Anyone Still Use Film?

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  1. laudrup

    laudrup TPF Noob!

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    I'm sat here bored at work, and just though i'd pose the question.

    I've come to photography relatively recently and started off with a digital compact and decided to move onto a 35mm slr. I love using film because I can get some really good pin sharp photo's than scan to approximately 20mp.

    If you use a slide film like Fuji Velvia 50 you can get some stunningly saturated colours and tremendous clarity.They probably wouldn't be rivalled by anything but the very top of the range digital slr's. The only pain is the convenience and continual cost of processing/scanning.

    More and more people seem to be using digital and i was just interested to know other peoples views on the good ol' film vs digital debate and what peoples preferences are.

    Apologies if this has been posted countless times already, it just interests me

    Cheers

    Laudrup :)
     
  2. fadingaway1986

    fadingaway1986 I Burn Easily :(

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    I hope you realise you may have just caused a fight by mentioning this phrase 'film vs digital'...

    That said - I am now a digital SLR gal! Woo. I didn't have a problem with film apart from the cost and the fact that getting a decent scan is pricey and I can't afford a neg scanner.

    I still have my 35mm SLR because I plan to do a photography course next year and it says i need "access to a decent quality 35mm SLR".

    So - I have to say I use both.
     
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    i still have film slr and use for the odd wedding asked to do - although I think a 20D with a good lens {not kit lens} would be a good choice for digital. not yet have the funds for that - so playing with a canon pro1 at the moment
    I also have a nikon 35mm scanner and can scan to 28mb

    but i'm sure there will be lots of discussion

    you can get a script action for getting the velvia type results in photoshop

    http://www.reflectiveimages.com/digitalvelvia.htm
    http://www.thezeal.com/photography/2004/10/simulating-velvia-in-photoshop.html
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Everyone seems to ask this at some point or another, so don't let it bother you over much. ;)

    There will be no fighting over this issue or we'll delete the thread! :lol:

    I use film exclusively. I have no interest in digital, but I'm used to being the outlier. :) I love the darkroom and do alternative processes, so film is where it's at for me. :thumbup:

    Most answers you'll get will be "some of both", with a few all-digital.
     
  5. laudrup

    laudrup TPF Noob!

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    Cheers, hopefully I won't have sparked world war III by starting this thread!!! :)

    I love the sense of anticipation when a film is being developed, having said that i've looked at the canon 20d, and could be tempted funds permitting!
     
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    KevinR TPF Noob!

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    Have used, still use, and shall not switch to digital. I shoot almost exclusively B&W. Process and print myself. For what I do, there is no reason for me to go digital. Maybe if I started picking up weddings or something(I am shooting one today. Me B&W and friend Digital) then maybe I would look at digital.
     
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    I have had a Powershot S50 digital for the last year or two but have recently inherited a very nice film SLR from my Dad. It's a Canon EOS Elan 2e, 15-80mm(I think) lense. It's got three filters and some masive flash gun gear. Didn't even know how to load a film into it when I first got it but I've been playing around with it when there's no film inside, just to know how everything works.

    I'm determind to master using it as not only did it mean a lot to my dad and now me, but I'll be taking a course in photography for my A levels in September.
     
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    I have one digital camera and six film cameras, I only shoot digital at the moment. But that isn't through choice. I simply can't afford to get the film processed right now. When I can, I'll use it more. Plus I like the instant photo idea with digital and that I can delete the crap I do. Plus, it's fun to manipulate and edit my photos. It's great for snapshots to.
    I prefer film though. I like the touchy feely side. Viewing my photos on a monitor feels a little cold in comparison.

    I order you to get a digital. Just to take pictures of the stuff you've done which won't fit in the scanner.
     
  9. laudrup

    laudrup TPF Noob!

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    KevinR, I know what you mean, I'm pleased with the quality that film gives and it serves my purposes well and is fairly cost effective although development cost can mount up. I feel that I've been contemplating a switch to digital out of trend/fashion rather than necessity!

    Emergent Fungus, i'm sure you'll get hooked on using the film cam once you get used to it and used it for your a-levels! :)
     
  10. terri

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    Nah, it's more fun to torment you with imagery. :twisted:
     
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    Film only here. Shooting medium format and 35mm BW and slides. Long live film! :)
     
  12. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    Both here. I'm moving away from digital now, even though I've invested a fortune in it. ;)
     

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