With a mid-fortyish birthday approaching, and a new camera purchase looming, I have decided to go with a traditional film slr.
My only 'digital' experience has been with my Oly C-5060wz, which I have had for about 18 months, but only put it to real use this year. I had my eye on, and was strongly leaning towards, a Canon 20D, which I still think is an awesome camera. But, in the end, I simply can't deny the fact that it just feels better shooting film. Don't get me wrong, I still love much of what digital has to offer, but for the sum of money I will be dishing out, I feel better sticking with a tradional slr.
Another factor for me is the product/technology lifetime. Today I went out and shot a roll of film with my late-70s era Minolta XG-7. After more than 25 years, it still works (though it does get somewhat tempermental at times). This is a huge factor for me. I can't honestly say that I feel confident that any digital camera I purchase today will be both, working in 25 years, and, still be supported by whatever the current technology is at that time. Obviously, I could be totally wrong, and film could be totally gone by then - but I'll take my chances, at this time, with film.
So, the cameras I am looking at are the Nikon F100 and the Canon EOS 1V. I realize that maybe this isn't a fair comparison, but they are the ones that currently have my attention. I guess I should probably include the EOS 3 also, since it is in the same pricepoint as the F100.
I am hoping that someone (many someones, preferably) can provide some feedback on these cameras. Pros, cons, or basically any info that could help me with the decision.
For the record, I am just an enthusiast, but I prefer to buy quality gear when possible.
Thanks for any feedback,