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Yes, cost is a factor. As a film photographer (for a while longer...depending on whether 1poorlady takes pity and springs for the D700) I am choosy about my shots. I don't just rip off a roll in continuous mode. I spend some time to compose and decide if I really like it or not. In fact, I borrowed 1poorlady's D80 to do test shots on a few occasions (trying different exposure compensation values till I found the one I liked), then I'd shoot with those same settings on my F100.**

Dave is correct that the ability to change ISO on the fly is very cool. You aren't locked into whatever the film was that you loaded. 1poorlady made use of that several times last week (though it still didn't help when we spotted the bear...too dark at any ISO, and too far for flash). Also, the ability to review the shot and re-shoot if you don't like the first result is nice. It's sad to walk away from a location only to find when you get the film developed that there was a problem you didn't know about.

No, not everyone blows up to 24x36. Heck...most of ours are 16x20. But we do have a few 24x36's. Some people hang wooden or metal things they bought at some decor store, we hang our photos (mostly). Up until recently film had the advantage here (IMO...obviously Dave disagrees). But it seems digital has reached a level where it is as good (at least at the levels I'm interest in). Thus my interest in a full-sensor camera like the D700.


**Actually, I wonder if digital will make me lazy and sloppy. There were times 1poorlady was just shooting like mad as we drove by the King's River. It was photo-worthy, but there was no place to pull-over. So she just shot, and we'll be reviewing the photos to see which ones came out. She did several already and tossed several blurred ones. Not a lot of skill in that, though. Almost like rolling dice.
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