or Nikon glass around in my dotage.
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Thanks all
I decided i did need a second camera body as I also go to places i am unlikely to go to again.

I saw the MX1 at Jessops at a great price so bit the bullet and am now awaiting my new camera :-) which will now become my main one.

Roy
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Arrived today :-)
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