Many years ago, I was faced with this dilemma. I was sitting in my photojournalism class as a young college student listening to my photojournalism professor lecture us about why the Canon 20D was the best camera to purchase at the time. Again, this was close to 15 years ago. I believe the 20D was released in 2004.
Most of us in the class were sitting there with our hand me down film cameras ranging from Nikon, Olympus, Canon, Pentax, and Minolta. As a young college student ready to spend $1500 on a new digital camera was a little daunting, yet exciting. Yet, at the time, I had no idea what I would be purchasing. It’s what I was told was the best. A Canon 20D. At the time, this was a very nice camera, don’t get me wrong. But, I believe I was caught up in the hype of it all. I could have stuck with my hand me down Nikon F1, which now I know is a wonderful camera. Granted, my girlfriend’s kind dad was letting me borrow it. But, I wish I would have stuck with film much longer before I went into digital. I think it would done me some good as a photographer. I believe there is an appreciation and patience factor that is much more involved with film photography than digital. I jumped right into digital photography before I could appreciate these important characteristics of creating images. I find myself now, wanting to use film as often as my digital cameras. It is just a different documenting experience. I believe film really encourages you to watch and anticipate an image. You move a little slower and take in everything going on. Which will result in hopefully, better images.
Throughout my enduring love for photography, I have always been a Canon photographer. I had many lenses and accessories that I built up over time as I was a newspaper photographer, wedding photographer and commercial photographer. My Canon gear would do the job just as I hoped, but I always wonder if my photography professor had been discussing another brand of camera and saying it was the best, I wonder what I would have chosen and would I look at photography the same as I do now?