I have been keen on photography for many years and my first 'serious' camera was a Russian Zenit E SLR. It was built like a tank and weighed about the same! Still, it was a totally manual camera and taught me the relationship between aperture size and shutter speed. After this, I moved on to an Olympus OM2. This only had manual or aperture priority mode. I used this camera for many years, but, over time, photography took a back seat to a career, marriage and raising a family. Then along came digital !!
I first bought a Nikon D70 and over the last 5 or so years have upgraded it to a D700, which I mainly use today. I also have a Fuji HS10 'bridge' camera for when I want to travel light.
The biggest advantage to digital, in my opinion, is the ability to take a picture and see it almost instantly, and then being able to decide whether to keep it, delete it, or take it again. No more worrying about processing costs and the thought of getting 2 or 3 good pictures out of a whole roll of film. Photographic freedom !!
On the flip side, one of the disadvantages of digital is the time consuming 'art' of viewing and processing the images on the computer. Having spent a relatively short time composing and taking the original picture, I then find myself viewing and 'messing' with tens (Or hundreds) of images.... and then there is the dilema of what to do with them. Store them? Print them? Keep them? Hard drive? CD? DVD?
Still, all this is what makes photography a wonderful hobby. Having joined the camera club last year, I have found a renewed interest in my camera and it no longer sits in the cupboard for 48 weeks of the year, but stays with me where ever I go.
I also have a Flickr page, so if you are interested to see any other of my photographs, please take a look. http://www.flickr.com/photos/staffy/
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