My first DSLR was a Nikon D70s. When I bought the camera it was already considered an old camera and technology. Even being considered an old equipment back then it has some features which even today is not common or easy to find on most professional 35mm digital cameras, such as 1/500 sync speed and flash indication alerting about over or under exposure in the photo seen in the camera screen, which was the most ideal camera for me at the time. I used this camera exhaustively for long time and it never showed any problem, which made me happy keep shooting with it without thinking or wishing upgrade to a new camera and technology.
I did bought a newer digital camera later on, but as back up.
It was until I read about meddle format photography in the internet and became each time more interested on shooting larger frames. Meddle format cameras today are not cheep and at the time I was getting into it it was even more expensive and limited cameras. The way I could have access to it was through traditional 120 film negative. This is how I bought my first film camera, a Bronica ETR-Si. Its 6x4.5 is the smallest frame of meddle formats, but still bigger than digital meddle formats because they actually have "cropped sensors".
The qualities of meddle format and film negative amazed me. I felt it more real, they weren't just electronic images in a electronic device but images registered through light on a film emulation. I enjoyed developing the images and work with the chemicals. I felt more relaxed and happy not working exclusively in front of a computer but with my hands with physical objects.
I used this camera for all kind of photography although it is a studio camera. In orders to have more action shots with models and street photography I purchased later my first 35mm film camera, a Nikon F3 HD.
And after months I got a Pentax 6X7. Bigger frame, strong and more appropriate camera for landscapes and hand held. Also a nice format for contact prints.
With 3 types of film cameras for different type of photography without noticing I got to a point where I was shooting 99% film negatives.
Now I find myself in a new phase. After researching and studding about the so called "primitive" (which doesn't means inferior in this case) and rustic art, and after even trying projects where I used pinhole cameras I built myself, I gained a great interest on pinhole cameras and I am decided to put my lenses cameras aside and focus my photographs on pinholes images. First starting with a 4x5in large format camera, ideal for contact print portraits, and soon a 6x17 panoramic middle format camera, for landscape and cityscape. Both pinholes of course.
This is because the simpler I get the more comfortable I feel. I don't want have to make decisions and collection of lenses, I don't want have to carry heavy cameras, I don't want the result to be too evident, I don't want fast results. I enjoy better the creation moment on its slow process. I also want to use my skills and learn as much as I can. The simpler I get the more work I have, not only physical work but mental work, and I enjoy its challenge and the analog, simple (rustic) look of the results.