I've been into photography since I was a freshman in high school, when I got my first camera for Christmas.
My photographic specialties: Airliners and architecture! A lifelong 35mm film shooter, just started digital.
Here's my short list of my photography career:
*Christmas 1990: Kodak Star 335 point-and-shoot 35mm
*Summer 1995: Olympus Stylus Zoom compact (actually my mother's, but she and I both used it equally often--it took better pictures than my Kodak and had zoom). Shot my first real airliner photo with it--an Aer Lingus 747 (EI-ASJ all white) landing at BOS
*Summer 2002: My first SLR film camera--Olympus IS
-20--I LOVED this camera practically to death! It finally broke down this Sept. just before I arrived in London. Took beautiful airliner photos with it over the years. Of all my cameras, the IS
-20 took the BEST pictures I've ever taken!
*Fall 2003/Spring 2004: Nikon FM
-10. Used this in a photography class in university. I loved it! It was all-manual, and allowed me to use my creativity and imagination in shooting my architectural photos as well as pictures of my unique collection of medical devices--craniofacial implants, anaesthetic equipment, surgical instruments, and glass syringes. I LOVE shooting black and white, I found out. I even won several prizes at local art shows with my Nikon FM
-10 b&w shots! If only I could find one in London--but these are NOT available in England, several local camera dealers told me!
*September 2004: My first digital camera--Fuji FinePix A330--hastily purchased to replace the IS
-20, but it's way below my photographic standard.
Does not take the best airliner photos! I'm used to high-quality SLR-type photos, so this little p&s camera is not up to my snuff for shooting planes and architecture.
I am thinking of getting myself another (good) camera--maybe to replace my FinePix A330 or supplement it.
I would love to get another SLR film camera, such as a Canon 3000N or EOS 300V with two lenses (Dixons in London is selling these as twin-lens kits for great prices). I have been a lifelong 35mm film shooter.
But I also have been looking at better digital cameras like the Dimage Z3 or Lumix or Kodak 7490 types, all of which have big zoom lenses. I really like shooting airliners and buildings with big zoom lenses.
What should I do? I love the sharp quality of film SLR photos, but I also like the instant feedback of digital. Should I go with a new film SLR kit (Canon) with twin lenses (a Dixons bargain), or should I replace my A330 with another, more capable digital camera like a Z-3, Lumix, or Kodak 7490?
Please give me more advice on my dilemma (film SLR or digital). It would be REALLY appreciated. Thanks!
[Edited 2004-11-18 18:04:26]
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