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Discussion in 'Photographic Discussions' started by Emegra, Aug 23, 2020.

  1. webestang64

    webestang64 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Since I do not own a digital SLR or have a camera in my phone I carry a film camera where ever I go. The more I think about it if this forum had no film section I would not be here.


     
  2. Emegra

    Emegra TPF Noob!

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    Here's a photo I took with the Wirgin, I think it's not too bad for 70ish year old camera with a dodgy rangefinder shooting 10 year old film I found lying about in a drawer
     

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  3. mrca

    mrca No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The other day went out on a shoot with a fully manual, think no battery in a camera, rb67 but the battery in my hand held meter was dead. After a few choice words, I realized, no big deal as Clint said adapt, improvise, over come. It was sunny cloudless day. For 30 years I tossed out that little flyer in the film box that described the sunny 16 rule. Max shutter speed on the camera is 400 and was shooting portra 400. Was taking city scapes so set the aperture to f/16 per the sunny 16 rule but over exposed about a stop and change at 1/125 as I like portra up to 2 stops over exposed. That was satisfying. I don't have them back yet, but know they are dead on. But ordinarily, at $2.80 a click, I am going to incident meter or even even spot meter and use the zone system. Using a film camera can bring back fun to shooting that may have been lost with digital.
     
  4. Grandpa Ron

    Grandpa Ron No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think one of the pleasures of coming back to old items, is the satisfaction you get from knowing you made the picture happen.

    You have to focus, you have to advance the film, you set the shutter speed, you set the aperture, all based on your interpretation of the light meter reading. And with film, you have a finite number of shots.

    Just to wax philosophical, you develop a "friendship" if you will, with you camera. You trust that if you put in the right adjustments, your camera buddy will do it part and deliver the proper exposure. Like most friends; cameras often have unique quirks. But the personal satisfaction and ego boost really feels good.

    I like my digital camera, it saves time and certainly money when compared to film, and digitals allow you to concentrate on the subject, without all the troublesome set up. They also make for easy manipulation and distribution of your photographs.

    But for those who want to step of the path and let the world go by for a bit. Or, if you are the type that likes to tinker. Those old film cameras are patiently waiting your call.
     
  5. mrca

    mrca No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Ron, well said. I use digital where appropriate, but with this shut down, I have plenty of time to slow down, go back to basics, shoot film and appreciate the differences. It reminds me of climbing behind the wheel of a 70's sports car like the one I raced back then, a manual transmission and snicking through the gears, heel and toeing coming into a corner. There is something pleasurable in manipulating a fine machine and putting it through it's paces. We have a problem with high school kids stealing cars here but if you have a manual transmission it is safe.
     
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    Dave Maciak No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    star camera company No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    “Just to wax philosophical, you develop a "friendship" if you will, with you camera. You trust that if you put in the right adjustments, your camera buddy will do it part and deliver the proper exposure. Like most friends; cameras often have unique quirks. But the personal satisfaction and ego boost really feels good”. ••••••••••••••well said!
     

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