Doing It With Two Is More Fun

When i went on my photo walk this past weekend, i took along two cameras.  With me, i had the X100T and the X-Pro1 with the 60mm attached, along with the grip.

It was a great duo to go out with.  I kept the X100T around my neck because it is nice and light and the X-Pro1 stayed in my bag, set up & ready to shoot.  Whenever i wanted to take a photo of something a bit further away, out came the X-Pro1.

I shot with two cameras when i had my Nikons, but a DSLR duo is far heavier.  I used to have one camera setup with a prime and the other set up with a tele-zoom, such as the 18-55 or 10-24.  It was not fun having that weight around your neck/shoulder all day.

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I am a real advocate of having/owning two cameras, simply because it is always good to have a back-up.

Electronics, especially cameras, can be pretty complex and it is only a matter of time before something goes wrong.  Whether the fault will end up being electrical or mechanical (yes, there are still mechanical parts in today’s cameras), there is a slight chance that something may go wrong or perhaps you may have butter fingers and drop your camera.

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Aside from having that second camera as a back-up, you can also use that second camera as another “platform”.  Depending on the camera, you can set it up to take wide angle shots, greyscale photos, action shots, have it set up with a telephoto lens, etc.  There are plenty of other possibilities.

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If you are going to carry that second camera, make sure it is easily accessible and that you can bring it to your eye quickly.  Most importantly, make sure the camera is set up to take photos of the subjects you want it to take photos of.

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For me, i had my second camera, the X-Pro1/60mm, set up to take stills.  Each time i wanted to shoot a scene that was a bit far away for the X100Ts 23mm lens, i would just take out my X-Pro1/60mm and get more then twice the focal length to use.

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You can certainly go out with just one camera and have the custom setting banks (C1, C2, etc. profiles) set up for the different styles of photography you like to do, but that can be somewhat limiting depending on the camera you are using.

If you have a fixed focal length lens on your camera, customized profiles are not going to help you get a shot that is further away.  That is why i like the flexibility of the X-Pro1 & X100T duo so much.

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Of course, carrying two cameras can be bulky, but nowhere near as bulky or heavy as carrying two APS-C DSLRs.

Aside from my two cameras, i carried a spare battery for each camera, some spare SD cards and some other, small accessories in my camera bag.

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One important aspect that i learnt from carrying two cameras, is that you should always have your camera set up for the conditions that you are shooting in.

There is nothing more disappointing when you notice after the fact, that you have taken your photos overexposed.

Sure, the camera settings show up in the viewfinder.  But sometimes we are to busy taking our photo, that we do not notice.  And if you use an OVF all the time like i do, it is even harder to notice that you may have your settings wrong.

Therefore, double check your camera(s) settings before you go out to take photos.

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Thanks for looking.

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