Digital and/or Film

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by jbylake, Sep 27, 2009.

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Digital and/or Film

  1. I shoot digital only

    12.1%
  2. I shoot digital and film equally

    32.8%
  3. I shoot digital, and shoot film rarely

    27.6%
  4. I shoot film only

    27.6%
  1. jbylake

    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    Just curious, no matter what your level of experience is:

    Just trying to get some kind of idea of how many people shoot what.

    Thanks for participating.
     
  2. compur

    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I shoot what. :D
     
  3. Actor

    Actor TPF Noob!

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    I'd have to say none of the above. You didn't include "I shoot film, and digital rarely."

    It's hard to compare the two. When shooting digital I can click away to my heart's content. I can shoot 700+ frames and it doesn't cost me anything. When I get home I can dump them to my computer. I can delete the one's that I later decide are not worth keeping.

    With film it's different. I pay for each frame whether it turns out or not. I exercise more discretion when deciding to press the shutter. I have to pay for processing, even if I'm only paying for the chemistry to process it myself.

    So if your metric is the number of frames I shoot, then I shoot more digital. But if you're asking which camera I grab as I go out the door (just so I'll have a camera in case a great shot comes up), I almost always grab the film camera.
     
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    frXnz kafka TPF Noob!

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    I started out as a digital photographer, and occasionally would shoot film. Then I started taking classes that required me to shoot film, and I got into really playing with it and stretching it's boundaries. I recently bought a Mamiya RB67 and am in the process of selling my dSLR. No matter how good the dSLR, I still think film looks better in nearly every way.
     
  5. Randall Ellis

    Randall Ellis TPF Noob!

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    I probably would have chosen this option had it been there. I primarily shoot medium and large format film (I do use some 35mm, but only for stereo slides) - I use only film for serious photography - but I do have a digital camera that we use for snaps, casual vacation pics, to document home improvements and whatnot.

    - Randy
     
  6. PhotoXopher

    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    I've had my share of film cameras over the years, but once digital came out I've never gone back... that is until recently.

    After my purchase of the Nikon D90 I started getting more into photography, as expected. I started reading more and getting involved in forums and found talking about film, which got me curious.

    So I bought a Nikon N75, worked incredibly well and was really fun to use. But... it's expensive. The film and processing really add up. Oddly enough, in some ways this is what I was hoping for. The main reason I got the N75 was to see if it would slow me down and make me be more selective on my shots as well as concentrating on my composition more. With digital you can just pop off 50 shots in no time with virtually no ill effects, with film you'll go through 2 rolls doing this.

    I voted digital only since I consider 'rarely' too often :lol:
     
  7. jbylake

    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I goofed. I meant to include I shoot mostly film, and digital rarely.
    And I didn't think through the question to take into consideration how many times you push the button. What I was really trying to say, is, If heading out the door, and you only take one camera, which would you grab more often. Or which you would prefer to shoot more often, digital or film. Thanks for pointing that out.

    J.:mrgreen:
     
  8. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hmmm, another film/digital poll. :meh:

    So far, so good - but I'm just popping in here to say that the second the tone goes flat in this thread, it will vanish. :D
     
  9. Buckster

    Buckster Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Shot 35mm for about 20 years, then started using digital. As my digital cameras got better, I eased away from film and shot almost all digital for several years. Last year I started feeling a tug that's pulled me back to film again, but this time medium format, which I always wanted to do, but thought it would be too expensive to get into.

    I've now decided to quit sending out and paying for lab processing, and I should be hanging my first negatives to dry sometime this week, and I'm really excited about that! :thumbup:

    So, at the moment, I shoot digital, and shoot film rarely, but enjoying both.
     
  10. compur

    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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  11. bhop

    bhop No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Same here. I generally only shoot digital if i'm shooting for someone else, or if I just need a quick shot for some reason, like ebay, forums, etc.
     
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    Dwig TPF Noob!

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    My response is based on the assumption that the question applies to what I do now and not what I've done in the past.
     

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