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Do You Have a Secondary Camera?

I’ve noticed a trend in people discussing cameras online over the last couple of years – people shopping for a ‘secondary camera’.

This is usually mentioned by a DSLR user looking for a smaller camera – for those times when they don’t want to haul all their gear around. It’s a trend that I suspect camera manufacturers are picking up on – with a whole raft of new more compact cameras being released with higher end features.

My question for you dPS community is – do you have a secondary camera? If so – what is it?

If you’d like to give us a mini-review on what you like/dislike about it I’d love to read it too!

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  • Bob Melnyk

    My primary camera is an Olympus E-3.. my secondary is an Olympus C-5060.. getting a little old but works great and hard to justify replacing…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/storey/ mike

    Another Oly guy. My primary is an e-30. My secondary is a Panasonic DMC-LX3 and now my tertiary is Olympus e-pl1 w/ an olympus mm-2 four thirds to micro four thirds adapter.

    I must admit. I have an e-1 because I think it’s cool, but I hardly use it.

  • Michelle

    Canon G11

  • Dave

    When I know I will be taking photos I bring my DSLR (currently a 7D) otherwise I pack a compact waterproof camera (currently a stylus tough 3000 – $99 at the egg). It’s great to have a camera that you can take anywhere and not worry about it. And of course my tertiary camera is my phone.

  • Karen W

    I own a Canon S95 that is always in my purse. I also have an iPhone which takes wonderful photos as well.

  • George M.

    My main is currently a Canon 400D and soon to be upgraded to a 7D. My secondary camera is a Canon G10 14.4MP. It goes with me everywhere, every day. At work, on my bicycle, on my motorcycle or just out for a walk. I like that it shoots RAW and it interfaces easily with all the current Canon software tools. Excellent battery life and a hotshoe for the 580EX flash. Uses the same remote shutter release as my 400D. ISO and Exposure Compensation are dials, not menu driven. Also most non-photographers can get a decent image on the ocassions where someone else uses my camera for say, a group photo and I can’t quickly set up a tripod and self timer. A quick selection of the “P” setting and hand it over!

    Probably the thing I don’t like is the low light noise. May be the reason Canon went back to the 10MP sensor for the G11.

  • Shelley St jean

    My first camera is my beloved D300s on Manual mode and then I take along my D60 which I leave in Auto mode “just in case”. I used to have a Nikon coolpix with a Ikelite underwater case ($450) for underwater photograhpy, but someone stole it, made me very sad.

  • http://www.whitepetal.co.uk Paul

    Just sold my secondry back up camera, it was a Nikon D300s. I found that my D700 was soooooooooooo much better that I tended to avoid using the D300s. Once I realised that….. I sold it off (was still like new!).

    I’m now waiting for the D700 replacement to be launched, possibly 24th Sept?

    The D700 is great at nailing good shots in low light!

  • Gord

    My primary camera is a NIkon D300 and my backup is a Canon PowerShot A590.

  • Wayne Smith

    My primary camera is the Canon 40D, other cameras I have are point and shoot digitals, Kodak, Samsung and Sony. In addition to these I own 4 film cameras of which two I still use.

  • Mayuresh

    My Secondary camera is Olympus SP565UZ (10mp,20x)having PASM mode along with other scenes and
    Electronic View Finder not as good as an Optical one but still usable. Photos with Flash are really good.

  • PK Bhattacharyya

    I use a Canon EOS 50D as my primary camera. I have now bought a Canon EOS 60D as my secondary camera, just before going for a safari to Africa. Both together gave me wonderful opportunities to shoot wild life.

  • Cameron Peters

    I run with my 20D, with a secondary of my Canon SD880. it is a point and shoot, but I added custom firmware to have more options, like being able to shoot raw.

  • http://www.eclecticphotos.us Mort Metersky

    I have a Nikon P500 as a back-up. After my D70 (have a D90 now) broke in transit to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in transit to Australia, I decided never to travel with out two cameras. Just returned from a 13 day excursion to France and used my D90 exclusively. Haven’t had a reason to use the P500 but its extreme rangr (36X) should be useful.

  • Lee

    I have a Nikon D90 as my primary and a D60 as my backup.

  • http://marsellos.org mars llorito

    Primary: Nikon D90 with SB700 and battery grip.
    Secontady1: Nikon 3100 basic setup
    Secondary2: SE K850i phone

  • http://marsellos.org mars llorito

    Primary: Nikon D90 with SB700 and battery grip.
    Secontady1: Nikon D3100 basic setup
    Secondary2: SE K850i phone

  • http://www.photosale.dk Allan Høgholm

    I got two camera, a Canon 7D and Canon 5D mk2. I don’t really know which is my extra camera, but the 5D is the newest. But I use the cameras for different things, but also together. I use both when I do sport, conert and sometimes nature photography :)

  • Ilikecanon

    My primary camera has been a 40D for a while and I always have my G10 as an amazing secondary.

  • http://newbellaboudoir.com/ Boudoir Photography

    I keep a D7000 backup in my bag for video and just in case something happens to the main

  • Nabendu Chakraborty

    I have a point and shoot camera Sony DSC 700

  • Nabendu Chakraborty

    I have a point and shoot camera Sony DSC 700. But it is very much power Conseuming

  • http://nineiris.com Jerry Rule

    iPhone 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Takes great shots and I’m never without it! :)

  • Gary

    My secondary is a Leica V-lux 30 , Great for any situation .

  • kevin

    my primary camera is 5D II, enjoy every bit of it. The secondary is 500D which I use for back-up on an event or anything. I always had G12 on my trousers pocket as well.

Some older comments

  • kevin

    May 8, 2012 06:15 pm

    my primary camera is 5D II, enjoy every bit of it. The secondary is 500D which I use for back-up on an event or anything. I always had G12 on my trousers pocket as well.

  • Gary

    November 26, 2011 01:47 pm

    My secondary is a Leica V-lux 30 , Great for any situation .

  • Jerry Rule

    November 8, 2011 06:28 pm

    iPhone 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Takes great shots and I'm never without it! :)

  • Nabendu Chakraborty

    November 6, 2011 12:00 am

    I have a point and shoot camera Sony DSC 700. But it is very much power Conseuming

  • Nabendu Chakraborty

    November 5, 2011 11:58 pm

    I have a point and shoot camera Sony DSC 700

  • Boudoir Photography

    October 26, 2011 02:18 am

    I keep a D7000 backup in my bag for video and just in case something happens to the main

  • Ilikecanon

    October 14, 2011 11:41 am

    My primary camera has been a 40D for a while and I always have my G10 as an amazing secondary.

  • Allan Høgholm

    October 4, 2011 12:38 am

    I got two camera, a Canon 7D and Canon 5D mk2. I don't really know which is my extra camera, but the 5D is the newest. But I use the cameras for different things, but also together. I use both when I do sport, conert and sometimes nature photography :)

  • mars llorito

    September 30, 2011 12:46 pm

    Primary: Nikon D90 with SB700 and battery grip.
    Secontady1: Nikon D3100 basic setup
    Secondary2: SE K850i phone

  • mars llorito

    September 30, 2011 12:46 pm

    Primary: Nikon D90 with SB700 and battery grip.
    Secontady1: Nikon 3100 basic setup
    Secondary2: SE K850i phone

  • Lee

    September 29, 2011 12:33 pm

    I have a Nikon D90 as my primary and a D60 as my backup.

  • Mort Metersky

    September 23, 2011 02:24 am

    I have a Nikon P500 as a back-up. After my D70 (have a D90 now) broke in transit to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in transit to Australia, I decided never to travel with out two cameras. Just returned from a 13 day excursion to France and used my D90 exclusively. Haven't had a reason to use the P500 but its extreme rangr (36X) should be useful.

  • Cameron Peters

    September 22, 2011 01:40 pm

    I run with my 20D, with a secondary of my Canon SD880. it is a point and shoot, but I added custom firmware to have more options, like being able to shoot raw.

  • PK Bhattacharyya

    September 21, 2011 07:55 pm

    I use a Canon EOS 50D as my primary camera. I have now bought a Canon EOS 60D as my secondary camera, just before going for a safari to Africa. Both together gave me wonderful opportunities to shoot wild life.

  • Mayuresh

    September 20, 2011 09:19 pm

    My Secondary camera is Olympus SP565UZ (10mp,20x)having PASM mode along with other scenes and
    Electronic View Finder not as good as an Optical one but still usable. Photos with Flash are really good.

  • Wayne Smith

    September 20, 2011 02:20 pm

    My primary camera is the Canon 40D, other cameras I have are point and shoot digitals, Kodak, Samsung and Sony. In addition to these I own 4 film cameras of which two I still use.

  • Gord

    September 19, 2011 11:40 am

    My primary camera is a NIkon D300 and my backup is a Canon PowerShot A590.

  • Paul

    September 18, 2011 08:05 am

    Just sold my secondry back up camera, it was a Nikon D300s. I found that my D700 was soooooooooooo much better that I tended to avoid using the D300s. Once I realised that..... I sold it off (was still like new!).

    I'm now waiting for the D700 replacement to be launched, possibly 24th Sept?

    The D700 is great at nailing good shots in low light!

  • Shelley St jean

    September 18, 2011 07:52 am

    My first camera is my beloved D300s on Manual mode and then I take along my D60 which I leave in Auto mode "just in case". I used to have a Nikon coolpix with a Ikelite underwater case ($450) for underwater photograhpy, but someone stole it, made me very sad.

  • George M.

    September 17, 2011 05:24 pm

    My main is currently a Canon 400D and soon to be upgraded to a 7D. My secondary camera is a Canon G10 14.4MP. It goes with me everywhere, every day. At work, on my bicycle, on my motorcycle or just out for a walk. I like that it shoots RAW and it interfaces easily with all the current Canon software tools. Excellent battery life and a hotshoe for the 580EX flash. Uses the same remote shutter release as my 400D. ISO and Exposure Compensation are dials, not menu driven. Also most non-photographers can get a decent image on the ocassions where someone else uses my camera for say, a group photo and I can't quickly set up a tripod and self timer. A quick selection of the "P" setting and hand it over!

    Probably the thing I don't like is the low light noise. May be the reason Canon went back to the 10MP sensor for the G11.

  • Karen W

    September 16, 2011 10:13 pm

    I own a Canon S95 that is always in my purse. I also have an iPhone which takes wonderful photos as well.

  • Dave

    September 15, 2011 01:22 am

    When I know I will be taking photos I bring my DSLR (currently a 7D) otherwise I pack a compact waterproof camera (currently a stylus tough 3000 - $99 at the egg). It's great to have a camera that you can take anywhere and not worry about it. And of course my tertiary camera is my phone.

  • Michelle

    September 14, 2011 07:45 pm

    Canon G11

  • mike

    September 14, 2011 08:45 am

    Another Oly guy. My primary is an e-30. My secondary is a Panasonic DMC-LX3 and now my tertiary is Olympus e-pl1 w/ an olympus mm-2 four thirds to micro four thirds adapter.

    I must admit. I have an e-1 because I think it's cool, but I hardly use it.

  • Bob Melnyk

    September 14, 2011 05:36 am

    My primary camera is an Olympus E-3.. my secondary is an Olympus C-5060.. getting a little old but works great and hard to justify replacing...

  • Chip "Roket Man" Allen

    September 14, 2011 02:26 am

    I shoot a lot of landscapes and wildlife and usually carry two cameras, one with my longest lens mounted and the other with a 55-250MM.

  • Bradley

    September 14, 2011 01:13 am

    Leica X1

  • Lotustem

    September 13, 2011 10:41 pm

    My Primary Camera is 5D2. I have been thinking about a secondary camera for a long time, but have not found any to thrill me. If Canon comes up with a rangefinder type camera with interchangeable lens, I would definitely go with that. Once, I had considered using the NEX, but after I moved from Alpha system to EOS, I kind of gave up maintaining two sets of lenses. It should not be that tough for camera makers to create a good simple camera with a sensor like that of 7D, min features and interchangeable lenses without adaptors. Well, wishful thinking!!!

  • Jason Adell

    September 13, 2011 07:19 pm

    I use a Canon 7D for my Primary camera and a Canon XSI for my secondary. The XSI is a very affordable camera that takes excellent photographs. Depending on the shoot, sometimes my 7D never comes out of the bag.

  • Autumn

    September 13, 2011 03:12 pm

    I have two SLRs, one digital (Olympus E500), and one film (Nikon FM2). I could consider my Nikon secondary, just because I don't use it quite as often, but it pretty much serves the same purpose. I do like to carry around a point and shoot though (FujiFilm WP). I've had people ask me why I have this little PaS when I have two nice cameras, and while yes, the image quality isn't nearly as nice, it's good to have a more portable camera for when something unexpected happens. When choosing a PaS though, I did like the idea of it having some kind of advantage over a DSLR. In my case, this one's waterproof.

  • arthur james

    September 13, 2011 06:38 am

    panasonic lumix DMC-TZ20

  • Kris Rodriguez

    September 13, 2011 06:09 am

    Currently primary camera is canon 40d
    Back up camera is a canon rebel xti
    Back after that is an Olympus E-510
    Looking to buy a used canon 1D mark II.

  • ajw93 (@ajw93)

    September 12, 2011 11:24 pm

    My current primary is my old beater Nikon 40DX, which isn't always with me -- it's not practical to lug it back and forth to the office, for instance. So, my secondary is a Panasonic Lumix TZ5. It does a great job with vacation snapshots and spur-of-the-moment grabs, because it's always in my purse. And for those times when I don't even have a purse, my iPhone is a tertiary device. I also use it as a photo sketchpad, to remind myself of places or things I'd like to get serious about later (my main interest is architecture).

  • Martina

    September 12, 2011 10:54 pm

    I have my old Konica minolta z6 as a secondary, but the iphone is on it's way to replace that, as it's always there.

  • Mark

    September 12, 2011 10:29 pm

    I have a 7d and use my 400d with a nifty 50 as a back up, have to say i still luv 'em both !!!!

  • Pamela

    September 12, 2011 09:53 pm

    I have 7 cameras including my phone.

  • Rein van Kroonenburg

    September 12, 2011 08:19 pm

    Besides a Canon 20D I have a Canon G11 and a Nikon S5000. When on holidays I mostly use the G11. The Nikon is just for funshots and the 20D is for occasions like the open days of the airforce, visits to museum or circuit. Most of the time the 17-85 mm is mounted on the body.

  • George

    September 12, 2011 08:02 pm

    I shoot with a Nikon D7000. I have an old compact Canon point-and-shoot for holiday snaps, but I would consider that quite separate to my photography.

  • cheguthamrin

    September 12, 2011 05:02 pm

    Nikon D40 with attached 50mm AIS f1.4 - its my playtime camera. :)

  • tori

    September 12, 2011 05:02 pm

    I actually have 3 cameras. One is a film SLR (Canon AE-1), which despite all the work and cost is my favorite. Then I have a Canon Rebel XS, which is my go-to for events where I will want to take a lot of images/ color images (I often carry both of these first two, that's what large purses are for right?). And finally I have a Nikon coolpix s210, which at almost 4 years old has taken it's share of beatings as my camping/sneaking into photography-prohibited areas/slipped in a coat pocket when I'm trying to not take anything with me camera. All lovely cameras.

  • Nicole

    September 12, 2011 03:30 pm

    My main camera is a Nikon D700 and I've always had a secondary camera which, up to now, was always my 'old' camera after upgrading. This time my husband gave away my secondary camera to his brother so I talked him into getting another secondary, just so I have a spare.

    So now I have a D5100 with HD video capabilities and performs well under low light. Teamed with my old Sigma 10-20mm, it's less than half the weight of the D700!

  • alaincorpuz

    September 12, 2011 11:46 am

    My primary camera is a Nikon d90 and my secondary is a Nikon P300 which is a great low light performer and I would usually shoot at full of its 12 MP and downsize it so I would get an 5R prints at A1 quality and I also love the video function of the camera specially at fullHD. Down-end for it is that I could not manually control the focus, but everything works well and I always carry the camera on my holster.

  • RicciPhotos

    September 12, 2011 09:30 am

    I have two primary cameras: Canon 60D and Pentax K7. My secondary or backup camera is a Sony Nex-5 which has an APS-C sensor. I would love a pocket camera with a DSLR size sensor. Any suggestions?

  • Doris

    September 12, 2011 09:27 am

    I have a Canon Powershot

  • saqib

    September 12, 2011 06:36 am

    i have a KODAK M1033

  • Ed

    September 12, 2011 12:35 am

    My prime camera is a Nikon D 7000, I do have two backups 1-nikon d60 and 2-the more used cannon G12.
    I use the cannon when the large size of the 7000 gets in the way.
    I can take great shots in raw mode also when an extended lens is not needed!

  • Andy R

    September 11, 2011 07:23 pm

    Canon 500 as the priFary
    fuji 550exl as the back up as a compact point and shoot

  • maggiel

    September 11, 2011 07:03 pm

    I have a Canon 50D and my secondary camera is a Canon G9 which is my Macro camera.

  • U. E. Chapa

    September 11, 2011 06:43 pm

    i use 3 cameras, all canon & all digital --my primary is my 50D, secondary is either my 10D or my Elph S400.

    i use the Elph mainly when i take off on my harley, otherwise i take either the 50D or 10D on a shoot or on vacation and use them interchangeably without having to change lens (i figure the lens setup before the shoot).

  • Renato Buontempo

    September 11, 2011 04:15 pm

    When I bought my 5D MkII, I never thought to sell the 50D body as I always wnted to have a secondary camera. Meanwhile I pushed my wife to use it

  • christopher

    September 11, 2011 02:47 pm

    Main is a Sony A55 and my carry around is an Olympus 9000 - have also used my Nokia 3710 cellphone camera

  • jfabello

    September 11, 2011 01:51 pm

    I have a Canon EOS 7D as my main camera and just bought a Canon G12 as my secondary camera, specially for business trips where carrying the 7D along with me is a real hassle. Couldn't be happier about the purchase of the G12, it is powerful yet compact.

  • Quent

    September 11, 2011 11:56 am

    My main camera is a Canon 40D - my backup is the 20D or an old powershot. Recently, I have been rethinking the concept of the back-up camera. During (yes, during - when you grow up on the east coast, it is a thing you do) hurricane Irene, my family and I went walking around to see the damage. I took the 20D. This is when I began to rethink the "back-up". Why take my second best camera on during a once in a lifetime experience? I wasn't as used to the controls, it's slower, etc. Also, I only carried the old kit lens - I've an "L" series lens that would have been very useful, but didn't want to risk it. (I know L series lenses are weather-sealed - but this was not ordinary weather). I did get great shots; but, could I have done better with my newest gear.

    Note - I love the performance of the 20D. Also, as much as I tried to shield it, it got soaked. However, it never missed a shot. Once we got home, I removed the battery and memory card and lens - opened anything that could be opened, and let it dry out. Next day, worked like a charm. Underrated camera!

    the flip side - if the 40D or one of my better lenses was damaged, it would be awhile before I could afford to replace it.

    Thoughts?

  • Colin Mountford

    September 11, 2011 07:19 am

    I have a Samsung 10.2 megapixel point & shoot, I use it mainly for photographing items to put on eBay, I find it quick and easy and no hassle to download shots, are smaller in size. My main camera is a Pentax K20d that I use for everything else, that I absolutely love, I am a convert from all that Canon hype.

  • dominic

    September 11, 2011 03:57 am

    yup i do have a secondary camera.it's an old film slr(vivitar E3800N)with a pentax 40mm f/2.8 manual lense. so you see my secondary camera isn't one which i carry around all the time. it just gives me a welcome change from my dslr once in a while. shooting with a fully manual film slr can be good fun, not to mention challenging at times.cheerz.

  • Esteban Lopez

    September 11, 2011 01:26 am

    I loved my Canon 5D, but was blown away when the 5DII was released. I now use the 5DII with my 28-70 2.8 lens as my primary and my 5D 70-200 2.8 as my secondary. This way I avoid having to change lenses in the middle of a shoot.

  • Sergio

    September 10, 2011 08:17 pm

    Hello:
    More than secondary camera, the "allways-with-you-camera".
    In the "chemical days", it was Yashica 230AF (28-70 and 70-210) and Fuji DL100, after Chinnon CP5-M with Vivitar 28-210 no flash and a compact DL300 (35 or 70 mm) and built-in flash, reflex mainly used, compact normally used with flash, reflex cost 10 times more than compact
    Long time ago, 3 years, the primary camera was HP850, and a secondary, or very bad camera Woxter dc100, bridge cost 6 times more than compact.
    My current equipment is reflex K200D + 18-55 and 28-210, primary if possible, the "allways on bag" now change from Kodak Z980 to HS20EXR, the reflex cont minus than 2 times the bridge.
    If I can carry with reflex and bridge, the reflex goes out with one lens only and do the pictures I can, and the bridge does the rest of the pictures, more wide angle or more tele, in this case, only in this case the bridge is the "secondary", the rest of time, bridge is the only camera.

    Regards
    Sergio
    Barcelona, Spain

  • Megan

    September 10, 2011 05:12 pm

    My secondary camera is a Fujifilm finepix XP-30 as it is perfect for getting shots of friends on the tube off the back of the jet ski. It is waterproof and has a float on it so that if it does end up in the water I have a chance of finding it again and it fits in my pocket. I have some shots that just would not have been possible for me to get with my DSLR.

  • Morag McIntyre

    September 10, 2011 03:56 pm

    My primary is a Nikon D5000 and my sceondary is a Canon Powerhot G10. I also carry at all times a Canon IXus 960 IS.

  • Janine

    September 10, 2011 02:39 pm

    My walk around camera is an Olympus PEN EPL1, light, compact and easy to stow in my purse, i love the look and feel of the camera. Four thirds technology makes sense when size is an issue. I find the little Olympus to be a very powerful gem to have in my collection. It came with 2 lenses and a bunch of fun settings that allow those with less knowledge of the fundamentals of photography and settings get cool shots. I sometimes like to use those art settings, but mostly use the manual setting. I'm glad it was my first camera purchase since giving up point and shoot and deciding to self study photography. Sorry if this sounded like a commercial for the PEN, but I love it that much. My other camera is a D90, which I also love.

  • silva

    September 10, 2011 01:16 pm

    primary is a Canon 1Ds mkIII
    secondary is Canon 5D but not happy with such a small 12.4mg format when everything is going so much bigger these days. Great topic for discussion

  • david

    September 10, 2011 10:13 am

    Canon s90

  • Rex Estoque

    September 10, 2011 09:40 am

    I had my Sony Alpha 33 as my secondary and my primary DSLR is Canon 5Dii.

  • Jon

    September 10, 2011 09:11 am

    My secondary camera is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, which was a very good camera when i bought it in June 2008. This camera made me more interested in photography and resulted in a purchase of a Canon 450D DSLR in september 2009. This is my main camera. I also have a third digital camera, Casio QV-R51, which goes back to May 2004. But it still takes reasonably good point-and-shoot pictures.

  • Henrik Dane

    September 10, 2011 08:16 am

    Primary: Canon EOS 7D, secondary: Leica D-LUX 5

  • erika ii

    September 10, 2011 08:00 am

    my primary digital camera is a nikon d5000 and my primary film camera is a canon A-1. my secondary digital camera is a panasonic dmc-zs7 and my secondary film camera is my holga 12N.

  • JT

    September 10, 2011 07:28 am

    I have two primary cameras and both are Nikon D90's. My backup to those is my trusty Nikon D40X.

  • Ryan

    September 10, 2011 07:10 am

    I carry the Nikon P7000 and I must say for the size and the price it has a ton to offer! I carry a tiny Nikon SB400 with it so atleast I can bounce a flash off a ceiling to eliminate the point and shoot feel of the images. Overall it's a great little setup that I can throw in a backpack or in my fiancé's purse and off we go! Great quality images on the go!
    -Ryan

  • Gary Duerr

    September 10, 2011 06:20 am

    My seconday, or back up camera is a Canon A650IS. I bought it for a trip to Ireland about a year ago and it is a fair quality point and shoot. I thought that I would aggravate people on a bus tour if I took all day to snap a picture as I can do with a DSLR. I normally shoot with a Fuji S200 Pro. The one aggravating quality it has is that, with all point & shoots, it decides when to take a picture taking the decision out of your hands. That can be unfortunate at times. When I am really in a pinch, I use my cell phone, a Palm Pre.

  • Darris

    September 10, 2011 04:34 am

    Primary is a Canon 7D
    Secondary is a Sony Cyber Shot...
    Would love to have a smaller Canon as a secondary :)

  • Michael McKenna

    September 10, 2011 03:19 am

    I held on to my Canon 20d when I bought my 5d Mk11. As all my lenses are interchangeable between the 2 cameras it allows me to use a different perspective as well as being a useful backup. I also have a compact Canon IXUS 190 which is easy to carry but unfortunately does not do RAW.

  • Sonny Lim

    September 10, 2011 02:57 am

    My primary camera is a Nikon D300 and secondary camera is a Nikon D700. I need the large format for the low light level and noise characteristics. Most importantly both the cameras are able to adapt to my large collection of non-CPU lenses with their electro-mechanical Ai lens coupling.

  • Deb Welch

    September 10, 2011 01:46 am

    I use a Nikon D5000 as my primary and a Nikon Coolpix P5100, as a secondary. The P5100 is a great little camera.

  • Nikhil Rawal

    September 10, 2011 01:07 am

    I have a Nikon D7000 as my primary camera and D90 as secondary. Also carry a Sony Cybershot for quick aim n shoot photos.

  • Tracy

    September 10, 2011 01:07 am

    I use my first camera as my backup now, it's a Panasonic DMC-FZ28K. I really like it, I think it's about as good a non-DSLR camera as there is on the market. Unfortunately it has developed a problem where there is a moderately large black spot in one corner of the photos, and as it's out of warranty I am somewhat up a creek as far as fixing it is concerned. Obviously, that somewhat limits its usefulness as far as "good" photography is concerned, but a photo with that is still better than no photo at all.

  • Michael Minick

    September 10, 2011 12:39 am

    My primary cam is an Olympus E-620 and my secondary one is an Olympus E-510....both are Four/Thirds.

  • jef nolan

    September 10, 2011 12:31 am

    Secondary camera, Panasonic Lumix FZ50. I still like the fold down/ adjustable view screen. Being 6' 3" tall, I've gotten some great shots being able to adjust the view screen then hold the camera at arms length above me and take pictures over the top of many different obstacles.

  • Jim Singler

    September 10, 2011 12:28 am

    Main: Nikon D7000
    Secondary: Canon S90
    Worst Case: iPhone

  • Big Joe D

    September 10, 2011 12:15 am

    I have several decent cameras buy my favorites are my Canon 450D and my Canon7D.
    God Bless
    Joe D

  • Jay

    September 9, 2011 10:24 pm

    I've been using a Canon S5IS for the past 4-5 years. Buying that camera was what really got the photographer out of me. After I felt I was ready for the big guns( read DSLRs), I got another Canon. The 600D. Brilliant thing to own, really. And not just because it's my first DSLR, it IS truly brilliant. So I exclusively shoot with the 600d now, with the S5IS being the lesser used.

  • Alan Granger

    September 9, 2011 09:41 pm

    I use a Pentax K-5 and K-7. I don't regard the K-7 as secondary, Although I use the 5 more. My real secondary is a Canon G12, cause it's small and does a darn good job on auto.I have pancakes for the Pentaxes, but they are still bigger.

  • Dane Ainsworth

    September 9, 2011 09:34 pm

    I always carry a little camera with me, always. I currently use a Samsung TL240,14mp, 7x optical zoom with a touch screen. It does well in low light and macro, the SmartAuto is just about idiot proof and it fits in a shirt pocket. You never know when a potential picture will present itself so be prepared.

  • alphons.net

    September 9, 2011 08:39 pm

    1) Nikon D3s
    2) Nikin D700
    3) Nikon D7000
    4) Nikon S9100 (just in case of...)

  • Eddie Turner

    September 9, 2011 08:21 pm

    Hi

    My secondary camera is a Panasonic TZ10, it is small and great for taking to parties or anywhere where I don't want to lug my bridge camera about.
    The TZ10 is a great camera and take excellent photos.

    Regards
    Eddie

  • Michael

    September 9, 2011 08:13 pm

    I use a Canon G10 as my secondary camera. Primary is Canon 5DmII (hopefully soon the 5DmIII)

    The G10 gives me great photos and lots of settings.

  • Louis Phan

    September 9, 2011 07:40 pm

    Nikon D7000 + kit len 18-55 :(
    Nikon FG + 50mm pancake lens <3 <3

  • eguardo

    September 9, 2011 06:40 pm

    I use a Sony A55 until the battery runs out (300 shots), then a Sony A550. I like the A55 because it has video. I also like the digital viewfinder, but the battery life is depressing.

  • Surojit

    September 9, 2011 06:15 pm

    Primary: Canon EOS 7D.
    Secondary: Panasonic FZ100+acessories. Enjoy the optical zoom range for birds and shoots RAW. Good super macro attachments.

  • Eric Reurts

    September 9, 2011 05:25 pm

    Greetings from Casablanca Morocco where we are on a 2 year assingent.
    My primary camera is a Nikon D300s which I lug around together with all the lender bits and pieces in a Lowepack roller x100. However I am never without my Canon Ixus870IS.

    I like it's compactness and versatility , quick to start up and easy to use. I (sometimes) hate the great results I get with it and take some self comfort from the fact that the idiot behind the camera is the same, but this does not explain the good results my wife gets with her Ixus.

  • Chris

    September 9, 2011 04:54 pm

    Primary - Canon EOS 5D MkII
    Secondary - Another Canon EOS 5D MkII
    Tertiary - Ricoh Caplio (for when a "real camera" can't be carried)
    Fourth - my iPhone
    Fifth - heck, I hope I never need it.

  • Bob Summerville

    September 9, 2011 04:51 pm

    I carry a Nikon Coolpix around in my 'man bag.' It is handy for those occasions when I might otherwise have said, 'Wish I had a camera with me.' It is small, reliable (if kept in its little cloth bag), fairly versatile having a number of shooting modes, and 10mpix resolution. The downside is that I have to remember to keep it charged and clean. The lens protecting slide can become fouled with the rubbish in the bottom of my bag and repairs are scarily expensive.

  • Hinkey

    September 9, 2011 04:51 pm

    Main D7000 / Sigma 150-500, Backup D90 / 18-55

  • sanjay pratap

    September 9, 2011 04:39 pm

    Firstly I have Olympus DSLR e-620 purchased in April .11 before that I have olympus e-300 dslr which quite good and have one Canon SLR film camera(rebel k2 series)

  • masf

    September 9, 2011 04:27 pm

    I sold my former 400D to go towards my 7D so I now rely on my... yeah, I know... iPhone 4 for being always with me. Bad, bad, bad, only daylight, next to no settings available and with 5m pixels, not the slightest zoom-in remains clear. Am considering a Canon G something, but can't help wondering why, as so often mentioned in the replies, that all the pocket cams can slip through the barriers, but a large SLR gets "sorry, no photography!"

  • Jitender Chamoli

    September 9, 2011 04:22 pm

    I have Sony TX-5 & Samsung S760 as my secondary camera... I love both of them as much as i love my Nikon Dslr...

  • Willie Potgieter

    September 9, 2011 04:07 pm

    Main camera 350d
    Secondary camera G10.

  • Harry de Wit

    September 9, 2011 03:59 pm

    I have bought a Canon 7D last yr ago and love it. So with that was a 18-135 Lens. Have just bought a Canon Ultrasonic 2.8 70-200mm Lens. It's so sharp.

  • Djeems

    September 9, 2011 03:49 pm

    My second camera is a canon 50D

  • Raj Surin

    September 9, 2011 03:08 pm

    I use the Pen-E-P2 as a second Camera..with a pancake 17mm. It takes care of most situation in a jiffy..It also goes well with the regular 4/3rd lenses which is part of my Primary E5 baggage..Am tending to use the larger E5 much less other than when i am into action/birds. The Pen now carries a 12-60mm Micro 4/3rds (with adapter on a regular basis as a second camera in my regular photo outings.

  • Maninder Singh

    September 9, 2011 03:06 pm

    Primary Camera D90
    Secondary Camera Sony HX5

  • Maninder Singh

    September 9, 2011 03:06 pm

    Primary Camers D90
    Secondary Camera Sony HX5

  • jaya6v

    September 9, 2011 02:33 pm

    My secondary camera is my sony ericsson k810i mobile. :)

  • jaya6v

    September 9, 2011 02:33 pm

    My secondary camera is my sony ericssion k810i mobile. :)

  • Clickblade

    September 9, 2011 01:55 pm

    I Have a Canon IXY 1000 Digital with a marine pack that I use for scuba diving photography. I have some beautiful Pictures and movies I have taken with it of Manta Rays

  • David.c

    September 9, 2011 01:32 pm

    I have a 5d mk ii and a 7d I don't think of either one as a secondary camera,but if I had to call it secondary it would be the 7d as I love my 5d mk ii heaps

  • Canonfan

    September 9, 2011 01:19 pm

    canon 60d - primary
    canon xsi - secondary
    canon digital rebel 300d, canon powershot a470 for point and click
    and some old mamiyas, nikon and pentax (all from the 70's) for fun

  • Cathy Zupancic

    September 9, 2011 01:13 pm

    Primary camera is a Canon Rebel Xti SLR digital camera.
    Secondary camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7.
    Am feeling the need to upgrade. Thought about buying new lenses for my Canon, but my Canon does not have the "date stamp" feature and doesn't have HD 1080.

  • Cathy Zupancic

    September 9, 2011 01:11 pm

    My primary camera is a Canon Rebel Xti SLR digital camera, and my secondary camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7. I am feeling the need to upgrade. Thought about just buying new lenses for my Canon, but my Canon does not have the date feature and no HD 1080.

  • George D. Snow

    September 9, 2011 01:08 pm

    I presently don't own a DSLR - I have a 18x megazoom with fantastic macro ability! It's a Fuji FinePix S8100fd. My secondary camera is a Kodak Easy Share Z613, a 6mp P&S that, for it's size, does a great job! This I take just about anywhere I go - whenever I get in the car! I'm retired, and can't carry all the equipment that I used to carry - so I prefer to travel light!

  • Eve

    September 9, 2011 01:04 pm

    Main is 7D and secondary is a 10D.

  • LendMeaQuid

    September 9, 2011 12:41 pm

    My primary is a 60D and my secondary is a Canon PowerShot SX230 HS with 14x optical zoom. I find it really useful when I don't have time to really set up shots or when I'm simply strolling around and don't want the bulk and weight of the 60D to contend with.
    I have found it produces very good quality shots. The one drawback, but not a big one, no raw.

  • Keith

    September 9, 2011 12:07 pm

    I have a Canon 450D as my primary camera. Canon G9 as secondary camera. Pro - small, light and manual options - will also accept my EX flash. Cons: Tends to be noisy at higer ISO & no remote shatter re lease facility

  • Diana2

    September 9, 2011 11:58 am

    Hi all
    I use a Pentax Kx (primary) - Love it - but I can't bring myself to take it in my kayak.
    Picked up a Lumix ZS8 as my go everywhere option. It's very compact and 16x optical zoom is impressive for wildlife on the paddle. It also takes HD video.

  • Ignas

    September 9, 2011 11:43 am

    I own a Nikon D300S as my primary camera but on many occations I prefer to carry my Cannon G12 which is light weight and easy to carry for occations that I do not need my Nikon. It is versatile and easy to use almost like my D300S. I love them both.

  • Venkataraman

    September 9, 2011 11:36 am

    Main one is Canon 1D Mark IV, secondary is my previous main - Canon 30D. It is lighter and easy to carry around than the 1D Mark IV!

  • Tom

    September 9, 2011 11:34 am

    Canon 5D

  • Robert

    September 9, 2011 11:34 am

    I've been using pro and semi-pro Canon and Nikon film/digital SLR's for many years and recently decided to try out a mirrorless camera as a secondary daily walkabout body. It seemed an obvious way to capture those really cool shots Murphy always presents when one is away from their gear. After trying a few models from Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and Samsung for a few weeks I decided to keep the Samsung NX11. Of course, it was the most “SLR like” of the bunch; I guess this speaks to my comfort zone? After a few months of daily use, I've found while these little mirrorless wonders are very convenient and actually a lot of fun to use, there are some deal breaking things they can't do. My primary body is a 5D II.

    1. Very poor battery life: 300 shots for mirrorless vs 1000+ for SLR

    2. Focus related frustrations
    - no support for zoom in live view and terrible manual focussing
    - very slow AF with poor tracking ability
    - very poor low light AF control (a very bright LED flashlight did help)
    - no way to separate focus from shutter release (especially noticable when using a very bright LED flashlight to assist focus in low light)

    3. Some convenience issues
    - no e-ttl support for off camera flash or strobes (hotshoe adapter works for manual flash)
    - no support for live hdmi feed-through
    - no support for tethered shooting
    - no support for portrait grips
    - uses SDXC cards rather than CF

    For me the poor battery life, focus issues and lack of options for flash control are enough reason to keep my bulkier gear around. As a lightweight snap camera it's great, really much better than any other point and shoot I've ever used and I guess that is really the niche it fills. It’s essentially an advanced point and shoot with a large sensor and support for interchangeable lenses. Much like the G-Series Powershots of yesteryear they are something to complement rather than replace your trusty SLR.

    Happy shooting!

  • Wally

    September 9, 2011 11:32 am

    I have a Nikon P7000 which is now with me most of the time. It's very light weight and, if you know its limitations, the photo quality is excellent. Just make sure you have lots if light and your subject is not moving.

  • Budi

    September 9, 2011 10:44 am

    I have eos 50D for main camera and secondary with sony cybershot W120.

  • Mike Butler

    September 9, 2011 10:43 am

    My No. 1 is my trusty Nikon D300 (at least until a D400 arrives); I still have a D200 body locked away unused; and after proceeding through a TZ7 and TZ10, I am now up to a TZ20 as my secondary/carry everywhere camera.

  • Ann

    September 9, 2011 10:02 am

    Main camera Canon 60D with Canon S90 as secondary camera. Full manual operation, RAW and a great low light camera which fits in my handbag and goes with me everywhere so I am never without a camera. Did consider the G11 but its still too big for a handbag/pocket camera.

  • CanonMeg

    September 9, 2011 09:42 am

    Canon G11. It is an outstanding "small" camera, great image quality, supported in CHDK development, and does passable video. Lent it to my daughter to take with to DragonCon, as she decided her Canon XTi was "too big" to carry all day. Hope I get it back intact!

  • Alicia

    September 9, 2011 09:38 am

    I shoot on a Canon 5D Mark II and have a 40D and G12... Still though, the G12 doesn't cut it - I'm saving for a Leica :D

  • wayne

    September 9, 2011 09:07 am

    My primary camera body is Nikon D300s. The secondry body is a Nikon D300. By using similar bodies switching from wide angle to prime or telr is as simple a picking up another body/lens combo. My carry around is my HTC Incedible cell phone that takes amazing images.

  • Guy J.

    September 9, 2011 09:06 am

    Bought my first EVIL (electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens) camera a year ago. Really liking the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1. The 13-140 kit lens (28-280 equiv) is my only lens.

    Carry either my Lumix DMC-FZ18 or my older Olympus C-5050 as a secondary. Either on of those fit in a small belt pouch while the GH1 is hanging from an Op-Tek shoulder strap. Either of them have great macro capability which I like for Colorado flowers.

  • Mick

    September 9, 2011 08:53 am

    I have a 1ds Mark 3 as a main camera and 60D as back up. The 60D is handy but is no match for the 1Ds and it is a challenge to get what I would consider usable images compared to what I can get from the 1DS however I rarely need to use the 60D as the 1ds is very reliable and I would rather put up with the bulk than compromise on quality.

  • Maurice McCavery

    September 9, 2011 08:42 am

    My main camera is a Canon 7D and my secondary is also a Canon Powershot SX210 IS which is always with me. Probably no one will ever read this as I am so far down the list!!

  • Julian Hebbrecht

    September 9, 2011 08:26 am

    My main camera is the Canon EOS 7D - I also still use my 30D and believe it or not, occasionally I pull out my first digital camera, a Canon G3.
    I'm looking or something smaller and with higher resolution than the G3 though.
    Any suggestions?

  • tonyjr

    September 9, 2011 08:23 am

    When I got the 7D my XTI became the 2nd or back-up . I use mainly with the primes and 10-22 .

  • Rob Taussig

    September 9, 2011 07:58 am

    My main is a Nikon D 300s and my back ups are a D200 and if all fails my classic digital a Nikon D100.

  • Michael Chigwidden

    September 9, 2011 07:40 am

    My Canon 5D Mk11 with a large lens is a bit in your face when it comes to soe photo opportunites. my second camera is a Canon G11. It fufils all of myneeds as far as close up shots are concerned. The only issue I have with it is parallex error when looking through the view finder.

  • Eric Alexander

    September 9, 2011 07:33 am

    7D, S3is, and my best backup is my iPhone 4. My backup is always w me.

  • Israel

    September 9, 2011 07:30 am

    Primary is a NikonD5000. Alternative ca,era is an Olympus SP350... great little camera when you dont wnat ( cant) carry around the DSLR and related equipemnt. The SP350 is very portable, has most of the features one would expect in a smaller body and takes decent pictures.

  • Valerie

    September 9, 2011 06:52 am

    My primary used to be an Olympus E-500, but I discovered that I hated carrying it around with me. So, for Christmas, I bought a Nikon P7000 and made the Olympus secondary. Overall, the P7000 is fantastic, but it does have a somewhat limited zoom and, even at f/2.8 and full telephoto, doesn't want to blur the background. So, this month, I bought a GE X500 as a secondary camera b/c it will blur the background and has a 400mm equivalent zoom. I tend to use my whopping .7 megapixel iPod and my husband's E500 with a Lensbaby more often than my E500. So I guess my cameras would go in this order:

    1. Nikon P7000
    2. GE X500
    3. iPod
    4. Husband's Olympus E500 w/ Lensbaby
    5. My Olympus E500

  • Sergio

    September 9, 2011 06:45 am

    Panasonic LX5. Great camera, wish it had a real viewfinder like the X100, looking forward to the X10 reviews.

  • Denny

    September 9, 2011 06:42 am

    If I want to travel fast and easy I take my Canon G9.

  • Sergio

    September 9, 2011 06:41 am

    LX5 as secondary, wish it had a real viewfinder like the Fuji X100; looking forward to the X10 reviews.

  • Livia

    September 9, 2011 06:22 am

    I guess I'll join the crowd and agree for all the reasons given already that my Canon G11 serves me well as my secondary camera and is the most practical camera I have. Fact that it shoots RAW makes me gladly take it on holidays instead of the bulky D40. And it's durable. It survived a nasty bicycle accident with me while on a bike tour recently. It was in my front pack on the bike handlebars, and I doubt my primary D40 would have come thru without a scratch. Also, I could easily stop riding, take a quick shot, put it away and ride on.

  • Pat Goldberg

    September 9, 2011 06:22 am

    Jude, get the Panasonic DMC-LX5 (or a used DMC-LX3). It has all the control of a DSLR and takes awesome pics (see previous post of mine).

  • Maggie

    September 9, 2011 06:22 am

    Olympus EP-2 with viewfinder, pancake (17-20mm). LOVE it! My primary DSLR is Canon 30D

  • Gary

    September 9, 2011 06:05 am

    All this medium format talk is making my pocket itch and my wallet tremble...

  • John A

    September 9, 2011 06:05 am

    I have a Canon 590. I don't consider it a secondary camera but rather as a scout camera. Small and light, it is with me whenever my DSLR isn't. If I see an interesting opportunity I use the scout and if it photographs well I return with the big guy. There are many photographic opportunities that are transient and having a camera always available enables me to capture those fleeting images.

  • Jude

    September 9, 2011 05:54 am

    I also have a lot of film 'toy' cameras, but my main secondary camera is a little Panasonic superzoom that I carry with me every day. It's a Panasonic DMC-ZS3 and it has a 12x zoom with a Leica lens. I do a lot of crafty-type stuff with my photos - scrapbooking, gift-making and this little camera is great for those shots that I want to do quickly and off-the-cuff (like vacation photos, or country strolling) when I don't want to haul around my dSLR gear. Also, since it's small, but with a great focal range (eqv to 25mm on the wide end) it can live in my bag on a daily basis so that I always have a camera on hand to get 'that shot'.

    I guess my only gripe with it is the lack of manual control. Besides a very few things you can tweak, it's all up to the camera. I've been trying to move off of auto on my dSLR so I sometimes get a little frustrated that I can't have the same control over the Panasonic also. But then I remember what it's purpose is - to carry every day so that I can shoot and keep working on my composition and framing skills - and I wind up not minding it's limitations.

  • Bryar

    September 9, 2011 05:53 am

    I have two, with my main being a Canon EOS 1000D I also have a Powershot A620 and SX130IS for times when a big DSLR isn't worth it.

    And i agree with chris, i started with a film SLR. A canon EOS 300N, that was a camera.

  • melissa

    September 9, 2011 05:47 am

    yep - Samsung ES65 - I take this to school because I can't take my other camera haha

  • Stu

    September 9, 2011 05:46 am

    I have a Canon 5D MarkII primary and a Canon 450D as a second camera. I carry the 450D back and forth to work.

  • george

    September 9, 2011 05:43 am

    My first camera is an Niknon D7000 and i will buy soon either a D700 or it's successor (hope Nikon will do some move this year with regards to the FF format).

  • Squirs

    September 9, 2011 05:40 am

    Since my DSLR is a Nikon D90 i naturally opted for a smaller Coolpix P90. It is very light and quite useful in situations where I cannot (or don't feel like) haul a heavier gear. It has a Manual, Aperture and Speed priority modes as well, so if you are really tempted to fool around a bit, you still can.

  • rose

    September 9, 2011 05:31 am

    @gary &chris...here here! yeh for film! I love digital photography but I also really appreciate film...I also love my Yashica A....I always scrounge thrift stores and Ebay for classics...

  • Pat Goldberg

    September 9, 2011 05:20 am

    Not sure why this isn't working for me. Will try one more time.

    I use a Panasonic DMC-LX5 for a secondary camera. It goes with me everywhere, always. It has a Leica lens and does the most amazingly sharp macro (from about 1mm away) to wide angle landscape photography. I had a DMC-LX3 and loved it so much I upgraded to the LX5. It has Tv, Av and fully manual modes as well as a variety of specialty settings. It does almost everything my Canon 7D (with three awesome lenses) can do and then some.

    The pictures I have put on flickr (link attached) are original photos (Originally 21" x 14" 180dpi). They have not been cropped or sharpened. The only thing I have done is made them smaller (to the required size) and touched up the contrast a bit.

    photos are at:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28547328@N04/sets/72157627624941536/

  • Eric L

    September 9, 2011 05:17 am

    I have an Oly 720 SW. Shockproof to a 6' drop, waterproof to 10', I swear you could drive nails with this camera.

    It is about the size of a deck of cards but weighs 3x as much. I don't like no viewfinder, xD card, it has a limited 3x zoom, noisy above 200 ISO, and soft focus around the edges due to it's folded optics.

    Having said that, this camera lives in my pocket, goes hiking, kayaking, zip-lining, and with me to work every day. The only times I don't have this camera on me I'm either sleeping or in the shower, but it could go both of those places if I wanted it to. I never have to say, I wish I had a camera, because I always do.

    I bought it for its bulletproof capabilities and it does not disappoint in that area. I used it today in a light rain shower with no worries at all. Better than a camera phone but the least of my 5 cameras. The last camera for serious photography but the first camera for adventure! I like a lot of adventure in my life.

    Eric

  • CatDaddy

    September 9, 2011 05:16 am

    My primary is my Nikon D90. But I do have a lot of secondary cameras and most of those are film as well. The film camera I shoot the most with is my Rolleicord V TLR. I love the medium format film large negatives from this gem. I also shoot with a Rollei 35 S, Rollei A110. Digitally I have a Canon D10, NeinGreenze 5000T and Hairenzumi. I love the low-fi images from the NeinGreenze and Harienzumi...

  • Aurora

    September 9, 2011 05:11 am

    currently Canon Powershot SD 780 IS digital Elph is my secondary camera and I just love it!

  • Gary

    September 9, 2011 05:10 am

    I have to agree with Chris - photography means 'painting with light'. Painting with pixels has it's place but there's nothing like the buzz of developing a roll of carefully exposed and composed photographs.

    I recommend anyone wanting to improve their skills grabs an old SLR, a fast prime and goes and shoots a few rolls the old way :-)

  • Diego

    September 9, 2011 05:02 am

    Primary: 7D
    Secondary: G12
    I use the G12 when going to a not very safe area, when I need portability and when I need to record some movies.

  • Chris

    September 9, 2011 04:57 am

    I have a medium Format and a Nikon F5 and a D300s .My favorite camera is still the F5. I have very little knowledge of computers and I do not think that the extreme changes people are making hides the lack of talent to take a perfect picture the first time around .This is not Photograpy when all you do is fix fix fix..

  • Gary

    September 9, 2011 04:40 am

    5D2 as main camera, 5d as secondary camera.

    I take old 70s Pentaxes with fast b/w film when I don't want the risk of the expensive digitals. Great for crazy nights out. :-)

  • Sage

    September 9, 2011 04:38 am

    I also have a secondary camera. It's an 8mp Nikon E8700. I have a wide angle and telephoto lens for it. When I wanted to upgrade to a better kit, it became my ":knockabout". Although it's dated equipment, it still makes nice images and I use it when it's not convenient to use my larger dslr. My friends think it's funny that I now shoot Canon, but still use the Nikon also. I say if it works, why not? Thanks for listening. ~~Sage

  • John O'Brien

    September 9, 2011 04:32 am

    Secondary camera is a Kodak Z740 with a extension tube for extra filters,Super wide angle and long range lenses Main Camera is a Nikon D40X with all sorts of lenses,filters,lighting equeptment etc Love them both
    johnnieob@yahoo.com

  • Peter Jackson

    September 9, 2011 04:32 am

    Never without my Canon G9 for those unplanned moments. Rapidly approaching 40,000 shots without a blip of any description. Great zoom, image stabilisation, superb macro down to 1cm, Av Tv and manual as you'd expect. The G10 & G11 are not quite up to the same spec and I haven't experienced the G12 - no wish to as long as the G9 keeps going!

  • Becky

    September 9, 2011 04:31 am

    My secondary camera is my first - a Sony DSC-HX1. I had planned on selling it before I bought my next one (Sony a55) but decided to keep it as a "backup" because it's such a great little camera. It doesn't do everything I wanted thus the decision to go "bigger and better." But for those moments when I don't want to drag out the big guns it is awesome.

  • Christopher Grady

    September 9, 2011 04:26 am

    All Nikons: D7000 primary- P7000 secondary (although I would purchase the new P7100 today that apparently has solved the "write-lag" issue)- D5000 backup

  • Hoop

    September 9, 2011 04:20 am

    Secondary: Nikon D40x
    Second Secondary: Nikon D70
    Third Secondary: Pentax Optio W60
    Fourth Secondary: Nikon Coolpix

    Can't have enough "secondaries!!!

  • JoeBlow

    September 9, 2011 04:14 am

    I use the Nikon D90 as my primary camera, but I've had two secondary cameras-one was a Pansonic DMC-ZS1 and now the Canon G12. The Panasonic was a great secondary camera because of its zoom capabilities; I travelled with my daughter to Chicago-she used the D90 and I used the ZS1 and while the D90 with an 18-200 zoom would (and should) outperform the ZS1, the Panasonic was a capable alternative especially in the spur-of-the-moment times. The G12 is a phenomenal camera, so much so that I bought another one for one of my other kids. It is a full featured, high optics camera that is great for almost everything (not too swift with action shots), but either one is still the secondary camera.

  • mayur

    September 9, 2011 04:14 am

    My primary camera is canon EOS 500D. and secondary camera is my mobile phone, Samsung wave II. Well not kidding, it does serve its purpose of having a backup camera all the time.

    I know it cannot replace my DSLR. But it keeps me away from the feeling:'oh, what d heck, why I didn't get my camera'.

    http://mayurhulsar.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/an-evening-in-empty-cafe/

  • Ruth

    September 9, 2011 04:09 am

    I keep a Samsung S860 point and shoot in my purse so I have it with me at all times. It was inexpensive and I bought it used on top of that. The only thing I really don't like about it is that it has no viewfinder. It takes excellent photos.

  • CP Keen

    September 9, 2011 04:08 am

    I have a Minolta Maxxum 9 film camera for backup as it uses the same lenses as my Sony Alpha DSLR

  • NikoB

    September 9, 2011 04:04 am

    I picked up a used Lumix G1 as an easy tote backup. Its a nice, fun camera, pretty good IQ and super features but Panasonic lenses are expensive and there's that 2x crop factor to live with. I like the G1 but I prefer my Sony A580 and I find that sticking with one brand helps me to be very familiar and "at home" with buttons and menus and if I want to spend money on good lenses, its gonna be for an Sony A-mount lens. I am considering selling the G1 and picking up another smaller (A55 maybe?) Sony body so that my lenses are interchangable. I also have a couple of pocket cams that are convenient and good for certain types of photography.

  • krishna kumar

    September 9, 2011 03:52 am

    Yes. I use a SONY cybershot DSC WX 7 besides a SONY DSLR alpha A 330. Both cameras give me the desired results shot after shot. Thank you SONY for these good products.

  • reneebacke

    September 9, 2011 03:38 am

    iPhone4. Which nowadays is my primary camera because it's always with me and my Nikon D40x gives all my photos a strange greenish colour :-(

    iPhone4 + apps (including Instagram) is tons of fun and gives me the chance of taking and editing photos daily whenever I have some minutes left and wherever I am.

  • PJ

    September 9, 2011 03:36 am

    A Fuji Finepix F650. Gives me manual control and compensation control. Lightweight. Basically a Macro with zoom control, I've taken excellent florals to frame as 8 X 10s. Also does well on portraits, landscapes, etc. Fits in a purse or pocket and has survived several accidental falls. No viewfinder but I've managed to get valid shots just leaning over near something and taking the shot without even looking.

  • Tim Richards

    September 9, 2011 03:29 am

    My primary camera is a Pentax K-7. Even though it's nearly the smallest semi-professional DSLR, it's still much too big to carry with me all the time. Recently I bought a Samsung TL350.

    While it's tiny sensor can never truly compete with a DSLR, it's small enough to carrry with me all the time, it can shoot RAW, captures bursts at up to 10 FPS and shots at 24mm on the wide end.

    For an inexpensive second camera I'm extremely pleased with the job it does. To see what it's capable of check out the flickr page of shots taken with it. http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Samsung%20TL350

  • Greg Pack

    September 9, 2011 03:29 am

    Primary is Nikon D700 usually with a wide angle lens. Secondary is Nikon D7000 usually with 18-200. But I also usually carry a Leica D-Lux4 which also takes excellent photos with stunning color.

  • Joe Cruz

    September 9, 2011 03:23 am

    Hi, I have my primary (Nikon D300), a secondary (Nikon D200) and my third is a Sony NEX-5. I love the sony because its small, I can still change lenses, and it takes great pictures. I use alot when the other 2 are too much to carry around.

  • Geert

    September 9, 2011 03:14 am

    My second camera is a D90 ( Nikon ) because it is smaller than my D3. I use it for recreational use.
    NIKON, give us a FF mirrorless camera, with 2 dial knobs, fast autofocus, no 50 or more settings ! No filming !
    And compatible with our af-s lenses.........
    Greetz
    Geert

  • vlakx

    September 9, 2011 03:07 am

    i have d5000 and i use it on football matches for remote shooting behind the goal
    shots like this :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Cbc6dPpro2sjAe1HshrSfQ?feat=directlink

  • Liana

    September 9, 2011 03:02 am

    Hi, My second, more portable, camera is a CANON PowerShot G7. I love it with the exception that it is slow so it is difficult to take consecutive images. My primary camera is a Nikon 300s, so it is quite heavy to carry around, but the picture quality is amazing.

  • Geoff

    September 9, 2011 02:57 am

    My Canon G9 (purchased before getting my 60D) is the backup and I like the convenience of being able to use my flash (430 EX ii) from the DSLR.

  • Dawn Ellen

    September 9, 2011 02:55 am

    My main camera is my Rebel T2 but my always with me camera is on my smart phone, my HTC Evo 4G. It does a pretty good job for those subjects I stumble across when I'm not expecting to take photos.

  • Helena

    September 9, 2011 02:50 am

    Olympus Sp-500UZ

  • Dick Parkans

    September 9, 2011 02:49 am

    I use a couple of Nikon D200 cameras at work. While I am working, I also carry a Canon G-11 in my pocket. When I am not at work, I carry a small, Nikon P&S. I also always have my cell phone.

  • Paul

    September 9, 2011 02:49 am

    well ....i started with a rebel xt...then went to 2 rebel xti's ...now using a rebel T2I ..plus i have an olypus evolt 520 that is tuff as nails ....and an old canon point and shoot 5 mp....but in thinking of getting a nice little olympus pen camera ....its a dslr but looks like a point and shoot

  • Ernest

    September 9, 2011 02:45 am

    My primary camera is a Nikon D700, secondary is a D300, a great camera in its own right......

  • vaibhav patni

    September 9, 2011 02:43 am

    I have Canon IXUS 105, which i often carry with me

  • Jack Clarfelt

    September 9, 2011 02:40 am

    I have a Canon S90 compact for those occaisions when my dslr is too bulky to carry with me. The Canon slips in a shirt pocket and is light weight, a least compared to a dslr. But most of all it consistently delivers high quality noise free photos in almost all conditions and has a full range of adjustments. The only fault is the too loose rotary control on the rear which makes it necessary to check the ISO setting has not been changed.

  • Dean Archer

    September 9, 2011 02:36 am

    I do have a secondary camera and delighted I do. My main stay camera's are Nikon D300 and D7000 but my Olympus SP 800 has been very useful when trying to keep light. I took it to Scotland (along with my big camera) and because it was easy to carry in my golf bag and over my shoulder when out siteseeing, I took 95% of my pictures with the Olympus and ended up with great quality most of the time. I purchased a Nikon P 100 for my daughter and she uses many of the manual features and is happy to have the alternative.

  • Adrian

    September 9, 2011 02:35 am

    My main camera is Nikon D7000 it is small so it goes with me everywhere. A backup I also carry is the Canon G12 because it is more discreet for some shots and also the fold out screen really helps with some awkward shots. My back up camera that does not usually go out with me because of weight and bulk is the Canon 5D and the heavy L lenses.

  • Mike

    September 9, 2011 02:34 am

    My second camera is a Lumix DMC-LX3. It has most of the features that an LX5 has at only just over half of the price. It produces files that enlarge to A3 size and a great pocket camera that has all the whistles and bells my DSLR has. I highly recomend it

  • Erazem Jurkovi?

    September 9, 2011 02:31 am

    I'm multicultural. D5000 main, Cybershot DSC-HX5something for travel (mom's :)) and Powershot A80.

  • Roz de-Layen Vian

    September 9, 2011 02:20 am

    I own two secondary cameras (soon to upgrade one to a 7D). The first is my Canon 20D and the second the CAnon Powershot 210IS.
    I usually take my 5D everywhere with me, but sometimes I won't risk it, say on sand or where cameras are not allowed, so the 20D is the one I would not be so devastated by if it was to break and the compact is for when I don't want or need to be lugging all my kit around.

  • eileen

    September 9, 2011 02:17 am

    When I bought my Canon Rebel, I realized I would not want to carry the whole kit and kaboodle around all the time, and also bought a small, very capable Elph, the 450D 12.2 megapixel model. The elph has turned out to be better than I expected; about a third of my really good shots come from this small wonder. It is challenged in low light, and can only go so wide, of course, but the LCD is generous in size, and there are many options re settings, color, etc.

    Now I am wondering if there is a perfect in-between choice, reasonably priced. I get jealous of a friend using the compact, flexible Lumix line, and would love to find a camera with great optical range and features galore. Hope you address this issue in future editions of the newsletter.

    Thanks, EK

  • Rity@DurityHarry Durity

    September 9, 2011 02:09 am

    I just purchased a Lumix GF3 as a "pocketable" secondary with decent quality and interchangeable lenses. This is because it's not always practical to carry my D300.

  • Marie Brandt

    September 9, 2011 02:07 am

    My primary is a Canon T2i. My secondary is a Panasonic LX3 for lowlight and indoor shots and a Panasonic ZS3 for it's 12x reach and good outdoor shots.

  • Damian

    September 9, 2011 02:02 am

    João Almeida- True; there is a difference in perspective with a crop sensor, where the D300 has a .5 zoomed perspective.

    If the OP purchased Full frame lenses, it doesn't hinder the performance of the d300. If anything the smaller DX sensor benefits from using the center of the full frame lens.
    As far as I know, there isn't any benefit from using DX lenses on a FX body. (maybe S.O.O.C. vignette) :)

    I am lookin to purchase a FX body to lead a D50, D100 and kodak p&s backup.
    (Most lenses I have will work with an FX body)

  • rose

    September 9, 2011 02:02 am

    I use a Leica Dlux5...I love it....sometimes I take my Holga (but of course that's not digital lol) and then my third option is my iphone haha.

  • Andy

    September 9, 2011 02:02 am

    Canon 40D

  • Ihsan

    September 9, 2011 02:00 am

    Main : Canon eos 10d
    Secondary : nikon p700

  • Scott

    September 9, 2011 01:55 am

    My main camera is a Minolta Dimage A2, but I have a Minolta Dimage 7 which I use with a Hoya infrared filter as my second camera. I'm currently seriously looking for a rangefinder type camera for street shooting. My very favorite camera of all time is the Olympus XA, of which I own two but never shoot them as I no longer do film. Such a shame. I love that camera!

    - Scott

  • Swede

    September 9, 2011 01:51 am

    A Kodak z981 point and shoot and an Olympus 35mm film camera with 50mm lens for the fun of back-to-basics shooting.

  • michael

    September 9, 2011 01:51 am

    Primary: Nikon D7000
    Secondary: Nikon S-10
    Last resort: LG Bliss phone

    For travel and impromptu pictures, the S-10 gives amazing results. I can't believe Nikon hasn't kept a camera with these ergonomics in the line-up . Everybody who sees the camera and it's main features say "Wow - where do I get one?"

  • Ted

    September 9, 2011 01:47 am

    Primary: Sony a55
    Back-up: Sony a580
    Secondary: Sony a330 (The wife uses it most of the time)
    On order: Sony a65

  • Linda Cook

    September 9, 2011 01:46 am

    My primary camera is 5D Mark II. My secondary is my original primary - Rebel Tsi. I usually use my wide angle lens on the Rebel and my lens of choice for the day on my 5D.

  • Nisha

    September 9, 2011 01:45 am

    My primary one is Canon 1000D and since its bulk and dsnt fit in my bag i carry an olympus 7Mp digital camera.

  • Roy Matusek

    September 9, 2011 01:42 am

    I regularly shoot with two Canon dslr's, one being the Canon 5D and the other a Canon 7D. They are both excellent and very capable cameras but when combined with a selection of lens and accessories it can be heavy to lug around. For those times when I need something lighter and more easily stashed away I use a Panasonic Lumix LX5. While not quite as capable as my Canon cameras, it nonetheless is my favorite camera to use owing to the fact that I can easily store it in my jacket pocket and it produces excellent images even under poor lighting conditions.

  • Rich Maher

    September 9, 2011 01:40 am

    Primary- Canon 7D
    Secondary- Canon SD1100 IS
    Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B If you don't shoot film in manual mode occasionally your not a real photographer yet.

  • Walter Pike

    September 9, 2011 01:37 am

    Primary: Nikon D7000
    Secondary: Nikon D90
    Tertiary: iPhone with Camera+ (and other apps)

    Was using the D7000 for everything and felt "sorry" for the D90 and now carry that around with a 50mm prime to use for my attempts at street photography. I have it with me ALL the time so don't use the iPhone that much.

  • Herbert

    September 9, 2011 01:37 am

    My primaries are either the Nikon D300s or the Nikon D3s. Secondaries are either the Canon Powershot G11 or the Nikon Coolpix P6000. In most cases I've the primary along with one of the secondaries on my photo trips. The Canon PS G11 is nicely made and used with the RAW mode delivers excellent photos. JPEG output is very often unsatisfying. The battery holds out for an astonishing long time. What really sucks is the built-in flash. If you think you could switch on the flash permanently and achieve a situation with balanced light in any of the modes P, S, A or M you should think twice. In this case the flash always fires with full power. It's like in the stone age of photography. Balanced light is a specialty with the flash of the Nikon P6000 with optimum results. Though JPEG output is excellent I also prefer the RAW mode. The con with the P6000 is the extremely fast battery drain even if the camera is not used. After four days or so the battery is completely down and therefore one shouldn't forget to recharge at least every second day.

  • Jivi Sabi

    September 9, 2011 01:35 am

    My primary camera is Canon T2I and have ffive different lenses for it. My secondary camera is Canon Powershot SX 30 IS. It is a very handy camera which one can carry with ease and has a winderful 35 X zoom range with swivel viewfinder.

  • Jude Owumi

    September 9, 2011 01:34 am

    My primary and secondary cameras are very similar in features.
    My primary is Canon 7D and my secondary is Canon T2i.
    I like the T2i better on a telephoto lense for great close-ups.

  • purrdey

    September 9, 2011 01:33 am

    I think that anyone who answered this with Another DSLR hasn't grasped the question. If your primary camera is a DSLR then your secondary, almost by definition, isn't - it's something you can shove in a coat pocket and pull out without drawing attention to yourself.

    Anyway, primary=Canon EOS 40D, secondary=Canon G12 - which I can thoroughly recommend for the purpose, especially as it adds video.

  • Jacob Alford

    September 9, 2011 01:30 am

    I use an iPad 2.

  • Dick Nieuwendyk

    September 9, 2011 01:18 am

    My primary is a Nikon D7000.
    Backup is a D200
    Secondary is a D70S

  • Manuel

    September 9, 2011 01:17 am

    Primary camera is a Nikon D7000 ( Fantastic image quality )
    Back-up Nikon D90 ( consistently does the job very well )
    Secondary camera Canon A640 ( great little camera )

  • Glenn

    September 9, 2011 01:15 am

    My primary camera is a Nikon D3x, officially my second camera body is a D300. I considered a Canon G12 or Nikon P7000 to have as a "carry" camera, but realized the camera I always have with me and the one that takes photos at least equal to everyday point-and-shoots is my iPhone 4. The Hipstamatic app makes it fun and an artistic blast.

  • Furio Ferri

    September 9, 2011 01:15 am

    Nikon D90 + Olympus Pen E-PL1 (actually don't know what is primary/secondary - let's say my favourite is D90 but the Olympus is what I use most)

  • Chuck

    September 9, 2011 01:14 am

    Secondary: Canon a610 5mp with CHDK so I can shoot RAW. Good old camera I don't mind shooting from the middle of a river or pool.

  • Christian

    September 9, 2011 01:13 am

    I have a sony HX7v - I love its compact build, its 16mpixels which means I can crop and still get a reasonable picture, its sweep pano function. I also like its HDR - I sometimes use this even when I have my main camera (Nikon) D5000) to get an idea of how it owuld work. The hand held twilight also works very well - integrating 7 pictures into one. the video is very good - I use this regularly, using a separe audio recorder with wind shield. Lastly the screen is 900,000 pixels. Overall - very good and I carry with with me virtually everywhere.

    But the picture quality can't compete with my Nikon! I'd love a compact with DSLR quality. I'm tempted by the new NEX7 which has a viewfinder - I'd like this with a pancake lens to carry around plus extra lenses for flexibility. But that will have to wait!

  • Richard Keeling

    September 9, 2011 01:13 am

    Primary is a Canon 5D II and secondary is a Canon 7D. These I use when I'm on a serious photoshoot. I also carry around my old Canon 40D with a very old and cheap but pretty good lens, the 28-105mm zoom. This small and light enough to go everywhere with me and I don't have to care too much if it gets knocked about. The laws of photography being what they are, I often get my most interesting shots with this low-key backup.

  • Ken Stolz

    September 9, 2011 01:07 am

    Secondary to the 7D is a G12. And I sometimes use 60D or S90 as secondaries, too. However, as soon as someone comes out with a "professional" micro 4/rds / mirrorless SLR / EVIL, the G12 goes away. My definition of a professional mirrorless SLR/EVIL is one with the controls of my G12 (dials - not endless menus for exposure and aperture), RAW, and 4/3rds or APS-C sensor.

  • Andre

    September 9, 2011 01:07 am

    Canon 50D

  • Julius

    September 9, 2011 01:00 am

    Yes.
    I use a canon G12.
    I love it becauase it is light compared to the Canon 450D alternative I use and it does not atttact unnecessary attention when I am doing street photography. The pixel load is also not bad. It also has full manual and provision for an external flash.
    So it is a full camera.

  • Stacey

    September 9, 2011 12:57 am

    I shoot with a Nikon D300s most of the time, but just fell in love with a D7000 and use it as a secondary. It has everything I could possibly love in a Nikon!! Actually getting ready to purchase another D7000 due to it's wonderful performance;)

  • Bob Bakker

    September 9, 2011 12:56 am

    Main camera is a Canon 7D, the "walk around" camera is the Fuji X100 (phenominal cosmic power, itty bitty living space!).

  • Celesta

    September 9, 2011 12:53 am

    My primary is Canon 7D. When I need the flexibility of using different focal lengths without changing lenses back and forth, I carry a second body with me, which is an older Canon 350D (aka Rebel XT, if I am not mistaken).

    But in a pure sense of a secondary camera, I have a whole bunch of old film cameras from 1960-1970s that I periodically use. It's a blast to go roam around in the city once in a while with a small and light film camera, and have the anticipation feeling of "what you see is not what you get" that a film camera offers.

  • muzz

    September 9, 2011 12:49 am

    Canon 7D as my main but just bought a Canon S95 for in my pocket all the time.

  • Andrea Westmoreland

    September 9, 2011 12:48 am

    I shoot with a Nikon D200. My secondary camera is a Nikon P7000 w/ a Hoodeye Viewfinder. I'm loving it so far. Here is a link to photo's of the camera w/ viewfinder:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrea_pauline/5999533130/in/photostream

  • deniz

    September 9, 2011 12:48 am

    sorta - a nikon D50IR. it takes totally different images, obviously, so it's not really a secondary.

    primary is a d80.

  • Jerry Feist

    September 9, 2011 12:45 am

    My "second camera" is my iPhone4. "The camera you have with you is always better than the one you left at home."

  • Jerry

    September 9, 2011 12:44 am

    Primary= Nikon D300
    Secondary= Nikon D80 and Nikon D50

  • Steven

    September 9, 2011 12:44 am

    My primary is a Pentax K-5 and I am often carrying a secondary K200D. However, when I need to travel light or when I am in a location where they frown on people having big cameras, I travel with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 (which is the Leica D-Lux 5 with extra stuff and a lower price).

  • Jocelyn Harrold

    September 9, 2011 12:39 am

    Primary camera Nikon D90, secondary camera Nikon D3000, pop in purse, or pocket CAnon G10 that I share with my husband. I also have, but it is lost in the UK with a former friend, a lovely Nikon P6000.

  • Stephan

    September 8, 2011 11:51 pm

    Until two weeks ago I used a Sony H50 as secondary to my Sony A550.

  • Murray

    September 8, 2011 11:38 pm

    Canon SD890 IS --It is pocketable. has an optical viewfinder, 10 MPX and 5X optical zoom. I carry it when I don't want the bulk of my Sony A700 with its 18-250 lens.

  • Lisa

    September 8, 2011 11:31 pm

    Secondary camera - Nikon D80
    If all else fails, use the Canon Digital Elph or the Nikon Coolpix.
    As a last resort - iPhone camera.

  • John Singleton

    September 8, 2011 10:43 pm

    Sony NEX-5. Great little camera, great photos. Easy to carry. A little difficult to change settings, but does very nicely in program mode.

  • Majitsu

    September 8, 2011 09:48 pm

    Even though my DLSR is quite small and I own only three lenses, it weighs. I don't carry my DLSR with me all the time but I feel a need to have some camera with me. Fortunately, I have an old russian film camera: Smena 8M, which is extremely light and compact what makes it a good companion. However, since it's not a dslr it doesn't have a good OVF and as a result one never knows what kind of picture is going to get - it can be both exciting and limitting at the same time.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/majitsu/sets/72157626737117325/with/5786751199/

  • Brdigette

    September 8, 2011 09:43 pm

    My primary is a Sony a500. My backup (hiking camera) is an Olympus Stylus 800. I love this little camera and I have no plans on getting rid of it.

  • Biomech

    September 8, 2011 08:28 pm

    I use;
    Primary: Sony a580
    Backup: Sony a200
    Secondary: Sony W380

  • Biomech

    September 8, 2011 08:27 pm

    I use;
    Primary: Sony a580
    Backup: Sony a200
    Secondary: Sony W380

  • Stephen S

    September 8, 2011 08:27 pm

    I have 2 other cameras (my main one is Canon 550D which is terrific)
    (1) Canon Powershot A495 - Compact - very poor IMHO. Partic boor battery life, slow, weak flash - but very compact
    (2) Panasonic FZ38 Bridge Camera - really like this. Good pictures, RAW support, fantastic zoom lens, good battery life - ok not as good as a DSLR, but reasonably compact and very flexible. Highly recommended

  • Desirée

    September 8, 2011 06:15 pm

    My secondary / back up camera is the Olympus Pen 1. It's easy, small, lightweight, but has all the functions and lenses my Olympus E620 has.

  • Lesley

    September 8, 2011 05:11 pm

    Nice to see so many others with "secondary" cameras ... I've just done this myself, and picked up a Canon SX230 so I could carry something in my pocket - especially when rough travelling!

  • Brett

    September 8, 2011 04:23 pm

    Main camera is a D5000 but for when I need something smaller and lighter, I have a Lumix FZ45. Takes great shots and has an amazing zoom

  • Ali D'Agostino

    September 8, 2011 04:11 pm

    Yes. My trusty primary camera is a Canon 500d which is usually on or near me. On my handbag only, or 'want to be discreet, days, I've always got my Fujifilm F80 EXR. Would love a G12 too for it's external flash and RAW capabilities. Hmmm... Christmas maybe...

  • Adam

    September 8, 2011 03:53 pm

    My primary is a Nikon D700 and my secondary is a Nikon D90 although i do use the D90 when i want to travel light

  • Scott MC

    September 8, 2011 03:48 pm

    I had a EOS 10D as backup for another 10D - then I sold that and got a G7. I like the 10D it makes nice pics, once you allow for the burst rate and CF catchup, the viewfinder & old-skool (tiny) LCD. The G7 is just great.

  • toc

    September 8, 2011 03:33 pm

    Main camera is a Canon 5D Mark II and back up is a Nikon Koolpix. They both do what they're supposed to do very well. I only wish the Nikon or any of the pocket-sized cameras still came with viewfinders.

  • bernd weber

    September 8, 2011 03:10 pm

    I usually shoot my D300 and use a D80 as backup or secondary camera when necessary.

  • COOKIE MALONE

    September 8, 2011 03:04 pm

    My primary camera is a Canon EOS 60D, My secondary camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 12.1MP Digital Camera with 18x POWER Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD.
    It is a great bridge camera.When you don't feel like toating around your DSLR this camera is the one to have.Everything you would need on the go.

  • Mjimenezphoto

    September 8, 2011 02:42 pm

    I have both a Canon 7D and a Nikon D90 (don't ask me why), the 7D has become my secondary now since it has gone back to the shop several times. The D90 does a great job, no complaints, but at the end of the day... my Holgas have proven to be far more reliable.
    I'm seriously thinking about selling everything and getting a Leica M9, we'll see...

  • Nathan

    September 8, 2011 02:25 pm

    I have a D90 as a main currently but i am about to buy a canon 30D as a secondary. I like the canon for walk arounds, on camping trips, and ease of settings. I can change the settings without ever looking at my 30D, not so much with my D90. I plan to mostly use D90 for indoor or stationary work or anything that uses a flash.

  • Suchintya

    September 8, 2011 02:22 pm

    Primary: Nikkon D3100
    Secondary: Sony Cybershot W210

  • Robert

    September 8, 2011 02:19 pm

    Main: Canon 5D Mark II
    Carry: Samsung NX11 Mirrorless
    Backup: Canon SD1400 IS
    Backup: Blackberry 9900

  • Dana

    September 8, 2011 02:08 pm

    My backup is a Canon S5IS - it had been my primary until it got relegated by a Rebel XS in '09. I have no problem with the secondary as it's very versatile - combined optical and digital zoom provides a light and highly useful unit...its video recorder has better resolution and sharpness of image than the miniDVD camcorder (sorry Sony). I haven't given the unit a good test of its capabilities as of yet...I'm certain that I would be pleased when discovering something new.

  • Nazra

    September 8, 2011 02:01 pm

    My main is the D700 and my secondary is the Pen E-PL1.

  • Zack

    September 8, 2011 01:59 pm

    Primary: Canon T2i with Battery Grip
    Secondary: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 (waterproof/ruggedized/etc)

  • Greg

    September 8, 2011 01:58 pm

    I have a Fujifilm S8100fd with 10MP that is light and has good macro and supermacro ability so I can get within a half inch of my subject. It is also versitle because of its lightness. The zoom is 18X optical. I am looking for another secondary camera that has a higher zoom and the same macro and supermacro abilities.

  • Kathy

    September 8, 2011 01:56 pm

    Sony Cybershot W170. It still has the viewfinder. None of the new ones do. Sad. It takes GREAT photos, but not quite up to par with my Canon XTi.

  • Aimee Melyssa

    September 8, 2011 01:46 pm

    My Primary - Canon 7D
    Secondary - Canon Rebel T1i AND Canon 40D

  • Tim

    September 8, 2011 11:35 am

    My 2nd camera is a Canon Sd1400is. Slips easily in my jeans pocket. I take it everywhere. To me, the worst picture is the one I didn't take.

  • Doug Johnson

    September 8, 2011 11:22 am

    My back up camera is a nikon coolpix. I have two reasons. It is light and idiot proof for certain occasions I do not want to carry equipment with me. The second reason is that if I am shooting commercially and my camera breaks down I have a backup. It may not do heavy duty with little light or great depth of field but most of my pictures are within a 7 to 12 foot range for sharp focus

  • Tracy

    September 8, 2011 08:50 am

    I used to want one but decided for now the iPhone 4 is great!!!

  • Dale-Kurt

    September 8, 2011 06:14 am

    In my camera bag, the primary and secondary camera make/model, Canon Rebel T1i (500D).

  • Ann Courtney

    September 8, 2011 05:37 am

    Main camera is a Pentax K-5 and "handbag" camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS7. I always have one or the other and sometimes both with me.

  • Keivan Zavari

    September 8, 2011 02:26 am

    I have a canon 450D as primary.
    as secondary I use either my iPod-touch or my SLR with 50mm.
    I try to keep the SLR+50mm always on me and I don't think it takes so much space.

  • João Almeida

    September 8, 2011 02:11 am

    Paul, don't you think having a primary full-frame camera and a secondary crop camera will force you into having different lenses for each? At least at some cases

  • Allen

    September 8, 2011 01:42 am

    I recently purchased a Fujifilm F550EXR camera. It has a high rating from a number of reviewers. The camera is compact and easily fits in a pocket. The 15 mp, 12X, statistics are impressive, and it shoots RAW. The images are outstanding!

  • Steve Syson

    September 7, 2011 11:44 pm

    I always carry a small compact currently an olympus because it is so rugged and waterproof. Some of my best pictures though have come from my phone because it uses a widescreen format.

  • Paul Scott Thomas

    September 7, 2011 10:16 pm

    PS

    I fuji isn't a patch on a compact that actually has a dslr size sensor, but it has raw and full manual controls which is a great deal when shooting gigs, you photos will stand out from someone on full auto.

    A second body is pretty overkill but for weddings, a must

  • Paul Scott Thomas

    September 7, 2011 10:05 pm

    I have a d300 as main but will be upgrading to a d700 at fall. (full frame is a must in my opinion for gig and wedding photography)
    The D300 will become a back up but I may consider a d7000 instead or even a d90 as love both these cameras and they have similar performace but are lighter (as I keep my camera on me every day) The d7000 video mode is a bonus as well.

    I shoot with a fujifilm f550 as I like it's low light exr mode that actually works quite well compared to most small point and shoots, would love a fuji x100 though.

    I only have the fujifilm for gigs I can't get into with a dslr (as I currently don't have a website to gain photopasses)

  • João Almeida

    September 7, 2011 08:48 pm

    I bought a Lumix LX3 when it came out to be my secondary camera, although I've used it quite often throughout these years (and I just love having a P&S like that one) it really never became the proper secondary camera I was hoping for. So when I upgraded my gear more recently I opted for having another DSLR as a secondary camera.

    Currently I use a D300s as a primary camera and a D90 as a secondary, for me beauty of this setup is that I don't have to compromise in terms of image quality by using the secondary camera: they use the same sensor. In the field I use it in two scenarios:
    - Street, I like to shoot street photography with primes and having two cameras is a great plus, sometimes I have one on each shoulder
    - Outdoor/Landscape, usually I mount a wide on one and a tele on another (usually the D300s gets the lens I'll probably use the most) and that avoids having to switch lenses in bad weather conditions

  • Ryan

    September 7, 2011 01:50 pm

    Primary: 1D3
    Secondary: 7D
    P&S: I like to consider my Droid X the perfect P&S at times.

  • Bran

    September 7, 2011 12:25 pm

    I have the Pentax Optio WG-1 as my pocket/purse/pool rough house camera. as opposed to the K-5 primary K10D backup slrs.

    This is a new addition so I can't say a lot about it but being water proof and shock proof are the main draws. this little camera also has macro lighting that may be an interesting feature. this is the camera that goes everywhere now and is much better than the little fuji that it replaced.

  • Carson Snipes

    September 7, 2011 11:45 am

    May want to make a poll about this.....

    As for me, I started out with a Nikon D80 and recently acquired a Nikon D70s as a backup. The added bonus of the D70s is that its electronic shutter has no limit to the flash sync speed!

  • Sally W

    September 7, 2011 11:22 am

    I have my old dSLR that I kept when I got my new one. And I have a little point and shoot Fuji that is waterproof , shockproof etc that I keep in my purse. But I hardly ever use it.

  • Scottc

    September 7, 2011 08:50 am

    Just a Sony P&S, works in a pinch but I don't recommend it without lightroom or some other pp software.

    A processed example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5204555667/

  • Nav

    September 7, 2011 02:47 am

    I used to own a Nikon D7000, with my backup camera being a Nikon D40. I had numerous offers for people wanting to buy my D40, but I refused. I felt like a secondary one would always come in handy somehow. About 6 months after owning my D7000, an incident happened where it was stolen. While I can't express the heartbreak that I underwent, I was extremely happy I wasn't camera-less and now I"ve reverted back to the D40 again while I save money back up for another D7000.

  • George

    September 7, 2011 01:30 am

    My Nikon D7000 is secondary to my Nikon D3. The D7000 is for travel, hiking and wildlife.

  • Jeff O'Hara

    September 7, 2011 12:38 am

    I own a D7000, D90, and have a canon s95 I carry when I do not want to lug a DSLR around all day.

  • Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier, Kimberly Gauthier Photography

    September 7, 2011 12:29 am

    I don't have a secondary camera at this time. I sold my Alpha 300 when I got my Alpha 550. I'm considering the Alpha 77 - if I get it, I'll be keeping my A550, because I love it.

    As a hobbyiest, I really don't need 2 cameras, but I can appreciate the value in having a back up.

  • cjaaron

    September 7, 2011 12:20 am

    Yes I have a Pentax 100D Digital SLR and recently picked up a used Cannon G9 that I purchased as my 'purse camera'. I'm dusting off the cobwebs on an old school SLR that I'll use for black and white only.

  • GavChap

    September 6, 2011 09:39 pm

    Main camera is a D90, secondary body is a D40, and tertiary P+S camera is a cheapo Canon A2200.

  • Keren

    September 6, 2011 09:35 pm

    Iphone and S95

  • Anne L

    September 6, 2011 09:19 pm

    Primary: Canon 30D
    Secondary: My trusty Canon G3

    And of course I always have my android phone with me. A few shots made with the phone got me a job - who knew?

  • Silke

    September 6, 2011 09:08 pm

    I do indeed -- I have had a Nikon P1 as a backup for a few years. Something to pop in my pocket and carry everywhere. . Now I have a backup camera as well - a second camera to carry for serious shoots: my old Nikon D70S

  • Sy

    September 6, 2011 08:40 pm

    Running a canon s95 as back up for a 50d and heavey glass, the s95 is a wee ripper with full manual controls, filters and fits easily it the pocket of my jeans.

  • Carlos Galeano

    September 6, 2011 07:28 pm

    When I don't want to put my DSLR under risk, I use a Pentax Optio W90, great for shooting under rain or in risky situations.

  • Jared

    September 6, 2011 06:51 pm

    My girlfriend is into photography and has a canon eos, so when i dont want to carry mine around i can count on using hers

  • sangharsha

    September 6, 2011 03:49 pm

    i have D90 18-105

  • Jan W

    September 6, 2011 01:54 pm

    I have had olympus cameras all my life. I currently have a slr digital olympus e500 with a huge lens which will become my secondary camera for more wildlife and telescopic pics...but now I have a Nikon d5100 slr digital which is totally awesome and twice the megapixal and swing out viewfinder which is so cool...so this will become my regular camera but my olympus will be my secondary for major wildlife and zoom capabilities...love it all....

  • Irene Pomianowski

    September 6, 2011 01:06 pm

    My primary camera is the Nikon D80; the secondary camera is a Fuji Finepix F50fd. It fits in even a small handbag (or a jacket or pants pocket) and I never leave home without it!

  • Rob Heineman

    September 6, 2011 11:45 am

    Canon G12

  • Subhajit Mitra

    September 6, 2011 11:39 am

    I have no secondary camera yet. But its gonna be Fujifilm x10 soon.

  • Marilyn Armstrong

    September 6, 2011 10:09 am

    I didn't even mention the Canon Powershot 130 because I so rarely use it anymore ... it's become pretty much redundant since the advent of the Olympus PEN E-PL1. The future of the Canon T3 is currently in doubt. If I can get a decent price for it and its lenses, I will see if I can score a full frame DSLR, maybe a Nikon because they are a bit less pricey, especially the lenses. But we'll see. One way or the other, i obviously have a few.

  • Marilyn Armstrong

    September 6, 2011 10:03 am

    Hard to tell which is "primary" and which secondary, but there ARE two: the Big Kid, a Canon T3 (which I may sell and try to get myself a full frame DSLR) and the Little Kid, the Olympus Pen E-PL1. I really find myself preferring the small camera. I'm getting old and beginning to have a lot of problems hauling the heavy stuff. I wouldn't have found it so heavy when I was younger, but I'm not that youngster and the more compact camera suits me very well. I always have a cell phone with me, but i don't really count that as a camera, although I have actually occasionally taken a picture on it when it was the only game in town. Any piece of equipment that is designed to do everything generally doesn't do anything well. You can quote me on that.

  • ISOterica

    September 6, 2011 08:17 am

    Primary: Canon Rebel XSi (450D)
    Secondary: 35 antique and toy film cameras.
    Emergency Backup: Motorola Droid Cell-camera.

    I collect old antique cameras that are still in very good working condition and cosmetically appealing and I do use them though have not had the time to try them all out yet. These I get from estate sales, flea markets, online vendors, antique shops.. inexpensive venues enabling me to try more than a few. I have thought about getting a smaller point and shoot like a Canon G12 or the new Fuji X10. I am slow to choose on more expensive acquisitions though ;) When I go out I carry 2-3 cameras, one always being my cell phone cam.

  • Allie

    September 6, 2011 07:06 am

    I have a Canon 40D, and I would really like to get either a waterproof or a micro 4/3rds camera as a secondary. Right now I just have a 6 year old point and shoot.

  • Anner

    September 6, 2011 07:02 am

    I have only one digital camera, a Canon Powershot SX110IS. I have 3 film camera too, but I don't consider them secondary bacause I don't plan to use them anytime. If I get a DSLR, I would have a secondary compact camera because of its versality.

  • Amy

    September 6, 2011 06:38 am

    I have a D300S as my main (for now) and a D90 for my secondary, I bring that along to family parties and other smaller events. I'll still keep the D90 once I get my D700 (or 800).

  • Sushrutt S. Alekar

    September 6, 2011 05:17 am

    Yes...I have Canon EOS 500D with Tamron 18-270mm lens...Yes three lenses in one but still a secondary camera is must.. So also bought the Canon Powershot SX30 IS

  • Don

    September 6, 2011 04:08 am

    First is a Canon 7D and for a secondary a Sanyo Xacti, like it for the video and does 9 mp stills, good for work and when on my motorcycle.

  • Kami

    September 6, 2011 03:57 am

    I have a secondary camera with the purpose of being portable. I bought a Canon G12 which I keep in my bag all the time.

  • John

    September 6, 2011 03:43 am

    I have many SLR's most are film "35mm" have had three or four digitals I now have a Nikon D3100 as my primary DSLR but also have Nikon s3000 small point and shoot 12mp it is a very small camera but takes very good "excellent" pictures and video. and I have to say that the battery in this little camera is amazing I Don't even have a spare one yet the one in the camera last forever I have a external charger but I have never used it because you can just plug it up to USB and charge it via computer but at that it never has taken very long to charge it back up I just cannot say enough good about it I am amazed at the life of this battery in this little camera. I carry it with me almost every where I go, and I could call it my primary camera and the D3100 my secondary but full featuer DLSR. whic I like very much.
    John

  • sandra

    September 6, 2011 03:23 am

    My first digital was a Nikon Coolpix 4800. I keep it in the vehicle all the time so I can be prepared for that photo i just can't miss.

  • Alis in Wnderlnd

    September 6, 2011 03:17 am

    I use a Canon 5D Mark II as my primary. I still have my 40D, but never use it. and I always have my Canon G12 in my purse. I have started taking only the G12 with me on weekend family trips because I actually get more photos since I am more likely to pull it out. (My kids are still pretty little, so it hard to protect my expensive DSLR while filling cups, opening up wrappers, getting one kid in and out of a stroller, etc.!

  • Mike Woodhouse

    September 6, 2011 03:01 am

    I keep a Fujifilm FinePix S1000FD in my dedsk as work, for linchime expeditions. Purchase as a (somewhat) limited and cheap device while still offering a manual option.

  • Bob

    September 6, 2011 02:46 am

    I keep a Canon S95 with me all the time to prevent missing a photo op when I least expect it. It lets you control aperture, speed and focus and shoot in RAW format.

  • Barry E.Warren

    September 6, 2011 02:31 am

    My primary is a Nikon D 5000, but I have a shelf full of others, Fuju's ,Olympus's ,Kodax's . But the one that is with me 24/7 is a LG cell phone if needed in a pinch.

  • PhotoCowboy

    September 6, 2011 02:29 am

    I have my old Rebel XTI as a secondary to my 7D, and my iphone.

  • Christi Nielsen

    September 6, 2011 02:27 am

    Primary - 5DMII
    Secondary - Lumix LX5

    I actually always carry them both because I can get incredible macro shots from the Lumix and I don't have a macro lens for the 5D yet.

  • DEE

    September 6, 2011 02:09 am

    5D MKII, 7D, S95

  • Nicole Kehoe

    September 6, 2011 01:44 am

    Yep! Primary = Nikon d90
    Secondary = Canon Powershot s95

    The Canon is always in my purse, because I don't like always dragging the d90 around, and has incredibly good features for a p&s.

  • Emmy

    September 6, 2011 01:30 am

    Well before I got my canon 2ti, I had a Sony DSC. I tend to use it occasionally but in a way it is my secondary camera

  • Shawn

    September 6, 2011 01:30 am

    My main is a Nikon D300. Secondary is a Nikon D40. Then my first digital ,a point and shoot, a Nikon coolpix S4. All are great cameras. I have been tempted to sell my D40 because I don't use it much anymore. But in the off chance that I needed to run two bodies with different lenses, I wouldn't have that option anymore. So I've kept it just in case.

  • Jaina

    September 6, 2011 01:17 am

    My main camera is a Nikon D5000 - I'm still very much a newbie when it comes to DSLRs, so still practicing.

    At the moment my secondary would be my phone - Samsung Galaxy S2. Surprisingly good phone camera! But I am actually looking to get a proper secondary camera. Ideally Panasonic DMC TZ20. Love the TZ range from Panasonic.

  • Alex

    September 6, 2011 01:08 am

    My first DSLR was the Canon Revo (350d)... then after boutgh a second hand 5d... then after a G10 as a walk around camera.

    G10: If is going to be casual shooting or not feeliong like carring the camera bag.
    5D: When I feel "today is the day" to get that great picture, to exploit all my "inspiration".
    350D: if travelling light but yet want a DSLR to avoid the shooter lag... Is the one I use most often.

    In my galery I got keepers form either of the three cameras.

  • Fábián Gábor

    September 6, 2011 12:55 am

    My main camera is a Canon 50D. My seconday is my old 1000D. Sometimes I borrow from a friend a Pentax K20 to use a fisheye lens with it. I also have a FED 3 Olympic edition in perfect condition.

  • Thomas

    September 6, 2011 12:54 am

    I'm an amateur, so I just have a Sony H7, which is ok for almost everywhere. Almost.

    Last year I went to the Caribbean and did some snorkeling, so I boug a cheap Soligor underwater camera. I carry it everywhere since, as it takes decent pictures of places I would not carry my primary!

  • Michele

    September 6, 2011 12:26 am

    Hello everyone,
    My main camera is a Canon T2i. (Our 12 yo now uses my old XTI). My secondary camera is our Canon Power Shot digital ELPH. It's perfect for skiing, hiking, kayaking (in a ziploc) etc.
    The reason I posted is that the thing that made me hesitate about making the jump to a DSLR 5 years ago was that I didn't want two cameras...but you really need a secondary camera in certain settings. Once I realized that I got a DSLR as I'd wanted to for years.

  • DaveTaylor

    September 6, 2011 12:24 am

    I got a Fujifilm X100 in May and have not yet decided if it or my D40 is my primary camera. Maybe the concept of a secondary camera does not apply to this combination. "Horses for courses"

  • Netkonnexion

    September 6, 2011 12:15 am

    Primary: Canon 5D MkII
    Secondary: Canon 350D
    Lightweight: Canon G12
    The G12 provides me with the cover I need for the family days out and odd occasions when I dont want to carry a big SLR around. I use the G12 regularly for shooting my 'Identify This' feature on my 365 site and I have it with me all the time when I am out and about when on on a shoot so I have a quick capture on hand. I would not be without it. It has the ability to do RAW, but is really irritating to have to download them. I think it is a brilliant camera, but Canon needs to sort out that RAW issue. If that was improved it would be a worlds best seller for SLR owners. As it is I know six people who have bought it for that feature. Each one has then sold it on because it is so badly implemented. Canon... get this sorted out.

  • Sam

    September 6, 2011 12:13 am

    I think we need to include cellphone cameras as well. It's getting to the point where people consider them secondary as well as primary as they evolve. In fact as I meander around taking pictures it seems as though more use cell phone cameras than either P&S or dSLR's.
    I am an early adopter. I have been using digital cameras since pre-2000 when I purchased an Oly C3030.
    I always have 2 cameras with me: iPod 4 and Androidx2. I stick them in my pockets and use them for quick shots and also for fun. I also have an Oly P&S, an Oly C4040 and Oly E-510 for nature photos. The P&S is actually very good at macros. I carry the C4040 if I am running around with others where the E-510 is too conspicuous. It has a fast lens, f1.8, so it;s handy for indoors and such. So for me, they all have somewhat specific purposes, I also use them all as needed.
    I also have a Sony Bloggie which I use for movies of my grandson. He also likes to use it on a tripod, (he's 4), and take movies. It has a very good 12 MP single shot as well which is why I chose that camera. It's solid, and sturdy, not light and plasticy feeling like some of the other pocket HD movie cameras. This is probably the only one that has a very specific purpose.

  • Tom_Vienna

    September 5, 2011 11:56 pm

    My main camera is a Canon EOS 60D and my secondary is a G11 for light weight and the use of CHDK.
    I do also a lot of CHDK-timelapse with my good old A620 from 2006.

    Like a Museum I keeped also 2 SLR from Pentacon from the 70´s and 80´s with a pile of lenses (tank quality from GDR with M43 mount) and my EOS 500 film camera from my rebel days (from about 1995)
    It seems my equipment lasts for ever and it would be a bad feeling to put it to the trash.

  • William H. Stoneman

    September 5, 2011 11:14 pm

    I am looking for a secondary digital waterproof & GPS. Any suggestions?

  • Taranga

    September 5, 2011 11:05 pm

    Primary Canon 7D, secondary Canon S95 - great performance in a small package, always with me, only (minor) gripe is no viewfinder.

  • Kate

    September 5, 2011 10:58 pm

    yes, canon 10d

    my main is 5d

  • valiant

    September 5, 2011 10:57 pm

    my main camera is canon EOS 60D.
    my secondary is.... iphone 4 camera. :D

    is it still considered as decent digital camera? for me, YES. i love photography apps on iphone.

  • B Jay

    September 5, 2011 10:43 pm

    My secondary camera is a Nokia 5233. I'm planning to buy a primary camera for me.

  • B Jay

    September 5, 2011 10:43 pm

    My secondary camera is a Nokia 5233. I'm planning to buy a primary camera for it.

  • Roy Souder

    September 5, 2011 10:37 pm

    I carry a Canon SX130 in my pocket as a secondary camera. My Rebel XTi is a little unhandy for sudden
    changes in scenery.

  • Roxanna

    September 5, 2011 10:30 pm

    I have my SLR, but unfortunately it's just not... for the want of a better word, 'socially acceptable' to drag it all around. So I have a Kodak C143, an el-cheapo, easy for me to replace that fits into my handbag and is like a credit card-accepted everywhere. :)

  • Karen Schmautz

    September 5, 2011 10:29 pm

    I have a 40d for a backup camera for my business, but the camera I take with me everywhere is my G12. It's compact, I can shoot RAW, and hd video for fusion slideshows. I took it with me for a surprise proposal engagement shoot where my assistant was able to catch the proposal on video with the g12 while I photographed the stills. Also, people are not intimidated by it, so I can take pictures anywhere without fear of someone getting all out of sorts because I might be taking "professional" photos. I love the swivel live view so I don't have to lay down on the ground or climb up on something to see the shot I want. I've even won a print competition with one of my g12 shots.

  • Roxanne San Agustin

    September 5, 2011 10:29 pm

    replace my primary 50d (still with me) with a 60d then decided to have another backup camera Olypen ELP-2 with three lenses...

  • sigfried baterina

    September 5, 2011 09:59 pm

    2 older prosumers. a kodak dx6940,it can do a good job well. and it's much easier for other people to use. and a canon g5,with swivel lcd(which is a lot of plus),and controls similar to a canon dslr.

  • Fuzzypiggy

    September 5, 2011 09:55 pm

    I can understand in a rapid situation you need access to several setups very quickly, sports for example. Shooting almost exclusively landscapes myself, I love the simplicity of knowing exactly whats on the "stick" in front of me and exactly how it's set right now. Life is complicated enough some times, I do photography to relax introducing the "agony of choice" would finish the fun off, for me! When you go hiking off 15 miles into mountains and you already have 40lbs of gear to carry in addition to your clothes, food and maps, you can seriously only carry one set up unless you get a gullible family member to come along as a pack-mule!

    Having said that in addition to my Canon 5Dmk2 I do have a Canon IXUS 200 pocket compact which I take to "dodgy" places like concerts, as it's going to be easier to explain to the insurance company when I break that rather than my DLSR!! Ha ha!

  • ArianaMurphy

    September 5, 2011 09:48 pm

    I still have and occasionally use my Fuji Finepix sd1000. It is a little bulky for pocket but goes in my purse or bag. It shoots great landscapes - nice and sharp with excellent colour reproduction. I like a secondary camera when I go searching for birds, because it's guaranteed that if I take my zoom lens off my D60 to shoot a landscape, that's when a flock of beautiful birds will fly by right in front of me. I'm hoping to upgrade to a D7000 as soon as I can save the money, then I'll probably sell the D60, but I'll keep my Fuji.

  • Carel

    September 5, 2011 09:15 pm

    I still have and use my first digital, a Sony DSC H1, which I bought for a trip to Disneyland in Florida, USA. Got into SLR with the Pentax K10, which served me well, but decided to move to Canon's 7D after battling to get quick lenses for low light athletics. Recently sold the K10 and got a backup 50D body. So I have a Primary, Backup and Secondary! Whats not to like?

  • Stefano

    September 5, 2011 09:12 pm

    Hello everybody, here are my 2 cents.

    My main camera is a EOS 50D.
    Then I own a Canon SX1 (that I find a good point-and-shot with an excellent zoom equivalent to 500mm) and a Canon Powershot D10 (for underwater/snow/adventure) hacked with CHDK so to enable RAW saving.
    Finally, I bought a used EOS 400D on eBay and modified it with an IR hot mirror just to do some experiments.
    And, of course, I also have an iPhone 4, decent in case the cameras are at home...

  • Hans Maerker

    September 5, 2011 09:11 pm

    Yes I do have a "secondary" camera. Since I'm shooting with Nikon for years now, I stayed with it of course.
    My little all purpose camera is a Nikon P7000.

  • Chris.h.

    September 5, 2011 08:51 pm

    My secondry camera is a Canon Pro 1. Great for street work. I need a third camera though that I can carry everywhere. looking at the G12 I think.

  • steve

    September 5, 2011 08:16 pm

    My primary is a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 7D as a secondary or backup

  • Rémi

    September 5, 2011 07:18 pm

    D300S as main camera, and recently bought a Lumix GF1 as secondary, carried every day in my bag. I have quite a hard time getting used to it, mostly because of the live view (i find myself 9 times out of ten getting the camera to my eye before remembering there is no vewfinder...)

  • cr8tion

    September 5, 2011 06:54 pm

    My main cameras are Canon EOS 50D and Ricoh GRD III, backup cameras are Ricoh GRD II and Ricoh GRD.

  • Vincent Tassy

    September 5, 2011 05:59 pm

    My Primary is a Canon 60D and I have a Canon 400D (my previous primary camera), Panasonic Lumix TZ-7 and a junk underwater camera

  • AnZanov

    September 5, 2011 05:58 pm

    I do have, a Canon Powershot S90, always with me :-)

  • terence

    September 5, 2011 05:53 pm

    Hello, I am from Singapore. I have a canon S95 as a secondary camera. It is portable with features rather similar to that of the dslr. I normally bring it around specially when my camera is fitted with a 70-200mm lens. The S95 allows me to take wide angle shots.

  • Chris

    September 5, 2011 05:40 pm

    I just picked up a Canon G12 to complement my 7D, for exactly the reasons you suggest.

    I chose it for the RAW + JPEG ability, the hot-shoe which is compatible with my speedlites, the swiveling LCD screen (which is really handy, though not something I've been used to with the 7) and most important for me, the extensive external controls. You have two control wheels, front and back, like the 7D, plus individual control wheels for mode, ISO and (most decadent and wonderful of all) exposure compensation. I think this camera actually has almost more external, DSLR-like controls than my 7D (and certainly way more than my old 350D used to).

    Down sides are the terrible, terrible view finder (only 70% coverage, and very dark) and the relative bulkiness for a compact camera - it won't fit in your pocket. However, I carry a messenger-bag for work and when I'm out and about on my motorbike, and it slots into there really nicely. Battery life is also pretty crappy compared to the 7D, but not bad for a compact camera, and it comes with an SLR-style rechargeable battery and a wall charger, so that's great. One spare battery, and it starts to feel like a pretty flexible, comprehensive package. All in all I'm very pleased with it.

  • apocalypso

    September 5, 2011 04:52 pm

    My lovely Smartphone, Nokia N8 to be precise is my secondary camera, always in my pocket ready to take capture those usually uncapturable moments...

    http://www.symbian-freak.com/news/011/09/easily_create_great_hdr_photos_with_your_nokia_n8.html

  • Chen Wei Li

    September 5, 2011 04:26 pm

    Canon Powershot s95 to compliment my Mamiya AFDii and Leaf Aptus 22.

    And how can I forget my trusty 501CM.

  • Tom Collins

    September 5, 2011 04:19 pm

    Nikon D700 and a Leica X1 and a Canon S95. All shoot in raw and all have full manual control. Depending on the trip, the Leica and the S95 make a wonderfully light travel package with lots of full control. Of course there are some trips that just require the big guy and all it's lenses.

  • Kontsia

    September 5, 2011 04:13 pm

    My secondary camera is Fuji Finepix XP30. That's why because i wanted a camera for the beach, so i couldn't use my dslr.

  • stargazer

    September 5, 2011 03:22 pm

    My primary camera is a Canon 40D. My old 10D is more of a back-up for certain events. The Canon G12 is really my secondary camera. Its a little light on zoom, but takes great pics.

  • Studio Wetty

    September 5, 2011 02:09 pm

    I have bodies that I rotate between depending on what I want to accomplish. A 7D for the business stuff. A 500D for the fun. It's lighter (even with the battery grip) and gets done what I need without fussing.

  • Raval Seojattan

    September 5, 2011 01:24 pm

    I have an Panasonic LX3 as my secondary. Great shots with that sweet F2.0 lens. Not a great pocket cam.

  • Nathan Dailo

    September 5, 2011 01:17 pm

    I love carrying around my D7000 with a 50mm 1.8G attached to it, but sometimes I want something a little more on the subtle side when going out with my family or friends for a get together at a cafe or what not.

    When I'm not using my D7000, I'm using the Fujifilm X100 which I'm absolutely loving. I wanted compact, fast, lightweight, durable and excellent build without the sacrifice of most of the controls I'm familiar with on my DSLR.

    Although there are things about the X100 I dislike (manual focus speed), there are all workarounds for these and you'll soon find these problems to no longer be an issue.

    It's the perfect combo for me as a street photographer.

  • Joseph

    September 5, 2011 01:16 pm

    My secondary camera is an Olympus ep-1, much smaller than my Nikon outfit, more portable, different way of use, a great little change for photographing.

  • Dan Bozek

    September 5, 2011 01:09 pm

    I bought a Diana F+ recently, and because it's SO light, I've been carrying it around with me almost everywhere. It's really fun. I'd love to get a Fuji X100 too, but I don't have the cash at present. What I will likely do before the X100 is upgrade my primary body to a 5D mark II and keep my current camera body handy with the kit lens that I don't usually keep in my main rig anymore.

  • Corey Gibson

    September 5, 2011 12:31 pm

    Now that I have a Canon 1D4, my old 450D is my secondary camera. I also have an older Ixus (80?) compact, that I tend to use for business travel, which I am hoping to replace with a newer model soon.

  • George Fragos

    September 5, 2011 12:18 pm

    I want to get a 2nd camera for "always have with me." It'll be a Canon G12, reminds me of my much loved Leica M2, or a Lumix LX5 for the F 2.0 lens.

  • Bill

    September 5, 2011 12:14 pm

    My 7D is my main camera. I use my older 40D as a backup. My Leica Digilux 1 is my grab and go camera.

  • Selwyn Uy

    September 5, 2011 11:51 am

    I use a Panasonic Lumix LX-5 as my main camera and iPhone as secondary. When I do get a DSLR. The Lumix will become my secondary.

  • G Milligan

    September 5, 2011 11:45 am

    I look at it as having a secondary lens not a secondary camera. I have a Canon 7D and Canon 40D. I attach the Canon 24-105 F4.0 IS to one and the Canon 70 - 200 2.8 IS to the other. Both cameras do well but I don't need to change lenses on a shoot thus limiting the risk of getting dirt on the sensor.

  • Greg

    September 5, 2011 11:22 am

    I bought an Olympus E-PL1 as a second camera early this year (I want something smaller to travel with and do some street photography) - it's a very nice little camera, interchangeable lenses and I can get adapters to make it take third-party lenses as well!

  • Greg

    September 5, 2011 11:22 am

    I bought an Olympus E-PL1 and a second camera early this year (I want something smaller to travel with and do some street photography) - it's a very nice little camera, interchangeable lenses and I can get adapters to make it take third-party lenses as well!

  • Mike Cohen

    September 5, 2011 10:59 am

    Yes. Primary = Nikon D90, Secondary = Canon G12.

  • Johnp

    September 5, 2011 10:48 am

    My secondary camera is a pentax K10D but it is more a backup camera for my K7. I intend to get a smaller "secondary" take everywhere camera, probably a Fuji X100 when that has been around long enough to have it's bugs and price sorted out.

  • Sean

    September 5, 2011 10:47 am

    x100

  • dean

    September 5, 2011 10:40 am

    secondary = Sony NEX 3

  • Mei Teng

    September 5, 2011 10:37 am

    Don't have a secondary camera at the moment. But having a compact secondary camera is a good idea.

  • Simon

    September 5, 2011 10:13 am

    Don't have a secondary camera, but can definitely see the use for one. My regular camera is a long-zoom (Canon IS-10), and needing to carry a bag for it is a pain for social events. A good pocket-friendly compact would be useful sometimes...

  • Gilly

    September 5, 2011 10:11 am

    Olympus Ep3 as a secondary camera. It is so darn good that it is quickly becoming my primary camera!

  • CJ

    September 5, 2011 09:59 am

    I carry a Canon G9 with me at all times. It's a great back up camera.

  • Verena

    September 5, 2011 09:58 am

    My primary is a Canon EOS 450D and at the moment I'm not really using a secondary. I have a Canon PowerShot A420 lying around somewhere, but I'm not even sure where!

  • Ann

    September 5, 2011 09:57 am

    Yes, my main camera is a Digital Rebel XSi, but my "secondary" camera is the Canon G12. Lots of power and flexibility for a non-DSLR, size of point and shoot - only thing lost really is the zoom. I'll take it!

  • design.edward

    September 5, 2011 09:37 am

    Main cam is now a 7D.

    Backup is my trusty, reliable Xsi.

    Looking for a p&s with manual controls and shots raw/video (g12/s95). I passed on a hot deal for a s95, but i think im regretting that now. All well. I find it very weird shooting with them after learning dslr's for the last 2 years.

    Canons realeasing new powershots soon, lets see if theres some progress on this front. s95 battery is supposed to be kinda crap.

  • Lauren

    September 5, 2011 09:33 am

    I have a Powershot D10 that I love! I like that I can just toss it into my backpack and go. It's shock proof and water proof which makes it easy to take to the beach, pool, hiking, etc. Places I'm not sure that I'd want to take my DSLR.

  • Nikko

    September 5, 2011 09:04 am

    Yep, primary camera is a Nikon D90, while my secondary/travel/lightweight camera is a Sony NEX-5.

  • GradyPhilpott

    September 5, 2011 08:52 am

    I have a Kodak P850 that I use when I need something small and relatively inexpensive, which isn't often.

    I also have a Nikon D3000, which is a back up for my D7000, but it doesn't get pressed into service much.

    The D7000 is not too big for most situations.

  • darcy

    September 5, 2011 08:33 am

    My secondary and sometimes my primary as well, is the camera on my HTC Droid incredible. I can get some pretty stellar shots with my camera phone. It's all about how you use the functions.

  • Ray

    September 5, 2011 08:26 am

    I use two Canon DSLR's and a Canon G11 point and shoot.The 7D I use for wildlife(birds mostly) because of the 1.6 crop factor, auto focus modes, and high rate burst ability.I use the 5D mk2 for landscape and street photography.But I always have the G11 with me. It's great for candid shots. Then there's the iPhone. Too many cameras? My wife thinks so.

  • CEB

    September 5, 2011 08:26 am

    My primary camera is a Leica M8. (Next year, I'll move up to FF, either M9 or M10, which is expected in the fall.) I am also planning to add a back up camera, likely either a Ricoh GR3 or, preferably, Fuji X100 (if the prices come down).

  • Fran

    September 5, 2011 08:17 am

    I carry a Canon Powershot SX200 in my sweater pocket or purse, in addition to my Nikon DLSR. The Canon's pictures are very good quality (12.1 megapixels and up to 48x zoom. It also takes great pictures at night in the "auto" mode for emergencies when I don't have time to fumble with exposure settings on it, or the Nikon. When we go on trips, I take the Nikon DLSR and give my husband the Canon, and we're covered for any event.

  • Mario

    September 5, 2011 08:16 am

    I have a g12, everything was ok until it failed , I hope that canon can help me with it I bough it 8 months ago.

  • Mark W

    September 5, 2011 07:57 am

    Just bought a Nikon P300 a great little camera, let down a bit by lack of Raw makes up for this with full HD video, 8frame/sec burst rate and panorama function and great f/1.8 lens

  • Mchale

    September 5, 2011 07:41 am

    My secondary is the LX-5, is fab for macro stuff

  • Mudassir Khan

    September 5, 2011 07:23 am

    Yep, Canon SX30IS because its compact and has a long zoom range, lets me take photos of airplanes, birds etc. its very slow to focus, but still it is pretty decent camera I think. Then I have a Sony W290, and a Sony WX1 which I mainly use for underwater photos and videos (Yes, I am also a diver :) mainly because the D7000 is too expensive for me to risk underwater or on the boats ... my last secondary before the SX30IS was a Sony DSCF828, it could shoot raw and was a very decent camera for its time, actually I think it was better in many aspects than the SX30IS, specially since the zoom was on the lens itself like a DSLR.

  • Adrian

    September 5, 2011 07:12 am

    Nikon P300, and I love it!

  • Karen

    September 5, 2011 07:02 am

    I've got a Canon T1i as my primary and a Canon G10 as my secondary. I love the controls and the feel of my G10, but bought the T1i when I realized I will never match the image quality of a DSLR with my compact.

  • Pete

    September 5, 2011 06:54 am

    My main is a Canon XSi, secondary is a Casio EX-FC100. I also have a Casio Exilim EX-Z75, and my iPhone/iPad. A Canon Vixia HFM30 camcorder is also in the stable.

    iPad isn't worth the bother. The iPhone 3GS isn't much better, but it is handy & always with me.

  • Iain

    September 5, 2011 06:39 am

    I was concerned enough about portability that my primary camera became the Olympus PEN E-PL1, so the only other camera I can justify carrying is my Android phone (HTC Desire HD).

    Kind of ironic if you've seen Olympus' recent "Get a real camera" ad campaign - http://www.getarealcamera.com

  • Solarisphere

    September 5, 2011 06:33 am

    I've got a D90 as my primary and a G11 as my secondary.

    The G11 was my first decent camera, but now that I have a DSLR I wish I'd bought a Canon S95. The G11 is a just a bit too big to slip in a pocket, and it can discourage me from bringing it.

    These two are soon to the joined by a GoPro HD for really rough/wet jobs and wonderful wide-angle video.

  • Lynne

    September 5, 2011 06:12 am

    5D Mark 11 primary, Canon D60 converted to infrared and a Leica d-lux 5 for the compact, easy to pop in my bag, camera.

  • Brian Hoffman

    September 5, 2011 06:10 am

    My primary is a Nikon D700 and my "carry around camera" is a Panasonic GF1.

  • Todd Ward

    September 5, 2011 05:58 am

    My primary camera was a Canon 5D and then I purchased a Canon 7D. I like the 7D so much, I find myself using it the most. I use the 5D when I need a full sized sensor.

  • moe2244

    September 5, 2011 05:47 am

    Primary Nikon D7000
    Second Nikon D90
    P/S Nikon S8100 - great little camera that does macro and sharp video.
    We were really glad we took it on a trip last winter.

  • A.J. Borromeo

    September 5, 2011 05:42 am

    Currently shoot my 7D as my primary and have a Canon SD4000 as a "secondary". It is compact and takes great low-light images but does not shoot in RAW. Am keeping my option open for a different secondary camera but require that it be light (not necessarily compact) and can tackle low-light situations. Video is not really a priority or demands when it comes to my secondary camera.

  • louis

    September 5, 2011 05:34 am

    Primary = nikon d3s
    secondary = nikon d300
    backup = nikon d2x

    iphones for life little moments

  • Florian Stravock

    September 5, 2011 05:33 am

    5D Mark II primary, 60D secondary.

  • Rona

    September 5, 2011 05:28 am

    My secondary camera (and the one my assistant uses) is my Canon T1i, I have a third & fourth - Rebel XS & my p/s - Canon. My primary is my 7D. My point & shoot is always with me in my bag. I have an older camera phone, only if I am desperate!

  • Jeremy

    September 5, 2011 05:19 am

    Canon 7D when I'm planning on shooting that day.
    Canon G12 when I'm not.
    My iPhone is the only camera that is always available.

  • Mark Carroll

    September 5, 2011 05:16 am

    My real camera isn't digital --- it is film (Nikon FG). My secondary camera is digital Nikon L12 + cell phones

  • Lfrazar

    September 5, 2011 05:14 am

    My primary camera is a Nikon D90, but since my favorite pass time other than photography is fly fishing for trout on small rocky streams, I tend to fall too often, My back up camera is an Olympus Stylus Tough. It is waterproof to 10'. The last thing I need to do is dunk my Nikon in the stream, or fall on it.

  • rachel

    September 5, 2011 05:06 am

    this is a great article, I've enjoyed reading the comments as I've been thinking about buying a new secondary camera. my big camera is the Nikon d5100, which I love, and I have always loved kodak point and shoots, but I'm thinking of upgrading my point and shoot to the Nikon P7000, was hoping somebody here could provide a review of it.

  • The Biblioholic

    September 5, 2011 05:06 am

    My main camera is a Canon 50D. My secondary is the Canon PowerShot S95. My tertiary is my iPhone. :-)

  • Bennett Frazier

    September 5, 2011 05:02 am

    Main: Canon T1i
    Secondary: Sony Cybershot DSC-H20

    I usually carry around my cybershot when I want good photos for an event or something but not when I want to capture stunning photos of landscapes or anything.

  • yohov6

    September 5, 2011 04:58 am

    My secondary is a EOS 7D which was my main before upgrading.

  • Lloyd Tapper

    September 5, 2011 04:55 am

    My primary is a Canon 7D. Secondary is the Canon S90 which I love for its RAW capabilities and f/2.0 lens. I almost always have it with me, when I don't I have the iPhone. The only thing I don't like about the S90 is the lack of HD Video. If I had the S95, I don't know what else I would want....

  • Gene

    September 5, 2011 04:39 am

    Main 7D, secondary 60D, compact Leica, iPhone as backup.

  • Marcel

    September 5, 2011 04:33 am

    Nokia N8. Quite likely not the best smartphone, but still the best camera ever put into a phone (three iPhones together have the same sensor area one N8 has). And it's always with me.

  • Rui

    September 5, 2011 04:13 am

    I just bought a second camera a few months ago. I main camera is a Canon 450D and now that I ride a motorcycle it's not so pratical to carry a DSLR everywhere. So I bought a canon S95. It's really pocket size, manual controls and a nice picture quality. I'm very happy with it.

  • SDreamer

    September 5, 2011 04:09 am

    Semi-primary and secondary is a Canon SX200IS. Dad has a Nikon D80 that's our primary, but I usually am stuck with the Canon, I tend to actually have more fun with it.

  • Laszlo

    September 5, 2011 04:04 am

    Yes: Casio Exilim Z16
    The secondary was chosen to be small, fit even my pocket size, to have min. 3x optical zoom and 8+ megapixels.

  • SK

    September 5, 2011 04:02 am

    Main: Nikon D90
    Secondary: Canon G12 (when I don't want to carry the weight)

  • Cole

    September 5, 2011 04:01 am

    I only have 1 camera right now, my Pentax K-7. I want to get a second K-7 body for my backup and the Olympus E-P2 for my secondary camera.

  • Ved Upadhyay

    September 5, 2011 04:00 am

    My secondary camera is the camera that I started photography on two years ago. My Sony DSC H20. Now I have a Canon 1100 d.

  • tanya

    September 5, 2011 03:51 am

    my secondary camera is a lumix DMC-LX5 when I want a lighter camera. I also carry it if I think I'm going to need to shoot with a wider angle than I can currently handle with my set of lenses for my canon 20d.

  • Carolyn

    September 5, 2011 03:50 am

    My main camera is a Nikon D300.......my secondary camera and the one I ALWAYS have with me is a Nikon CoolpixS9100 that I just purchased and replaced a CoolpixL12 which I carried with me for years and took many great images. (My husband says "it's not the camera that takes the px, etc., etc....) and he's right....

  • Marcus Trotta

    September 5, 2011 03:50 am

    My primary camera is a 5D MKII, and i have a S95 and. G10 that I use as a secondary camera, not to mention my iPhone 4 with Camera+ app when I don't have any other camera with me.

  • marcus

    September 5, 2011 03:49 am

    Current primary camera is a Canon T1i.
    Currently do not have a secondary camera, outside of my Droid, iPod Touch, or wife's Nikon p&s. Eyeing the Fuji X10 as a secondary in the near future.

  • CE Jones

    September 5, 2011 03:49 am

    My secondary camera is a Canon G9. It's easy to carry for when i don't want to carry my Full size camera. It takes pretty good photos. I wanted one that would shoot RAW. Plus this one will shoot videos.

  • Steve

    September 5, 2011 03:43 am

    Primary is a Canon 50D (with the 350D body it replaced kept as back-up)

    Secondary is a Canon A650 IS. Bought because:
    It uses the same Digic processor as it's big brothers. It can be hacked to shoot in RAW. It has IS and a reasonably decent zoom.

  • Mikko

    September 5, 2011 03:42 am

    My secondary camera is an old Leica M4-2. No batteries, just stack some film and go. Nice contrast to the digital primary camera.

  • Louis Courtney

    September 5, 2011 03:36 am

    My Main camera is a Canon 5D, secondary is a Canon 450D, third is a Canon Ixus point and shoot and fourth is the camera on my iPhone 4.

  • Scott Hervieux

    September 5, 2011 03:31 am

    Yes there is a lot of discussion, especially on the photo forums on LinkedIn.

    My primary camera is my Nikon D3100 (my first true DSLR) with an assortment of lenses. Secondary is my older 2007 Nikon Coolpix P80 (More of a bridge camera, not a DSLR, but more advanced than a point and shoot). The Coolpix P80 is an ok camera (the newer ones offer more zoom, megapixels, and other features) but it does good (especially when I have lightroom and PS elements). It is no DSLR though, so I am very selective on what I shoot with it, and mostly use it for personal photos. I reserve my D3100 for photos I want to publish.

    Here is my blog on my CoolpixP80 with sample photo:

    http://developingview.blogspot.com/2011/08/bridge-cameras.html

    What I want to see from a secondary camera:

    1. Able to shoot raw.
    2. DLSR with more compact (in size) lenses.
    3. Lower price.

    These cameras are available now, but they are still pricey as a DSLR. They are the Sony Nex-5 and the Olympus Pen series (some other brands are coming out also). I have no experience with using any of these compact DSLR's. So I am tossed between getting a second D3100 as a backup (already had to send mine in for repairs once), or getting one of these compact SLR's as it would be easier to slip in a pack for when I am not really on a day of shooting (ie carry everyday). I always have my iphone with me, but that in no way takes photos I could publish for sale.

  • ula

    September 5, 2011 03:27 am

    Hi,
    my "secondary" was the camera I had before I bought my pentax: panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 (10x optical zoom) . was always happy with that one - makes quite nice makros and portraits and landscapes in beautiful colours.
    that one is still for going out, parties and when I am not in the mood to carry the 5 kg backpack with me.

  • Liz

    September 5, 2011 03:05 am

    I have a growing list of secondary p&s cameras. My go-to concert p&s is my Kodak z712, which has given me some amazing shots. I've recently added a Lumix DMC-TS3 for an upcoming trip to Hawaii, because of the underwater capabilities, and a Canon SX30 IS, because my Kodak is getting older and I have been on a search for anything that can come close to it and am hoping the Canon might (plus the 30x optical zoom was enticing). I also have an HTC EVO and an HTC EVO Shift because, as several people have mentioned, the best camera is the one you have with you. The Evo is 8mpx and the Shift is 5, but the Shift reads the lighting better and takes better pictures, I've found.

  • MarcosV

    September 5, 2011 03:01 am

    My current secondary camera is a S95. It's small and very capable.

    I bought a G11 to use as a secondary camera, but, found that the control position sucked; I kept accidentally pushing buttons with my thumb, blowing shots in the process.

    I don't consider another DSLR as a secondary camera: those are more like other bodies in my main camera system.

    I wish the Fujifilm X100 was cheaper; that would mode an interesting secondary camera. Ditto on the just announced X10 --- at the rumored $700 or so price, the X10 is too expensive to me.

  • Amit

    September 5, 2011 02:59 am

    My secondary camera is my Samsung galaxy s 2.

  • Dennyboy

    September 5, 2011 02:55 am

    My primary camera WAS my Sony Alpha A700 with a bag full of expensive lenses. I then bought a Sony NEX5 and fitted the quite expensive 18-200 sony e mount lens. I now find everything i do is with this camera because its so small. but it does 90% of what my SLR does. When the NEX-7 comes out with the oled viewfinder i reckon my A700 will have to go as this camera does more than my A700 and its really small. Its just so more convenient to carry my NEX about as its so light and convenient. it lacks a bit in menus and stuff and doesnt have all the SLR buttons but it does do the job and takes great images. If i am more likely to carry it i will take more images.

  • Edward

    September 5, 2011 02:55 am

    I've tried the x100, x1, and gf1 /20.

    X1 is an amazing camera, that is too slow to focus and not fast enough m
    The fuji is more durable and focuses faster than the x1, but misses ficus a lot.
    The gf1 is still with me because it is inexpensive and works well in daylight..sharp photos but crappy dynamic range and iso noise.

    I haven't found a compac(er) camera with which I am really happy. Maybe a next with zeiss, but frankly, that's too expensive I am finding. I'm probably just going to get an lx5 and call it a day. The 5d2 with non L prime isn't too big anyway.

  • Ole Gyldenløve

    September 5, 2011 02:53 am

    On these rare occasions when my Nikon D7000 is not within reach I simple use my iPhone.

  • Bruce

    September 5, 2011 02:49 am

    Main camera is a Nikon D700
    Secondary is the Sony NEX-5 with the 16mm pancake lens. I also have an adapter so I can use my nikon lenses on the Sony

  • Trevon Donoho

    September 5, 2011 02:47 am

    When I'm not using my 7D, I'll have my Leica x1 right there in my pocket.

    The Leica x1 is a lovely camera to use as a compact alternative to the huge 7D and lenses.

  • mura

    September 5, 2011 02:42 am

    Primary: Nikon D7000
    Secondaries: Canon S95 - Sony NEX-C3

  • Rita, Ottawa, Canada

    September 5, 2011 02:41 am

    Ever since my brand new Canon SLR was stolen 25 years ago, I haven't had one. So now my primary camera is my Canon Powershot and my secondary is my iPhone! Kinda pathetic, I know, but I'm now looking for a DSLR that's light and smallish with no more than two good all purpose zooms. Trying to strike a balance.

  • Hans Schaefer

    September 5, 2011 02:41 am

    Yes, Sigma DP 1S

  • Ezio

    September 5, 2011 02:30 am

    My main camera is a Canon 7D. I have Canon S95 as a secondary, which is almost always with me.

    I tried for a while to use an Olympus EP1 as a secondary, but the IQ wasn't better enough compared to the S95 to justify the additional weight & size. Yes, the EP1 has a couple of stops sensitivity/noise advantage compared to the S95, but the S95's zoom starts at f/2.0, while the Oly 14-42 starts at f/3.5, pretty much giving away the sensitivity and DoF advantage. I am giving a thought at the X100 now, although it's not very small and it has its quirks.

  • Matt Welsh

    September 5, 2011 02:30 am

    Yep, I have two EOS 1Ds bodies, and a Fujifilm Finepix X100 for when the Canons are too obtrusive.

  • Jeroen

    September 5, 2011 02:25 am

    My main camera is the 5D mark I Canon (second hand), my secondary is the 40D Canon, my third is the Canon 1N analoge (second hand) and also with the Canonet Ql17 III (second hand). So I have a little bit more than two camera's :P But I always use them every month!! The Canonet is very important for me because it is small and light to travel, when I only make impression and nice things I see.

  • Jamie

    September 5, 2011 02:25 am

    Yes. Samsung AQ100. It's a 12MP Point and Shoot PhD camera (Push Here, Dummy). However, it is waterproof so it's perfect for in the water at the beach or pool where I won't play with my D90. Images are less than D90 worthy and it's challenge to use on a bright day (no view finder) but it's a perfect companion for those kind of I want a camera in my pocket applications.

    I also still have my D40. Which I loved when I got it. I made great photos with it but my D90 is much nicer. It still comes in handy to have to bodies with different lenses on it for quick swaps.

  • Paul Parkinson

    September 5, 2011 02:22 am

    Primary: Canon 7D
    Back up: Canon 50D
    Secondary: Canon S90
    Secondary: HTC Desire.
    Remember. the best camera in the world is the one you have with you. I always have my phone with me so I always have a camera. The S90 goes with me when I want something decent "just in case". The others are in the camera bag ready to roll.

  • Jaime

    September 5, 2011 02:16 am

    My second one is a Canon PowerShot SX110IS. A nice P&S, plus M, Av, Tv and P. My primary is a Pentax K-m with a bunch of old manual lenses.

  • Steve

    September 5, 2011 02:15 am

    My primary camera is a Sony a700 (although I'm very much on the fence about continuing my relationship with Sony now that it's moving to the DSLT technology - but will wait for the a77 production version reviews).

    I have two secondary cameras. One is a Canon S90. Great camera - being able to shoot in RAW was the ultimate decision maker for me and I've brought home just as many photo club awards with its pix as with the alpha (because it's ALMOST always with me).

    I also find myself leaning heavily on my iPhone camera, though, because it IS always with me and its HDR function works well.

  • Mish Matta

    September 5, 2011 02:14 am

    My secondary camera(s) are either my older pentax k200 or a kodak m1033 point and shoot. It fits in my pocket and is nice for when I don't want a camera hanging around my neck. The best feature I like about it is the instant click-to-capture. Most point and shoot digitals have a lag between pressing the shutter and the picture taking, meaning you miss the shot you wanted. The 1033 is almost instant and I always get a good shot. Plus it has video, so its a quick go-to when I don't want expensive gear with me.

  • Melody

    September 5, 2011 02:11 am

    My main camera is Nikon D700 with a secondary D200. I also have a Nikon P7000, primarily for use on hikes or when it is impractical to carry heavy DSLRs and lenses.

  • Dewan Demmer

    September 5, 2011 02:09 am

    I have a D5000 as my secondary. Downside is size since its a DSLR upside its a DSLR with dslr features.
    I like the DSLR as secondaries since I know I can count on the quality and know what to expect.

    @Rick How big was the photographers neck carrying 2 1D's on it ?

  • Habed

    September 5, 2011 01:56 am

    My main camera is a Canon 60D, secondary Canon T1i, but I also have a Canon SD4000is and of course my smartphone

  • Juha Ylitalo

    September 5, 2011 01:56 am

    Canon EOS 40D and 20D (as backup to 5D MkII)
    My wife has G12, but Olympus EP-3 would be very tempting (with viewfinder, pancake object (17-20mm) and macro)

  • Karl

    September 5, 2011 01:55 am

    My primary camera is the D7000 but it is not always practical to bring along. Therefore, I acquired a Canon S90 and I could not be happier. However, the new Fujifilm X10 does look very tempting. :-)

  • Anand

    September 5, 2011 01:52 am

    I now have both a Fujifilm X100 and a Canon S90. Both are excellent cameras that serve different purposes (X100 for street and landscape; S90 for more versatility) but are much smaller than my Nikon D90.

  • Mauricio Matos

    September 5, 2011 01:47 am

    Main cameras are 1D Mark IVs and I use a X100 as secondary although it died on me with less than 100 shots. It's being repaired. Also have an Olympus E-PL1.

  • Rick

    September 5, 2011 01:45 am

    No, but I went to a wedding last night where the photographer had two 1D's around her neck. And I just have a Rebel. Not saying I'm jealous or anything, though.

  • Ray Henderson

    September 5, 2011 01:40 am

    My backup camera is a Nikon Coolpix L22. It's actually a pretty cheap low-end P&S, but it takes nice pictures. It doesn't have much in the way of manual control, but it's adequate in a pinch. It has two qualities, though, that make it a perfect backup camera for me. First, it was cheap (about $150), so if I lose it or destroy it, I don't really have to worry too much about it. Second, and more importantly, it uses regular AA batteries instead of a proprietary battery, so no matter where I'm at, I can get new batteries cheaply and easily if needed.

  • JoAnne

    September 5, 2011 01:37 am

    I actually have 2 that I use. For shooting an event/function just for fun I use a Fuji FinePix S w/14 mg/18X 28-504. It's the best investment in a point and shoot I've ever made. In my purse I always carry my Olympus Stylus w/12mg/7X. I get decent shots with it. As much as I like my cell phone for pics from time to time I don't believe in using it primarily for that function.

  • Stan Orchard

    September 5, 2011 01:36 am

    I have a Nikon DSLR that used to be my primary camera with iPhone as secondary. Now it's the other way around. Rarely use the DSLR these days. The iPhone is always with me and all the apps make it fun and much easier to create and share images.

  • Mahmoud

    September 5, 2011 01:32 am

    I had a Canon S2 IS. I loved that camera and the features packed in it, 12x optical zoom, decent macro, with the range of controls I want to have while shooting. Was a lightweight and easy option specially for short trips or the ones that lady made the "NO CAMERA GEAR" rule!
    Had it for more than five years, and died when the shutter counter reached ~13k. I'm planning to get a replacement pretty soon.

  • Edwin

    September 5, 2011 01:32 am

    My main camera is the EOS 7D but I take the Fuji X100 with me all the time and take more photos with it.

  • Dianne Ward

    September 5, 2011 01:31 am

    My primary camera is a D700, but my Canon G10 has a permanent home in my bag.

  • Jason

    September 5, 2011 01:27 am

    I have a little OLD Canon Powershot 1000 or something that takes very reasonable pictures as my backup, but I had thought about one of the new G models - you know, just something that fits in your pocket.

  • John Newton

    September 5, 2011 01:25 am

    My primary camera is a Canon EOS 10D which has served me well over the last 10 year. A year ago I purchased a Canon G11 as a secondary camera. One that I can grab as I head out the door to run errands or what not and not weigh me down.

    Now, I'd like to replace my primary with something along the line, structure wise, of the 4/3 system only with a full size sensor. Interchangeable lens, mostly prime lens and an articulating live view screen lime my G11 has and uses the DNG format for recording the images. Yeah I know, nice dream.

  • v

    September 5, 2011 01:19 am

    canon g12 is my secondary camera. lugging around a big old dSLR and a mess of lenses is no fun for me.

    also just got an Olympus EP3.

  • Wooglah

    September 5, 2011 01:16 am

    Yes, Canon A590IS. I love that it has all the manual settings and there's a CHDK available.

  • D Studio Photography

    September 5, 2011 01:15 am

    I sold my Nikon D80 when I bought my D700. Whish I would have kept the D80 as there are several times I don't want to bring a $2300 camera body with me.

  • MattT

    September 5, 2011 01:13 am

    I have a Canon SX200is (with CHDK of course) which I picked up a couple of years ago after being forced to leave my 7D with security at a concert.
    That's pretty much the only thing I use it for. Everything else is done with the DSLR or my phone.

  • Harris

    September 5, 2011 01:10 am

    My secondary's a cheap Holga 135BC. I just play around with it, and it's with me all the time. But that said, I'd prefer to use them for personal photos, like when hanging out with friends.

  • Rhonda

    September 5, 2011 01:09 am

    I usually consider both the 7D and the 5DMII my primary camera's since both are usually attached to me. That combo gets quite heavy on an urban adventure and some places wont allow you to bring in a "professional" camera. So I now have a Leica D-Lux 5 as my secondary camera. It takes amazing shots, the color is fantastic the wide angle 24-90mm is perfect for the urban adventure and yet it is small enough to stow in a bag to take in a show. I keep it with me at all times, and use it to capture shots of potential locations. I love the flexibility the camera offers in terms of manual mode to allow me to be creative.

  • art waters

    September 5, 2011 01:00 am

    My main camera is 40D canon secondary 30D&20D.when I want to keep it light I carry my G11 canon.

  • Lillian

    September 5, 2011 12:59 am

    The never ending saga: finding a secondary camera capable of replacing a DSLR for hassle free travel! I've tried the Canon S90 (acceptable results yet too small to stabilize), the Canon G12 (more control yet bulky) and lastly the Panasonic Lumix G1 (excellent micro 4/3 processor and manual zoom). The last two cameras I still have and use!

  • Tyler F

    September 5, 2011 12:56 am

    My secondary camera is my old DSLR before my upgrade to the 550D. Its a 400D, its a horrible camera to use compared to all the features on the 550D, but the 400D has lasted well. The 400D I often use with a wide angle lens, as its not as good in low light, I want to have a wide angle, where a slower shutter speed wouldn't be as noticeable, and can sometimes just leave it set up on a tripod for certain things - it is also there in case something goes really wrong with the 550D.

    Other than that, my phone is my third camera "The best camera is the camera you have with you." - its not a bad camera, it makes sunsets look quite pretty and with Photoshop Express, can fine tune an image on the go and then instantly upload.

  • Melissa

    September 5, 2011 12:53 am

    I use a Panasonic ZS5 for my secondary camera. It's not the slimmest of digital cameras but it still fits in a decently sized pocket or in my bag. It has 12x optical zoom so it becomes very useful for spur of the moment photos of scenery. I also use it for when I go to concerts, since they won't allow cameras with detachable lenses. I got some good shots from seats way back too.

  • P. D. Healey

    September 5, 2011 12:52 am

    My main camera is a Canon 60D, but I have a Canon G-12 that goes with me everywhere. It shoots RAW, has full manual, AE, etc., and even has an exterior flash shoe. In the winter especially I have it in my coat pocket. That way I can get a picture at a moment's notice, no matter where I am, and without lugging around a DSLR, but the resulting image is a high quality RAW file.

  • Chris

    September 5, 2011 12:51 am

    My secondary cameras are usually the previous primary. When I had my Nikon it was both of my Kodaks (ZD710 & CD33). Both were pocket size, the ZD710 with adapter tube could hand filters, and had a 10x; had enough features to give one a small taste of DSLR without having one. The CD33 had 3x, but I have had it for a while (it my first really decent digital) though it still takes great pictures . . . it is starting to show its age.

  • Emel

    September 5, 2011 12:47 am

    Hi there, I think every photographer should have a secondary camera. I have a 550D as a secondary camera. It does a great job for smaller events combined with a decent lens. What I like about it is simplicity and light weight. When I have a small event to photography, that is all I take with me. I don't take my 1Ds mk II.

  • Christian

    September 5, 2011 12:43 am

    Why a primary and subsidiary? I have 25 cameras... OK, this is a digital forum, and most of them are film, but half of them cost me less than £5 from ebay or charity shops and I love them just as much as my main DSLR...

  • SlitherSlither

    September 5, 2011 12:40 am

    Yeah. Fuji X100.

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