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More than one camera

Hi all
I have the OMD EM1 mark 2, which is great.

I am thinking of getting a back up camera just in case ( I am not a professional)

Do you have a second body?

Is it a good idea?

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Re: More than one camera

I have the EM1MK11 but my 100-400 stays on it, i have a Panasonic G80 to use with my 60mm macro.
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Re: More than one camera

The EM10 is worth considering as a backup. It lacks many of the features of the EM1ii but is much smaller, lighter and less expensive. It fits nicely in a cargo pocket with the 14-42EZ but will take all the MFT lenses if need be.
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Re: More than one camera

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The EM10 is worth considering as a backup.
my only concern would be if all the controls were different, I might forget where the buttons are at a crucial moment

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Re: More than one camera

I take my E-PM2 as a backup. I use it as a separate more portable system that can go into a jacket pocket or briefcase for quick snaps but on holiday it comes with me in case the E-M5i stops working for any reason. Yes, the controls (or lack of them) are completely different but at least I can still take pictures with all my lenses. If I'm just out for the day with my main system then I don't bother with a backup.
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Re: More than one camera

I have the EM1 MK11 but my 12-100 stays on it.
I use a EM1 MK1 as my backup with 25mm and 45mm lens.

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Re: More than one camera

My iPhone is my main backup but I also have my old E-M5 which has stood-in a few times when my E-M1 needed repair. No problems so far with my E-M1-ii though.
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Re: More than one camera

I use an E-P5 as a second body, which works well for me.
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Re: More than one camera

Seems like an unnecessary expense unless you have critical requirements. In the event of a service or breakdown, maybe that would be the time to buy a second/alternative camera. If the principle of having a spare ‘just in case’, what about cars, toasters, phones, etc, etc?

If your main camera is a write-off, having a second-best option as a standby isn’t a strategy I’d adopt. That’s not to say that having separate cameras for different needs is an issue.

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Re: More than one camera

I agree with Crazy Dave unless you have critical requirements why do you need a second camera? It's just more stuff to carry around and perhaps lose or damage. Are you sure it's not GAS that makes you want one?

My mobile phone camera is perfectly capable of taking good quality images if I don't have my Oly with me for over 90% of the pictures I take.

If it was for professional use that's a different story.
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Re: More than one camera

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my only concern would be if all the controls were different, I might forget where the buttons are at a crucial moment

Roy
Maybe if you told us a bit more about your photographic need or usage it could help with the discussion...

For example
1. Do you intend to shoot with 2 cameras interchangeably during a single session? For example taking photos that might need 2 separate primes like a 75mm and 25mm?

2. Is it purely a backup that will only get used when your primary camera dies and you need an immediate backup ?

3. Are you planning a big trip like an African safari - where photography is a main activity and a broken camera would have a major impact on the trip
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Re: More than one camera

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1. Do you intend to shoot with 2 cameras interchangeably during a single session? For example taking photos that might need 2 separate primes like a 75mm and 25mm?
No
2. Is it purely a backup that will only get used when your primary camera dies and you need an immediate backup ? yes

3. Are you planning a big trip like an African safari - where photography is a main activity and a broken camera would have a major impact on the trip possibly
Mmm probably best not too having read all your answers...Thanks
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Re: More than one camera

My only take on this is that its nice to have a smaller camera, that fits into a large pocket or small case. I have a GX800 which is MFT, so can use my Oly lenses. I also have the Tough TG-5, which again fits into a pocket and gives reasonable results for those days when even the EM1 ii seems a bit big to lug around...

Neither will replace the Em1 ii, but offer other advantages...(GX800 has very good IQ)….

But when I am birding or what I consider serious forays, only the EM1 ii will do...and its usually the only camera I carry, other than the iPhone of course...…….
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Re: More than one camera

I travel with 2 EM-1s. If topside I have different lenses on each so don't have to mess around swapping lenses. If diving, I can keep one body configured for UW work and it can stay in the housing, only needing to come out for battery and card changing whilst the other has a long lens on for the likes of dolphins and whales.

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Re: More than one camera

I have quite a few cameras, which one is best for a job varies considerably. I don't normally carry a second camera now, but did routinely for several years.
If I'm expecting to need AF telephotos, as well as more normal shooting I will still take a second body


My main camera is now a Sony A7ii (full spectrum converted, but with a clip in filter that restors normal use), µ4/3 is the ideal telephoto system to use alongside for telephotos. Small/light & with a higher crop (and not prohibitively expensive for long glass).


For airshows my DSLR will typically replace the A7ii & I have other specialist cameras for dedicated roles (underwater, microscope etc.)
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