How many still shoot film?

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How many still shoot film?
Sep 16, 2013

For the first time in a long time I pulled out my Nikon F5 and figured i'll see what its like to shoot with the new generation of nikon lenses. I loaded a roll of ilford 400 delta, grabbed the 24-70 f2.8, the 85 f1.4 and set off to see what I can come up with.

Needless to say I had a blast and this is the end result.

Red filter used 85 f1.4

Red filter used 24-70 f2.8

Red filter used 24-70 f2.8

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You can find a lot of them in Latin America
In reply to AEPA, Sep 16, 2013

You can find a lot of Photographers in Latin America shooting film, either professional or amateur.

In the last one month I found a couple of professionals making a marriage in Mexico City using Nikon FM and another couple in the suburbs from São Paulo, Brazil, making pictures of students in a public school (for sale to their parents). I found them (recently) in Peru, Chile, Colombia and Argentina, also.

Amateurs are using film cameras also, mainly senior citizens (including my 70+ years old parents).

Despite the big number of cameras embedded into mobiles, cheap digital cameras, and for each day less options for films and cameras for them, it is yet common in Latin America, either in big urban centers as well at country side.

Film is not dead. Yet...

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In reply to AEPA, Sep 16, 2013

F5 user chiming in. Mostly shoot Provia 100F for personal image making and Kodak Portra 400 for event coverage.

I mostly use the 50mm 1.8G. For careful composing of buildings in daylight I use a 28mm 3.5 AI. I also have an 80-200mm 2.8 D, push-pull version.

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In reply to Nick Jones 08, Sep 17, 2013

nikon f100 user checking in,just shot a roll of kodak ektar 100 color negative not too long ago for a personal project...FANTASTIC COLORS right out the box and very sharp.i HAVE to shoot digital to stay competetive..but shoot film for my personal work.sold my f5 but have all my retired manual focus nikons from years ago,all in perfect  condition..and no issues AT ALL .(nikon fe/fe2,f100..my favorite nikon camera body ever)

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In reply to AEPA, Sep 17, 2013

I still shoot film pretty regularly lately. I have a Canon A-1 w/ good selection of lenses, plus some Pentax gear as well, and I find it enjoyable and a comfortable setup to use. Definitely lighter than my D3 kit for sure.

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Since getting a Fuji XPro1, I shoot film more than my D800!...which is fairly often btw.  Mamiya RZ67 ProII with Delta100 and Portra 160.

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How these images are scanned?

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In reply to caspianm, Sep 17, 2013

Nice photos above - very nice.

Are you doing your own developing and scanning or sending it out?

I still use Nikon F2, F3/T, F4; Leica M3, M6, and Hasselblads.
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For some of my personal images, I have recently started using film. My on-the-job digital images are evidentiary, and therefore usually a negative influence upon my mind. One antidote is using film, with Nikon FM3A and F6 film SLR cameras, so I can choose to do everything manually, or take advantage of the latest lens and flash technology. I have yet to settle upon any favored films. I will probably shoot much more film after I retire some time in the next few years.

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Hmmm.... I still have 2 rolls of Kodak P3200 T-Tmax. I'll have to load up my F-5 and get those exposed before the film goes bad.

Of course I'll have to pull the ole Nikon Coolscan 4000 out of retirement to scan those shots.

Anyway I don't really miss film now that I've moved to digital, but it would be nice to shoot a few rolls to bring back the memories. Especially shooing with the F5, or even my F100

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t.c. marino wrote:

nikon f100 user checking in,just shot a roll of kodak ektar 100 color negative not too long ago for a personal project...FANTASTIC COLORS right out the box and very sharp.

Sorry for my ignorance, but what does "colors right out the box" mean with film? I know it is difficult to define "out of the box" with digital, as so much depends on the RAW converter and its default settings. I thought it was even more arbitrary with film development?

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Chikubi wrote:

I still shoot film pretty regularly lately. I have a Canon A-1 w/ good selection of lenses, plus some Pentax gear as well, and I find it enjoyable and a comfortable setup to use. Definitely lighter than my D3 kit for sure.

Oh the memories. I'll never bash Canon because it was there I got started in photography, especially once I got a Canon A-1; man did I love that camera.

Nice shot BTW.

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t.c. marino wrote:

nikon f100 user checking in,just shot a roll of kodak ektar 100 color negative not too long ago for a personal project...FANTASTIC COLORS right out the box and very sharp.

Sorry for my ignorance, but what does "colors right out the box" mean with film? I know it is difficult to define "out of the box" with digital, as so much depends on the RAW converter and its default settings. I thought it was even more arbitrary with film development?

It is, especially since the exposure could be influenced by the processor. That said, the film does have a way of providing you with eye popping colors. Especially if correctly exposed. I suppose that's what the OP means as I believe the statement is figurative rather than literal.

But I'm not him/her so I'm sure they'll provide a better answer to your question since they made the statement. Having shot some of the film myself a few years back, I get their meaning.

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In reply to sixtiesphotographer, Sep 17, 2013

Nice photos above - very nice.

Are you doing your own developing and scanning or sending it out?

I still use Nikon F2, F3/T, F4; Leica M3, M6, and Hasselblads.
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I do not process my own film a shop local to me does it for me. I read somewhere ilford has opened up a US lab, so I need to give them a try soon.
The film is scanned on a cannon film scanner.

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Hmmm.... I still have 2 rolls of Kodak P3200 T-Tmax. I'll have to load up my F-5 and get those exposed before the film goes bad.

Of course I'll have to pull the ole Nikon Coolscan 4000 out of retirement to scan those shots.

Anyway I don't really miss film now that I've moved to digital, but it would be nice to shoot a few rolls to bring back the memories. Especially shooing with the F5, or even my F100

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As I think film still has a place in photography I'll admit digital is a great work flow. One thing about film tho it always makes me think a little more before I press the shutter.

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Tri X on an F2 and OM1n and I process it myself. Takes me back to my youth and what really got me into photography.....

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In reply to AEPA, Sep 17, 2013

AEPA wrote:

For the first time in a long time I pulled out my Nikon F5 and figured i'll see what its like to shoot with the new generation of nikon lenses. I loaded a roll of ilford 400 delta, grabbed the 24-70 f2.8, the 85 f1.4 and set off to see what I can come up with.

Needless to say I had a blast and this is the end result.

Got a F100 for the modern Nikon lenses and a FE for the AI-lenses. Bought them almost like new cheap on e-bay. Shot Velvia for the deep colors and Kodak Ektar and Portra for DR.

Ektar and Portra

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In reply to PerL, Sep 17, 2013

Still shoot 4x5, Kodak Tri-x, and still have a wet darkroom to work in. A professional studio just down the street from me for the past year has been making actual Tintype or ferrotype prints on actual metal sheets so I don't know if you qualify that as "film" or not.

I do still have my FM2 and my C330, but I like the relaxation and the large resolution negatives of 4x5 to go back to much shooting in either 35m or 120.

Don't get me wrong, you can have my D700 when you pry it out of my cold, dead, fingers.    But I do find that fact that since digital is everywhere anymore, film, not just 35mm, but in all formats, is carving out a niche or specialty market in certain areas.   Just like there is a specialty market now for vinyl albums over CDs, (look how many USB turntables there are out there now), at some point a technology goes from being "old and outdated" to "where it's really at now" if you follow my drift.

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In reply to AEPA, Sep 17, 2013

I do and I like it very much.

And to be not off-topic: I use my D600 and a film duplicator together with the Nikon 50 1.8D to "scan" my negatives (so you see the exif of the D600 in my pictures)
I also have a darkroom for prints.....

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In reply to AEPA, Sep 17, 2013

I've not shot with film in several years but I'm looking at all the Fuji Provia in my freezer and the F100 on my desk and thinking I need to do something with it.

The thing is, though, digital is really quite a good replacement for slide, especially the way Nikon have implemented it.  Good shadow detail, generally good rewards for slight underexposure (Kodachrome 64 was especially like this, the Fuji stuff does this too but to a lesser extent), and highlights that have to be watched carefully.

Negative film is a completely different beast.  Expose more for the shadows and the highlights will still generally take care of themselves.  This is what most digital cameras fall flat on their face over -- so it isn't just the fact that black-and-white negative is easier to process that keeps it selling, but properties it has that most digital sensors don't.  Color negative the same deal, but not as easy to process.

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