.Shall I drop the film option
? I have seen a pro photos done by the Canon EOS Elan 7e (EOS 30V)
. That is why I consider it as one of my options.
I could be very very wrong here but with film bodies the only part that really matters is the film used and the lens used, this is assuming the camera allows the photographer to get the image in focus and captured at the right moment.
My point is i should be able to take a great looking portrait shot with my rebel 2000 so long as i have the proper lighting lenses and film. It may not however allow me to stop an NFL football player who runs a 4.3 40.
I'm not taking away from film at all, but who's going to be paying for this film?
Here are the major reasons i live by digital, i think most here would agree:
1. Cost per picture...$0, yes you pay for equipment however you can take so many more shots with a digital and not worry about the cost. This allows you to be much more creative with your work.
2. What can be done after the shot. With a digital photograph you can take it into a program like PS and do things that you could never do in a dark room. However, you can do things that you can do in a dark room. You lose nothing here, only gain it. Furthermore, it is much easier to make differnt sized prints with a digital picture because of the "raw" photo (not file format) which i'll explain in my next point.
3. With film you either have to take it to a photo lab or to your own dark room, they make your negs, then you typically buy 5x7's or whatever.
So now you have a package of 24 negatives, how oftren have you taken 24 shots that you would consider worthwhile? I'd imagine most of us have not. And the ones you do like you must keep in a safe place. Humidity/temprature/fingerprints...all issues with any sort of physical material.
Digital though, put your "negatives" (Which i consider any unedited photo straight from the camera) and store them on a hard drive, store them on a CD, a DVD...it doesnt matter. Storage is small compact, and most of all...it is easily reproduced. I'm getting ready to buy a 2nd hard drive just so i can store all my "digital negatives" on two hard drives...just in case.
So should you rule film out? No, and there needs no explination for the positives of film, the past hundred plus years has done a fine enough job of that. But what you must realize when you see "pro" shots from a film camera, there is much more then just the camera. But, and i stress this, dont be fooled...the same applies to a digital camera. Digital photography is great but many people see the sample photos on canons web site for example and just assume that anyone can take these photos, this is not the case.
Hope that helps