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    Back-up lens

    What lenses do you keep around as back-ups---just in case your usual lens suffers from a photo shoot threatening calamity?
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    Re: Back-up lens

    I have a bunch of lenses but none htat I consider redundant or "back-up". Except maybe the Kodak #32 (or 34?) of which I have two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kasaian View Post
    What lenses do you keep around as back-ups---just in case your usual lens suffers from a photo shoot threatening calamity?
    One advantage to having a selection of lenses with me routinely is that I can just avoid using a lens that doesn't work.

    I'm reminded of a conversation with a musician whose preferred instrument had a few real clunker notes (constrained by too few valves and other limitations). I asked him how he managed to play those notes in tune and get a good sound. His response: "I play jazz. I only play the notes that work."

    For art and amateur photography, that flexibility applies. It might not for commercial work.

    Last time I was paid to do photography (a few weeks ago), I used medium format film, with digital as a backup. The backup was in case the film got lost in the mail, which is a rather scary reality to using film these days, especially for color work. That was already a retake of a sitting ruined by the local lab, who will never do work for me again. I was glad I had the digital stuff that day.

    Rick "who can usually make things work even with faults" Denney

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    Re: Back-up lens

    A “back-up” lens is a “walk around” lens’ worst nightmare.

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    Re: Back-up lens

    I hate to admit it but, I do have back ups to my most used lenses. Craig

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    Re: Back-up lens

    Don't be embarrassed... it's OK. Really, it is.

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