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One thing it pays to do is revisit some of those oldies but goodies with the newer RAW converters. So it is a good idea not to overlook those old digital photos from 2002-2004. Maybe a guy can't print them as big as a house like you can with a 5DS, but they can still deliver a great image as you have shown.
But, once I started with that D60, I only once or twice looked back. I carried a couple of bricks of film with me in a cooler for the first several months for my trusty EOS 3's, but...Show more →
So true, the images below were reprocessed in LR5 about a decade after their creation... I also shot film/digital for about 6 months or so before fully giving up on film. Digital was so much more flexible, if not quite as high resolution. Changing ISO on the fly was golden. As was not having to carry 20, 40, 100+ rolls of film through the airport for extended trips. All replaced by a few memory cards, a laptop and some peripherals.
I remember the original 1D files were so clean! That CCD sensor gave the clarity of slide film vs the print film look of the CMOS sensors.
All of the images below were with the 1D. I agree it had a sharp punchiness to it, but I also learned Canon intentionally kept the shadows dark and the files higher contrast as a result to mask shadow noise/banding. SOOC quality was also a struggle sometimes as the camera had a tendency to a cyan/green color shift. For me at least it became a matter of trying to tweak the in-camera tone curve profile to minimize this, and whenever possible, to shoot RAW instead. At the time I favored Phase One's C1 output. IIRC, I even bought a few FM PS actions.
When the 1DII started shipping, I recall some guys complaining it wasn't as sharp as the 1D. Indeed, its files had a 'thickness' that required a lot more sharpening, but they were also more malleable.
My first digital was the Canon 1D precisely because IMO it was the first Canon that essentially functioned like the EOS-1 series and EOS-3 film cameras I was used to for shooting sports. In fact, just before the 1D arrived, I was very close to buying the EOS-1V, which I'd borrowed a few times and loved. At the time I remember thinking how crazy it was to pass up a $2500 CAD film camera and instead spend $7900 CAD (about $5500 US at the time) on a relatively low resolution digital camera. Oh, and also the ~$8000 additional in computers (one desktop and one laptop), displays, hard drives, memory cards... Other than the 400/2.8, I'd never spent that much for camera gear. But as mentioned above, after ~6 months or so, I pretty much stopped shooting film entirely...
Some images... in 2003/2004 I liked shooting things on two wheels. My town was host to the UCI world cycling championships in 2003, which was like being in heaven for a week. I shot these accredited for the local paper... Lenses would have been 16-35 v1, 15/2.8, 70-200/2.8 (not sure if IS version was out at that time already... maybe) and 400/2.8 non-IS.
All those guys were shooting the 1D at that time.
A few of motorcycles:
Above was shot as a remote camera.
Above two were with the 600/4 non-IS. Shooting panning images on digital was great for immediate feedback to play around with shutter speed options. Could shoot and shoot without feeling like wasting film and money.