How many chances will you get to reshoot? I thought so.
Seriously, you need two of everything, functionally. How will you handle a situation such as you tripping - and landing on it? Not theory: I just did that on Friday. One body and one lens are now headed for repair. (and i have a new hood on order, as it was completely destroyed.) I finished Friday and all day Saturday with my 2nd body.
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I feel naked without a spare battery, even if I don't ever really need it. I would be very nervous at an event if I didn't have backup power. Are you just snapping at the wedding, or are you shooting it as the event photographer?
EN-EL15s are pretty hard to find at the moment, although somebody had a few up in the For Sale forum this weekend. If they're gone, you may need to buy a second body to get one.
>Am I the only one who finds that it actually doesn't last >nearly as long as the one of the D70?
Never used a D70, but had a D80. I'm just amateur not a pro but I had a second battery for my D80 and used it on occasions.
I was going to buy a second battery for my D7000 when I bought it but they didn't have one at the time. But honestly in the almost two years that I've had it I only once reached a point of almost running down the battery.
But if I were a paid shooter, I would not only have a spare battery, but a spare everything else!
When I shot weddings (about four years ago), I found if I put two batteries in my grip, I never had a problem with batteries. I usually used two cameras, hence I used four batteries.
Having said that, I always took three cameras, six lenses, three flashes, three cords (my flash was on a bracket so I needed a cord to connect). I usually had seven batteries, and periodically a fresh battery would be drained after just a few shots (they do fail).
I once was second shooter with a guy that had two cameras fail at the same wedding (these were very good Canon's, not cheap models), and I've had cords short out on me on multiple occasions.
You don't want to tell a bride you ever ran out of film (e.g., cards) or batteries, or that there is a problem with your camera so "I'm sorry I didn't get the picture of ".
Yes, I think the D7000 battery is amazing. But, you should always have at least one spare battery for everything. What if, you forget to recharge your battery after an extended shoot or two. Something comes up, you grab your camera, oops, you have very little charge left.... What to do? Pop in the spare that you always keep charged.
Wedding? I think you answered your own question.
If I ever have to shoot another wedding, I'll bring a spare camera person.
You have some good advise here, I would only add that my battery's life drops significantly if I use my 80-200 vs 50mm 1.8 for instance (because of the screw drive focus), and also if I am using a "WI-FI" card.
A second battery is just smart if your making money from your shoots or they are critical
If you use GPS a second battery is essential IMHO. I leave my GPS on all the time when I have it on the camera(who wants to wait minutes for it to kick in?). This may not be important for a wedding but things like VR can also eat battery. I consider the cost of a 2nd battery to be part of the base cost for the camera. Don't leave home without one...