The modern photographer, whether they are amateur or professional, will have an over abundance of equipment from which to choose. There are a huge range of digital cameras – from point and shoot to DSLRs. There are also many lenses, flash units and also special filters that apply to lenses and flashes as well.
The way any photographer should begin to determine what kind of equipment they are going to need should be based on the work they intend to do with the camera and its many attachments. For example, a wedding photographer is going to probably require two cameras as switching between various lenses and settings could easily allow them to miss a great shot.
It is important to review the following concepts when deciding on two cameras versus one camera and several lenses:
- What type of photography will be performed?
- How much weight is the photographer going to be capable of toting around?
- Will the cameras need to be different, or is it just the settings?
- Will there also be the need for such things as a tripod, flash unit and other equipment?
Consider the first question. There are many professional and hobbyist photographers who do infrared and nighttime or astronomical photography. Both of these varieties require the camera to have very special settings. The infrared camera alone could require the equipment to be radically adjusted each time a project is attempted. This means that a serious photographer or artist who regularly practices infrared or alternative photography may want to purchase two cameras in order to make life simpler.
Of course many professional sports and journalism photographers also walk about with more than a single camera at any given time and that is to allow them the opportunity to use powerful lenses without having to switch over to “everyday” lenses to do close up or traditional work. This is obviously a professional decision rather than a difference in the equipment, but is often necessary for those in any sort of photographic profession.
When considering which items to purchase, questions related to those above must be asked. For example, the photographer who answers the first question with something like “macro photography will be performed” is not likely to need two cameras to get their job done, but they will have to seriously consider the lenses to buy instead. This is because macro photography requires special effort where lighting is concerned and there are many lenses available with special lighting built right into the equipment.
Clearly, the decision for one camera with many lenses, versus two cameras set up and ready to go, is both personal and professional. Budget considerations should also be taken into account as well, and this is due to the higher costs of advanced cameras and lenses.