Oh no, not that age old topic I hear you say... However, here I go, and comments would be very much appreciated:
With continued heavy use, I fear my trusty Canon EOS-5 will soon pass to the great camera graveyard in the sky. It has recently gone through two bouts of intensive care in the hands of specialists, after which it has recovered from its war wounds and has been returned still world weary but fit for further service. As it has cost me overall less than £0.50/$0.70 per film over the years and produced excellent results, I've come to regard it as a faithful and reliable servant - its paid its dues, and almost every picture I have on Airliners is shot with it, except for the 1980s stuff. I suspect however (Shhh! Don’t tell it!) that I might be best reducing my dependency on it before it finally expires. I am therefore left with a dilemma…
I am intrigued by digital although not won over - yet! Whilst the Fuji S1 appeals mightily, I have Canon mount lenses and the S1 would mean that I'd have to replace all of these with Nikkor / Nikon mount lenses, which would be well and truly beyond my budget. As far as I can tell, that leaves me with only one realistic choice if I go digital, and that is the Canon EOS D30. Has anyone got any constructive comments on this camera please, especially if they’re based on experience?
I also really need a new longer tele-zoom, and I could run to the EOS D30 and the 75-300 IS, using the D30 for digital whilst retaining the trusty EOS-5 (and a backup EOS-1000) for 35mm. Keeping within budget, the alternative is to forget digital altogether and go for an EOS-1 and the Canon 100-400L IS. I don’t think I can justify the spend on both the D30 and 100-400L IS.
I am severely tempted to forgo digital at the moment and go for the EOS-1 a 100-400L IS. Primary concern is quality of results, longevity, and robustness. Any comments from the serious digital / pro-lens photographers on these choices would also be appreciated…
Thanks in anticipation,