I was looking for an old camera bag in the basement and came across my first digital camera, which I forgot I had. Resurrecting the Minolta RD-175. Spoiler I bought this for studio catalog work. I had a catalog to produce in 1996 whose previous editions were done in black and white. I had three choices ... one, try and track down existing images from the manufacturers (they were all consumer products) which in 1996 would have been a mix of crude digital scans, transparencies (ie. slides) or photographic prints, take new photographs using film and have them scanned, or take new digital photography. Considering the time constraints, the first option was out, so it was really a cost/quality comparison between traditional film and scanning or digital photography still in its infancy. Here was a bit I wrote about that. Spoiler Please keep in mind that this was 1996. For the record, the camera was a Minolta Maxxum 500si film body with a digital back stuck on it and storage attached to the base. Storage was in the form of an internal PCMCIA hard drive ... yes, an actual spinning platter hard drive. . The whole contraption with lens cost around $5k. Considering it was introduced in 1995 for close to $10k, this was a deal. Images were stored in a proprietary format so you needed a utility to convert them ... it was supplied on a 3.5" floppy. Once converted they were 1.75 megapixels maximum resolution. My current camera? A Nikon D3200. 24 MP ... Over 13X the resolution for 1/10th the price.