I shot film when there was no other choice. Other than literally two rolls of 120, my only experience is with 35mm. I had no idea what I was doing, but was addicted to the excitement of exploring the prints that came back.
This lack of knowledge, and the so-so quality of the subject matter captured on film, led to investigations in how to make the results better. Since the disconnect was pretty large between exposing and seeing the corresponding print, the route I eventually chose was scanning negatives and doing unspeakable “post-processing” on the computer. While the original vision was lost at this point (I marvel at some photographer’s ability to recall the exact hue and luminosity that lit up the sky that day), the ability to artistically render a scene was the new addiction.
My first digital SLR was the Canon Rebel. Slow as molasses, with high noise and limited image quality, it did provide that instant feedback which really allowed me to understand how the tool worked. I learned how to control exposure and depth of field, and how kneeling down captured a drastically different feel compared to standing up. All on an LCD the size of a postage stamp.
I graduated to a 40D, and while I enjoyed the improved performance of this model, I really wanted a full frame sensor. I quite enjoy the distortion made possible by a wide angle lens, and the crop factor cameras I’d had were very limiting in that regard. So eventually, just prior to the announcement of the 5D mk III, I purchased a mk II.
The mk II remains my main camera today. The 40D has bit the dust, but the Rebel still works, and in fact captured a wonderful image during a recent workshop. I am grateful for all the tools at my disposal.