This morning, I received a letter from a reader who has bought his first D SLR, and wondered if he should sell his only 35mm camera, an EOS 3. Here is my response in case anyone else is also wondering about this. Any comments?
Thousands of photographers have asked themselves the same question when switching to digital. Most are keeping one 35mm SLR camera, usually the least expensive model that they own. I did that as well. Why? Reasons vary but might include the following:
1. If the D SLR camera needs service, it may be away for weeks. We need a camera to use in the meantime.
2. We still have lots of film in the freezer.
3. We cannot break 100% with our past as film shooters. This is not logical perhaps, but like "comfort food", understandable.
4. Some spectacular new film may be invented in future and we might want to try it.
5. Someone might hire us to shoot something and insist on film.
6. We might occasionally need a second SLR as a backup camera.
7. When out in the wilderness for a long time without access to AC power, the 35mm SLR can use alkaline AA's. Those do not need re-charging.
8. The 35mm SLR is smaller and lighter (some models are, anyway); that's useful for the occasional rugged outing, cycling, skiing, etc.
9. Some first time digital buyers are not sure if they will love digital photography and the entire digital imaging process. If not, they might want to revert to shooting film. (I received a letter exactly like this from a reader last Monday.)
10. Some photographers are convinced that overall image quality is better with certain films than digital image quality. One day, they might want to shoot something that requires film.
I don't know whether any of these points applies to you but hopefully, they will give you some food for thought in making your own decision.
All the best,
Peter K. Burian, Contributor, Shutterbug magazine
and Digital Photography Instructor, www.betterphoto.com