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Ginsbury Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2008Thu 10-Mar-11 09:45 PM
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"Second body"


Netanya, IL
          

Not sure where to post this.
I have - and love - a D7000.
At the end of next month, we're going on an extended and expensive trip to Africa and nothing would pxxx me off more than to have a camera fault and come back with few or no pictures. I know that this will not happen, but . . . .
What would be a recommendation for a second body? Preferably light weight and light cost. Possibly used.
MTIAs
Nathan

  

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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Thu 10-Mar-11 10:24 PM
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Lowden, US
          

To keep the cost low, the size small and the functionality close to your D7000 I would suggest a used D90.

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Captain Rich Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Fri 11-Mar-11 01:18 AM
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Savannah, US
          

D3100. You'd hardly know it's there and it's very capable.

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Ginsbury Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2008Fri 11-Mar-11 10:32 AM
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Netanya, IL
          

Thanks, Dave and Rich. I seem to be favoring the D3100 - it being lighter weight and smaller in size - and my purpose in having a fall-back body "just in case" rather than equipment I intend to use.

I'll mull it over over the weekend but, meanwhile, wanted to express my appreciation for the pointers.

Nathan

  

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kentak Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2010Fri 11-Mar-11 02:28 PM
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Fri 11-Mar-11 02:31 PM by kentak

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Just keep in mind the D3100 lacks a body focus motor. Not an issue if you'll be using AF-S lenses, of course.

Have a great trip and good shooting.

Kent

  

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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberFri 11-Mar-11 03:03 PM
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Monterey Bay, US
          

New D3100 bodies are in plentiful supply now and may qualify you for instant Nikon lens rebates.
There are probably some used ones around also.

The only reason I got rid of mine was that it was to small and too light to hold steady.
I suggest you get some "hands on" experience before buying.
Your local camera store, Best Buys or Target probably has one in stock.

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chris_platt Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Apr 2009Fri 11-Mar-11 03:13 PM
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Newburg, US
          

"and my purpose in having a fall-back body "just in case" rather than equipment I intend to use."

I bet there are camera stores in Africa. Maybe it would be worthwhile to see if there are any close to the locations you will be visiting so you don't have to invest in a camera you don't intend to use.

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Estoril, PT
          

I'd say the perfect back-up for a D7000 would be a used D90. Decent price, same size, familiar interface, after all it was the model replaced by the D7000. Lots of commonality, and a safe value.

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luckyphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010Sat 12-Mar-11 01:06 PM
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Port Charlotte, US
          

You might also investigate renting a camera from one of the lens rental companies. I "Googled" Nikon rental and got a bunch of hits.

Not sure of the cost, but it's another option to explore. At the end of the trip, you simply send it back.

If you intend to take more trips like this, however, it may be better to invest in a backup camera, but one you would actually use from time to time when not traveling.

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KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006Sat 12-Mar-11 02:00 PM
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Alberta, CA
          

>If you intend to take more trips like this, however, it may be
>better to invest in a backup camera, but one you would
>actually use from time to time when not traveling.

+1
Shooting two (or more) cameras is VERY handy from any vehicle-based or vehicle nearby photography or shooting from a fixed location like in theatre or Christmas concert.

I am a bad example, purchased my third camera in November and am actively contemplating a 4th for infrared. I swear I'm stopping at 4 though! But then again what about when that new Nikon Mirrorless comes out? OK OK 5 and thats it!

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Ginsbury Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2008Sat 12-Mar-11 07:27 PM
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#10. "RE: Second body"
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Netanya, IL
          

Many thanks to you all for the input, advice, pointers.

We are going on a photo safari with a South Africa based photographer to game reserves in SA, Botswana and Zimbabwe. No Nikon labs are within reach. I've looked into rental possibilities - prohibitively expensive!!! For a 3 - 3.5 week trip, it's cheaper to buy, believe it or not, a second body. Hence my original posting.

Right now, the D3100 is looking the most attractive. It is light enough and small enough that I might just be able to wean my wife away from her Canon P&S (a multi-year ambition of mine), on top of the peace of mind I'll have on this specific trip.

I can also see the advantages of having two bodies on other photo shoots locally.

So, repeated thanks for your invaluable assistance. How great it is to able to consult with non-commercial parties who know what they are talking about!

Nathan

  

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dscar Registered since 20th Dec 2007Sat 12-Mar-11 07:53 PM
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Sat 12-Mar-11 08:07 PM by dscar

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If cost is a major factor, you might look at a used D50 or D70s. You'd be able to autofocus AF-D lenses, and they're usually available for half of the price of a new D3100. You'll lose resolution and high-ISO performance and video, so it's just a matter of what is more important to you.

I'm about to pass my D50 on to my father, and it's quite small in size but very capable. Just something to consider.

-On a side-note, remember that battery technology is different for the D7000, as well as the D3100 if I recall, while the same batteries can be used for the D50, D70s, D80, D90, D200, D300, etc. so be prepared for that as well. Doubt that will matter much, since you'll be packing extra, but thought I'd bring it up.

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Ginsbury Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2008Sat 12-Mar-11 08:02 PM
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#12. "RE: Second body"
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Netanya, IL
          

Thanks, but I only have AF-S lenses and the wife will never go with a loss of resolution.

Nathan

  

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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberSun 13-Mar-11 05:07 AM
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#13. "RE: Second body"
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Sun 13-Mar-11 05:17 AM by RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
          

Actually, the perfect backup for your D7000 is a second D7000.

1. No learning/ unlearning curve.
2. You could share cards, batteries, lens, everything.
3. You can have two completely different setups and switch in a second.
a. Switching cameras is better than switching lens.
4. You could make professional quality, even 3D video with two duplicate camera setups.
5. You will still have one if something happens to the other (like sending it in for service).
a. I was going to say like an Elephant stepping on one, but you would probably be attached to it at the time and therefore unable to use the backup.

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Ginsbury Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2008Sun 13-Mar-11 05:18 AM
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#14. "RE: Second body"
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Netanya, IL
          

Thanks for that. Don't think it hadn't occurred to me but there is no way I could justify the additional expense at this time. Having scoliosis, I also couldn't justify the additional weight and size. With a D3100 as back-up, your points 2 (except for battery) and 3-6 all apply.
Nathan

  

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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberSun 13-Mar-11 06:00 AM
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#15. "RE: Second body"
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Sun 13-Mar-11 06:01 AM by RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
          

Well then buy a D3100 and enjoy your trip.
Although to small & too light for me, it is a great camera.
So much so, that I just recommended one to someone else for a 1st camera today.

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