There has been all this talk about how good is a 1600 by 1200 scan from a drugstore. What the devil can you do with one. Well I had a reason to find out so I did. I got in my head that the number one problem with film was that it wasn't digital. What does digital really have going for it, that film doesn't. Not the instant gratification thing. I mean hell we aren't kids. The bottom line is the ability to manipulate the image after shooting it. The number one problem with digital seems to be (in my opinion for those who need a waiver. I never claimed to be an expert) is the amount of time it takes to do the manipulations. So what's a poor old scriber to do. I have a film scanner, but it takes fifteen minutes more or less to get a single image into the computer. Now I'm running headlong into the too much time problem. Let the firestorm begin..... Let someone else make the initial scan. What in the world would be the advantage in shooting film, If you are going to have a low level scan. Now I could be wrong here and probably am, but my son in law tells me digital is very very exposure sensitive. Well I think, again correct me if i'm wrong, film to be scanned is much more forgiving. I have made reasonable quality scans from film I shot, back in the day, with a 35mm camera and an auto strobe. Apparently the film to scan is more forgiving. That is just an assumption. I seriously doubt that I am an exceptional photographer, so I must assume it is the film process. So I have decided that with my eyesight an slr with a split image range finder is doable. You only look at the image with one eye so double vision should not be a factor. So what can I comfortably do with some reasonable expectation of quality. Okay I can't to 30x40 prints from a drug store scan. But I can do 5x7 prints. I know because I did it today. So I can go out and shoot three rolls of 36 35 mm with my handy dandy slr. have the scans made at the local one hour lab in the drug store. I go have a beer while the film is being processed and the scans made. Couple of hours later I have my wife (see how careful I am) drive me to pick up the cds. With the cd in hand I can make any really glaring edits necessary. Ie huge shadows, dust spots on the end of someone's nose, even a 10% crop. Since I have a home made high L bracket for my flash, there shouldn't be too many to repair. I cull the duplicates from the cd and combine them into one. It goes to the bride of course along with twenty four 5x7 on which I get a huge discount. I get the discount mostly because I am going to make a second cd with just those files and they run a special, print it all in 5x7 for like half a buck each. Why is this a time saver over just sitting down with a digital camera. Well for one thing I have to shoot them pretty good in the camera since i can't be doing a lot of cropping on so small an image. Two I'm delivering 5x7 prints so I can't be planning to sell the 10k wedding. Prints by the hack will be fine. Trust me I have sold a lot worse than these will be. I am also going to deliver a few 8x10 so I have one of two choices stretch the drug store scan to the max. (I haven't tested it for max yet) or rescan the negatives on my own scanner and spent the hour it takes to get four onto the computer and ready to go. Now I carry my cd with the files down to the local lab. I get those cheap prints made on a wet process noritsu printer. By the way i tested the prints today. They look pretty good actually. So who in their right mind would buy such a half reared service. Ah people who want to get a job for about half price. Because I expect to spend about half the time doing it. Also people who just would rather have the six c notes for a new video game. The second time bride who just wants a few pictures. yes there are people who can't get their uncle Harold to do it. Retro photography and retro prices. Okay, it might end up a pipe dream for me. but it will work. Personally I'm not greedy and do not wish to do more than one a month. So it should be reasonably doable if I can control my stumbling around like a drunk... I could wear dark glass and use a seeing eye dog. I'll figure something. Now for those of you who are super quality minded,this is going to sound awful. If there is anyone else around who would just like to make a few bucks while getting away from his wife on a Saturday afternoon, you might want to do your won experimenting. If you already own a dslr this won't be of any interest at all to you. But then it's in the film section what are you doing here anyway? Just kidding Before anyone else says it, I have already heard. I would rather watch Lucy reruns that do that kind of photography. That's cool, but I would rather shoot the two hours I plan to stay at the wedding out, than home watching a ten year old movie on Saturday afternoon. It isn't even about the money. It's about the self esteem. Before you say it, I'm one of those Johnny lunch box types. I don't require a lot of strokes to be happy just to be producing something.