Film is slowly consuming me.

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    My growing interest in film is nearly consuming me. I don't know why exactly, but it is. I havent picked up my digital camera in a few weeks now. Maybe it's the fact that film feels more personal. It's more about me, the photographer, when I shoot film. maybe it's because I am more of a hands on kind of guy. I like mechanical things. I'm sitting here thinking of selling my hunting rifle to help furnish the purpose of a decent MF camera. But part of me also feels like I need to slow down and think about the other aspects of film. The time, the cost.

    Would anyone like to share their experiences?

    Oh, and another thing. I am scared of spending a nice sum of money on a manual focus MF but that is all would be able to afford. I would be completely scared of missing focus.
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    I've had a camera of some kind for as long as I can remember, and since I'm not 10 years old, almost all of them have been film cameras.

    I bought a 350D right when it came out (what was that, 5 years ago? 6?) and used it for a couple years. I didn't hate it or anything like that ... it was just never really the same. These days I've given up digital all together.

    Also - don't sell your rifle. Find another way to get the money, or just save up longer. I have regretted every gun I sold...


    But yeah, clear off a spot on the shelf because I have a feeling your digital body will be sitting there for a while. :lol:
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    One doesn't get involved with film, including their own darkroom work to save money. They do so, because as you are beginning to notice, they love the process.

    FIlm is organic, Digital is mechanical. I love film and have been doing darkroom work for over 60 years, it is still magically. However, digital also gives me the opportunity to experiment along different lines, and in someways is also very magical. Just 1"s and 0"s on steroids.

    You appear to be a young fellow with good eye sight, manual focus is no so hard. I only switched to auto when my eyes got too old to repsond as quickly as I wanted. I still have a manual focus lens (as that is the only way it comes) and I find it isn't as bad as i once thought :lol:
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    Whatever you do Eric, don't try crack. Or meth. Or heroin. Or base jumping. Or parachuting. Or off-track betting. Or casino blackjack. Or tequila shots with young exotic dancers. ALL those things are highly addicting--even more so than shooting film!!!
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    For sure! And I have an addictive personality. I can't just half way think about things. Once I start thinking about things, it's all I can think about. I'm sitting in class right now on my iPhone researching cameras.
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    OH, ALSO, STAY AWAY FROM: trap shooting, sporting clays, skeet shooting, competitive pistol shooting, muscle cars, sports cars, collectible coins, fly fishing, antiquing, horse racing, and beer-drinking.
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    The only reason I would sell my rifle is because I don't hunt anymore. I used to hunt until I got married. The wife doesn't like deer meat and I have touched it in maybe 3 years. It's a nice .270 Weatherby just gathering dust.
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    If you really feel film is expensive, think again. Ink n paper these days is not any cheaper than chemicals n paper. Besides you are having so much fun playing in the dark. I loe the feeling I get after a long night in my darkroom n looking at the dried prints the next day. I stand back n wow myself each n every time. I made that!

    Besides ditgital pictures are nothing more than posters. Each n everyone is exactly the same as they pop out of the printer. Your prints are hand taylored to be close but never exactly the same when doing a run, unique in their own personal way, each coddled by the maker, like molding clay.

    Also there is a new thing in the market these days. People are buying silver wet prints as if they are the last of a dying breed soon to be extinct. It';s a fashion statement to have B&Ws on your walls, signed originals by anybody as long as they are from someone's darkroom. Just keep your eye on the backgrounds of movies n TV shows, see what I am taking about?

    Sell you prints at flea markets and you'll be able to afford more film n chemicals, and maybe a few dancing girls too.

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    What about photography?
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    It's obviously far too late to try to avoid that one. :lmao:

    You should also avoid astronomy too though. Telescope lenses cost just as much as camera lenses... I have a whole box of them that haven't been used in like 3 years...lol!
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    If you're worried about focus then a split image ground glass will help. You can find them for most of the more popular MF cameras.

    Although knowing the actual length of the DoF at the distance per aperture for the lens you are using will go a long way towards your relaxation. Try focusing just behind your subject and then bring it into focus. (there is more wiggle room in the back of the DoF so you are more likely to get acceptable focus this way)
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    Sounds like a case of film addiction here and film is addicting all right. You know you've got it real bad when you look at a Zone 6, Wista, or an Ebony LF camera and start drooling or fantasizing. Another sign you got it bad is when you buy a good beer fridge and use it strictly for film. MF film is more costly than 35 mm per shot but then the results are more than worth it when you do an enlargement that you can hang on the wall. You'll find that you'll take more time to set up your shot with MF than 35 mm too.

    If (make that when) you do go MF, try getting a 6x7 that allows you to change backs to 6 x 6, 4.5 x 6, or panoramic 35 mm. Yes, glass is important but you can build the amount of glass you have gradually. Think about getting an AE viewfinder and a waist level finder (great for fine tuning your focus). I have both and use them both a lot. If you shop around, you can get into MF pretty cheaply for a complete camera or you can buy the camera one piece at a time. KEH has some pretty good prices on used MF gear. Maybe you can even hold on to your rifle.

    Just a word of warning. Getting into medium format can lead into an interest and addiction to large format gear and picture resolution that'll blow yer mind.

    Good luck with your addiction.
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    My Argus has a split image screen. It is actually one of the most annoying this I have used. You move the dial back and forth until the image lines up, unless you look through it at a different angle and then its not actually lined up. My TLR I just purchased has ground glass in the top viewer. It makes the image so dim. And you can't see anything through it if you are out in the sun. I think I would like something that you look TTL.
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    Upgrading already... there goes the rent money dear oh and I need to buy a new enlarger, my old one is too small... and wasn't that 8x10 camera we saw at the shop really nice... Sold the car for fim dear.

    here we go... another one on the line, welcome to the club.
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    Think about getting a camera that allows you to change focusing screens.
    Your problem with your Argus is one I run into with my rangefinder cameras. Just keep your eye centered square to the view finder.
    With your TLR, looking thru a ground glass means using a hood or dark cloth over your head and view finder. You'll be surprised at how much brighter things get.

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