When you walk around with a 40-pound camera bag and two very large cameras slung around your shoulders enough people will stop you with questions like – “My camera doesn't advance the film roll anymore, what should I do?” A fair question for a guy with a lot of camera power, but my response is always a bit ambiguous. That's because there is no one universal answer to these types of questions.
You can have the camera checked for about $100 an hour. Or, you could go out and replace the batteries and restart the machine. Or, you can chuck it and buy another cheapo camera. It comes down to what your budget is.
Speaking of budget, I am in the mix now to buy a professional level digital camera. My freelance clients are demanding digital files and the conversion from film to digital on a regular basis is wearing me down a bit.
I am a huge fan of David Pogue, a technology writer at the New York Times. This morning's edition carries his article about two professional level cameras in the $1,000 range. I am eyeing the Nikon D-70 as I have been married to that company for quite some time now; lenses, flashes, gizmos galore – all Nikon. So, Canon won't do. If only the D-70 came with a vertical grip [for portraits]. Gripes and laments aside, it appears to be a wonderful camera. Thousand bucks, chump change right? It's still quite a bit of money but it will save me from dealing with film processing labs again.