Why do you love film? opinions needed for article

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm writing an article on the future of film photography, and I need some opinions! If you love film, tell me why. What are the benifits? What aspects are unique? Does film have a long term future? All (constructive) comments are welcome.

    Thanks.

    RSR
     
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    I shoot digital, but I don't see film going anywhere yet. It will always have its purposes until we can build digital sensors with the kind of latitude that C41 has.

    Also, it's hard to reproduce true black and white film with digital...

    It's gonna be around for a few years (I am even planning on buying a film body some times)...but I can imagine that in the professional world, it will be getting more like (I do the film as a hobby, but work with digital). It's hard working for National Geographic and processing 600+ rolls or film...nevermind just carrying that many...
     
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    please try not to double post. thank you.
     
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    From a post of mine some time ago:

    Additionally, the word on the street is that Kodak has plans to narrow their film line to 5 films, but keep producing those for the foreseeable future. In my humble opinion, I believe that they will be Tri-X 400, TMAX, BW400CN, Portra (probably NC), and E100 (Who knows whether it will be Plus, G, or VS).
     
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    I love slides because you either got it or you didn't. I didn't spend so much time in photoshop trying to fix or tweak.

    Plus I love the rich warm hues of E100vs.

    That being said unless someone else was paying for film and development I would never go back. I shoot way too much now to have to pay for film.
     
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    i love the look , the feel , and the whole process of developng the film to making prints ; it comes down too, does one want to make home made bread, or use a bread machine.

    there is a certain joy and pleasure that comes from the process that is hard to describe.
     
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    I shoot both film and digital, choosing whichever is most appropriate for the particular job. In general I prefer to use film - that is just a personal preference. The heart has reasons that reason does not know. I use about $10,000 to $12,000 worth of film per year at the moment - significantly less than I used to use.

    I find large format film to be more convenient and cost effective for most of the sort of large format work I do. The same applies with medium format. For the ultimate in quality I use large format or medium format film. Negative film also has a greater dynamic range than digital, though you don't always need it. This is not a cut-and-dried issue that can be addressed in a few words.

    My use of colour reversal film has fallen the most. I only use it on rare occasions, mostly when projectable slides are required. I'm very happy that the tyrrany of the light box has ended. High-end E-6 processing is also getting rarer than it was, but it still exists, and will do for some time.

    For B&W work I still prefer to use silver-image B&W film, but it needs appropriate development and good, high resolution scanning to get the graininess looking right if finishing digitally. It is extremely versatile, and I have over thirty years experience of getting it to look exactly how I want it to look. Dye-image B&W is more scanner-friendly, but there is little, if any, point in shooting it if you are going to scan it - I prefer to use converted colour negative film. Most of the film I use is colour negative, for finishing in colour.

    One of the reasons I use film is that there are certain camera types that I wish to use that do not exist in digital versions, or the digital version hasn't quite reached the functionality I want - so I still use my film Leicas for reportage because the M8 doesn't quite do what I want it to do. Similarly, there is no digital camera that matches the quality of medium format rangefinders in such a compact size and low weight. There is no digital TLR available. Camera form and process do influence the relationship between the photographer and the subject.

    Though I enjoy the whole film processing thing I look on that as being separate from my purpose as a photographer. I enjoy printing in the darkroom, but I am happy to put significant effort and resources into producing inkjet and hybrid prints that meet my standards.

    The fact that Kodak have recently improved one of their best films, and that they are planning to make a second B&W emulsion available in 220 (they are the only manufacturer supplying B&W film in 220) gives me hope that they have not abandoned us just yet.



    That's an unfounded rumour. Why spread it?

    Best,
    Helen

    PS Agfa-Gevaert makes some of the film sold by Maco/Rollei.
     
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    Shoot what you like.
     
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    I shoot 99% film (LF and MF), it allows me to think more before taking the first shot.
     
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    He may not be far off, for years Kodak would eliminate the bottom 4% of their products, regardless if they were making a profit from any of them. I am sure some of these films are getting near that mark. However, they made the decision to stop all black and white paper production even though several of them were not in the bottom 4% so it is possible they could all be cut at some point without warning.
     
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    Anything is possible in the future, with or without warning, but I'm specifically referring to a rumour that Kodak have that plan in existence now, and asking Max why he is spreading it. I don't dispute the idea that there will be further reductions in the range of films that Kodak offer, but they do offer more types of film than any other manufacturer. The '5 film' rumour has been around for a while, in different forms. The first I heard was that it referred to the number of reversal films. That could be about right.

    Best,
    Helen
     

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