Is there any use for film cameras anymore

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Chris W, Mar 14, 2008.

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    Chris W Guest

    Since I will soon have the D300 in hand, the question becomes what do I
    do with my Nikon N90s? Is there any application where it is handy to
    use film over digital?

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    Doug Jewell Guest

    Long Exposure - although film has reciprocity issues, it
    doesn't suffer from noise in long exposures. Digital noise
    can be reduced with dark-frame subtraction, but that doubles
    your exposure time, so reduces the number of shots you can
    get in a session.

    Ultra Wide Angle (If you already have a sub 20mm lens, and
    you don't do a lot of ultrawide angle, scanning 35mm frames
    is a lot cheaper than buying an ultrawide lens for DX
    format, or buying a full-frame DSLR - my Film camera pretty
    much has an 18mm lens on it full-time now)

    Art - I love the super-grainy look that Kodak 3200 B&W gives.

    Some subjects are also rendered nicer IMO on film - for
    example Velvia gives remarkable saturation, but still
    manages to capture subtle tone differences. Things like
    sunsets, flowers, machinery, IMO benefit from the Velvia
    treatment. Also, personally, I prefer the way B&W films
    render images vs digital B&W.

    I still shoot film, but a lot less than I used to.
    Doug Jewell, Mar 14, 2008
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    ray Guest

    If there is no longer any use for it, who would buy it?
    ray, Mar 14, 2008
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    ray Guest

    Yes. Each medium has it's advantages.
    ray, Mar 14, 2008
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    Tom D Guest

    I last used my Canon Elan back in 2002, which was the last time that I shot
    film. I think it comes down to whether you think the money in your wallet
    will look better than the camera on your shelf. If you think you might want
    to shoot film for a certain effect, or for the sake of nostalgia, then hang
    onto the camera. I bought some film recently to shoot in some antique
    cameras. Might run a roll through the Elan as well. Especially sine I have
    a pinhole body cap on order that will fit the Elan, in addition to my 40D.

    -=- Tom
    Tom D, Mar 14, 2008
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    Harry Poster Guest

    Wow. What a revelation.

    I'll be sure to read your future posts for more gems like this.

    And... IT'S means IT IS.

    .... has it is advantages?
    Harry Poster, Mar 14, 2008
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    ray Guest

    Very well, does the term 'anal retentive' ring a bell?
    ray, Mar 14, 2008
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    Chris W Guest

    Thanks for that comprehensive discourse on the subject. What more could
    be said?

    Chris W

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    Harry Poster Guest

    How about "illiterate"?
    Harry Poster, Mar 14, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    What more indeed -- since this is a digital photo ng.
    Guest, Mar 14, 2008
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    Rob Guest

    There may still be a demand for students -- although they may not need or
    want to pay a lot. My kids do photography at school, no digital, manual SLR,
    black and white only, all processed in the school darkroom. Pretty much the
    way I started, so for me there's no question of relevence -- they learn to
    wrestle with light the same way we all did. In their second year (I'm
    talking 17 year-olds here) they get into digital through scanning their
    prints, and their final portfolio can include as much digital manipulation
    as they want, although by then they have a good grounding in composition and
    technique. The results are amazing.
    Rob, Mar 15, 2008
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    ray Guest

    I don't know; are you?
    ray, Mar 15, 2008
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    ray Guest

    Awl rat - yah hav cotched me - ar yew hapi nau.
    ray, Mar 15, 2008
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    Martin Brown Guest

    In message
    But you can get digital cameras with active cooling that are designed
    for long exposures and they will completely blow away film. Exposures up
    to a few hours are possible

    Film has a blind wavelength spot in the green (safelight colour) which
    is why old slide photographs of astronomical nebulae were always red,
    pink and blue despite the brightest ones looking visually green.
    No argument there at all. Especially for the fisheye lenses.
    I mostly use film to produce slides for lecturers who are presenting
    material in places that do not possess a digital projector.

    Martin Brown, Mar 17, 2008
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