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
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.
"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.
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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>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!
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!
Sat 12-Mar-11 06:53 PM | edited Sat 12-Mar-11 07:07 PM by dscar
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.
Sun 13-Mar-11 04:07 AM | edited Sun 13-Mar-11 04:17 AM by RRRoger
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.
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