Who here still shoots primarily film?

What format do you primarily shoot?


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synapseman

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I don't think 35mm will ever be obsolete, but rather, it's becoming a niche/"specialist" format. Digital-only photography magazines outnumber magazines that feature film cameras probably 6-to-1, at least. And it's getting increasingly difficult to find a good range of film SLRs in many electronics shops. Even discussions at this forum seem to be overwhelmingly dominated by digi-talk. I myself have converted to digital, even though I'm aware of the limitations of the format.

So, I'm just casually wondering: How many of you here still shoot primarily on film?
 

wormz777

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Hmmm... interesting. Film users are actually leading the poll at this point!
 

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I am not surprise at all if film users is leading as most of us started off with SLRs anyway. It's just that digi users just started not long ago. As for me I use both mediums on different jobs requirement.
 

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I didn't vote due to the fact that I use both of the Format.

For wildlife and fast action stuff, I go for Digital.

For landscape, scenic. Nothing beats the Velvia, not even the full frame 11MP sensor.

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Vincent
 

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In year 2002, b&w film sales from Kodak exceeded their own forecast. Not sure about last year.

I shoot with film mainly. But thinking about digital for my family shoots.
 

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and don't forget that there's much more to film than 35mm; there's the medium formats (645 (6x4.5cm) to 6x17cm) and then 4x5 negs up to 11x14, and some poeple even shoot 20x24 (inches, sorry for the stupid American standard) polaroids. Go figure.

Anyway, while digital backs are available for medium format cameras, they're so prohibitively expensive that many pros don't have 'em, either. I'd love to do medium format work, for a university student, the cost of a camera and medium format scanner is just too high. oh well. but nothing out there can be the quality of an 11x14 inch negative. I mean, even the -contact- print is large.

You are correct, though. Film won't go away for a long time, no matter what advantages digital offers. As far as I know, though, film still wins at high ISOs (800+, I believe. I don't have a DSLR, so I can't check myself.)
 

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I think for high-contrast scenes and B&W, the most expensive digicams can't produce a better output than the cheapest film SLRs. I guess here @ ClubSnap, eveyone's at least a photography enthusiast, so that's why the keen-ness for film. But for the general population, I think consumers prefer digital, no? Thanks for your input.
 

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wormz777 said:
Hmmm... interesting. Film users are actually leading the poll at this point!
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I suspect such a poll will ellicit responses from pple who still shoot film, rather than excite the digital crowd :)

if u look at the profile of the pple who commented in this thread so far, the one with the most posts is me (and i don't even post that often nowadays) - most of them seem to be relatively new users or infrequent posters. (look at the "join date")

This may point to an increase in number of new pple joining Clubsnap, and that a larger portion of these new pple are primarily film based shooters. OR a percentage of the pure digital crowd have stepped into the waters of film based shooting, and actually liked it, hence the poll results.

Either way, it's a good thing! :)
 

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most happy using the film format. manual focus too. i've really felt that i've learnt and improved the most with this configuration.
 

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mE! :sweatsm:

love the medium in itself... some parts of film u dunt see digital having... i like grain.. :D tho i evny having a digital SLR,sigh, can shoot shoot loads.



:lovegrin:
 

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I like my "sensor" to be the state of the art always lol :bsmilie:

That aside...I can't justify digital for its price/performance ratio given what I require my cams to perform (yup...shooting in the open under rain is one of them).
 

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Started with Instamatic cameras...years ago...
Any of you guys remember MagicCubes..those four sided
disposable revolving Flash Bulbs of yesteryears...

Now Using and F65 as my main workhorse....

An FM10 for my landscapes.....

You can call it as Love on a Diet....

Film is still the best....

Cheers!
 

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Film is still the best currently, richness of colours that cannot be found in digital. I still got my 2 units of B&W enlargers and a mechanical clocking device with me though they now became white elephant, can't bear to let go anyway.

A pity that now I stopped developing B & W film and photographs.

Used both film and digital, still learning to shoot better digital images. :bigeyes:
 

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wonder whether the price of film (equipment, processing ... etc) will be relative to digital, ie. film has to make economic sense relative to digital or risk losing out. Of course, come one fine day when a high end digital does for less than $500 (in today's terms), it will be a challenge to sustain the film industry.
 

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If digital becomes full-frame and the cost becomes significantly lower, I'll consider going digital.

But for the time being, film reigns for me.
 

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