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Old 04-20-2012   #41
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Any of the things you mentioned, but usually so I don't have to change lenses. And a backup body is good for mechanical breakdowns or photographer induced damage.
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Old 04-20-2012   #42
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... one with a 50 and one with a 35, saves changing lenses and I always have a backup body to cover breakdown or damage ... same film in both usually
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Old 04-20-2012   #43
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Eventually, you will own several lenses for one camera. And, that camera will go to the shop for repair and you will have several lenses and no camera. With film it is a little more of a necessity to have two cameras because of different film stocks. With SLRs you can have two different bodies, i.e. F3 & F4 with the same lenses. This was an old issue that Hasselblad dealt with when they designed the removable back which held the film.
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For me: one B+W, one colour.

For my wife: two different B+w.

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different lenses but same focal length (fast / compact), usually, and to avoid having to change film in critical situations.
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Old 04-20-2012   #46
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For me, these days:

- Hexar RF #1: 28mm M-Hex, Kodak BW400CN

- Hexar RF #2: 50mm M-Hex, Kodak BW400CN

They never travel alone, though:

- Contax Tvs: Kodak Portra 160 or 400. (Occasionally 800.)

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- 90mm M-Hex (in bag)

- HX-18 flash (in bag)

- Sundry photo stuff (pocket tripod, cable release, lens cleaning cloth, etc.)

This is the standard-issue setup whenever picture taking is foremost on my mind (or at least pretty close). Easy to take along, which was part of the plan. (When I'm traveling, I bring the Nikon P6000 and Nikon SB-20 [for the Hexen] and SB-400 [for the P600] along for the ride. Best setup I've ever had.


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Old 04-20-2012   #47
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My everyday equipment consists of two RF bodies. One of those with CV15+viewer attached, like a fixed lens RF. The other one for the other focal lenghts. It is definitly the FL which keeps me carrying more than one body.
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Since decades, the same ISO 400 film on two bodies; the M3 with 50mm and the M2 (or M4) with 35mm. Street demands readiness to respond promptly.
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M3 with 35mm Summicron with goggles.
M6 with many lenses.
Hexar with 28mm to 50mm lenses.
Standard Leica with 21mm lens
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Three films; slow B&W, fast B&W, color transparencies. In B&W, I have cameras for home and for work, so that makes 5 active cameras, but I usually only carry one at a time. On trips, though, I'll grab the color camera if I don't take a digital.
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Just curious what you guys with 2 of the same or similar camera use the second for.

Do you use it for a different speed film, different focal length, or maybe one for color and one for black and white?
I use the secound body for backup in case the first body breaks. Mostly I am down to Tri-X and black and white. No excuses.
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Old 06-08-2012   #53
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For urban architecture and landscapes I carry as second body a Bessa-L with glued CV15/4.5 on.
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Just curious what you guys with 2 of the same or similar camera use the second for.

Do you use it for a different speed film, different focal length, or maybe one for color and one for black and white?
I rotate between my two M6 bodies. I like having a backup body because I use my camera daily.
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When both are out, my MP and M2 sport different focal length lenses, both B/W. Sometimes one of them pushed 2 stops.

And also when one is in service, the other one acts as a backup.
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Always having a loaded body is a good reason. very often the same [film]
Screw-mount Leicas and Zorki.1's are the same size and very similar configuration so carrying/using 2 or more is pretty simple. I have a small bag that comfortably carries 2 bodies + lenses w/different focal lengths. But a few times (when I've spent all day in a large crowd) I've just taken the 35mm lens + body and loaded the bag with 3 extra bodies carrying the same film. No reloading.
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Tend to have slide film in one, faster negative film in the other. This means I sort of have daytime/evening cameras. The range finder is the evening camera. My other camera is also somewhat cheaper than my Leica, so it's good for taking anywhere and not worrying too much about it.
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The Nikon F4 will have the 180mm AF lens or the 50mm AF...
The F5 will have the 85mm AF or the 35mm 2.0 (Ai'd lens)
I will also carry a 24mm, 135mm & sometimes the 300mm
Same film, same flash...works for me...
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I have two Zorki 4 bodies to increase my odds that I have a working Zorki 4!
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I have two Zorki 4 bodies to increase my odds that I have a working Zorki 4!
Hear ya! Plus, if both go south, you can use one to bash the other to smithereens.
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Hear ya! Plus, if both go south, you can use one to bash the other to smithereens.
Oh, I have a Kiev 6C for that...
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I have a few similar cameras, such as the two Minox 35's (one which doesn't like fast shutter speeds), a few EOS bodies... it's just handy to keep them loaded with different film. I.e. one EOS is loaded with Kodak Elite Chrome 100 extra color, other has plain Fuji Superia in it, another with Fuji Neopan Acros... it's just easy to pop off the lens, switch it around, then continue shooting with a different type of film.
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in general 2 cameras.
same type (S, S2,R2S) or F's, F2's or F3's, one wide (21/35) one mid tele (85/105). One with B/W (wide) the other one colour (mid Tele)... plus, another one with a 50 on the bag B/W mostly.
I had enough situations of one camera only, getting something wrong and no backup!
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For my latest 'film project' I'm using 5 Nikon Fs, three motorised and two not. I normally carry two motorised with a 35mm on one and a 85mm on the other and sometimes 135mm on the third motorised body. The non-motorised ones I use when I'm not out specifically shooting film or in the boot of the car etc.
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I use to use one for color and one for B&W. Color film is getting so dang expensive to shoot. I am just rotating the two out now, three if you count the Mamiya 7.
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"What do you do with 2 film bodies?"

You buy a few more because 2 are not enough, of course!
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How about 3 basically identical bodies?

I often carry:

Fujica GL690//100/3.5AE//Astia 100---- people/potraits

Fujica GL690//65/5.6 or 50/5.6// Velvia----environmental pics

Fujica GM670//150.5.6 or 180/5.6// Velvia---candid/isolation pics


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When I go out for a dedicated photo walk where there is a rich possibility of pictures, I often carry 3 bodies with 3 diff focal lengths: 21, 28, and 40 or 50.
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I have a lot of color film left, but once that is gone I probably won't shoot 35mm color film, only B&W. I'll be transitioning to digital for the color. The NEX-7 and X-100 have changed my mind on that score. Still color MF.

Two B&W bodies with different focal lengths, but usually I only use one body at a time because I prefer to squeeze my photographic day into one focal length, so I'm equally apt to take the same equivalent focal length out in MF along with the 35mm. Neopan 400 in the 35mm and Tri-X in MF.
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Mostly my cameras are very similar. The difference for me now comes with the glass. At this time I can only carry one camera at a time due to medical restrains but I have been known to slip in another focal lenght in the bag. Film is what ever is on hand ,mostly Kodac or Fugi or drug store rebrands. Cameras are Canon P's or canon barnack's , sometimes a Bessa R . All are LTM lenses, it's the lens I change to vary the favor of the experience.
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