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    Quote Originally Posted by csisfun View Post
    Hm... just wondering, what do you shoot in Singapore that warrants the use of Velvia 50?
    Film usage is a combination of personal preference + job requirement, i used Velvia 50 for shooting food closeup last time. very beautiful texture, close to grainless.

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    I only do digital now althought i own both. In term of quailty, film is still better, but more expensive. And don't forget about slide, the colour is even richer than film.

    On the first day i use my DSLR and download the picture to my PC, I was shock that the colour were so flat as compare to film. So it almost a need now to use PS to enhance the every picture if shot with DSLR.

    cheers

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    film is crap now. lol

  4. #84

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    Quote Originally Posted by user111 View Post
    film is crap now. lol
    If you have nothing good to add, then it's best to keep quiet.

    I'm still walking around with a Bessa in hand and film in my pants.

    Samuel

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    Quote Originally Posted by user111 View Post
    film is crap now. lol



    probably hasn't seen the output of a drummed rvp/rap etc...


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    I think if I'm going to continue burning holes in my pocket & bank account upgrading & collecting bodies & lenses, I'd rather stick to digital. Film costs too much & with ever increasing GST, it isn't feasible - besides, there's that shoot today see results tomorrow thing I don't fancy returning to. Worse... I still can't solve my storage problem with the loads of negs & prints I have stacked up in a cupboard! Wish I could stuff all that into a hard drive...
    What I failed to see, was what I failed to observe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by C J GOH View Post
    I think if I'm going to continue burning holes in my pocket & bank account upgrading & collecting bodies & lenses, I'd rather stick to digital. Film costs too much & with ever increasing GST, it isn't feasible - besides, there's that shoot today see results tomorrow thing I don't fancy returning to. Worse... I still can't solve my storage problem with the loads of negs & prints I have stacked up in a cupboard! Wish I could stuff all that into a hard drive...
    Don't collect cameras, use them!

    Getting a film scanner and self developing your film saves a lot of cash.

    Samuel

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    i would love to try out MF / LF next time when i got more time at hand.
    Film that is

    Ryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by alternatve View Post
    I'm still walking around with a Bessa in hand and film in my pants.

    Just wonder if you are using pancake lens with the Bessa

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    Quote Originally Posted by C J GOH View Post
    I think if I'm going to continue burning holes in my pocket & bank account upgrading & collecting bodies & lenses, I'd rather stick to digital. Film costs too much & with ever increasing GST, it isn't feasible - besides, there's that shoot today see results tomorrow thing I don't fancy returning to. Worse... I still can't solve my storage problem with the loads of negs & prints I have stacked up in a cupboard! Wish I could stuff all that into a hard drive...
    One very bad think for film user here is the damn weather. You have to store them in the dry box all the time unlike other countries which is much less humid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alternatve View Post
    Don't collect cameras, use them!

    Getting a film scanner and self developing your film saves a lot of cash.

    Samuel
    Hey, I don't just collect them .. I'm a 'Sometimes Shooter' as well hehehehee...
    What I failed to see, was what I failed to observe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectrum View Post
    One very bad think for film user here is the damn weather. You have to store them in the dry box all the time unlike other countries which is much less humid.
    I still have stacks of Negs in my mini fridge - mostly expired already; Fuji, Kodak, & Agfa.
    Largely Negs & a few slides...

    I think they're still usable being kept in the fridge all these while...but it would feel strange shooting film now - cause I might look at the back of the camera after squeezing off a shot...heheheee.. expecting a preview..

    I still have 3 Minolta bodies; Dynax600si Classic, the Dynax 700, & Dynax 7. It's quite a hassle taking them out to exercise their shutters & focusing sensors...very cramp in there already.. will need to get a large closet-size dry-cabinet...
    What I failed to see, was what I failed to observe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gohaj View Post
    Just wonder if you are using pancake lens with the Bessa
    None of my lenses are pancakes. I use a 50mm and 85mm made in Russia but of German origin. Hoping to add a 35mm soon.

    Well, try to use the film soon, before it gets too expired... If it's too much of a hassle, you can sell the film and the bodies here. Film gets sold out quick in CS, esp if it's cheap...

    Samuel

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    Quote Originally Posted by alternatve View Post
    None of my lenses are pancakes. I use a 50mm and 85mm made in Russia but of German origin. Hoping to add a 35mm soon.

    Well, try to use the film soon, before it gets too expired... If it's too much of a hassle, you can sell the film and the bodies here. Film gets sold out quick in CS, esp if it's cheap...

    Samuel
    I think the three film bodies by Minolta wouldn't be worth much, but then again, another collector might consider it a rare addition. However, all the 3 bodies have got too much sentimental values instilled in them & I can't bear to sell them off... much of my earlier learning years were through these old film bodies. ... the 3rd camera, the Dynax7 took shots of my dad laying in his coffin in 2002...

    Now, each time I take these bodies out to exercise their shutters & sensors, I get flashbacks of all the past events they went through with me... too much memory to sell away...
    What I failed to see, was what I failed to observe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    I only do digital now althought i own both. In term of quailty, film is still better, but more expensive. And don't forget about slide, the colour is even richer than film.

    On the first day i use my DSLR and download the picture to my PC, I was shock that the colour were so flat as compare to film. So it almost a need now to use PS to enhance the every picture if shot with DSLR.

    cheers
    Did you hand print your photos shot on film or you haven't seen a good digital lab printout? My opinion is that if the workflow is correct, there should not be much of a difference except you can see grains from the print from film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectrum View Post
    One very bad think for film user here is the damn weather. You have to store them in the dry box all the time unlike other countries which is much less humid.
    You store film in the dry box? I store them in the canisters and they go in the fridge. If film emulsion is too dry, they will crack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F5user View Post


    probably hasn't seen the output of a drummed rvp/rap etc...

    Drum scanning actually has a low pass effect which give a nice smooth image because of the spot size of the scan. I still think if you want a digital workflow, don't bother to go through the film step, not quite worth the effort now.

    Want to shoot film, do everything in the darkroom. My 2c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user111 View Post
    film is crap now. lol
    I might second your statement if you were a Nikon user though.. D3's high ISO output really blows me away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Did you hand print your photos shot on film or you haven't seen a good digital lab printout? My opinion is that if the workflow is correct, there should not be much of a difference except you can see grains from the print from film.
    I was at a meeting where a well known local photographer by the name of Ken Seet was asked a direct pointed question by a member of the audience. Ken had a lot of experience in traditional black & white printing, and had given up printing in the darkroom. If I am not mistakened, Ken is a Epson spokesperson.

    The question to Ken was something like this: " Do you personally prefer the LOOK of a hand printed silver print, or an Epson print?"

    Ken talked about the advantages of the digital print. But he never did give a straight answer to that question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anjinnete Ross View Post
    I was at a meeting where a well known local photographer by the name of Ken Seet was asked a direct pointed question by a member of the audience. Ken had a lot of experience in traditional black & white printing, and had given up printing in the darkroom. If I am not mistakened, Ken is a Epson spokesperson.

    The question to Ken was something like this: " Do you personally prefer the LOOK of a hand printed silver print, or an Epson print?"

    Ken talked about the advantages of the digital print. But he never did give a straight answer to that question.
    That's why for film users, I always asked if they shoot B&W or colour. Current digital printing technology is not able to emulate the look and feel of silver prints. If they shoot colour and they don't do printing themselves, then I don't see why they should still feel that film is better.

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