Slowly going the way of the buffalo...

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by MDowdey, May 20, 2004.

  1. MDowdey

    MDowdey Guest

    so lets start a debate!!

    Ive been having photographers block for a month and a half. ive come to the realization that i hate my camera because it uses film. i want to go digital, but of course money is always an issue....for all u digital users...what camera do u swear by? clean crisp shots with alot of creative control. now...for all u film users...should i go digital?


    tawk amungst ya selves!!!


    md
     
  2. oriecat

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    No, Matty, No! Don't leave us! :cry::cry::cry:

    You love black and white, right? Film is the one true way to crisp beautiful b&w. Digital ain't got it.

    Truth is stronger than pixels. 8)
     
  3. mrsid99

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    Hi Matt!
    I think you know darn well that there's only two digital cameras worth considering at this point (unless you have megabucks which you've mentioned you don't have) and that's the Nikon D70 if you've Nikon glass already or if you own Canon glass then the 10D or possibly the 300D.
    We knew we could lure you to the darkside and this from a digital guy who's considering a film camera and mostly dislikes B&W!
     
  4. MDowdey

    MDowdey Guest

    im formulating a plot here...


    what if i kept my old film camera, and got a digital!!! YAY!!



    any thought?


    md
     
  5. photobug

    photobug TPF Noob!

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    I still have both. There's some things film still does better than digital, and probably will for some time.

    In fact, I think I'm going to shoot some film this weekend.
     
  6. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

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    I'm really happy with my 10D. I do miss futzing around with old film cameras, but it was such a chore for me to get prints from film that I liked. I find that I shoot more with my digital than I did with film. I'm a lot more relaxed with it. Film became a chore. I wasn't having fun.

    I don't know if this would apply to you. If you are a darkroom geek, obviously not, but I hated working with chemicals and being in the dark.
     
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    Darkroom Geek? :scratch:
     
  8. voodoocat

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    word.

    especially with medium format.

    I like digital cause it's oh so easy to try new things and see immediate results. With color it's so much easier control the final product using slides and digital. I was already on a digital workflow by scanning slides. The D70 takes away so many steps and cuts down on my time spent processing. Having the ability to fine-tune the white balance negates the need for color correcting filters. It'll take me 3000 photos to get my money back in what I would have spent on film and processing.

    I'll always shoot film. With sunsets, film reigns. Digital is notorious for blowing out highlights. Worse than slides. I still love shooting and printing b&w.

    Most of the film I shoot is medium format (and soon 4x5)
     
  9. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

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    Someone who knows the ins and outs of using an enlarger the way Keith Black knows big-blocks.
     
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    tr0gd0o0r TPF Noob!

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    I'm with what seems to be the consensous here. I love my digital camera and the ease it gives. But it'll never be able to replace shooting a good roll of film, struggling to get it onto the little reel, shaking that little plastic tube for 20 minutes, and then pulling out something with pictures on it. Not to mention the hours i get to spend trying to get that perfect print. I love being a darkroom geek. If you've gone digital just hang out with someone in a darkroom and you'll be back in no time. Plus film kills digital in b&w. So in short, while digital is a lot more convenient, faster, etc. You just don't get the same satisfaction as with chillin in a darkroom for hours.

    As far as what camera to get. Honestly, all these major camera makers know what they're doing. Some are better at some parts and other are better at others. But all in all, it really matters who is behind the camera. I'd say go to a local camera shop, try out whatever brand glass you have. And unless you just really hate it, go with it.
     
  11. markc

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    You don't get the satisfaction, but that's the whole point: everyone is different. I experienced nothing but frustration. Digital blows film out of the water for me. I don't care how many points a person makes about film being better. If I'm too disgruntled with the process, I don't make pictures. I'll take a workflow that I enjoy and can produce with anyday. And while it isn't the same as film, I'm quite happy with my B&amp;W output. I've had people mistake my work for fiber prints.
     
  12. Karalee

    Karalee hOtLiPs!

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    Im currently on the Film team. But I confess, this summer Im going go digital... but Im still going to keep my SLR. If you feel like your missing out not being in the digital world whats better than keeping your film camera and getting the best of both worlds.

    For me, the advantages are being able to see your prints in less time it takes for you to get them developed. And then theres the shots that you dont like and think to yourself, well I just wasted 8, 9, 10 frames of that film (maybe thats just me that wastes film :oops:) That way if I take crappy photographs, theres no evidence of it, I can try different things out and if they dont come out the way I wanted them to I can just delete them.

    Dont get me wrong, I love film, and I know Ill still use my SLR after I go digital, but you got to change with the times sometimes
     

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