To add to your point, yes.. In fact, in any field, it is best to know the history and know how it was done in the past, its evolution and the current technology. Only then can we appreciate how far we have come now, know its advantages and disadvantages, what we have retained, what we have left behind. Only then can we truly appreciate what we are doing now.Originally Posted by dslang
Like the title of this thread, yes, there were people trying to make CDs sound more analog by introducing the various curves and imperfections to it during recording. But how would using this sensor give more film like qualities?
All I can say is that I know what I am looking for, but I don't know about the rest. Can you tell what is it about film that you like that digital cannot give? I don't think anyone can give a confident answer. The grains? The tonal range? The contrast? Digital can definitely be tweaked to achieve these, with curves, introducing noise, etc. For those who are familiar with audio, they will also find it very similar.. Is it the noise? The clicks and pops? The equalization? The dynamic range? The frequency response?
From a technical point of view, colour film is technically inferior to digital in some aspects and also superior in others. Tones in film are created by dithering, by using grain clusters with different levels of sensitivities and in between tones are represented by the average density of the clusters. In digital, a pixel can represent all the levels as determined by the ADC and then depending on whether the compression is used, the inherent ability of the format to represent the levels.
Then there were discussions on star trail photography, it is generally accepted that film is still the best media because the shutter can be opened for very much longer even hours but for digital, noise would already have creeped in. Also reciprocity failure in film also allows the film to become less sensitive so that exposure can be longer... an imperfection of film which is made into an advantage!
Therefore, before we start to comment that one media is better than another, let's ask ourselves, do we really understand how these media work and can they give what we want to achieve? It is really up to us.