Is film making a comeback or is digital just boring

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  1. Emegra

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    Hi guys
    I haven't posted in a while mainly because I haven't had anything to say
    but yesterday I took delivery of a camera I bought off ebay a Kiev 4 of 1980 vintage
    and what a beautiful machine it is, I haven't been able to shoot with it yet because I haven't got film and it's almost impossible to buy locally but just holding it in my hand is an absolute joy.
    The reason I bought it was because I want to go back to basics I don't want auto focus, aperture priority, shutter priority, evaluative metering, Ai servo, blink detection or any other fancy function, available to us on even the most basic digital cameras, I want to learn photography, I want to understand the science
    This camera will help me do that and I don't believe I'm alone,
    Film is making a bit of a comeback but I don't think it's because we want to use film, it because we want to use these cameras, modern digital cameras are amazing, they take all the hard work out of photography but they're boring Canon, Nikon, Sony They're all much of a muchness and they're dumbing down photography, These old film camera may not come close to the quality of images we can take with modern DSLR's or mirrorless camera but they're a lot more fun and a lot more challenging, so from an amateur perspective if photography ceases to be challenging or ceases to be fun is it worth doing


     
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    If one wants to get back to basics, you still can with digital. Shoot in full manual mode and only shoot ONE shot of that incredible scene before you. It would be feast or famine just like film days with one exception : the cost.
     
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    Yeah Dean I can't argue with the cost thing, you got me there :1251:
     
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    How to 'shoot film' with a DSLR:

    1. Turn off image review so you can't chimp.
    2. Take only 24 or 36 shots per memory card.
    3. Take the card with 24 or 36 shots out, and don't put it in your computer for a week.
    4. If you want to use a 'digital darkroom' to 'develop your own film', shoot raw format. Otherwise, shoot JPEG for 'snapshots'.
     
  5. Emegra

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    I think you might be missing the point Sparky
    what I was trying to say in my post is it's not all about the film process it's the cameras
     
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    Get one of these. Feels more like a film camera than a film camera. Manual focus and exposure controls, built like a tank. People will think it's a film camera if they see you with it (I'm sure). And for what you're going to spend for film and processing it's even cheap.

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    OK, so your point is? Great, you bought an old Russian rangefinder. $hitty, boring, utterly pedestrian images are all within your grasp--as if they aren't already with the latest overdraft bait from major makers. Knock yourself out.
     
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    You missed the point of my post as well.
     
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    This thread is doomed.
     
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    "This thread is doomed."
    It certainly is,
    I've no idea where all this hate is coming from
    For god sake people lighten up I was only trying put forward a point of discussion, I thought this was a photography forum but if it's upsetting people that much, delete the whole thread
     
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    Hate? More like weariness. And then there's the bizarre sense of entitlement(and pique) that anyone could possibly disagree with your "declaration." We all like our toys--that much is settled. Let's leave it there.
     
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