I've been shooting photos since the Kodak Brownie days and, in spite of my Luddite tendencies brought about by advanced age, I DO appreciate the one big advantage digital has over film... instant gratification - don't like it, shoot again. Great!
(But I'll argue to the grave that shooting on film forces you to pay much more attention to what you're doing. If you're holding a single-shot rifle (film camera), you MAKE SURE of your target and aim. Using a "machine gun" (digital camera) doesn't require anywhere near the same skill or accuracy or precision. Go ahead... shoot a hundred shots... ONE of them has to be good!)
However, for me, there are TWO major disadvantages to any digital camera I've used... the first is the DELAY after pressing the shutter... drives me nuts, and the second is that, to my eyes, the subtleties apparent in, say, an available light portrait blown up to 16x20, even from 35mm, are simply NOT THERE in any digital image I've seen to date.
My advice? If you're more interested in FAST snapshots than in QUALITY and SUBTLETY, use digital. Otherwise, shoot on film, take to 1-hour photo, get 4x6 "proofs" and pay the $1.50 for a CD if you must have the "digital" version. That's the best of both worlds! Now when you do find you have that "terrific" shot, you can at least get a decent blow up of it!
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