I just purchased a Sony Alpha 100 digital camera. I won't get it until next week, so I'm like a kid at Xmas. Being a staunch Minolta Fan this was my only choice. I know the image stabilization will be a plus for me with my walking problem. One other obvious plus with this cameras is that I'll be able to use all of my Minolta Maxxum lenses with it.
You are battling the inevitable. You are tilting at windmills. You are King Canute trying vainly to stem the tides.
Every time I go out to take pictures I am grateful that I no longer have to pay for film and count each exposure and mourn when I must discard bad pictures.
Every time I sit down at my desk and Photoshop my pictures I am grateful that I no longer have to mix noxious chemicals, separate wet from dry, strain my eyes and back at the enlarger, squint through a grain focuser, invest in a stock of paper and stand on a hard cement floor for hours - to make a few, very few pictures.
Yes. There is still something magical about holding and using a film camera that seems lacking in a digital machine and I periodically will pick one or several out of my collection and fondly fondle them and operate them. But I may yet grow to love one of those electronic marvels.
I am now luxuriating in the garden of digital delights.
Obscene isn't it?
Last Edit: May 29, 2010 11:23:57 GMT -5 by mickeyobe
I haven't used one film this year. I still like my film and plate cameras and may well add to them from time to time in the now somewhat narrow field of my collecting.
Additions will have to be something special, either filling in a gap in a row of models I already have or something that takes my fancy so much I really want it or maybe nostalgia for a camera I always wanted when I was younger but could never afford. I've also got a few cameras that I want to restore.
But it's quite likely that I'll never use any of them to take pictures.
I've still got quite a lot of film left, particularly black and white, and a couple of developing tanks and changing bags so maybe there'll be the odd occasion when a sudden fit of enthusiasm takes me and I'll load up one of my Canons, or Retinas, or Leicas or my Contax and go out and shoot some film, but don't hold your breath. I'm very happy nowadays using digital. :).
I also agree with Peter and Mickey. Bought no film this year, except two slide films for a stereopicture experiment with two 1980`s Agfas. I believe more than 90 % of the european pictures are taken digital and i fear, in five years you will get your film pictures developed crazy expensive at the pharmacy. Maybe this is sad, but the days of the photographic steam engines are gone here. Do you remember the audio-cassette or tape ? My son ( 18 ) does not even use the compact disk, they all have their MP3 players...
Anyway, it works okay for the quick shot for ebay items or to show something fast, (like we did in the Polaroid days) but for a good quality digital, I knew it was lacking. I got interested in the Sony Alpha series and have been waiting for the opportune time when I found one I could afford. In doing my homework, I've found the A100 has the same CCD as the Nikon D200, and the Image Stabilization was the one thing I really wanted.
Post by vintageslrs on May 30, 2010 12:53:54 GMT -5
It does seem like I will be the last one left..... Well, that is OK with me....I have always been the "black sheep" of the family---- ;D The 2 things I dislike most I think, are--the melted plastic look and feel of today's modern digital wonders and the instant gratification. I prefer to wait, wonder, anticipate, hope and enjoy later (sometimes a week or 2 later....as I rarely shoot an entire roll at one time...and enjoy the photos a new when I do get them processed. See, it extends the enjoyment for me. With digital, I take a photo immediately look at it....say oh I like it or not so good....and the enjoyment is over. On to the next photo....sort of chasing the moment and never really catching it. Oh, I guess I'm just an old fashioned traditionalist.
Bob, I salute you and totally agree with what you say, but......
Well, I take too many photos these day to be able to afford film as my medium of choice.
Six or seven years ago I had a Pentax MZ-50. I happily shot a few rolls of slide film with it. What I didn't know was that the shutter had gone faulty soon after starting the second roll. It wasn't until the third roll was in that I realised all was not well. Fortunately I had bought and taken a Panasonic FZ-1 on the holiday, so all was not lost.
There are a lot of DSLRs that don't have that "melted plastic look." It think my Nikon D300 is as heavy as the old Nikon F4 film camera. And I really like being able to immediately see what I've got--especially when on a trip to a place I probably will never go again. I don't want to get back from China and discover my camera had a like leak or the processing lab screwed up.
I have a couple of Panasonics Lumix FZ1 (1.8mp) and FZ20 (5mp). The Leica lenses are excellent. The only problem for me is the shutter delay, though I'm sure the latest versions will be much more snappy.
The Sony looks a nice camera and having the steady shot on board is, in many ways, a good idea. It certainly saves the expense of having to buy the IS lenses of the Canon and Nikon systems.