We just got back from a two month trip in our motorhome that included an Alaskan cruise. I got some very good pictures along with some great memories. This summers trip seemed to revolve around water. We camped on lakes, oceans, and rivers. That seemed to make for very good places to stay.
On this trip I used both digital and film cameras. I took 1. Nikon DSLR with 3 lenses. 2. My cell phone camera. 3. My 1953 Voightlander Prominent 35mm with one lens, a 50mm 1.5. 4. My Olympus XA compact 35mm film camera. I used all of them. Here are some bullets of stand out features of those cameras that I found helpful this summer.
- Vibration reduction on modern digital cameras is very useful when using a long lens. The above picture is a mid range telephoto and this was an easy shot due to VR.
- Quick acting DSLRs are needed when the picture is an action shot and you want to use digital. When we were in Glacier Bay the glacier calved. I had a split second to get the action and the Nikon was up to the task. Auto advance is another important feature in this situation.
- Modern film like Ektar 100 is almost impossible to expose incorrectly. I shot an entire roll of 36 at a wedding with a 60 year old rangefinder camera and mostly guessed on exposure. All 36 shots came out fine. Of the 4 rolls of Ektar all of the pictures came out exposed well.
- Cell phone cameras are nearly totally useless shooting action. I tried to get pictures of dogs on the beach in Oregon. I would push the button and the dogs were way moved on before the shot would take. By far the Olympus XA was more useful. The Olympus is a simple camera, but when you push the button the picture is taken right now.
- Full frame cameras give you a shallow depth of field. This is very useful when you want to isolate a subject and have beautiful bokea for background. I much prefer the size of my Olympus OM2n with full frame than Cannon or Nikon full frame digital.
- I far prefer simple manual adjustments of the older cameras. My Nikon is the 3200 and it is far more difficult to do manual adjustments of f stop and speed than on any of my semi automatic or manual cameras.
So what is my point. Just like you need many tools in your garage to fix things around the house, no one photo tool (One camera) does everything “best”. Mixing film and digital in my case is the best way to go. I got shots that I loved with both digital and film. I have to tell you though that I like the film process of taking pictures better.