Originally Posted by j
I learned on film, and I have to say, I really wish the current state of digital had been around back then. I didn't have a lot of money to spend on film and processing, so I was stingy with my pictures, and I think I could have learned a lot more back when I had the time and enthusiasm if I could have taken hundreds of shots for free rather than being picky and undoubtedly missing out on some good pictures. I did learn a lot anyway, but I think I would have stuck with it and become much better if it hadn't been so expensive back then.
I dunno--I had similar woes regarding income and film supply, but it forced me to consider my shots more carefully. I'll concede, though, that I missed several opportunities as a result, and I suppose I'll never know whether the ability to take more shots would have made me a better photographer--I guess hard drive (and floppy) space was at such a premium that it might have been even more limiting: anyone remember when a 10 Mb hard drive cost something like $5,000?
Also, I feel (rightly or wrongly) that I don't have nearly as much control with digitals, and that I have to shell out a ton of money to get a model with exposure control comparable to my trusty ME Super.
But, related to the topic:
- Manual-focus SLRs
- Manually advancing your film (crank or wheel)
- ASA numbers
- 1/125 sec flash sync speed
- The 1/2000 sec "barrier" for shutter speed (broken by Nikon in the FE-2)
- 110 cartridge film
- Kodak Disc film (15 exposures, IIRC)
- "Hippie" camera straps