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How many of you have a second body?


Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 12:19
Currently I've just got the K1 and I'm pondering a second body, partly because I'm interested in trying to switch to a prime setup for much of what I do.

Would you just try and source a second K1?

With primes only even two K1's would be a relatively light and compact setup for travelling or hiking when I'm landscape shooting.

The only exception to the primes rule is probably going to be a 60-250 which I tried on a K1 last weekend and seems fine and maybe a cheap 28-105 if I can find one!


Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 12:39
I've been shooting with Pentax cameras since the early 1970s and as far as I can recall the only failure was an SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7 lens whose aperture mechanism fell apart in a studio session. Never a camera body.

So normally I would carry just one DSLR body, but always have the trusty Pentax MX-1 in a pocket just in case.

For professional jobs it's a different matter and Sue and I have a camera each, plus a backup body, plus backups for main lenses just in case a lens fails.

Me: K-1 plus lenses, back up is K-3 II
Sue: K-3 plus lenses, shares the K-3 II as backup.
Best regards, John



Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 13:36
I have kept the K50 which I had before the K1 and found it is excellent as a lightweight option for long walks with the plastic 18-55mm lens. In those circumstances low light performance isn't an issue, and the APS- C lenses are smaller and lighter than their FF equivalents.



Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 14:15
It's a hobby for me so no need for a second body per se.

I still carry a Q-S1 kit in addition to my K-1 camera bag when I go out. It's too small to leave at home since it fits in any small space in the car or in a rucksack. My K-3 would be a second body if I was doing something of any great importance.
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Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 14:26
I could do with a new body but the NHS don't do them.

Camera wise I rely on my K3 with two card slots. A Sandisk Pro 32gb SD card failed in slot one recently. It jammed the camera until removed. Amazon kindly replaced it within two days.

Lens wise I tend to carry with some overlap, 12 - 24, 40, 18 - 135 and 55 - 300 currently.

Battery wise always two charged spares. Flashgun only one as i rarely use it.

I have a compact one inch sensor Canon in my bag mainly for low light (F1. and people snaps. I'd have a Pentax one but they don't do them. Any sign of a GR III or are advanced compacts done for I wonder?

I too would have a second DSLR body if earning money by it. I borrow on rare times I do such.
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Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 16:25
wvbarnes wrote:
I could do with a new body but the NHS don't do them.

Sign me up too.

I have just one camera. It is all I can afford, and more importantly all I want to carry now. Sometimes I even wonder if I want to carry even that.



Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 16:43
I only carry 2 DSLRs when shooting events; dinner dances, receptions, parties and suchlike. A standard zoom on one and a long zoom on the other, with a fast prime in the bag for low light shots. Saves a lot of faffing around changing lenses. For holidays I usually carry a DSLR and the Ricoh GR. This gives me the option of just carrying the GR if I want to explore without carrying a camera bag.
Regards, Philip


Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 17:20
I never used to carry more than one body under everyday circumstances, until my K30 failed on me on holiday. I felt like something was missing in my life for the rest of the holiday, so now I always take 2 bodies when reasonably far away from home. On normal day trips from home that don't matter too much photography wise I still just carry one body. Based on my experience I'd therefore say you need 2 bodies for certain times but it doesn't have to be an identical body.
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Last Edited by walt on 11/04/2017 - 17:21


Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 17:37
Gwyn wrote:
Sometimes I even wonder if I want to carry even that.

Tell me about it. To be honest if I could sell all my stuff for a half reasonable price I would in an instant.
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Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 19:53
Mike-P wrote:
Gwyn wrote:
Sometimes I even wonder if I want to carry even that.

Tell me about it. To be honest if I could sell all my stuff for a half reasonable price I would in an instant.

Why, might I ask?


Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 21:06
Having a hard time at home with our son at the moment which is pretty draining (saying that at least I get to go to work which is more than my wife has) plus I just seem to have lost interest if I'm honest. I have RIAT to look forward to in a few months and I haven't done any real macro in a LONG time so maybe I will dig out the MPE-65mm and have a play in the next few weeks.
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Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 21:51
sorry to hear that Mike. I hope that things settle for you.

Please post you pics after you have had a play



Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 22:17
Sorry to hear about your son Mike. It can't be easy for either of you, or for him.
A young friend has two special needs children, and how she copes with them and a full time job is beyond me.

Our house is sold now, well subject to survey, and I honestly wonder whether I want to move all my gear. I may sell it all yet. Inspiration got up and left a long time since, and all I manage now are rather dodgy snapshots, even on days when I really try to just go out and take one decent photo. Might as well stick to a mobile phone.


Link Posted 11/04/2017 - 23:43
K10 As backup. But mostly use K-3 II.
The older I get the faster I was.
K-3 II, K10D, DA16-85, DA*50-135, DA12-24, DA18-55, DA 50, Sigma EX DG 70mm Macro, Sigma 70-300mm, Sigma DG 120-400mm APO HSM.
Metz 58 AF-1.

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Link Posted 12/04/2017 - 01:16
Given their second hand value, when I bought the K3-ii I decided to keep the K5 so now I have those and an *istDS, all of which are used regularly. In fact, I was out there using my Spotmatic this afternoon!
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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