I have question in regards to two DSLRS and two lenses. I currently own a Nikon D70 with a kit lense and a 70-200 2.8 VR. Now, here are my questions.
1) I am getting ready to purchase a D200, however, I am also going to purchase the almighty Nikkor 17-35 2.8 as my new primary to replace my "kit" lense. and I would like to have my new lense (17-35 2.8 always attached to either the D70 or the D200, and the real question is, should I keep the D200 with the 17-35 as my everyday walkaround or the 70-200 VR, or vice versa? And yes, much of the time I will be wearing both of them around my neck, and yes, already made my neck surgery appointment for about a year from now...lol. This question just really has me bugged.
2) Is the 17-35 2.8 better then the 17-55 2.8. Of course I know it is all in what you shoot, but I am looking for the "best" walk around general lense to keep attached always on either my new D200 or D70 and as I said before, the other camera would have the 70-200 VR always attached.
#1. "RE: D200 with a D70 Back-up with Lense question" In response to Reply # 0
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Is the 17-55 better? Well, as you already know the 17-55 is a DX lens and the argument rages on as to which is better. A matter of opinion.
Back to the first question... Eons ago in my film days, I carried an F4s and also an FE2 and/or FM2n much of the time. Not to preclude lens switching but each had a different film. Not an issue with DSLR.
I sold my D70 after I bought the D200 because I find it easier to carry a backpack with an assortment of lenses. One of the beauties of the SLR is interchangeable lenses. How often does the situation arise where you need "the other lens" right this instant? Might be different for you.
#2. "RE: D200 with a D70 Back-up with Lense question" In response to Reply # 0
I'm planning to purchase the D200 sometime in the next year. As an amateur I'll switch to using the D200 as my primary camera, and the D70 as a backup. I'll also encourage my wife to use the D70 as much as possible so I can feel justified in my purchase. If I can get her hooked on photography, maybe between the two of us can split the load and carry around all my lenses!
As far as using two cameras at the same time: I can see the appeal in some situations. It would be nice for portrait sessions or events where you want to switch back and forth between wide angle and thtelephoto. I often see wedding photographers and other professionals carrying two cameras with different lenses so they can get more shots with more variety in a limited amount of time. Under normal conditions I switch lenses quite frequently and don't mind it at all, but when your subject is impatient it would be nice to have two rigs ready to roll.
As far as general walking around or travel photography: I might bring both camera bodies (the D70 as a backup), but I wouldn't want to walk around with both (unless my wife were willing to carry one). I'd probably leave the D70 in the hotel safe most of the time. While we were in Greece this Summer, I met a guy carrying two DSLR bodies in Santorini. He had a big telephoto mounted on one, and a wider zoom mounted on the other (all Canon gear, so I don't recall the exact models). He said he couldn't walk very far with all that gear. I thought to myself, "what a shame"... since Santorini is a place you want to walk around all day. I was carrying my D70, 18-200mm VR, Tokina 12-24, and 35mm f/2. Still a load, but manageable even on some of the hot and steep hikes we undertook.
If I were going to use both cameras at the same time, I understand the delimma about which lens to put on which camera. For general portraits or events, the lenses I'd probably use would be my 12-24 and my 80-200mm f/2.8... althought the 17-55 or 17-35 would be better than the 12-24 for something like that. Or maybe I'd want to go crazy and stick the fisheye on one, or just use one of my primes. I think the choice of how to match things up would depend on the subject. The D200 will be the camera to use when you need the fastest autofocus possible, or when you want the most resolution for cropping or large prints. Another approach is to put the lens on the D200 that you think you'll use the most.
The 17-35 vs. 17-55 question is a topic that rages quite a bit around the boards. If the D200 and D70 will be your cameras for a long time, you don't need to worry about buying another DX lens even if Nikon produces a full frame camera next year. I wouldn't worry about which is better. They are both outstanding lenses. I would think about whether or not you use the 35-55mm range very much. If not, the 17-35 is a less expensive lens. I've been lusting after both for some time, but I might also consider the 28-70mm f/2.8 since I have a 12-24.
#3. "RE: D200 with a D70 Back-up with Lense question" In response to Reply # 0
currently i'm using a similar setup of 2 cameras and 2 lenses. i carry one around my neck while shooting with the other at all times. i use a d200 and a d70s with a telephoto on one and a wide on the other. generally, i keep the telephoto on the d200 to take advantage of the high resolution sensor. i have the d70s ready just in case the subject gets too close or i want a wide angle shot. i use this setup mainly for action.
on days when i'm shooting stills or landscape, it's reversed. i find that you need more resolution when shooting subjects further way than near. but, in a studio environment my only canera is a d200.