« on: November 26, 2014, 10:54:12 PM »
My first serious 35mm film camera was a Argus C3 back in the 1960's. I was a college student, and it was the best I could afford. I also had a conventional flash and a light meter. I mostly shot Kodachrome II.
I bought a Canon FT QL when I graduated and could afford it. I built a darkroom in my garage (I had done printing in High School). That meant I was using Ektachrome, which I did not like, My slides had a greenish tint. Besides B&W, I even did a few color prints, which was far to difficult. I was working 60 hour weeks, and had little spare time to spend hours and hours in my darkroom.
Later, I bought a Polaroid as a 2nd camera. It was easy to use, and we have many albums documenting our kids as they grew up. The only issue is that they are faded badly, and many can't even be recognizable. I need to find time to scan what's left.
If I could do it again.
1. No Polaroid The prints are faded, and for all practical purposes gone.
2. No polaroid - see above
3. Never use color print film, those Kodachrome II slides are still pristine, while my color negatives are not. Some of my B&W negatives almost 80 years old are perfect.
I love digital. Each copy is a original. I've scanned hundreds of old slides, prints, and negatives and sent out dozens of DVD's to cousins, siblings, and children. That means that there will likely be someone who cares enough to keep copying them to new media long after I'm gone.